Biffle, Roush Fenway Racing part ways after 19 seasons

(AP Photo/John Raoux)
(AP Photo/John Raoux)

CONCORD, N.C. (AP) — Greg Biffle and Roush Fenway Racing have parted ways after 19 seasons, the last 14 in the Sprint Cup Series.

Biffle, who had driven the No. 16 Ford since 2002, called it a “mutual agreement we started working on many months ago.”

“We’ve had an incredible run and I am so appreciative for the opportunity to be a part of Roush Fenway,” Biffle said Monday. “For a kid that grew up 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 won 19 races in NASCAR’s top series and twice contended for the Cup championship late in the season. He also won championships in the Xfinity Series and the Camping World Truck Series. But he’s had little success of late, last winning in 2013 and finishing 20th (2015) and 23rd (2016) the last two seasons.

Biffle made the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship eight times and is one of only 17 drivers to make 500 consecutive Cup starts.

“I don’t have the words to say what Greg has meant to this organization,” team 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.

“Greg exemplifies what every owner hopes for in a driver and I’m extremely thankful for having him as part of our organization. I know that Greg and I will maintain a strong friendship and I look forward to leaning on him on occasion as we continue to work on improving our performance.”

RFR did not say whether it plans to field the No. 16 car next season.

 

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