Harvick recalls Bristol fight with Greg Biffle
In this clip from SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, Kevin Harvick talks about his run in with Greg Biffle at Bristol Motor Speedway in 2002.
Harvick recounts 2002 WWE-style dust-up with Biffle at Bristol
BUY TICKETS: See the races at Bristol Everyone knows that with short tracks come short tempers. Kevin Harvick, the 2014 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion, knows this as well as any other driver. He recounted a particularly vibrant run-in with a typically mild-mannered Greg Biffle at Bristol Motor Speedway back in 2002 on his "Happy Hours" SiriusXM radio program Tuesday night. With Bristol set to host races once again this weekend and Harvick slated to run Sunday's Food City 500 (2 p.m. ET, FOX, PRN, SiriusXM) co-host Matt Yocum brought up the raucous event that occurred in the XFINITY Series between a wispy-goateed Harvick and Biffle , who was running for a title at the time. (He later went on to win it that season.) "You're sitting there with your arms crossed, big smile on your face and everybody knows what you're going to do," Yocum said. "As soon as that race is over, it was like off the top rope, Jimmy 'Superfly' Snuka, flying across the deck lid." Harvick had been wrecked by Biffle late in the race and waited for Biffle on pit road -- while the race was finishing up -- and had a "chat" with the former Roush Fenway Racing driver once he parked his car. Perhaps inspired by Wrestlemania X8, which aired less than a week prior to the incident, Harvick performed perhaps the most unique maneuver in a scrum that NASCAR has seen throughout its rich history of post-race dust-ups. "Well, I can tell you this. Everybody didn't know what I was going to do while I was standing on that pit box like I was, because I don't even think that I knew I was going to hurdle a car," Harvick said. "But, you know, I'm pissed. "I'm sitting up on that pit box and I don't know why, but when you're 25 you feel like you have to make a scene out of everything and at that particular point I felt like I needed to make a scene out of everything and you're trotting down pit road and you're like 'I'm getting there, I'm getting there ... now what am I going to do?' Just the first instinct was to leap from the wall, over the deck lid and off the top rope. I had Biffle by the collar and I didn't know what to do from that particular point because it was a big mosh pit." &amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;br type=&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;quot;_moz&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;quot;&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;gt; Before Harvick could decide what to do, it was decided for him. "I'll never forget the fact that, I think it was the jackman who was also the pit crew coach and I can't remember his name, but he was the biggest dude I've ever seen on pit road and he just comes through this sea of people and was knocking people out of the way and he grabbed me by the collar and dragged me out like I'm 2 (years old). It may have been fun for the fans, but man I got my butt chewed in that big red trailer after that. They were not happy with me. ... Yeah, I lost (my mind.)" Just shy of a decade later, the pair mixed it up again, this time at Martinsville. Short tracks, man. They'll getcha. On that note, be sure to tune in Sunday to see some great racing action ... and whatever else may come along with it.
Greg Biffle headed to TV in guest analyst role
BUY TICKETS: See the Daytona 500 live! Greg Biffle took to Twitter on Friday to reveal that he has no plans to race full-time in NASCAR in 2017. After a great deal of consideration from all the offers I've received, I've decided not to participate full time in #NASCAR this season.... — Greg Biffle (@gbiffle) February 17, 2017 If the right opportunity arises I may return to the driver’s seat... — Greg Biffle (@gbiffle) February 17, 2017 Instead, Biffle will be working as a reccurring analyst on NBC Sports Network's "NASCAR America," and he will serve as a guest analyst for Motor Racing Network's radio broadcast of the NASCAR XFINITY Series opener on Feb. 25 at Daytona International Speedway . I’ve accepted a great opportunity @NBCSports as a reoccurring guest analyst on their show #NASCARAmerica , my first appearance is March 1 — Greg Biffle (@gbiffle) February 17, 2017 A 19-time winner in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series , Biffle parted ways with Roush Fenway Racing right after the 2016 season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway following a 19-year run together in NASCAR. With Roush, Biffle won the 2002 NASCAR XFINITY Series title and the 2000 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship. &amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;/p&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;
Greg Biffle won't return to Roush in 2017
RELATED: All of Biffle's Cup victories NASCAR veteran Greg Biffle announced Monday that he and Roush Fenway Racing have agreed to part ways, leaving the driver's immediate future very much up in the air. Biffle , 46, had been with the company for 19 years. He called the decision to part ways a "mutual agreement" and touched on multiple topics in an appearance on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio. Among them -- he wants to drive in 2017, but has no concrete plans; he had fielded offers from multiple teams, including JTG Daugherty; and the on-track results over the past three years weighed heavily on the driver as he mulled his future. "It's been a tough decision to make," Biffle said on Sirius. "I've kind of been faced with it several times throughout my career. … I felt like it had kind of run its course. I felt like it was time for me to move on and explore some other opportunities. I've enjoyed my time with Roush, and Jack (Roush) has meant a tremendous amount to me." Since 2003, Biffle has piloted the company's No. 16 Ford. His best season came in 2005, when he notched six wins and a career-best 15 top-five finishes en route to a second-place finish in the driver standings. All told, Biffle has 19 career premier series victories, along with a championship in both the NASCAR XFINITY Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. "I don't have the words to say what Greg has meant to this organization," Roush said in a team release. "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 said this decision has been in motion for a few months. The driver, who turns 47 in December, added that he's taking a leap of faith leaving without another deal in place. "It was probably my toughest decision to make, to not have another deal," he said. " … I have talked to several teams, including the JTG (Daugherty) team. 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." Biffle last won in 2013, which is also Roush's last Sprint Cup Series win as a team, although the organization won the XFINITY Series title in 2015 with driver Chris Buescher . The struggles in the premier series appeared to be the tipping point for the driver. "I'm so competitive of a person," he said. "It truly crushes you to put 100 percent effort in -- the guys at the shop, the whole team … everyone is pulling the rope in the same direction and working as hard as they could, and the results just aren't what we wanted them to be. "Whether it's right or wrong, it was like, 'Let's do something different for both of us.' " &amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;/p&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;
69 things to love about Greg Biffle
Since announcing his departure from longtime team Roush Fenway Racing following the 2016 racing season, Greg Biffle has tackled the offseason with a seemingly new outlook on life -- at least evidenced by his tweets following the announcement. In celebration, it's only appropriate to share a list of 69 things to love about Greg Biffle -- in both his storied racing career and off-track pursuits. Racing, in general 1. First driver to win both an XFINITY Series and Camping World Truck Series championship. 2. Has a dozen poles or more and multiple wins in all three national series. 3. Committed to Roush Fenway Racing for 19 years -- something nearly unheard of by today's standards. 4. Made his first NASCAR-sanctioned start in 1989 (in the NASCAR Northwest Series) -- before Kyle Larson , Chase Elliott , Austin Dillon , Trevor Bayne , Ryan Blaney , Chris Buescher , Landon Cassill , and Joey Logano were born. 5. Finished second in the #NASCARHoleshot Challenge... 6. ... but didn't faceplant into the wall like winner Clint Bowyer . 7. Won Roush Fenway Racing 's first NASCAR championship In 2000, @gbiffle won the first championship in #RFRDriven history pic.twitter.com/0XbByzfvab — Roush Fenway Racing (@roushfenway) November 21, 2016 8. Made a start in the 24 Hours of Daytona endurance race. 9. Raced in IROC in 2003. 10. Reached 218 mph in a test at Texas in 2009 -- a record speed in a stock car at the track. 11. Was discovered and recommended to Jack Roush by late racing legend Benny Parsons. 12. He's not afraid to drag race. Camping World Truck Series 13. Won the 2000 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship. 14. Earned the title of 1998 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Rookie of the Year 15. Won approximately one-third of the races in the 1999 Truck Series season (nine out of 25). 16. Drove one of the best Truck Series paint schemes ever. On this day in 1999, @gbiffle scored his 9th career @NASCAR_Trucks win at @LVMotorSpeedway #NASCAR pic.twitter.com/ULRTsHLksO — OreiusCentaur (@OreiusCentaur) September 24, 2016 17. Led more 2,000 laps in the Truck Series, despite making only 81 starts. 18. Helped broadcast a Truck race for MRN. In the @MRNRadio booth for the Truck race @kansasspeedway pic.twitter.com/6BwLzus12z — Greg Biffle (@gbiffle) May 7, 2016 XFINITY SERIES 19. Won the 2002 NASCAR XFINITY Series championship. 20. 2001 NASCAR XFINITY Series Rookie of the Year. 21. 2002 NASCAR XFINITY Series Most Popular Driver. 22. Holds the record for fastest XFINITY Series qualifying lap at Bristol Motor Speedway . 23. Has led more than 4,000 laps in the XFINITY Series. PREMIER SERIES 24. Got called a bug-eyed dummy by Sterling Marlin. 25. He knows what he’s good at: All his wins have come at tracks between 1 mile and 2.5 miles in length. 26. His 2005 season was like Mark Martin’s 1998 -- a solid season by all accounts, but not quite enough to win the championship. 27. Held the title of the oldest full-time Sprint Cup driver in 2016. 28. Got in a fight with Tom Logano at Auto Club Speedway in 2009.
Greg Biffle's father passes away, driver tweets
Garland Jack Biffle , father of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Greg Biffle , died Tuesday morning at age 75. The Roush Fenway Racing driver tweeted out the family news Tuesday. In a 2012 profile on SB Nation, Biffle said that his father introduced him early on to a life in speed, through a love of motorcycles that began at age 4. The elder Biffle served in the U.S. Army. Biffle , 46, has 19 victories in 14 seasons in NASCAR's Sprint Cup series. He is also a former champion in the NASCAR XFINITY and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. My father/veteran Garland Jack Biffle passed away this morning at 10:32am.. He taught me some much in life and I will miss him greatly..RIP — Greg Biffle (@gbiffle) July 19, 2016 Biffle has a decal on his No. 16 Roush Fenway Racing Ford at Indianapolis this weekend to honor his father. . @gbiffle will honor his father, who passed away this week, with this decal. pic.twitter.com/odbxH2LC9a — NASCAR (@NASCAR) July 22, 2016
Greg Biffle lets loose, plus more tweets
Editor's note: Every Friday, "Tweets You Might Have Missed" will present eight of the best NASCAR-related tweets from the week. 1. Enjoyed Sunday off now ready for @ChicagolndSpdwy #win16team pic.twitter.com/O06xRdNhuO — Greg Biffle (@gbiffle) September 15, 2016 2. You guys might not realize- but I read every letter I get. Still trips me out. People cheering in Germany #nascar pic.twitter.com/ii2pl5ySIv — Josh Wise (@Josh_Wise) September 15, 2016 3. The pot looked better in the corner. Plant don't care. pic.twitter.com/GsBs0wzNYs — Dale Earnhardt Jr . (@DaleJr) September 12, 2016 4. First ⚽️ practice! pic.twitter.com/taYwqpfwxn — DeLana Harvick (@DeLanaHarvick) September 14, 2016 5. Parenting pic.twitter.com/U8IWRGZojT — landon cassill (@landoncassill) September 14, 2016 6. Chicago let's do this! #TheChase #KB41 pic.twitter.com/qPma4CX6IB — Kurt Busch (@KurtBusch) September 15, 2016 7. First time I met @DeAngeloRB #tbt pic.twitter.com/gFUus7DG5t — Austin Dillon (@austindillon3) September 15, 2016 8. Going to take absolute focus over the next 10 weekends, the whole #miller2crew looking to make this count. #thechase pic.twitter.com/TQix66exOm — Brad Keselowski (@keselowski) September 15, 2016
Greg Biffle aims for playoff-clinching win
Driver says 'it's very hard to stay enthusiastic' with RFR's topsy-turvy year LOUDON, N.H. -- NASCAR has never seen a driver win a championship at each of its three national series levels, but there was a time when it looked as if Greg Biffle could be the first. With his XFINITY and Camping World Truck Series titles already locked up in 2002 and 2000, respectively, the Roush Fenway Racing mainstay appeared primed to complete NASCAR's version of the triple crown after 2012, when a career-best average finish of 10.2 propelled him to 21 top 10s -- another career high -- 12 top-five finishes and a pair of wins. But with just a single win (Michigan, June 2013), eight top fives and 26 top 10s in 90 races since, the triple crown seems like nothing but a pipe dream for Biffle at this point. The NASCAR veteran has been but a blip on the radar of other drivers as they pass him both on the track -- and in performance. "(The stats are) probably one of the toughest things for us to look at," Biffle said Friday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, site of Sunday's 5-hour ENERGY 301 (1:30 p.m. ET, NBC Sports Network, PRN, SiriusXM Radio). "We look at the same stats you're looking at and we look around us and the cars we're racing with and it's definitely frustrating, but, at the same time, we're working as hard as we can to try and figure out what we need for speed -- what we have to do with these cars. "To be quite honest with you, we don't know what to do to them and we don't know where the speed is at so it makes it really difficult to fix it." One of the most frustrating wrinkles of the drop in performance for Biffle and Roush as a whole has to be the success that other Ford-backed organizations have enjoyed in increasingly dramatic fashion. Roush holds Ford's most recent NASCAR championship ( Ricky Stenhouse Jr .'s 2012 XFINITY title), but rival stable Team Penske has racked up a whopping 15 Cup wins -- including a Daytona 500 -- between drivers Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano since Penske made the switch from Dodge to Ford following Keselowski's title run in 2012. Toss in Logano's Championship 4 appearance at Homestead-Miami Speedway last fall and it's enough for Jack Roush to pull out whatever hair he has left. That trend has carried throughout this year as well, with the Penske duo sitting pretty near the top of the standings with a Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup berth a near certainty, as both have wins. Biffle , meanwhile is struggling to stay afloat in the Chase picture at all, currently 18th in the points standings with one less spot up for grabs if/when Kyle Busch enters the top 30. The 19-time Cup Series winner and his Roush teammates, Stenhouse Jr. and Trevor Bayne , even sit behind fellow Ford driver Aric Almirola , who races for the smaller and less-funded Richard Petty Motorsports . "It's very hard to stay enthusiastic, it is," Biffle said. "I wouldn't say it's like one arm tied behind your back, but it is difficult to get dressed, buckled in there, and get out on the race track, but every time we do we're searching for that speed, so we're back at the shop working on stuff, we're testing, and then we're bringing it to see what it does competing to that next guy." When Ford rolled out its revamped version of the Gen-6 Fusion at Texas Motor Speedway earlier this year, initial reviews by Biffle and Co. were positive. A 17th-place finish doesn't seem like much, but with an average finish of 26.0 the previous three races, it was a step in the right direction. A few weeks later, Biffle notched his best finish of the past two seasons when he placed second to former teammate Carl Edwards in the Coca-Cola 600 . Things appeared to be rounding into form then, but the performance hasn't materialized since. "We were all jumping up and down and all excited about Texas, and we brought it out and we saw more consistent drive in it," Biffle said. "It wasn't like it was doing four different things trying to drive it, so it calmed that down, but it didn't have any more speed. So then we took another version of it, an updated version of it to I don't remember where and it showed a little bit of promise, and then Charlotte it showed a lot of promise. We qualified up front and ran up front a lot of the race, and ended up finishing second on fuel mileage but we were about a 10th-place car. We were like, 'OK, we've got this thing figured out now,' so now we’ve moved into the top 10 or close to it and now we can start scratching at the rest of it. "Then Pocono we were fair and then we went to Michigan and were all foaming at the mouth and we were 36th, two laps down. We had no idea what happened, so back to the drawing board for us. We're kind of pinging around it and trying to find that moving target and every time we feel like we’re getting closer, we get knocked back down to the bottom rung again and start back up." At this point in the season, it appears unlikely that Biffle and the Roush group can regain the speed that one of NASCAR's premier organizations once boasted, nor does it seem like he’ll have the opportunity to finish off his triple crown and hold that elusive Sprint Cup in Miami at season's end. Still, with the nature of the Chase format, anything can happen if the dominoes fall just right. Biffle , a former winner at the "Magic Mile," could steal a win on Sunday and gain berth to the sport's playoffs and make a run at a title. "Yeah, that sounds really good," Biffle said. "I'm gonna go with that plan right now." FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
Greg Biffle explains driver council, agenda
Roush Fenway Racing driver describes group's genesis, approach RELATED: O'Donnell addresses Dover meeting with drivers Roush Fenway Racing 's Greg Biffle did not attend Saturday's driver meeting with NASCAR at Dover Downs Hotel and Casino, but he was aware of it. He also said Monday that he was among the first drivers to start talking about a council last September. "It actually started with Denny (Hamlin), myself and Brad (Keselowski) … in Chicago, after the Chase was set," Biffle said on "NASCAR Race Hub" on FOX Sports 1. "We started these discussions, and it's kind of continued from there and built and it's a good thing." The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver with titles in the XFINITY and Camping World Truck divisions described the make-up of the group and some of the subjects discussed. "It's a great discussion to continue to help improve racing and safety within the sport," Biffle said. "We drive the cars and so we know what taking power out does, adding or subtracting downforce a lot of times. You get the driver input, NASCAR's input and the team owners' input. They've got to pay the bills to continue to change the cars around. "It was a past champion, top Ford, top Chevy, top Toyota drivers. That's kind of how the council's made up. Then we discuss the issues, and they go on and meet with NASCAR so we can all stay on the same page and not be surprised by anything. "And we all have the same agenda. We want great racing, close side-by-side racing, competitive and safe for the drivers." In the past, a pair of future NASCAR Hall of Famers would talk with the sanctioning body about issues affecting the garage. Now, his fellow drivers felt the need to work together. "…before, let's face it, it was Rusty Wallace would walk in there or Dale Earnhardt would walk in there and (say), 'This is what we need.' And those guys really knew. "We as a collective group kind of know I think what direction we need to go and what we want to see. It's easier for us to go in there with a little bit more focused group on what we need and what we think and try and work with NASCAR on the outcome." MORE: Stewart says NASCAR meeting is 'very, very positive' Horsepower and aero adjustments were two of the topics on Saturday's agenda, according to Biffle . "We're race car drivers, right, so we want to go as fast as we can," Biffle said. "We want the most power, and I think that one of the topics is the power that has been taken away. It's made it a little bit more difficult to pass and so power is one thing, that we would like to be able to have that horsepower when we step on the gas pedal. I don't think you could argue with any race car driver as far as that. "And then the downforce issue and trying to make the cars a little bit less aero-sensitive from the cars behind and be able to pass. That's the key, right?" Biffle said the council sets the time to talk with NASCAR, and he found out on Saturday that the group was meeting so he didn't think it was unusual that six-time champion Jimmie Johnson wasn't aware that the meeting had taken place until after he earned his record 10th victory at Dover. "Jimmie went out for a bicycle ride," Biffle said. "Doesn't surprise me he didn't hear about the meeting or catch wind that they were actually meeting on that Saturday." FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
Ortho will not sponsor Greg Biffle in 2016
The Ortho brand of Scotts Miracle-Gro will not return as primary sponsor of Greg Biffle 's No. 16 Roush Fenway Racing Ford in 2016, the organization and team confirmed Friday. "We have enjoyed a long-standing and greatly productive working relationship with Ortho and the Scotts' brand," RFR President Steve Newmark said in a statement. "Over the course of the last decade they -- at different times -- have been able to successfully activate various marketing platforms through our partnership. "They had great success activating around Greg and the No. 16 team and I think all of us enjoyed the 'What's Buggin' Biffle' promotion. However, their marketing strategy for '16 will take them in a different direction. We would of course welcome working with them again in the future and look forward to that possibility." Various Ortho schemes -- including Bug-B-Gone, Fire Ant Killer and Home Defense -- covered Biffle's car for 15 races in 2015. Previously, Scotts had sponsored cars for Roush Fenway Racing from 2005-11. Company spokesman Chris Strunk provided the following statement to SportsBusiness Daily : "We evaluate our sponsorship portfolio on an annual basis and have decided not to renew our partnership agreement with Roush Fenway Racing . Roush Fenway and Greg Biffle have been terrific partners, and we wish them the best. We are extremely appreciative of their participation and support of the Ortho brand."
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