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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;
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.
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 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
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'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
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."
Brian Pattie to serve as Greg Biffle's crew chief
RELATED: Learn which drivers and crew chiefs are on the move Roush Fenway Racing has at least one crew chief change for 2016, adding Brian Pattie to call the shots for veteran Greg Biffle and the No. 16 Ford team next year. Pattie first confirmed the news on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio on Wednesday night. A Roush Fenway Racing representative confirmed the move Thursday. Pattie served as crew chief to Clint Bowyer with Michael Waltrip Racing 's No. 15 Toyota for most of the last four seasons, switching to David Ragan and MWR's No. 55 team after the first Pocono race of 2015. The Waltrip-owned team ceased operation after the 2015 season. Pattie replaces Matt Puccia, who had been paired with Biffle since the midway point of the 2011 season. During their time together, Biffle posted three victories and six Coors Light Pole Awards, but their most recent stretch has seen limited success. Biffle has been winless since June 2013. The team did not confirm the remainder of Roush Fenway Racing 's Sprint Cup lineup. Bob Osborne served as crew chief for the No. 6 Ford in 2015, guiding Trevor Bayne in his first full season in NASCAR's premier series. Nick Sandler joined the No. 17 team and driver Ricky Stenhouse Jr . last year in his first stint as a crew chief.
Greg Biffle pulling double-duty in Nos. 16, 34 Fords?
During Sprint Cup Series practice at Martinsville Speedway on Friday, Greg Biffle was spotted driving two different cars, his typical No. 16 Roush Fenway Racing Ford Fusion -- and Chris Buescher 's No. 34 Front Row Motorsports Ford. Or at least that's what Buescher's windshield visor indicated. April Fools? Had an issue in tech with the 34 windshield. Didn't have a necessary sticker on it. Used a spare RFR 16 windshield as emergency backup. — FrontRow Motorsports (@Team_FRM) April 1, 2016 Shhhhhhhhh, tell them it was an April Fool's joke! https://t.co/kD686fWFnh — Roush Fenway Racing (@roushfenway) April 1, 2016