NASCAR Cup: Greg Biffle leaves Roush Fenway
Greg Biffle (left) and car owner Jack Roush (photo courtesy of Getty Images for NASCAR)
By AMANDA VINCENT
Roush Fenway Racing announced Monday that NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Greg Biffle is no longer with the race team.
“We’ve had an incredible run, and I am so appreciative for the opportunity to be a part of Roush Fenway,” Biffle said. “For a kid that grew up in Washington, I’m extremely proud of everything we have been able to accomplish over the last 19 years, both on and off the track. I’ve enjoyed every minute. I’m excited about the next chapter of my life, and I look forward to exploring other opportunities, particularly in radio and television, both inside and outside of NASCAR.”
Biffle had been with RFR since 1998, beginning with the Craftsman (now-Camping World) Truck Series and, then, the Busch (now-Xfinity Series) before making the move to the Winston (now-Sprint) Cup Series in 2002. He was the driver of the No. 16 Ford in the Cup Series for RFR for his series debut in 2002 and full-time from 2003 until the conclusion of the 2016 race season.
“I’m thankful to Jack Roush for the opportunity to have driven his race cars for all these years,” Biffle said. “It’s very rare in this sport to have been able to stay with one team this many years and to have been as successful as we have been.”
Biffle won championships in both the Truck and Xfinity Series, becoming Truck Series champion in 2000 and Xfinity Series champ in 2002. He came close to a Sprint Cup Series title in 2005, falling 35 points shy of becoming the only driver to win championships in all three of NASCAR’s national series. That season was his best Cup season, to date, when he won six races.
“I don’t have the words to say what Greg has meant to this organization,” RFR owner Jack Roush said. “He is a true racer who has always exhibited a will to win and an intense passion for speed. For almost two decades, Greg has given us an opportunity to run up front and compete for wins.”
Biffle has 19-career Sprint Cup wins in 510-career starts. He also has to his credit 92 top-fives and 175 top-10 finishes in the 510 races. But his most recent win came in 2013, and his top-five and top-10 tallies have fallen off in recent years as the Roush Fenway organization, as a whole, has struggled.
Biffle was interviewed on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio on Monday and said the decision to part ways with RFR was a mutual one. He also said that he doesn’t have other concrete plans in place. When rumors began circulation of a possible departure from Roush Fenway, speculation had Biffle possibly going to a second car at JTG-Daugherty Racing, but Biffle shot down that speculation on Monday, saying he spoke with JTG-Daugherty but that organization just wasn’t the right fit for him.
“I have talked to several teams, including the JTG team,” Biffle said during the interview. “I met with those guys, probably, a month, month-and-a-half ago. They’re a great organization. They’ve got competitive cars, but it just really didn’t work with me.”
Also, there is no indication either way whether or not RFR will continue to field the No. 16 Ford Biffle leaves behind. Roush Fenway Racing also fields the No. 6 Ford of Trevor Bayne and the No. 17 For Ricky Stenhouse Jr.