Biffle moving on after 19 seasons
Greg Biffle has parted ways amicably with Roush Fenway Racing after 19 seasons. The divorce is not surprising, given the dynamics on that team.
Biffle joins the list of talented drivers — namely, Matt Kenseth and Carl Edwards — who have split in recent years from that team because of better opportunities and competitiveness issues.
Biffle isn’t exactly an A-lister in Cup terms, but he has won titles in the Camping World and Xfinity Series. The fact is he wasn’t going to win a Cup title racing for Jack Roush. The numbers don’t lie: Biffle hasn’t won since 2013 and finished 20th and 23rd the last two seasons.
“We’ve had an incredible run and I am so appreciative for the opportunity to be a part of Roush Fenway,” Biffle said. “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.”
He needs to go chasing speed somewhere else. Clint Bowyer will leave HScott Motorsports to race for Stewart-Haas Racing, but Biffle’s first option shouldn’t be to look for a team that simply doesn’t have the horses to compete for a title.
File this one under TBA, and happy trails to one of the good guys in the garage. State of NASCAR: It’s never a good look when a top sports executive holds a news conference and is labeled “defensive” and “indignant.”
Unfortunately f or NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France, his annual “state of the union” address to the media devolved into something more than a jovial and Greg Biffle says he has “enjoyed every minute” at Roush Fenway Racing. informative Q&A.
France took a combative stance while fending off questions about his endorsement of Donald Trump and sagging attendance at races, prefacing both answers with, “Let me stop you.”
Regarding Trump, France shifted the focus to the sport’s efforts to promote greater diversity on the track and at other levels of the sport.
“First of all, nobody wants to hear my political views. So I won’t be talking about that,” France said.
Eyeballs — in person and on TV — have been issues as well. Sunday’s race had a 3.3 overnight rating on NBC — down 25 percent from l ast year ( 4.4). NASCAR does not release attendance figures, but anecdotal evidence suggests these numbers are down too.
“The audience isn’t going away at all,” France said. “It’s sliding to different places, consuming in different ways. ... Our digital consumption is off the charts.”