Roush Racing announced earlier today that Greg Biffle has signed a multi-year contract extension that will keep him in the No. 16 National Guard/Subway Taurus. He spoke about the deal after Friday's Nextel Cup practice session. GREG ...
Roush Racing announced earlier today that Greg Biffle has signed a multi-year contract extension that will keep him in the No. 16 National Guard/Subway Taurus. He spoke about the deal after Friday's Nextel Cup practice session.
GREG BIFFLE - No. 16 National Guard/Charter Taurus
ARE YOU HAPPY TO HAVE THIS OVER WITH AND NOT HAVE TO TALK ABOUT IT ANYMORE?
"Yeah, I really am. I'm excited. I went to Jack and told him that I really wanted to stay at Roush. Geoff Smith worked very hard at doing what he could do for me to stay there and I'm really excited about having National Guard and all the other sponsors on the race car. I feel we're locking in a championship battle right now in 2005 and, obviously, if I decided to do something different this year is pretty much down the drain for me. All of it was a consideration on what to do. I felt like I wanted to stay here. They gave me an opportunity to come drive for their organization and they've treated me well and are gonna continue to treat me well over the next three years. We're just excited about having it done. It was starting to be a distraction. I was starting to get a lot of inquiries and people calling and other people talking about it and I wanted to put it to bed. I wanted to secure the team and tell them that, 'Hey, I'm here to stay.' They're wondering where I'm going. They're hearing other team guys talk or whatever, and Ford was a major part in helping us solidify our deal and get it done. They've been behind us 100 percent. I went to them and asked for support for the team and they're there to support us technical-wise and aero-wise. We've got a new race car coming that we're real excited about and part of my decision on what to do was all the neat things we've got coming and how stout our organization is. It would be tough for me to go do something different."
THERE WERE A LOT OF RUMORS. WAS IT EVER CLOSE THAT YOU WERE GOING TO LEAVE ROUSH?
"I don't think so, not ever close, but I had plenty of opportunities and I'm thankful for that. I'm really blessed that I've got the driving ability that I do and other people have interest in me to drive their race cars. There are a lot of fine teams in this sport - a lot of people I respect very well. I'm friends with a lot of the team owners. I like to mingle with them and talk with them. Ray's got a great organization. Joe Gibbs, Richard Childress - all of them - Roger Penske. Every single one of those guys - DEI - have great organizations in our sport. I had some opportunities, but this is where my heart was at and we were able to work out a deal and I think I'm gonna be happy."
CAN YOU TALK ABOUT THE CHALLENGE OF 600 MILES HERE?
"That's tough. We've got to have adjustability in the race car. With the way our race cars are set up today it's more difficult, we're finding out, to have that adjustability over 600 miles so we're really focusing and concentrating on how to have that adjustability. We spent probably too much time today on qualifying because qualifying, obviously, for a 600-mile race probably doesn't mean a lot, but we went the whole two hours practicing qualifying. We ended up 13th right now and we'll be a little better than that, I think, qualifying. That would be a good starting spot for us, but it's adjustability and being able to adapt from 5 o'clock, to 7 o'clock to 9 o'clock at night."
HOW MUCH DID THE CHAMPIONSHIP BATTLE THIS YEAR EFFECT YOUR DECISION?
"That was one of my factors in staying here and doing what I want to do because of the championship battle we're locked into. That was a big factor. I've got quality race cars right now. I've got quality people and it pays $5.5 million to win the championship, plus a lot of other dividends. That's really hard to weigh out options of going somewhere else and driving another race car. A lot of guys don't have an opportunity to win more than one. You look at Tony Stewart, Matt Kenseth, Kurt Busch, Bobby Labonte. In this day and age it's very difficult. I feel like this is my best opportunity right now is this year. We may not be the guy to beat coming down the homestretch, but we're doing well right now."