Biffle 'closer' to extension with Roush Fenway
April 11, 2014, David Caraviello, NASCAR.com
Friday morning at NASCAR's oldest major speedway, Biffle said he's nearer to a contract extension with Roush Fenway, the only organization he's ever competed for in the Sprint Cup Series.
"I think so. I think we are getting closer," the two-time Darlington winner said. "There are a lot of moving parts to a contract and a lot of new people at (sponsor) 3M, but I know the folks are going up there next week to visit some more. I have a feeling it is getting closer. I know there has been a lot of activity. The program works really well for them and we have the American Red Cross on the car this weekend, so it is a good program for 3M, and I think they are happy and it looks like we are closing in on an announcement. Hopefully here soon we will have something.”
It's not uncommon for NASCAR teams to roll out driver and sponsor extensions at the same time, given that sponsor funding is often crucial to keeping a driver in the car. Biffle and Carl Edwards are each in contract years at Roush Fenway, and team officials have expressed their desire to re-sign both. Biffle, 43, has been with Roush since debuting in the Camping World Truck Series in 1998. Edwards, 33, is also a Roush lifer, having started with the team in the Trucks in 2003.
Edwards does not typically talk about contract issues, and maintained that stance Friday. "I promise you, no drama," he said.
Edwards has enjoyed the better start to this season, scoring a race victory at Bristol and currently standing third in Sprint Cup points coming to Darlington, where he's never won. Biffle won back-to-back races at Darlington in 2005 and '06, but hasn't yet won this year. He is coming off his best finish of the season, sixth in Monday's rain-delayed race at Texas, and ranks 15th in the standings.
"Last week was a huge uplift for us. We had really struggled as a team and organization even though Carl got a win. We have struggled a little bit this year on speed, especially the intermediates which has been our strong suit," Biffle said.
But Texas was different.
"We were fast right off the truck last week and had good speed, qualified good and ran good. That gave us some confidence coming here this week that hopefully we are starting to get the zero ride-height and new aero package down a little more and going to be more competitive. We just got done doing a two-day tire test, and we’ve had a busy week at Michigan, and felt like our car had good speed there, too. We will continue to try to build on it, and hopefully have a good run here. Maybe we can add to that list, and maybe be in here tomorrow night talking about it.”