Biffle needs results to save team, career
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Greg Biffle (16) leads the bottom line at Daytona in July. Biffle hasn’t won since the 2013 Quicken Loans 400 at Michigan in June.
Disclaimer: Opinions expressed are solely those of the writer.
Greg Biffle resigned with Roush Fenway Racing earlier this year, a three year deal that puts Biffle in the spotlight after this season concludes.
With up and coming talent in Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and RFR’s new addition to the fold in Trevor Bayne as teammates next season, and Carl Edwards’ departure to Joe Gibbs Racing at the end of the season, Greg Biffle is undoubtedly the team’s number one driver in 2015.
Biffle has been with Roush since 1998, when he drove full-time in what was then the Craftsman Truck Series. In 2003, Biffle made his jump to the Cup division, after winning both a Truck and National series title. Since then, Greg has had many ups and downs, but as of late, he’s been trending downward, along with the entire Roush Fenway effort.
In three years, when Biffle is in contract talks again, it will of course be based upon the rest of this season, and the next few seasons. It will be interesting to see if he will able to perform at a number one driver level. If his counterparts outshine The Biff, it may be just the reason needed to let go of the two time NASCAR champion.
Greg Biffle has never been a “Young Gun” when it comes to his NASCAR career. He got his start in NASCAR later than most, and didn’t get to the Cup level until he was already in his mid-thirties. Still, his resumé is impressive. With a Sprint Cup Championship, Greg Biffle could become the first ever to claim a title in all three top tier series. His time is running out.
Roush Fenway is on the decline, as well. RFR just lost their number one driver to a rival team and manufacturer, reasons including the fact that they haven’t had the speed or drive that other teams have had, like JGR, or even their Ford stablemates at Team Penske.
It comes down to this - Greg Biffle made the 2014 Chase for the Championship, and still has something to prove. If he can capitalize on it, Biffle can both revitalize his career and his team. If not, it will more than likely be a tough end to a long and prosperous relationship.