Both Carl Edwards and Greg Biffle qualified for the Chase last year, and both are in the final years of their current contracts with Roush Fenway Racing.

RFR president Steve Newmark said discussions about contract extensions with both drivers already have begun, but the organization prefers not to give status updates until there's something concrete to announce.

"We're in the discussions with Carl and Greg on renewals, and so we're in process," Newmark said. "It's our intent and goal to re-sign both of them. They've spent their careers with Roush, and we hope they retire [with Roush].

"We've had these discussions, and they've been actively involved in a lot of the changes that have been going on. So I think they're pretty optimistic about the future, but I don't have any concrete news to report on it."