CONCORD, N.C. – Greg Biffle confirmed Monday he is leaving Roush Fenway Racing after 19 years with the organization.
Biffle confirmed the news via his personal Twitter account:
It’s been a great 19 yrs at Roush Fenway racing, it was a mutual agreement we started working on many months ago for a departure after 2016
— Greg Biffle (@gbiffle) November 21, 2016
The 46-year-old native of Vancouver, Wash., joined Roush Fenway Racing for the 1998 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season, winning the rookie-of-the-year award that season.
Two years later Biffle won the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship for Roush and earned a promotion to the NASCAR XFINITY Series in 2001. He won the rookie-of-the-year award in that series in 2001 and claimed the XFINITY Series championship the following season.
Biffle moved up to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in 2003 with Roush Fenway Racing and has driven in the Sprint Cup Series for the last 13 years for the team. During that time period he scored 19 victories and earned a career-best second-place finish in the Sprint Cup standings in 2005.
“We’ve had an incredible run and I am so appreciative for the opportunity to be a part of Roush Fenway,” said Biffle in a statement Monday afternoon. “For a kid that grew up Washington, 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. I’m excited about the next chapter of my life, and I look forward to exploring other opportunities – particularly in radio and television – both inside and outside of NASCAR.
“I’m thankful to Jack Roush for the opportunity to have driven his race cars for all these years,” added Biffle. “It’s very rare in this sport to have been able to stay with one team this many years, and to have been as successful as we have been.”
The last three seasons have been a struggle for Biffle, who hasn’t won a race since 2013 and only has seven top-five finishes in the last three seasons.
Biffle is expected to remain in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series with an as-yet unannounced team. Biffle was Roush Fenway Racing’s longest tenured driver and leaves the team with Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Trevor Bayne as its Cup Series drivers.
“I don’t have the words to say what Greg has meant to this organization,” said team owner Jack Roush. “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. I know that Greg and I will maintain a strong friendship and I look forward to leaning on him on occasion as we continue to work on improving our performance.”