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Biffle Hopes To Lead Roush Fenway Back To Top

| Senior Writer, RacinToday.com Wednesday, January 28 2015

Greg Biffle says Roush Fenway can turn things around. (RacinToday/HHP file photo by Alan Marler)

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – At the end of each season in three of the last four years Greg Biffle has watched teammates exit Roush Fenway Racing; two moved to another organization while one had his sponsor withdraw from the sport.

It was a scenario that made the 45-year-old Biffle wonder if he should remain with the team that gave him his break; the organization where he recorded NASCAR Camping World Truck and Xfinity series championships. It was an agonizing decision, one the Vancouver, Wash., native wrestled with for six months. He was in his 17th year with Jack Roush and there were “great” teams offering him an opportunity. Eventually, he decided that remaining with the veteran team owner was the path to take.

“Loyalty in this world only goes so far,” Biffle said Wednesday during the Charlotte Motor Speedway Media Tour presented by Technocom. “It makes it easy to leave … it’s easy to kick a guy when he’s down. We had tremendous trouble last year. It would have been easy for me to leave at that point, but, knowing that the stock is at its lowest price that it’s been at, sometimes that’s the opportunity. It’s going to go up. I (decided) I wanted to be the guy that brings this organization out of the bad place it’s in. I decided I didn’t want to jump ship.”

In 17 years with Roush Fenway, Biffle has produced 55 victories – 19 in Cup, 20 in Xfinity and 16 in the Truck series. Last year, however, was probably one of the toughest he has experienced.

“We’re not going to sugar coat it. Last year we were at the bottom of the heap compared to the teams and no light at the end of the tunnel,” Biffle said. “We all recognized the position we were in last year. We were drowning and we were trying to get to the surface. It was difficult on all of us; all of the relationships were taxed between me and my crew chief, the other drivers, the team engineers and the simulation group, fabrication, the guys hanging the bodies.

“We worked harder last year than any organization. We worked harder and built more things last year … and that wore us down to nothing. There were underlying issues. People had told me things that weren’t true.”

When Biffle finally reached his decision to remain with the Concord, N.C.-based team, others decided to leave. And in the end, it was the relationships Biffle had built at Roush Fenway that played a role in his decision.

“There are going to be great things ahead for us,” Biffle predicted

| Senior Writer, RacinToday.com Wednesday, January 28 2015
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