A lot more clarity has come in the past week when it comes to Greg Biffle and his future next season and beyond. It has been rumored for a few weeks that Biffle was going to remain with Roush Fenway Racing and that was confirmed with the announcement of his new three-year contract. Biffle’s new contract with the announcement of Trevor Bayne coming up essentially spelled the end of Carl Edwards with the team; that was of course made official last weekend when RFR announced their 2015 lineup sans Edwards.
Earlier this week Biffle spoke about his new deal and Edwards via an RFR press release.
Every driver has opportunities and I was very thankful that I had plenty of opportunities. I was coming down to deciding what I was gonna do for the future from other teams and there were some interesting seats open and opportunities, but I think internally what happened is as I was deciding what I wanted to do for the future, I think Carl decided that he was gonna move on and then I needed to make a decision what I was gonna do. I’ve won over 55 races driving there and 19 Cup wins and I just felt like we can get this thing turned around, so I made the decision to stay and be the anchor for Roush Fenway, and do another three-year contract, regardless of sponsorship at that point. I made that commitment to stay and it’s been a tough eight weeks since then.
RFR is going to face an uphill battle in 2015 when the field a stable of Ricky Stenhouse Jr, Trevor Bayne and Greg Biffle. While I am not saying that they aren’t going to be competitive, I do believe that they will struggle a bit more than some fans believe. The other interesting note in Biffle’s comments aside from the length of his deal is that he acknowledged Edwards wanting to leave RFR. Some assumed that RFR wanted Biffle more than Edwards but it would seem that wasn’t the case. Instead, it would seem that Edwards had reached what he felt was the end of the rope with RFR and decided to move on from the team. This notion is also made apparent by Ford Racing’s comments about how they “did everything in their power to keep Edwards in a Ford in 2015.”
With six races left before the chase RFR still has time to get Stenhouse Jr. and Biffle into the chase. If either of RFR’s drivers not named Edwards wins in the next six races they will be able to secure spots in the 2014 chase along with the driver of the No. 99 car.