In the midst of the whirlwind that has been the 2017 off-season, one thing hasn’t changed. Greg Biffle- for years a presence at Roush Fenway Racing in the 16 car- is still seeking employment. He recently tweeted to a fan that he is working on his 2017 plans.
At 47, the former Busch Series and truck racing champion is seeing his window of opportunity close to chase that elusive Cup championship. Many of the best rides available have been filled with up and comers looking for a chance. Daniel Suarez is taking over the 19 left unoccupied by Carl Edwards. Ty Dillon will take over Casey Mears’ former ride in the 13. The charter for the 98 has been purchased by Premium Motorsports, and will be driven by a host of drivers that will include Reed Sorenson. There’s other cars in varying states of flux for which Greg Biffle drive, none with quite the stature of his former team.
Is this the beginning of the end for Greg Biffle? A lot can happen in a month, but nothing appears imminent, and there are no hot rumors involving the winner of 19 races in NASCAR’s premier series.
His recent performance, affected by a variety of factors, doesn’t create much demand. Biffle’s last win came at Michigan in 2013. By the same token, success has been hard to come by for Greg Biffle’s former employer, once one of the best in the business.
If the sun has set on his career, Biffle is not without interests to tend to. The passionate fisherman reportedly keeps a fishing boat in Mexico. Hailing from the southern Washington city of Vancouver, Greg Biffle owns two Oregon race tracks: Willamette Speedway in Lebanon and Sunset Speedway in Banks.
While lacking the same star power of similarly accomplished drivers, Greg Biffle is not necessarily the first guy you think of when it comes to filling a race car cockpit. With that being said, the 2005 runner-up to Tony Stewart has had a career he can be proud of. Whether the end if near for his national series racing career, or the end is now, The Biff has had a career he can be proud of. Whatever the outcome of this stage of life, Greg Biffle has left his mark on the sport. Speaking as a resident of the northwest, we sure can use a racing goodwill ambassador for motorsports.
Unfortunately, the best rides are gone. How many times have we seen a Bobby Labonte languish in his later racing years in rides that weren’t as competitive. Seriously competing for wins becomes more challenging, feeding the narrative that said driver is somehow washed up. What will Biffle choose? Will he hold out for that better opportunity? Will he accept a lesser ride to remain in the sport. The phone for that better opportunity may never ring; clicking off circuits in a lesser car can taint a legacy. What will he do?