Greg Biffle, Roush Fenway Racing Part Ways After 19 Years In NASCAR

Mon, Nov 21, 2016 1,192

As Roush Fenway Racing struggled to find speed in recent seasons, people throughout the organization promised changes in approach, equipment and culture.

Now, that change extends to the driver’s seat.

Greg Biffle and RFR announced Monday that they have parted ways, 19 years after the organization’s longest-tenured driver joined the team. The split comes in the same season Biffle made his 500th career Sprint Cup start and, at times, appeared to have rediscovered a contending formula on the track.

“We’ve had an incredible run and I am so appreciative for the opportunity to be a part of Roush Fenway,” Biffle said in a statement. “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.”

He added that he plans to explore opportunities in TV and radio, both inside and outside of NASCAR.

Biffle, 46, claimed 19 Cup wins and qualified for the Chase for the Sprint Cup eight times. He brought RFR its first two championships, winning the Craftsman Truck Series title in 2000 and the Busch Series crown in 2002.

He earned a season-best fifth-place finish at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in July, driving the No. 16 NESN Fuel Ford.

“I don’t have the words to say what Greg has meant to this organization,” team owner Jack Roush said in a statement. “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.

“Greg exemplifies what every owner hopes for in a driver and I’m extremely thankful for having him as part of our organization.”

Biffle has made 835 NASCAR starts overall, winning 55 times in the three major series, while leading almost 12,000 laps in his career.

Thumbnail photo via Jasen Vinlove/USA TODAY Sports Images