Future for veteran Sprint Cup crew chief Jimmy Fennig after this season is uncertain

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With Carl Edwards heading to Joe Gibbs Racing next season, what will happen to veteran NASCAR crew chief Jimmy Fennig?

According to FoxSports.com, Fennig is waiting to discuss his future with team co-owner Jack Roush.

That future could potentially include a new role with the Roush Fenway Racing organization, perhaps becoming a crew chief for another driver (Trevor Bayne would be the most likely candidate) or possibly retirement.

It’s unlikely Fennig would follow Edwards to JGR, having spent most of his Cup career at RFR.

Fennig said he’d welcome a new role with the research and development arm of RFR, adding he doesn’t expect to remain as a crew chief after this season.

Roush appears to be as up in the air about Fennig’s future as Fennig himself is.

“We don’t have a plan yet,” Roush told FoxSports.com about Fennig’s plans for the future. “We haven’t heard definitively from Jimmy what his plans are, but he may be thinking about retirement. We’re just not sure.”

If Fennig remains as a crew chief in the RFR organization, it would mark his 30th year atop a Sprint Cup pit box. He was Kurt Busch’s crew chief when the elder Busch brother won the inaugural Chase for the Sprint Cup (known back then as the Chase for the Nextel Cup) in 2004.

He also directed Martin to his most successful season – although he fell short of the championship that year – in 1998. Martin earned seven wins, 22 top-5 and 26 top-10 finishes, and finished second in the Cup standings (one of five seasons that Martin finished runner-up).

In addition to Busch and Edwards, Fennig has also worked with Mark Martin, Jamie McMurray, David Ragan, Matt Kenseth, Dick Trickle, NASCAR Hall of Famer Bobby Allison, Hut Stricklin, Jimmy Spencer and Kenny Wallace.

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Here’s who were picking to win the Indy 500 — who are YOU picking?

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Several members of the NBC Sports motorsports staff have made their predictions on who will win Sunday’s 102nd Running of the Indianapolis 500.

Of the six voters, two are going with 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series champ Josef Newgarden, while two others are going with Helio Castroneves to win a fourth 500, which would tie him with A.J. Foyt, Al Unser and Rick Mears.

Here’s our picks. Who are YOU picking?

Leigh Diffey: Helio Castroneves — He drives the place better than anyone else. For me (for what its worth) he deserves a fourth 500 ring for the frustration he went through never getting the IndyCar title!

Townsend Bell: Josef Newgarden

Nate Ryan: Simon Pagenaud — All of his 2018 misfortune on the track has disappeared in May, and it culminates in the biggest victory of his career.

Jerry Bonkowski: Helio Castroneves – There’s no pressure as he pursues his fourth Indy 500 win. All Helio has to do, as late NFL owner Al Davis would say, is “Just win, baby!” (But if Helio falls short, watch for Marco Andretti)

Kyle Lavigne: Josef Newgarden — I think he has everything he needs to get it done this year.

Dan Beaver: Robert Wickens – Has driven like anything except a rookie and his second-place finish at Phoenix proves he’s just as good on an oval as the road courses.

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