(NOTE: some older links may not work)
Races  that Cheez-It is scheduled to be the primary sponsor in 2016:
Las Vegas - 3/6
Phoenix - 3/13
Richmond - 4/24
Charlotte - 5/20-21; Sprint Showdown & All-Star Race
Charlotte - 5/29
Watkins Glen - 8/7
Talladega - 10/23
Races  that KFC is scheduled to be the primary sponsor in 2016:
Daytona, Sprint Unlimited - 2/13
Daytona - 2/21
Kentucky - 7/9
Races that Roush Performance has been the primary sponsor in 2016:
Atlanta - 2/28
Martinsville - 4/3
Bristol - 4/17
Michigan - 8/28
Homestead - 11/20
Races that Ford EcoBoost has been the primary sponsor in 2016:
Auto Club - 3/20
Talladega - 5/1
Kansas - 5/7
Pocono - 6/5
Michigan - 6/12
Daytona - 7/2
Pocono - 7/31
Bristol - 8/20
Richmond - 9/10
Dover - 10/2
Charlotte - 10/8
Races that Kleen Performance / Performance Plus Motor Oil has been the primary sponsor in 2016:
Texas - 4/9, Kleen Performance
Dover - 5/15, Kleen Performance
Sonoma - 6/26, Performance Plus Motor Oil
Indianapolis - 7/24, Performance Plus Motor Oil
Chicago - 9/18, Performance Plus Motor Oil
New Hampshire - 9/25, Performance Plus Motor Oil
Texas - 11/6, Performance Plus Motor Oil
Phoenix - 11/13, Performance Plus Motor Oil
Races  that NESN Fuel is scheduled to be the primary sponsor in 2016:
New Hampshire - 7/17
Races  that Hooters is scheduled to be the primary sponsor in 2016:
Darlington - 9/4
Races  that FordPass is scheduled to be the primary sponsor in 2016:
Kansas - 10/16
Martinsville - 10/30
Biffle has "several offers" for next season: Asked on Twitter Sunday if he had a ride for 2017, Greg Biffle responded, "Not yet working on it. I'm blessed to have several offers just wanting to make the right decision and drive a car I can win in."(12-12-2016)
Roush Fenway awarded two MarCom Awards: Roush Fenway Racing has been recognized for outstanding achievement by the prestigious MarCom Awards. The team has been awarded a pair of MarCom Platinum Awards for its marketing and communications efforts in 2016. The organization received a Platinum Award in the category of 'Social Media Campaign' for its innovative #RFRTruckin social campaign. In addition, Roush Fenway was awarded a Platinum Award in the 'Social Media Branding' category for its Social 'Jack' Icon program. The team also garnered Honorable Mention for its launch of the SunnyD program this season, in the Communications/PR Program category. MarCom Awards is an international creative competition that recognizes outstanding achievement by marketing and communications professionals. The awards received over 6,500 entries this year, with only 17 percent awarded Platinum status by earning the highest distinction as 'the most outstanding entries in the competition.' Platinum Winners are recognized for 'their excellence in terms of quality, creativity and resourcefulness.'
The #RFRTruckin program, which provided fans a 'behind the scenes' look at a NASCAR 'road trip,' garnered instant media attention and earned over 23 million organic impressions. The 'Social Icon' program represented team co-owner Jack Roush's iconic hat and leveraged local market integration, partner programs, cause marketing and merchandise licensing. The SunnyD 'NASCAR' program, which featured the NASCAR remake of the classic 'purple stuff' commercial, generated more than 8.5 million impressions for the brand, produced more than three million video views and gained national media exposure.
Roush Fenway Racing has now won a total of four MarCom Platinum Awards since 2011, when it took home its first Platinum for the famed 'Ricky vs. Trevor' campaign. The team also brought home a Platinum Award for its 'Let Ricky Race' campaign in 2013, as well as Gold Awards for '25 Winning Years', 'RFRDriven' and the Pillow Pets NASCAR Launch.(Roush Fenway Racing)(12-11-2016)
Newmark discusses Roush Fenway's plans: The decline in performance at Roush Fenway Racing is best expressed in one stark statistic. In 2005, half the Chase field consisted of Roush Fenway drivers -- when there were only 10 drivers in the Chase. In 2016, there were no RFR entries in a 16-driver Chase field. How does that happen? RFR has been asking itself the same question while attempting to right the ship. Once the dominant organization in the Ford camp, Roush will drop to third in the pecking order upon the arrival of Stewart-Haas Racing in 2017.
RFR President Steve Newmark called the downsizing at RFR a strategic move - albeit an extremely tough decision. The company considered more than a dozen options before arriving at its current organizational chart. "The whole goal and the whole objective of doing whatever we did is to make sure we would improve our performance and make our race cars faster," Newmark told Motorsport.com. "Obviously, there are different opinions on how you do that and ultimately what we decided is we need to be more of an engineering, laser-focussed company. We've always been good at production and manufacturing. I think sometimes you fall back on what you're comfortable with.
Over the last two weeks, close to 30 Roush employees have been displaced - some in house, some such as veteran crew chief Bob Osborne who had been overseeing Chris Buescher's campaign at Front Row Motorsports. Together, the pair made the Chase. Buescher, Roush's most talented prospect in its driver stable, is now on loan to JTG Daugherty Racing (along with a RFR charter) for 2017.
Roush Fenway Racing will continue its technical alliance with Bob Jenkins and Front Row Motorsports. Newmark says the multi-year deal with FRM is one of the best collaborations Roush has had over the years. Although it's unlikely that one of the RFR prospects will replace Buescher in the #34 Ford. "They have some great folks there and we''ll continue to work with them next year," Newmark said. "We have dialogue with Bob quite a bit, but I don't think that (driver development) will be part of the relationship next year." That's not to say that Ryan Reed or Darrell "Bubba" Wallace couldn't see seat time in a Cup car in 2017. However, Newmark says the company's immediate focus remains on getting Bayne and Stenhouse up to speed.(Motorsport)(12-8-2016)
Reiser out as general manager at Roush Fenway UPDATE: Robbie Reiser was relieved of his duties as general manager at Roush Fenway Racing on Tuesday, Motorsport.com has learned. Reiser, 53, has been with the company for 17 seasons, first as a crew chief and eventually graduating to a managerial role. Reiser has been offered a position in the car production side of RFR, but he has yet to decide where his future lies. Calls to Roush Fenway Racing were not immediately returned. Neither Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Trevor Bayne or Greg Biffle finished inside the top 20 in the Sprint Cup standings this season. For the second year, there was not a Roush driver in the Chase.(Motorsport)(11-23-2016)
UPDATE: Robbie Reiser didn't really have a lot he wanted to say about his situation at Roush Fenway Racing. He was relieved of his duties as vice president of competition. But he's not going anywhere. He doesn't yet have a title or even a full job description for his next role as the team struggles to regain its footing. But he is as dedicated to doing his part to bring success as he was in 2003, when he won a NASCAR title as Matt Kenseth's crew chief, or in 2007, when he answered Jack Roush's call to lead the whole operation. And at this point in his life, the 53-year-old, second-generation racer from Allenton is OK with it all. "This is going to free me up for my family, to be able to spend some time with them," said Reiser, who has one son in college and twin boys in high school, one of them a dirt-bike racer he has rarely watched. Reiser's choice of words Thursday was interesting - he was "relieved" of his duties - because you have to believe there's a part of him that is relieved. He works hard, he's stubborn and he's not cut out to lose.(Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)(12-4-2016)
Chris Buescher to 2nd JTG Daughtery team? UPDATE 2: Greg Biffle's decision to leave Roush-Fenway Racing on Monday triggered a strange chain reaction that will include the slumping racing company loaning driver Chris Buescher to a rival manufacturer next season. Buescher will drive for a newly-created second Chevrolet team at JTG Daughtery Racing in 2017. Roush Fenway is expected to scuttle Biffle's #16 team, and that could make that team's charter available to the highest bidder - including the new JTG Daughtery entry. Despite fielding full-time teams for Biffle, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Trevor Bayne, Roush Fenway hasn't won a race since 2014. By loaning Buescher to JTG Daugherty next year, Ford Racing will be able to work on upgrades with Roush Fenway while keeping one of its young drivers under contract. "It was a mutual agreement," Biffle said. "It's been frustrating for everyone. I've been the one carrying the company banner. It just didn't get any better. I didn't see a light at the end of the tunnel, so I decided I'd rather do something else - even if it means not driving anymore. I owe Jack everything I've accomplished in this sport. Some things just run their course." Roush said Biffle was one of the anchors of his entire race team. "I don't have the words to say what Greg has meant to this organization," Roush said in a team release. "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."(Florida Times Union)(11-21-2016)
UPDATE: From Bob Pockrass Twitter: "Tad Geschickter says nothing done yet as far as plans for second JTG car next year."(11-22-2016)
UPDATE 2: Roush Fenway Racing Announces 2017 NASCAR Cup Plans: Roush Fenway Racing has announced its 2017 plans for the NASCAR Cup Series that will see the organization field a two-car Cup operation next season, with drivers Trevor Bayne and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. piloting the #6 and #17 Ford Fusions, respectively, in NASCAR's highest series. In addition, Kevin Kidd and Tommy Wheeler will lead Roush Fenway's overall competition efforts going forward. Kidd will assume the role of Competition Director, and Wheeler will serve as the team's Operations Director. The team will lease its #16 NASCAR Charter and driver Chris Buescher to JTG Racing in 2017. "We have been able to shore up our plans for 2017 and we feel that this will continue to move us in a direction that will yield improved performance and results," said Roush Fenway co-owner Jack Roush. "We saw improvement in our cars and made substantial gains in our performance at times last season, and we will continue to build on that by maintaining a robust engineering group in order to take the next step by consistently running up front."
The #6 team will once again be led by veteran crew chief Matt Puccia. Brian Pattie, who was the crew chief for the #16 Cup Series team last season, will transition to crew chief of the #17 team. Nick Sandler, who served as the #17 crew chief the last two seasons, has been named Director of Engineering. Robbie Reiser, who has played an integral role on the competition side at Roush Fenway Racing for a number of years, will remain with the organization in a yet to be determined position. Kidd has served as Roush Fenway's Cup Team Manager - supervising all at-track operations - for the previous two seasons, after coming over from Joe Gibbs Racing where he worked as a crew chief for the previous half decade. He holds a mechanical engineering degree from Virginia Tech, and has worked as a lead engineer for multiple teams and drivers. Wheeler, who holds a B.S. in physics from Davidson College, joined Roush Fenway in 2009. A 20-plus year veteran of the sport, he has served in many capacities for the team, including as the team's production director since 2011, overseeing the building and production of all of the organization's Cup and XFINITY Series cars. (RFR)(11-29-2016)
AND Chris Buescher will drive a second car for JTG Daugherty in 2017, the team stated Tuesday. "We can confirm at this time that JTG Daugherty Racing is currently in the process of starting a second team in the NASCAR premier series," JTG Daugherty Racing team owner Tad Geschickter said in a statement. "We would also like to confirm and welcome Chris Buescher to the team as our driver for the second car. More details will follow." Said Buescher, 24, in a statement: "I can confirm that I have signed to race for JTG Daugherty Racing as they expand to a two-car team in the NASCAR premier series in 2017. I'm thankful for the opportunity and look forward to competing for a spot in the Chase. We'll have more details at a later date."(NBC Sports)(11-29-2016)
Biffle ready for a change? UPDATE4 leaves Roush: After re-signing with RFR in 2014, Biffle hasn't sniffed the Chase for the Sprint Cup in the last two seasons. He thought 2016 might be the year. With a new crew chief in Brian Pattie, a lower-downforce aero package from the sanctioning body and a renewed effort at Roush, things appeared to line up for NASCAR's elder statesman. And now, he's 24th in the standings with just one top-five finish, at Loudon. So when Biffle said his most recent contract might be his last, it's understandable. "Well, if I talk to you Sunday after the race in here, maybe that will be some inspiration," Biffle said in the media center where the winner is interviewed following the race. "I want to be competitive in races and run in the top 10. That's my goal and my focus. If I'm not doing that, then I am probably going to do something different." Biffle has been rumored to be leaving Roush Fenway Racing at the end of the season. Although he owns the building that headquarters HScott Motorsports in North Carolina, Biffle said he has not discussed racing for Harry Scott after Clint Bowyer leaves in November. Biffle has heard the rumors that he'll end up and Front Row Motorsports - a technical partner - but given his loyalty to Roush over his career, that's unlikely to be something he'd consider. Still, it would take something more promising - and competitive - to pique his interest in continuing down the current path.(Motorsport)(10-15-2016)
UPDATE: hearing Biffle will leave Roush Fenway Racing and go to a second team fielded by JTG Daugherty Racing. No word if the team would secure a charter.(10-22-2016)
UPDATE 2: When motorsport.com reached out to JTGD team owner Tad Geschickter via text on Monday, he replied, "We are weighing the pros and cons of starting a second team as we speak." Geschickter expects to stay the course with RCR after their contract expires at the end of the year. Although the Wood Brothers have shared a shop with JTGD since the end of the 2005 season, the #21 team is transitioning to a new home in Mooresville. The additional space would provide ample room for JTGD to expand to a second car.(Motorsport)(10-25-2016)
UPDATE 3: Tad Geschickter, co-owner of JTG Daugherty racing, says it is "certainly a possibility' his team may expand to two cars in 2017, adding "the economics" of charter acquisition will play into a decision, which they may "have that done next week." Geschickter made the comments on SiriusXM Speedway on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio. "That's a big decision," Geschickter said. "Certainly we're weighing out all the options right now. It's no secret that we have to figure out are there are charters available and their cost, are there drivers available, what do they cost and certainly we ultimately have to report back to the sponsors and pull the trigger. But it's Nov. 1, (eventually) we've got to make the call, but it's a huge decision for a company of our size," said Geschickter.(NBC Sports)(11-2-2016)
UPDATE 4: Greg Biffle, who has spent the last 14 seasons driving a Sprint Cup car for Roush Fenway Racing, has left the organization after a frustrating season where he finished 23rd in the standings, the team confirmed. Biffle had one year left on his Roush Fenway contract, but the organization does not have sponsorship for him for next year. The organization has not made a decision whether to field the #16 car in 2017; the team has a charter for that car, so it either must run the car, lease the charter or sell it..(ESPN)
AND Roush Fenway Racing and driver Greg Biffle have parted ways after the conclusion of the 2016 NASCAR season. Biffle, the organization's longest-tenured driver, drove the #16 Sprint Cup Series entry since 2002. He joined Roush Fenway in 1998, and worked his way up through the NASCAR ranks, winning championships in the Truck and XFINITY Series' and finishing runner up in the Sprint Cup Series. "We've had an incredible run and I am so appreciative for the opportunity to be a part of Roush Fenway," said Biffle. "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. 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 Vancouver, Washington native, who was first recommended to Jack Roush by the late Hall-of-Famer Benny Parsons, brought Roush Fenway its first two NASCAR championships in 2000 (Trucks) and 2002 (XFINITY). He came up just 35 points short of being the only driver to win a championship in all three major series with his runner-up finish in the 2005 season, when he led the series with six victories and led more than 1,300 laps.
"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."
"As much as the trophies and championships, I will cherish the memories and the relationships forged during our run," added Biffle. "We had some great teams, fast race cars and some really outstanding partners over the past two decades. I'll always be thankful to everyone that gave us the opportunity to go out and accomplish the milestones that we have been able to." Biffle, who is one of only 17 drivers to make 500 consecutive Sprint Cup starts, qualified for the Chase on eight occasions and has driven to victory lane 19 times in his Sprint Cup career. Overall, Biffle has started 835 NASCAR races - having won 55 times in the three major series - and led almost 12,000 laps.(Roush Fenway Racing)(11-21-2016)
Greg Biffle to Make 500th Consecutive Start: #16-Greg Biffle will make his 500th consecutive career Sprint Cup start this Sunday at Phoenix International Raceway. Biffle is only the 17th driver in NASCAR history to reach this career milestone. The 500-race streak began for Biffle at Atlanta in the spring of 2003. Earlier this season Biffle made his 500th Sprint Cup start at Richmond in September, but now joins the ranks of the few elite drivers who have reached the 500 consecutive milestone. "I was really excited about making my 500th start at Richmond and it's pretty amazing to be reaching 500 in a row this weekend at Phoenix," said Biffle. "There are a lot of great memories over the 500 starts, but one of my favorites was winning on Father's Day in Michigan with my daughter there to celebrate with me. So far this season we don't have the results that we would have liked, but hopefully we can finish up these final two races on a high note." Biffle made his Sprint Cup debut in 2002 at California driving for Jack Roush. Over his 15 years in the series he has earned 19 wins, 92 top-five and 175 top 10 finishes.(Roush Fenway Racing)(11-9-2016)
All-time Consecutive NASCAR Cup Starts:
1) Jeff Gordon, 797 [ended Feb 2016, retired]
2) Ricky Rudd, 788 [ended Feb 2006, retired]
3) Bobby Labonte, 704 [ended June 2013, sat out Kentucky]
4) Rusty Wallace, 697 [ended Feb 2006, retired]
5) Terry Labonte, 655 [ended Aug 2000 at Indy]
6) Dale Earnhardt, 648 [ended when he was killed at Daytona in 2001]
7) Jeff Burton, 626 [ended Feb 2014, part time]
8) Mark Martin, 621 [ended March 18, 2007 after Atlanta]
9) Ken Schrader, 579 [ended Aug 2003 at Indy]
10) Matt Kenseth, 571 [ended Nov 2015 at Texas, two-race suspension]
11) Jimmie Johnson, 538*
11) Ryan Newman, 538*
13) Kevin Harvick, 530*
14) Tony Stewart, 521 [ended August 2013, after being injured in sprint car wreck before Watkins Glen]
15) Richard Petty, 513 [ended March 26, 1989 at Richmond when Petty failed to qualify for the race]
16) Jamie McMurray, 506*
17) Greg Biffle, 499*
17) Darrell Waltrip, 499 [ended July 1990 at Daytona, injured]
* active streaks.(11-9-2016)
Cheez-It / Kelloggs leaving Roush/Watkins Glen: Cheez-It is not renewing its current deals in NASCAR, as the Kellogg's-owned brand confirmed to THE DAILY this morning that it will let its deals with Roush Fenway Racing, Watkins Glen International and track owner ISC expire after this season. However, the brand stopped short of confirming that it will fully exit the sport. Cheez-It, which signed on in 2015 with RFR's #16 Ford driven by Greg Biffle for a handful of races as primary sponsor, also has been the entitlement partner of WGI's annual Sprint Cup Series race since 2013. The company in a statement said, "As part of our ongoing evaluation of company sponsorships and other business activities, the Kellogg Company has decided not to renew its sponsorship of Roush Fenway Racing, Watkins Glen International and the International Speedway Corporation. All of the people within these organizations have been tremendous partners and we have truly enjoyed our association with them, the drivers and the fans." Sources added that Cheez-It had been shopping its deal with other teams in recent months.(Sports Business Daily)(10-20-2016)
Biffle ready for a change? After re-signing with RFR in 2014, Biffle hasn't sniffed the Chase for the Sprint Cup in the last two seasons. He thought 2016 might be the year. With a new crew chief in Brian Pattie, a lower-downforce aero package from the sanctioning body and a renewed effort at Roush, things appeared to line up for NASCAR's elder statesman. And now, he's 24th in the standings with just one top-five finish, at Loudon. So when Biffle said his most recent contract might be his last, it's understandable. "Well, if I talk to you Sunday after the race in here, maybe that will be some inspiration," Biffle said in the media center where the winner is interviewed following the race. "I want to be competitive in races and run in the top 10. That's my goal and my focus. If I'm not doing that, then I am probably going to do something different." Biffle has been rumored to be leaving Roush Fenway Racing at the end of the season. Although he owns the building that headquarters HScott Motorsports in North Carolina, Biffle said he has not discussed racing for Harry Scott after Clint Bowyer leaves in November. Biffle has heard the rumors that he'll end up and Front Row Motorsports - a technical partner - but given his loyalty to Roush over his career, that's unlikely to be something he'd consider. Still, it would take something more promising - and competitive - to pique his interest in continuing down the current path.(Motorsport)(10-15-2016)
FordPass featured on the #16 at Kansas: Greg Biffle's #16 Ford Fusion will feature a new look with the FordPass app on his #16 Ford Fusion at Kansas Speedway. FordPass is a smartphone app that is designed to serve as a one-stop shop for transportation needs. Launched earlier this year, FordPass is available for both Ford owners and non-owners and offers mobility solutions like find parking and connect to a Dealer. "Ford is focused on creating a great experience with our customers and FordPass provides us a new way to engage with our Ford owners," said Elena Ford, Ford Vice President, Global Dealer and Consumer Experience. "Ford owners can easily connect with their Dealer and schedule a service appointment, reserve and pay for parking in advance and get one-on-one help from FordGuides. Everything about FordPass is designed to improve the ownership experience." Biffle is a two-time NASCAR Champion and is no stranger to finding his way at Kansas Speedway. Biffle has two wins at the 1.5-mile track, seven top-five, nine top-10 finishes plus had led for a total of 364 laps.(Roush Fenway Racing), see an image of the car on the #16 team paint schemes page.(10-12-2016)
Roush Fenway campaign for breast cancer awareness in October: Roush Fenway Racing will again utilize its award-winning 'Driven' Marketing program in support of National Breast Cancer Awareness month in October. The 'Driven for a Cause' campaign will use various elements to highlight cause awareness and support throughout the month. All of Roush Fenway's race cars will carry special 'pink ribbon Driven logos' in each of the month's events. In addition, Greg Biffle will run a special pink Ford EcoBoost paint scheme on his #16 Ford Fusion at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Oct. 8. Other Roush Fenway Racing Fords will feature special pink numbers during the Charlotte event. During the month of October, team owner Jack Roush will don a pink 'Driven for a Cause' shirt on NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race days in an effort to bring more awareness to the cause. At Roush Fenway's Annual Fall Fan Appreciation Day on Thursday, October 6, fans will be invited to participate in the pink-themed 'Driven for a Cause' selfie-booth, complete with pink props. Fans who utilize the social media platform Snap Chat and are onsite for Fan Day will also have the opportunity to use a special geofilter with the 'Driven for a Cause' logo. All participants are encouraged to share these photos with family and friends on social media using the #DrivenforaCause hashtag. Roush Fenway is offering 'Driven for a Cause' merchandise, with a percentage of the proceeds going to Carolina Breast Friends.(Roush Fenway Racing)(10-3-2016)
New pit crew coach at Roush Fenway: Roush Fenway Racing has decided to reassign longtime pit crew coach Andy Ward, replacing him with Scott Bowen, a current RFR employee and an ex-pit crew member. Ward has been at RFR for many years and has produced some very good pit crews. Roush Fenway Racing released the following statement regarding the move: "We continuously evaluate our race team operations at Roush Fenway, and as part of a mid-season restructuring we have implemented a change in the department structure with our pit crew teams. We have placed Scott Bowen, who previously was our head of purchasing, in charge of our pit crew operations. Scott is a longtime employee of Roush Fenway, and worked as an over-the-wall pit crew member for several years. We believe this change will prove beneficial in our continued effort to improve on-track performance."(PitTalks/NASCAR.com)(9-29-2016)
Biffle & McMurray to make 500th Career Sprint Cup Starts: #16-Greg Biffle will make his 500th career Sprint Cup start this Saturday night at Richmond International Raceway. Biffle made his Sprint Cup debut in 2002 at California driving for Jack Roush. Over his 15 years in the series he has earned 19 wins, 92 top-five and 175 top 10 finishes. Biffle will celebrate this milestone with his friend, and former teammate, Jamie McMurray. The last time two drivers hit their 500th start at the same time was in 1995 with Dale Earnhardt and Terry Labonte at Watkins Glen. Only 37 drivers have hit the 500 start mark in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and on Saturday night that number will move up to 39 with the addition of Biffle and McMurray. In all three NASCAR Series Biffle has a total of 824 starts. Saturday evening at Richmond will be his 825th start and will tie him with Sterling Marlin for 21st on the all-tire NASCAR National Series combined start list. Biffle will become only the second driver to make his 500th Sprint Cup start at Roush Fenway Racing, joining Mark Martin who made his 500th start in March of 2002. All but six of Biffle's 499 starts have been in a Roush Fenway Ford.(Roush Fenway Racing)(9-8-2016)
NESN Fuel to sponsor Biffle at New Hampshire: Roush Fenway Racing is going to have more "fuel" than usual when the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series heads to New Hampshire Motor Speedway. NESN Fuel, a website covering all things automotive, is set to be the primary sponsor of Greg Biffle's #16 car for the New Hampshire 301 on July 17. NESN Fuel launched in February. In addition, NESN Fuel and RFR will host Boston Bruins players Frank Vatrano and Noel Acciari on race day. Both players have New England roots; Vatrano is a native of East Longmeadow, Mass., and played at UMass, while Acciari was born in Johnston, R.I., and won a national tile at Providence College.(NESN), see images of the car on the #16 team paint schemes page.(7-12-2016)
Drivers hopeful new rules mean better racing at Michigan: Optimism remains high for the lower downforce rules package in place for Sunday's FireKeepers Casino 400 at Michigan International Speedway. "Well, I think that we made a pretty good step forward with the move we made from the 2015 to the 2016 package," said Scott Miller, NASCAR vice president of competition. "For aerodynamics in making more competitive racing and closer competition, more passes for the lead. In most cases all the metrics we looked at have been better in those areas. So this is just another step toward, again, creating closer competition and great racing that the fans and the media and everybody wants to see. We want to see that really bad, and I think this direction has been something that's been embraced by the drivers, and actually we've worked together with them to land here and try this for this year as a potential way to move forward with closer competition."
Friday's practice and qualifying sessions saw higher speeds through both the corners and down the straightaways with average speeds topping 200 mph. However, while reaction has been mostly favorable, there is still much to be observed before gauging whether the rules are successfully reaching goals.
"And as far as today, I think it's difficult to visually see the difference, but when you look at the data from the cars, the speed trace is significantly different, the mid corner speeds are down a lot, the entry speeds are up a little," Miller explained. "And from some of the driver comments, having to use the brakes pretty hard and maybe even thinking about needing brake cooling and everything at a big track like this is a departure from where we've been before, and we're really hoping that those things actually produce a really, really good race on Sunday."
But as of now, it's still very much a guessing game. "What I'm anticipating is hopefully a lot of slipping and sliding; a loss of momentum, and the ability to stack up some guys and to get a big run from third, fourth, fifth on back," Kurt Busch said. "That's what we hope we see and that we don't have a leader that just gets out there and then we're not able to chase him down. And then the restarts are going to be that much more exciting because of the lack of downforce and how stable will the cars be side-by-side? Nobody knows that yet."(Motor Racing Network)
AND NASCAR Sprint Cup owner Jack Roush was not happy with the series' decision to use new rules to the aerodynamic package to further reduce downforce and sideforce for this weekend's FireKeepers Casino 400 race at Michigan International Speedway. "It's different from what it was, no doubt," said the 74-year-old Roush of the new rules package. "Nobody had been on the race track with this package before. Everybody is struggling to find out where the sensitive adjustments are. The car has not been as loose as we expected. We thought that the problem would be flying out from underneath of you, loose on exit and entry. The entry has been a little bit of a problem, but the exit and center has not been a bigger problem than normal." Roush's three-car team of Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (12th), Trevor Bayne (13th) and Greg Biffle (18th) all qualified outside the top-10 Friday.(Detroit News)(6-12-2016)
Ford working with Roush to improve: Ford Performance boss Dave Pericak is convinced Roush Fenway Racing will soon return to victory lane. The legendary Ford NASCAR team has not won a race since [Sonoma in 2014]. Team owner Jack Roush and his current Cup drivers Biffle, Trevor Bayne and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. are as dedicated as ever to turning things around, said Pericak, who took over as global director of Ford Performance from Jamie Allison last year. "I've been in the job for over a year and I've said we've been going to fix Roush," said Pericak, chief engineer of the Ford Mustang from 2008-2015. "The cars this year have speed in them but the team has had trouble executing on pit road. I think they've definitely ... shown a trend of improvement."
"As it is today, Jack Roush is not happy about the situation," said Pericak, who will leave Tuesday for France to oversee the Ford GT40's return to the 24 Hours of Le Mans sports car classic. "But he's 100% committed to improving the team and his spirits are high."
Pericak will be at MIS [Friday] to observe NASCAR's new lower down force package for the track. "It will be a wait and see thing," said Pericak of the aerodynamic package which NASCAR believes will promote closer and better racing with more passing. "I think we are headed in the right direction and we're hoping for better racing. At the end of the day, I think it allows drivers to drive the car." Ford drivers have been using a state-of-the-art simulator in Charlotte, N.C., running the lower down force package for MIS.(Detroit Free Press)(6-10-2016)
Fill in crew chiefs for Pocono UPDATE: Following the suspension of three Sprint Cup crew chiefs following the Charlotte race, two of the teams have named their replacements:
Ernie Cope will fill in for Randall Burnett as crew chief for the #47 team of A.J. Allmendinger. Burnett is serving a one race suspension.
Stewart-Haas Racing engineer John Klausmeier will serve as crew chief for #41-Kurt Busch while Tony Gibson serves his one race suspension.
However: A Roush Fenway Racing spokesman said Thursday afternoon that the team still was evaluating whether to appeal the two-race suspension of crew chief Brian Pattie after Greg Biffle's #16 Ford failed postrace inspection from the Coke 600.(NBC Sports)(6-3-2016)
UPDATE: Robbie Reiser will serve as crew chief for Biffle at Pocono.(6-3-2016)
RFR Fan Day, Friday May 26th: Jack Roush, Bubba Wallace, Ryan Reed and Gray Gaulding. NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers Trevor Bayne, Greg Biffle, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Chris Buescher are scheduled to appear at RFR Fan Day in Concord, NC on Thursday, May 26. Autograph sessions will kick off at 10 a.m. with Jack Roush and the Roush Fenway NASCAR XFINITY Series drivers, Bubba Wallace, Ryan Reed and Gray Gaulding. NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers Trevor Bayne, Greg Biffle, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Chris Buescher will sign autographs at 11:15 a.m. Autograph session tickets will be on a first-come, first-served basis, beginning at 8 a.m. RFR is located at 4600 Roush Place, Concord.(5-18-2016)
Roush not likely to move back to 4 cars soon: Now that the organization is headed back in the right direction when it comes to their performance, Roush president Steve Newmark said Sunday the focus is on the immediate future of fighting for a Chase berth and not what their driver lineup is going to be. With three drivers running full-time in the XFINITY Series, three more under their banner in Cup, and Chris Buescher on loan to Front Row Motorsports, decisions will soon have to be made of who is running where. When the company felt [Buescher] was ready to be in Cup instead of running a third year in the XFINITY Series, they coordinated with Bob Jenkins and Front Row, who Buescher was already familiar with, to compete in their camp. In a perfect world, admitted Newmark, Roush will get him back under their roof sooner rather than later. "There's a combination of factors that will go into that," he said. "Ideally, we'll have him in one of our cars in the next few years, but I think the focus right now is we got to get him running better in the 34." Under NASCAR's new ownership rules of only being able to run four full-time cars, plus the addition of the Charter System this year, Roush has been in a box. The chance of ever going back to four full-time cars looks slim, but Newmark won't close the door on any possibility. "Jack would rather run 10 cars; he would run as many cars as he would be enabled," Newmark joked. "It really will depend exactly on the driver, sponsorship, and then now you also have to have a charter, so I don't think we would run a (fourth) full-time, but you never know."(Popular Speed)(5-16-2016)
Roush Yates already prepping for Stewart-Haas addition: The addition of Stewart-Haas Racing to Ford in 2017 will mean an increased workload for Roush Yates Engines, the company that supplies Ford power to teams in all three of NASCAR's national series. But it means much more than the 60 or so additional engines the supplier will have to produce, according to CEO Doug Yates. "For us, that's four more top-notch cars, opportunities to win races and championships," Yates said Saturday at Atlanta Motor Speedway. "But the work starts now because we've got to get ready for next year." Yates, son of famed engine builder and former team owner Robert Yates, said his company currently has approximately 250 engines in its fleet for Sprint Cup teams. "We'll start building them up but next year, with four cars will mean about 60 more engines... Today we build about 750 Cup, XFINITY and Truck engines a year. At our road race shop we build about 250 a year. Obviously we will have to add some people. We feel like we have a good process, we just have to add volume." The benefit, he said, is it will be "a good opportunity to allow us to bring on more resources for the R&D side, more testing, more engineers. Just add depth to every department. It's exciting.(NASCAR.com)(2-28-2016)
Roush Performance on the #16 at Atlanta: This weekend, for the first time this season, Roush Fenway Racing's Greg Biffle and the #16 Ford Fusion will carry the ROUSH Performance colors in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. ROUSH Performance visited victory lane with 2015 NASCAR XFINITY Series Champion Chris Buescher twice last season, at Iowa Speedway and Dover International Speedway. ROUSH Performance Products is a premier supplier best known for its line of high-performance Mustang powertrain parts, including superchargers, cold air intakes, and exhaust kits. The list goes on to include a full line of wheels, tires, interior, body components, graphics, service parts, accessories, drivetrain, cooling upgrades, and more. ROUSH Performance also offers performance upgrade packages for the Ford F-150 and Focus. In addition to appearing on Biffle's #16 Fusion in the NSCS, the #6 Mustang, driven by Bubba Wallace in the NASCAR XFINITY Series, will again carry the ROUSH Performance colors at select races during the 2016 season. Biffle displayed the ROUSH Performance livery three occasions last season, earning a best finish of fifth at Pocono Raceway in August.(Roush Performance), see an image of the car on the #16 team paint schemes page.(2-24-2016)
Roush cars forced to change rear gears: During the first practice, #6-Trevor Bayne and #16-Greg Biffle experienced rear gear issues. The rear gears were replaced and both Bayne and Biffle will start from the rear of the first Can-Am Duel on Thursday.(Motorsport)(2-18-2016)
Biffle talks about Charter system and possible new contract: #16-Greg Biffle met with members of the media at Media Day at Daytona International Speedway on Tuesday, a few of the Q&A's:
Q) HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT THE NEW CHARTER SYSTEM?
Biffle: "I think it is good. I don't know a tremendous amount about it but I know bits and pieces and I think it gives owners and investors something to build upon over time. It gives them some value I think. I get all of those things because after all, if somebody wants something at the end of the day for their time and effort they put in that a charter system heads in that direction."
Q) DID IT REQUIRE RENEGOTIATION OF YOUR CONTRACT?
Biffle: We are still working on that. I haven't had a chance to sit down with our people yet. Our contracts were based around the old system so obviously the new system won't work around the old system so we have to figure out how that translates."
Q) WHAT DO YOU MAKE OF THE IMPACT THE CHARTER SYSTEM HAS HAD ON DRIVERS AS A WHOLE?
Biffle: "I think two things. This is just purely my opinion. I know they worked very hard on the charter system and spent a great deal of time on it and I believe it is a great thing for NASCAR and the teams and owners and investors across the board. The bad thing, and not by design, was that it got done - they worked all through Christmas and everything - but it got done two weeks before or a week before the season started and our contracts are built around the old system so now it is almost like that gets kicked out of the system and has to be redone or renegotiated or whatever. You have Daytona a week away and I will have to say also that I wasn't up on what all the changes were going to be and how it affected us. That is probably my fault. Until it was done did we know that it happened. I don't know if other drivers were privy on how it would go down. I knew it would change, and it isn't a bad thing, but the timing is more of an issue than anything."
Q) HAVE YOU HAD YOUR DEAL REDONE?
Biffle: "Not yet. Steve (Newmark) has bugged me a couple times that we need to sit down and go over it so that we can get it and we had media things and KFC commercials to shoot and I have been very busy doing stuff so we haven't had a chance to sit down yet. I think it is just a matter of economics or math. We are all going to want to keep our same deal, it will just be derived differently. It will be the same as it was just instead of coming from one column it will come from four but ultimately will be the same." Q) STEVE NEWMARK HAS TOLD YOU THAT YOU WILL GET PAID THE SAME AS LAST YEAR BUT JUST A DIFFERENT STRUCTURE BECAUSE THE PURSE IS DIFFERENT?
Biffle: "That is what I anticipate. He hasn't used those exact words but I don't think anybody is taking it as an opportunity to change driver contracts."
Q) HAVE YOU SEEN THE CHARTER SYSTEM, THE DEAL AND HOW IT DIVIDES UP THE MONEY DIFFERENTLY THAN BEFORE?
Q) SO THEY AREN'T GOING TO PUT PURSE WINNINGS IN BOX SCORES AFTER RACES ANYMORE. DID YOU EVER LOOK AT THAT?
Biffle: "Not really because it was really a phantom number because it had planned money or TV money or contingency money. You could look at it as a sea level type thing of what that race paid to win because there is some variance if you are going to Texas or Darlington or Michigan, there is a little variance, but I didn't look at it to try to figure out what I was going to get out of a certain thing."(Ford Performance)(2-16-2016)
February 14th Marks the Anniversary of Roush Fenway's entry into NASCAR: While across the world, Feb. 14th annually marks the celebration of St. Valentines Day, the date holds a different significance for Jack Roush and the Roush Fenway Racing team. It marks the anniversary of Roush's first foray into the world of NASCAR; his first race at the highest level of automobile racing and a day that would serve as the launch pad for one of the most successful organizations in professional sports history. Competing with a backup car not even built for a superspeedway, Roush and his newly formed team covered only 19 laps before overheating and finishing 41st in its debut Daytona 500 on Feb. 14, 1988. Humble beginnings for a team which 29 years later has accumulated a NASCAR record 322 wins and hoisted championships in all three of NASCAR's highest levels of competition.
"We wrecked our car in the twin qualifying race and had to run a car that was built for a smaller track," said Roush of the day. "We went with what we had and of course did not yield the results we would have liked for your intro to NASCAR that day."
"We made the race on time," said driver Mark Martin, who piloted the #6 Stroh's Ford Thunderbird in Roush Fenway's inaugural season and held the ride for the next 19 seasons. "Then we got wrecked in the Twin-125's and we didn't have a backup speedway car, so we used the Atlanta car for the race. We didn't last 20 laps."
The results would quickly improve however, with Roush and Martin winning a pole that season and earning 10 top-10 finishes. The next season Roush Fenway won six poles, earning 19 top-10 finishes and its first win in 1989, breaking through to the win column in the fall at Rockingham. Roush Fenway would go on to earn its first NASCAR championship in 2000 and its first Cup championship in 2003. Ironically, 25 years later Roush would earn his historic 300th NASCAR [Cup, XFINITY & Trucks] victory in the 2012 Daytona 500; the same event his car had lasted only 19 laps a quarter of a century earlier. Today, Roush's teams have competed in 5,579 NASCAR events, holding the record for most NASCAR wins, most NASCAR wins in the Nationwide Series and most NASCAR wins in the Truck Series.(Roush Fenway Racing)(2-15-2016)
Stewart hospitalized for a back injury UPDATE: #14-Tony Stewart is being hospitalized for a back injury he suffered in a non-racing accident while driving an all-terrain vehicle, Stewart-Haas Racing announced Tuesday. Stewart is awake, alert and able to move his extremities, according to a statement from Stewart-Haas Racing spokesman Mike Arning, who said the accident happened Sunday on the West Coast and wouldn't specify where Stewart is hospitalized. Fox Sports reports that Stewart flipped a sand buggy outside of San Diego and was airlifted to a hospital. Arning said the team is not expected to make any further announcements about Stewart's condition until Thursday afternoon. Stewart was in Arizona on Saturday night at the Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale and was interviewed on live television from the event. "We have received word from Stewart-Haas Racing of Tony Stewart's accident and injury," NASCAR chairman Brian France said. "On behalf of everyone at NASCAR, I wish Tony a full recovery and look forward to seeing him back in our sport when he's ready to return."(ESPN)(2-2-2016)
UPDATE: Greg Biffle was among a group riding with Tony Stewart in the sand dunes of Southern California when Stewart suffered a back injury on Sunday, he told SiriusXM's NASCAR channel on Wednesday night. Biffle confirmed to Sirius he was in Stewart's group, though he "wasn't near what went on" and didn't see exactly what happened. "We were kind of all riding as a group," Biffle told Sirius. "We started kind of hearing bits and pieces that he hurt his back. That's all we knew. I do know the people that helped him ... (said) he was walking and moving all of his extremities, but he was in a lot of pain."(USA Today)(2-4-2016)
KFC to Partner with Greg Biffle in 2016: Roush Fenway Racing has announced a multi-race partnership with KFC as a primary partner for Greg Biffle and his #16 Sprint Cup Series team during the 2016 season. The partnership will kick off at Daytona Speedweeks and include primary placement in the famed Daytona 500 and Sprint Unlimited All-Star events at Daytona. The partnership in Daytona will feature KFC's recently launched line of smoky and crispy 'Nashville Hot' chicken, which comes just in time for the launch of the 2016 NASCAR season. Nashville Hot is available on KFC's first ever tailgate platter; perfect for tailgating at events, watching sports and hosting group parties.
"It's definitely exciting to have KFC on the car," said two-time NASCAR Champion Biffle. "I don't think there is a more iconic brand out there; who didn't grow up loving KFC? Their new spicy, smoky and crispy Nashville Hot Chicken is now available nationwide - which I am very excited about - and I can't wait to get to Daytona, enjoy a couple of tailgate platters with the team and hopefully put the Colonel in victory lane at our biggest race of the season."
"We are very happy to be teaming with Greg Biffle and Roush Fenway Racing and especially to partner with them for the Daytona 500," said Kevin Hochman, KFC U.S. CMO. "Greg and Roush Fenway have a strong tradition of winning at Daytona, and we can't think of a better way to launch our new Nashville Hot Chicken than at NASCAR's biggest race of the season where we will be promoting the biggest thing in spicy chicken since Buffalo wings."
"We are proud to welcome KFC to the Roush Fenway Racing family with Greg and the #16 team," said Roush Fenway president Steve Newmark. "We know they will be a great partner going forward in 2016 and look forward to a strong partnership launch as the season kicks off in Daytona."(Roush Fenway Racing), see an image of the KFC scheme on the #16 Team Schemes page.(1-20-2016)
Biffle helps unveil site of planned Lake Norman pet center: #16-Greg Biffle and fellow Friends of the Animals board members on Saturday unveiled the new 2.5-acre site of their planned pet education and adoption center on Lake Norman, NC. Biffle's foundation is a lead supporter of the 11,500-square-foot center, which will house a boarding area for adoptable dogs and cats, a medical clinic and education center. Low-cost spay and neuter services will be phased in after the center is open, as well as educational programming for students. The center is scheduled to be completed by year's end on Templeton Road, between Interstate 77 exits 31 and 33 in southern Iredell County. "It's tragic that 77 dogs and cats a day are euthanized in the greater Lake Norman region," Biffle said. "When we started dreaming of this project, it was close to 100. And although the rate of euthanasia has gone down over the years, the numbers killed are still staggering."(Charlotte Observer)(1-20-2016)
SRI Performance Purchases Roush Yates Performance Products: Roush Yates Performance Products announced that it has reached an agreement with SRI Performance in which SRI will now own, operate, and manage the performance parts distribution business previously owned and operated by Roush Yates Performance Products. With this new agreement, beginning January 1, 2016, SRI will operate out of two locations in Mooresville, NC. Each location will represent a distinctly different product offering.(roushyatesparts.com)(1-5-2016)
Races  that Ortho is scheduled to be the primary sponsor in 2015:
Daytona, Sprint Unlimited - 2/14, Bug B Gon
Daytona - 2/22, Bug B Gon
Atlanta - 3/1, Bug B Gon
Phoenix - 3/15, Bug B Gon
Martinsville - 3/29, Fire Ant Killer
Bristol - 4/19, Fire Ant Killer
Richmond - 4/25, Fire Ant Killer
Talladega - 5/3, Bug B Gon
Charlotte - 5/15-16; Sprint Showdown & All-Star Race, Home Defense
Charlotte - 5/24, Home Defense
Pocono - 6/7, Home Defense
Sonoma - 6/28, Home Defense
Kentucky - 7/11
Darlington - 9/6, Ortho throwback
Dover - 10/4, Home Defense
Texas - 11/8, Fire Ant Killer
Races  that Cheez-It is scheduled to be the primary sponsor in 2015:
Las Vegas - 3/8, Cheez-It
Kansas - 5/9, Cheez-It / SpongeBob SquarePants Patrick Star
Daytona - 7/5, Cheez-It
Watkins Glen - 8/9, Cheez-It
Bristol - 8/22, Cheez-It
Richmond - 9/12, Cheez-It
Talladega - 10/25, Cheez-It
Races  that CleanHarbors is scheduled to be the primary sponsor in 2015:
Auto Club - 3/17
Races  that Safety-Kleen has been the primary sponsor in 2015:
Texas - 4/11
Dover - 5/31
Michigan - 6/14
New Hampshire - 7/11
Chicago - 9/20
Races  that Lilly Diabetes is scheduled to be the primary sponsor in 2015:
Indianapolis - 7/26
Races  that Jardiance is scheduled to be the primary sponsor in 2015:
Phoenix - 11/15
Races that Roush Performance Parts was the primary sponsor in 2015:
Pocono - 8/2
Charlotte - 10/10, pink
Kansas - 10/18
Races  that Kleen Performance Products has been the primary sponsor in 2015:
New Hampshire - 9/27
Races that Ford Signature was the primary sponsor in 2015:
Martinsville - 11/1
Races that Bleacher Report was the primary sponsor in 2015:
Homestead - 11/22
Roush Fenway Racing crew chief assignments for 2016: Roush Fenway Racing has set its crew chief lineup for 2016, adding Brian Pattie to call the shots for veteran Greg Biffle and the #16 Ford team next year. Pattie first confirmed the news on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio on Wednesday night. A Roush Fenway Racing representative confirmed the new-look crew chief roster Thursday for the NASCAR Sprint Cup and XFINITY Series. Pattie served as crew chief to Clint Bowyer with Michael Waltrip Racing's #15 Toyota for most of the last four seasons, switching to David Ragan and MWR's #55 team after the first Pocono race of 2015. The Waltrip-owned team ceased operation after the 2015 season.
Pattie replaces Matt Puccia, who had been paired with Biffle since the midway point of the 2011 season. Bob Osborne returns as crew chief for the #6 Ford of Trevor Bayne. Nick Sandler is back with the #17 team and driver Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
On the XFINITY Series side, Puccia shifts to the #6 team and driver Darrell Wallace Jr. Phil Gould, paired last season with Elliott Sadler and RFR's #1 team, will join forces with driver Ryan Reed next year on the #16.(NASCAR.com)(12-18-2015)
Roush Fenway Racing Bolsters Competition Effort: Roush Fenway Racing has bolstered its competitive efforts with three key personnel additions to its NASCAR team. Kurt Romberg, Dr. Kent Day and Vojin Jaksic have each taken on high-level roles within the team that captured its eighth NASCAR championship in 2015. "It takes great talent to win in this sport and we are very pleased with the additions we have made on the competition front," said team owner Jack Roush. "We recognize the importance of putting the appropriate personnel into place, as we continue our relentless pursuit to put the best and most competitive race teams on the track."
Kurt Romberg, who spent the last 15 years heading up aerodynamics at Hendrick Motorsports, joins the team as the Technical Director of Aerodynamics. Romberg worked with General Motors and Petty Enterprises before becoming the chief aerodynamicist at Hendrick.
Dr. Kent Day will serve as Manager of Simulation. Day, who holds a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Clemson University, brings over two decades of experience to Roush Fenway and has held technical director positions with Team Penske and RCR and most recently specialized in vehicle dynamics at MWR.
Vojin Jaksic returns to Roush Fenway Racing as the research and development/special projects manager after serving in similar positions at MWR and Joe Gibbs Racing. Jaksic previously worked at Roush Fenway Racing from 2005 until 2011.
The additions are part of a strategic plan to expand organizational capabilities and follows the hiring of industry veterans Mark McArdle and Kevin Kidd to lead engineering and Sprint Cup competition last season.(Roush Fenway Racing)(12-15-2015)
Roush Fenway Racing restructures: Change is coming to Roush Fenway Racing. After the dissolution of the #1 XFinity Series team following Elliott Sadler's departure, RFR "right-sized" its NXS program on Monday. However, despite the release of a significant number of employees, others will be hired as RFR restructures its organization. Kent Day, who holds a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Clemson University and most recently worked at MWR following his tenures at Richard Childress Racing as technical director and Penske Racing as chief engineer. Day will oversee Roush's simulation program. Kurt Romberg has also been recruited by RFR. Romberg was the chief aerodynamicist at Hendrick Motorsports for 15 years. He worked at General Motors and Petty Enterprises prior to joining HMS. Someone with knowledge of the situation told motorsport.com the net loss of personnel would likely be 25 workers.(Motorsport)(11-24-2015)
Ortho will not sponsor Biffle or a team in 2016 UPDATE: Scotts Miracle-Gro has confirmed that its Ortho pest-control brand will not return next season as the primary sponsor of Roush Fenway Racing's #16 Ford driven by Greg Biffle, and the brand will instead sit out the year as a NASCAR team sponsor. Scotts Dir of Marketing Promotions & Communications Chris Strunk in a statement said, "We evaluate our sponsorship portfolio on an annual basis and have decided not to renew our partnership agreement with Roush Fenway Racing. Roush Fenway and Greg Biffle have been terrific partners, and we wish them the best. We are extremely appreciative of their participation and support of the Ortho brand." RFR declined comment. The brand this season sponsored about half of Biffle's 36 Sprint Cup Series races, but will not be on the car for the Sunday's finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway (Bleacher Report will be on the car). Ortho was one of the main brands to step in and fill the void when 3M left after a nearly 10-year relationship with Biffle, switching to Jeff Gordon's #24. Prior to deploying its Ortho brand to the #16, the Ohio-based Scotts had sponsored other RFR cars from 2005-2011.(Sports Business Daily)(11-20-2015)
UPDATE: The Ortho brand of Scotts Miracle-Gro will not return as primary sponsor of Greg Biffle's #16 Roush Fenway Racing Ford in 2016, the organization and team confirmed Friday. "We have enjoyed a long-standing and greatly productive working relationship with Ortho and the Scotts' brand," RFR President Steve Newmark said in a statement. "Over the course of the last decade they -- at different times -- have been able to successfully activate various marketing platforms through our partnership. They had great success activating around Greg and the No. 16 team and I think all of us enjoyed the 'What's Buggin' Biffle' promotion. However, their marketing strategy for '16 will take them in a different direction. We would of course welcome working with them again in the future and look forward to that possibility."(NASCAR.com)(11-22-2015)
Teams receive warnings at Phoenix: Six Sprint Cup teams - including championship contender #18-Kyle Busch's team - received warnings for inspection issues last weekend at Phoenix International Raceway, NASCAR announced Wednesday. Busch's team received its third warning after it failed pre-race inspection twice. If Busch's team receives a fourth warning before pit stalls are picked this weekend, his team will have to pick last for this weekend's season finale. Other Cup teams with three warnings entering this weekend are the teams of #4-Kevin Harvick, #7-Alex Bowman, #11-Denny Hamlin and #23-Jeb Burton.
Other Cup teams receiving warnings at Phoenix:
#10-Danica Patrick's team failed pre-race inspection three times and also will lose 15 minutes of practice Friday.
#20-Matt Kenseth's team failed pre-race inspection three times and also will lose 15 minutes of practice Friday.
#46-Michael Annett's team failed pre-race inspection three times and also will lose 15 minutes of practice Friday.
#16-Greg Biffle's team received a warning after failing pre-race inspection twice.
#27-Paul Menard's team received a warning after failing pre-race inspection twice.
Brian Pattie to replace Puccia as Biffle's crew chief: Brian Pattie will take over crew chief duties on the #16 Roush Fenway Racing Ford with Greg Biffle in 2016. The 40-year-old Zephyrhills, Florida native has worked as a crew chief for Michael Waltrip Racing for the last four seasons. Pattie started his NASCAR career with fellow Floridian Joe Nemechek in 1994. He led a variety of NEMCO teams to seven Xfinity Series wins in four years. Although Pattie left NEMCO for a short stint with Hendrick Motorsports in 1996, he returned in 2003 to work as a team manager and crew chief with Randy LaJoie and Nemechek. He moved to Ganassi Racing in 2004 and won NXS races with Jamie McMurray and Reed Sorenson. In 2008, Pattie was reassigned to the #42 Target team midway through the season as the third crew chief to work with former Formula 1 driver Juan Pablo Montoya. Together, Pattie and Montoya won one race, seven poles and posted 16 top fives and 39 top-10 finishes. Pattie also guided the team to the 2009 Chase for the Sprint Cup - Montoya's only appearance in the NASCAR post-season. Pattie declined comment on his plans for next season. In 2012, Pattie was recruited by Michael Waltrip Racing where he was assigned to Clint Bowyer. The pair won three Sprint Cup races their first season together and finished second in the Chase. However, after their third winless season together, Pattie was moved from the #15 team to the #55 Toyota with David Ragan after 16 races. Sources said Puccia will be reassigned within the company.(Motorsport)(10-26-2015)
Biffle not setting a timeline for retirement: With both #24-Jeff Gordon and #14-Tony Stewart -- two of NASCAR's biggest stars and most accomplished drivers of all time -- set to call it quits from Sprint Cup competition by the end of 2016, it's only natural for folks to wonder who else among NASCAR's 40-and-over club might follow suit in the near future. Greg Biffle, who turns 46 in December, is older than both Gordon and Stewart, and is the oldest active driver in NASCAR's top series. So will he be the next one to hang it up? While it's certainly possible, don't count on it. Biffle said his contract with Roush Fenway Racing runs through the end of the 2017 season and he has every intention to honor it. "The Biff" admits he isn't sure what his future holds beyond '17, but at least for now, he's not ready or willing to put a timetable on how much longer he'll keep driving in the Sprint Cup Series. "I've got my own plan. I'm enjoying driving these cars and love what I do," said Biffle, "I feel like we've got still something left to accomplish. I'm looking forward to the new body that we're going to get, and the downforce (with the 2016 rules package) and the changes we've made in the company. I want to see Roush Fenway winning races when I hang my helmet up for the last time, and I think we can do that. I know we can do that."(Fox Sports)(10-18-2015)
Roush Fenway Racing 'Driven' to Highlight Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October: Roush Fenway Racing is going pink in October in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The team will run special pink 'Driven For a Cause' decals on all of its NASCAR Fords for all races during the month. In addition, four of the Roush Fenway Fords will feature 'pink' themed cars this weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway, including the Sprint Cup Fusions of Trevor Bayne and Greg Biffle and the XFINITY Series Mustangs of Elliott Sadler and Bubba Wallace. Sadler's car featured a pink steering wheel, in addition to his pink fire suit. Sadler has a personal connection to the effects of breast cancer. His mother, Bell, is a breast cancer survivor and each year Sadler has done something different to help spread awareness of breast cancer and help raise money for breast cancer research. Roush Fenway Racing XFINITY drivers Chris Buescher, who currently leads the XFINITY Series Championship standings, and Wallace recently showed their support for breast cancer awareness by participating in an event at Charlotte Motor Speedway where breast cancer survivors and supporters came together to paint the pit walls pink at the speedway.
During Roush Fenway's annual fall Fan Appreciation Day, the team set up a 'Driven For a Cause photo booth where fans were encouraged to show support for breast cancer awareness by snapping 'selfies' in various pink attire. Team owner Jack Roush and several of the team's drivers took photos in the booth helping to raise awareness via social media. Fans were also encouraged to download the Early Detection Plan app to help remind them to regularly schedule exams for early detection of breast cancer.(RFR)(10-10-2015)
Roush Fenway Racing to Host Annual Fall Fan Day on October 8: Roush Fenway Racing will host its annual Fall Fan Appreciation day at its home base in Concord, N.C. on Thursday, October 8. The event is open to the public and will include autograph sessions with Roush Fenway's Cup and XFINITY drivers, as well as Jack Roush. "We love our fans here at Roush Fenway Racing," said Roush Fenway President, Steve Newmark. "These fans are always cheering on our drivers at races all over the country and their support never waivers. Fan Day here at Roush is the perfect opportunity to show them how much we appreciate them. This event gives us the means to welcome them to our home here, show them around, and to let them meet the drivers that they are so passionate in supporting."
In addition to autograph sessions, there will be a 'Driven for the Cause' photo booth set up where fans can snap selfies to show their support for breast cancer awareness. Fans are also encouraged to download the Early Detection Plan app to help remind them to regularly schedule exams for early detection of breast cancer. The retail store and museum will be open to fans, where they can take advantage of sales promotions to win items autographed by the Roush Fenway drivers. In addition various Roush Fenway partners will be on hand sampling products.
SiriusXM NASCAR Radio will host a live broadcast during Fan Day on their popular Mid-Day Drive show with hosts Jim Noble and Chocolate Myers; The Roush Fenway drivers and Jack Roush will be featured as quests. Roush Fenway fans are invited to take part in the event through social media, using the hashtag #RFRFanDay. This hashtag will give fans a behind the scenes look at the annual event through social media platforms Periscope and Twitter.
Autograph session tickets will be distributed at 8:00 a.m. and are available only through a first-come, first-served format. Autograph sessions will begin at 10:00 a.m. with Jack Roush and NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers Greg Biffle, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Trevor Bayne. Roush Fenway's NASCAR XFINITY Series drivers Chris Buescher, Bubba Wallace and Ryan Reed will start their autograph session at 11:30 a.m.
What: Roush Fenway Racing Fall 'Fan Appreciation Day'
Where: Roush Fenway Racing's Campus - 4600 Roush Place, Concord N.C. 28027
When: Thursday, October 8. Ticket distribution to start at 8:00 a.m. Fan Day runs until 3:00 p.m.
Biffle's car painted pink at Charlotte: Greg Biffle's #16 Roush Performance Ford Fusion will be pink this weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway in honor of Breast Cancer awareness month. In addition to the pink themed car, Biffle will also wear pink driving shoes and gloves. The "Cruise for a Cause" decal will be located on the rear quarterpanel of the No. 16 this weekend. The foundation's mission is to bring the message of hope to those who need it and along the way find the finances to cure it. They use a Shelby GT500 as a mobile billboard to spread the message. Created in 1995, ROUSH Performance Products combines race-proven technologies with advanced automotive engineering to continually provide customers the ultimate driving experience - the perfect combination of racecar and road car (RFR), see images of the scheme/car on the #16 Team Schemes page.(10-7-2015)
Congrats....baby: Greg Biffle's crew chief, Matt Puccia, announced on his twitter: "Alyssa Puccia and I want to welcome Kennedy Harper Puccia to the world! Thanks everybody for all the kind words!
AND Matt Puccia, crew chief for Roush Fenway Racing driver Greg Biffle, wasn't at Dover International Speedway on Friday. Then again, with rain washing out all track activity at the Monster Mile, there wasn't a compelling reason for Puccia to be there. But Puccia had much more important business at hand-witnessing the birth of daughter Kennedy Harper Puccia in Mooresville, N.C., where he drove from Dover on Thursday night after wife Alyssa went into labor. RFR Sprint Cup team manager Kevin Kidd filled in for Puccia during two abbreviated Sprint Cup practice sessions on Saturday. It will be Puccia's decision whether to return for Sunday's Sprint Cup race at the Monster Mile. "I tried to leave them at peace and let them get through the baby being born, but since then, we've talked a couple of times, and it will probably be a Sunday morning game-time decision, and I'm leaving it completely in Matt's hands," Kidd said. "If he wants to come up and do the race tomorrow, then we'll certainly welcome him. As a company, we'd love to have in back, but we also want to be respectful and do the right thing as an employer and give him some time to be with his family right now."(NASCAR Wire Service)(10-3-2015)
Roush Fenway Racing Inspired and 'Driven for Elijah':Roush Fenway Racing will honor the courageous fight of 10-year old Elijah Aschenbrenner this weekend, running special "Driven for Elijah" decals on all seven of its NASCAR Fords in races at Kentucky Speedway and New Hampshire Speedway. Elijah, whose mother is a former employee at Roush Fenway Racing, has been battling Epitheliod Sarcoma cancer since May 2014 - with his heroic fight garnering an emotional outpouring from communities including NASCAR and other professional sports. Almost 40,000 people have visited Elijah's blog on Facebook with his most recent video message receiving over 350,000 views. This week alone Elijah has received calls of support from Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton, and Auburn University football coach Gus Malzahn -- whose team has dedicated this week's game to the brave young man who has inspired so many. Join in supporting Elijah on social media, using the hashtag #prayersforelijah and learn more about his battle at Facebook.(RFR)(9-26-2015)
Throwback Ortho scheme to be announced: Roush Fenway Racing invites fans to follow along on Periscope on Thursday, August 20th at 12:30pm/et as Greg Biffle unveils his 2015 #16 Ortho Throwback scheme for Darlington. Ortho has a long history of innovation and firsts in their field, so it's only natural that the brand would unveil their new paint scheme on this innovative social platform. Follow Roush Fenway on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram for Throwback Thursday images of Greg and Ortho throughout the morning leading up to the unveil on Periscope.(RFR)(8-19-2015)
Biffle gets a new spotter: Roush Fenway Racing's #16-Greg Biffle likely needs a win in the next four races to make the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, but he'll have to do so while working with a new spotter. According to RFR, Jason Reiner will replace Joel Edmonds as Biffle's spotter this weekend at Michigan. Reiner has spotted for Chase Elliott. "It is not one of the changes I was looking for, but it was time to head down a different path for the company," Biffle said. "Like I said, it was not preferable to start with a new spotter, especially with Bristol next weekend and four races before the Chase, but it is a business and we will work for it the best we can to get up to speed with listening to a new guy up top."(NASCAR.com)(8-16-2015)
Roush says Buescher ready for Cup: Thursday morning, Chris Buescher received a phone call from his father, who had questions about what Jack Roush had said about his son in an interview Wednesday night on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio. "How come you haven't told me any of this?" he asked. "Because I didn't know any of this," Chris responded. "Well, you need to go listen to this." When Buescher did, he heard Roush, his Xfinity Series team owner, say he is "ready" for the Sprint Cup. Roush said it would be "sooner, rather than later" when the 22-year-old leading the Xfinity points standings with 13 races left would be in a Sprint Cup ride full time. "I stop short of saying it's 2016, but there is a consideration, discussion going on about the prospect of getting him in a car," Roush said told Sirius XM host Claire B. Lang. "If not one of my cars, one of the other Ford cars that would be competitive and competing in 2016. He may very well be in one of my Sprint Cup cars. It's just a matter of sponsorship and business considerations." Buescher has spent time with one of those Ford teams this years, racing for Front Row Motorsports in six events, most recently a 37th Sunday at Watkins Glen International. In 2015, Buescher has two Xfinity wins and nine top-five finishes, in addition to his 2014 win at Mid-Ohio which he will attempt to defend this weekend.
In an April interview with NASCAR Talk at Texas Motor Speedway, Roush said Buescher winning a championship "would certainly grease the skids for him. He's two to three years out at the very most." Roush then left open the possibility of fielding a fourth Sprint Cup car. "We've got three Cup cars, so we got another open slot. The 99's number is not being used right now, and I'd like to put it back on the race track," Roush said, referring to the number used by Carl Edwards since 2004 before joining Joe Gibbs Racing this season. "We'll let the 99 have a little air and then we'll create an opportunity for it as well."(NBC Sports)(8-14-2015)
Roush Performance featured on the #16 at Pocono: Greg Biffle will run a Roush Performance scheme on the #16 Roush Fenway Racing Ford at Pocono. Created in 1995, Roush Performance Products combines race-proven technologies with advanced automotive engineering to continually provide customers the ultimate driving experience - the perfect combination of racecar and road car. Crew chief Matt Puccia on Pocono: "We had a respectable finish at Pocono earlier this year so we have some good notes to look back on. We can also take some of what we learned at Indy this past weekend and apply it to Pocono since the two tracks have similar characteristics. Our Roush Performance Ford for this weekend is the same chassis we raced at the first Pocono so I'm looking forward to getting a good run." On Monday, the Roush Fenway Racing #16 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and NASCAR XFINITY Series teams wrapped up the RFR Wellness Challenge, naming Team Biffle the champions. Biffle's team totaled 232 active minutes, 87,176 steps and 19,710 calories burned for the week (RFR), see an image of the car on Jayski.com's #16 Team Schemes page.(7-31-2015)
Lilly Diabetes on the #16 at the Brickyard: Ryan Reed and Greg Biffle will both race the #16 Lilly Diabetes Ford in their respective NASCAR series races at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, marking Lilly's first ever Sprint Cup Series start. In an effort to highlight how important it is for everyone to take better control of their health, including those living with diabetes, the crews of both Roush Fenway Racing drivers will compete in a wellness challenge during the week leading into the Brickyard. Both #16 crews will go head-to-head to see who has the most active minutes, takes the most steps and burns the most calories during the week.(Roush Fenway Racing), see an image of the car on the #16 team paint schemes page.(7-25-2015)
Biffle returns to the Northwest: #16-Greg Biffle will be on hand Saturday night as the guest of honor for the return of the Rocky Mountain Challenge Series late model group to the Inland Northwest. After a five-year absence, the series returns to the area, racing Spokane County Raceway for the first time, and with Biffle off this weekend, track operator Rick Nelson invited the NASCAR star to the half-mile to take in some short-track racing action. Biffle has ties to the Spokane area as a driver in 1997 on the NASCAR Northwest Tour for Ron and Kathy Hall. The season was one of the best for the family-owned team as Biffle brought them a victory (Twin Falls), five top-5 finishes and eight top-10 runs that propelled him to a sixth-place finish in the championship standings.(Spokesman-Review)(6-20-2015)
Ford seeks to improve teams' success; not interested in adding teams: New Global Ford Performance Director Dave Pericak said Sunday that the company is committed to increased success and performance across all of its racing platforms, including NASCAR. Joined by Sprint Cup driver Brad Keselowski at Michigan International Speedway, Pericak discussed a number of things, including working to improve the performance of Roush Fenway Racing, the evolution of Ford Racing into Ford Performance and the company's promising new GT entry that will debut at Daytona next February. Some excerpts:
Working to improve performance of Roush Fenway Racing: "We are with Jack (Roush) all the time, and we spend a lot of time with Jack's team and we are making all the right, I believe, changes within not only the Roush Fenway organization but as we apply our technical resources within Ford Performance, assisting Jack and his team to get to a better place. We have seen progress. We are excited about what we have seen so far. Obviously we need to see more, but we are confident that Jack is dedicated with his team to do that. We are partners in this and our goal is to make them perform better and we are expecting a better performance today."
What in particular are you working on with RFR? "We are working with them on all aspects of the race car and not only the car but driver training or just everything that is involved in getting a race car to perform on the track. It is all aspects. There is nothing that is not on the table. Jack has welcomed all of the support and help and we have seen some significant improvement as a result of that."
Are you satisfied with the current roster of Ford teams, and have you talked to Furniture Row Racing (about moving from Chevrolet to Ford): "What I would say is that we are very happy with the partners we have today, and we have an approach where we are working to get everybody's performance up and we are committed to doing that. We believe in long-term partners and believe we have the right people that we are with currently."(NBC Sports)(6-15-2015)
Roush questions NASCAR inspection process: Team owner Jack Roush questions the consistency of NASCAR's laser platform, raising issues with an inspection process noteworthy for the numerous warnings issued teams this season. Cars must go through NASCAR's laser platform for inspection at the start of the weekend, before qualifying and before the race. The laser platform logs measurements of various parts, including front and rear wheel camber, wheel base and rear axle location. The laser platform can record measurements within 1/1,000th of an inch in some cases. Controversy has surrounded NASCAR's inspection process and the platform this season. Roush raised issues about the laser platform Wednesday night on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio's "Dialed In" show when asked about inspection issues this season. "That laser machine is also a problem because it's recognized and understood by everybody that either operates it or either inspected by it ... it is not consistent, it does not repeat 100 percent of the time," Roush said. "It is off. We don't know why it's off. Sometimes, we think maybe the humidity has something to do with it. The temperature may have something to do with it. It does not always give you the same answer for the same set of circumstances on the car dimensionally. That's caused NASCAR to increase the tolerance sometimes. So if you've got something that varies and they give you a tolerance to take care of the variance and you're a racer, then you try to use the tolerance in your favor to make your car better." NASCAR declined comment.(NBC Sports)(6-12-2015)
Biffle to Make 450th Career Sprint Cup Start in Coca-Cola 600: Greg Biffle will make his 450th career Sprint Cup start in Sunday's Coca-Cola 600. Biffle made his Sprint Cup debut in 2002 at Auto Club Speedway driving for Jack Roush. Over his 14 years in the series he has earned 19 wins, 88 top-five and 169 top 10 finishes while qualifying for the Chase for the Championship in six of the last seven years. "It's kind of amazing how fast the time goes by," said Biffle. "I remember my 300th start; we did a deal at Martinsville a few years back. It seems like it was last year or the year before, but it was 150 starts ago and that is a long time. It amazes you how fast it goes and I've got a lot of great memories, wins, close races and fun times. Some highlights that standout for me over the years are finishing second in points, winning four races in Michigan and winning Ford's 1,000th win on Father's Day. My 450th start falls on the perfect weekend, Memorial Weekend for the Coca-Cola 600 while honoring my Mom's cousin with his name across the windshield of our Ortho Ford." The 1,000th win for Ford on Father's Day in 2013 was one of Biffle's biggest victories and one of the most memorable since his daughter Emma was able to celebrate with him. Other career highlights for Biffle include a NASCAR XFINITY Championship in 2002 and a Truck Series Championship in 2000. Biffle also claimed rookie of the year honors in XFINITY and Trucks in 1998 and 2001.(Roush Fenway Racing)(5-23-2015)
Nickelodeon announces driver lineup for SpongeBob SquarePants 400 weekend: Nickelodeon's SpongeBob SquarePants will take over Kansas Speedway, for the SpongeBob SquarePants 400 weekend, May 8-9. The world's most famous sponge and his Bikini Bottom friends will take an adventurous ride on the cars of four NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers, all vying to win the coveted SpongeBob SquarePants 400 trophy. The SpongeBob SquarePants 400 will feature an all-star NASCAR Sprint Cup lineup including:
Greg Biffle, driving the #16 Cheez-It / Patrick Star Ford Fusion
Michael McDowell, driving the #95 WRL/Larry the Lobster Ford Fusion
Casey Mears, driving the #13 Squidward Tentacles Chevrolet SS
David Ragan, driving the #55 Aarons/SpongeBob SquarePants Toyota Camry
NASCAR driver Ben Kennedy will join in on the fun when he takes out his #11 Local Motors/ SpongeBob SquarePants Toyota Tundra for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Kansas Speedway on Friday, May 8. Additionally, NASCAR XFINITY Series star Bubba Wallace will pilot the #6 SpongeBob SquarePants Ford Mustang for the Winn-Dixie XFINITY Series race on Saturday, May 2. His Ford machine will feature SpongeBob SquarePants and his friends Patrick, SquidWard, Mr. Krabs and Sandy Cheeks.
"It's really fun to be part of the Nickelodeon lineup for the Kansas race and get to feature Patrick Star and Cheez-It on our No. 16 Ford," said Biffle, who boasts a pair of victories on the 1.5-mile oval at Kansas. "Nickelodeon does a lot to bring sports to kids, which is something that is important and I'm glad to be a part of it. Kansas is a good track for us and Saturday night races are always exciting. Hopefully we can get another Kansas win."
Also at the speedway, attendees will be able to enjoy some pre-Mother's Day fun in the Nickelodeon Kids Zone, which will be located in the Kansas Speedway Fan Zone. The area will feature appearances from the SpongeBob SquarePants costumed characters, a SpongeBob SquarePants photo station and more.
On Wednesday, May 13, Nickelodeon will air episodes of Hammer Down, a docu-series produced by NASCAR Productions, in a special racing-themed night during the NickSportsprogramming block on Nicktoons. Hammer Down is an original, four-episode series featuring four of NASCAR's rising stars--Kyle Larson, Ryan Blaney, Darrell Wallace Jr. and Kenzie Ruston-that give fans an all-access pass into the young athletes' lives as they aspire to become elite NASCAR drivers, while also enjoying time with friends and coming of age as young adults. The NickSports programming block airs every Wednesday, from 9:00-11:00 pm (ET/PT).(Nickelodeon/VMG)(5-1-2015)
Roush Fenway Racing to Host Annual Spring Fan Day on May 21: Roush Fenway Racing will host its annual spring fan day at its world headquarters in Concord, N.C. on Thursday, May 21. The event is open to the public and will feature autograph sessions with each of Roush Fenway's seven NASCAR drivers. "We say it each year, but this event is really the perfect opportunity to show our fans how much we appreciate them," said Roush Fenway President Steve Newmark. "We see these fans cheering on our drivers at race tracks across the country, and this is our opportunity to welcome them to our home, show them around and give them the opportunity to meet our drivers and the partners who play such a vital role in what we do each weekend at the track." In addition to the Roush Fenway show cars on site, more than a dozen partner displays will be on hand, with partners handing out samples, setting up simulation pods and tire-changing units, as well as interacting with the fans that support Roush Fenway and the sport of NASCAR. SiriusXM NASCAR Radio will again broadcast its famed Mid-Day Drive show live from the event with popular host Jim Noble and Chocolate Myers, featuring visits with the Roush Fenway drivers. Former Miss Sprint Cup Monica Palumbo will be the official emcee for the day's events and Roush Fenway #16 XFINITY Series hauler driver Jay Maybry and his band JBird and the Congregation will perform live music throughout the day. Roush Fenway fans are also encouraged to take part in the event through social media using the hashtag #RFRFanDay, and the team will give fans a behind the scenes look at the event throughout the day via Periscope and Twitter. Autograph sessions will kick off at 10 a.m. with NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers Trevor Bayne, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Greg Biffle. Roush Fenway's NASCAR XFINITY Series drivers Bubba Wallace, Ryan Reed, Chris Buescher and Elliott Sadler will sign autographs at 11:00 a.m.
Autograph session tickets will be on a first-come, first-served basis, beginning at 8 a.m.
What: Roush Fenway Racing Spring 'Fan Appreciation Day'
Where: Roush Fenway Racing Campus - 4600 Roush Place, Concord N.C. 28027
When: Thursday, May 21, 2014. Tickets distribution begins at 8:00 a.m. Fan Appreciation Day runs until 3:00 pm.(RFR)(5-1-2015)
Clean Harbors debuts on the #16: Clean Harbors has their first primary paint scheme on the #16 of Greg Biffle this weekend in Fontana and is celebrating their 35th anniversary as North America's leading provider of environmental, energy and industrial services. Clean Harbors provides safe, environmentally responsible solutions that help customers prevent the release of hazardous material into the environment and, in situations where that has already occurred, help recover and decontaminate any pollutants that have been released. Clean Harbors is the largest provider of emergency services in North America.(Roush Fenway Racing), see an image of the car on the #16 team paint schemes page.(3-19-2015)
Cheez-It debuts on the #16 at Las Vegas: Greg Biffle will drive the #16 Cheez-It Ford Fusion this weekend at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Cheez-It is a primary partner on the #16 Ford and will make their 2015 debut in the Sprint Cup Series this weekend. "I love going to Vegas and I can't think of a better track for Cheez-It to be on my Ford," said Biffle. "Vegas has been a good track for us in the past and I feel confident we can get a solid run this weekend. Cheez-It crackers are one of my favorite snacks and the car looks really good." Not only will Cheez-It be featured on the car this weekend, but they have also launched a new racing website. Check out www.cheezitracing.com for information on the #16 team and the 'Cheez-It Racing' Roush Fenway Racing drivers, which includes Buescher, Biffle and Bubba Wallace. Cheez-It 'Snack Mix' is representing racing in the "Most Valuable Cheese" competition on www.cheezitmvc.com, you can help racing pull ahead from the other sports by casting your vote. Voting ends March 31st (RFR), see images of the scheme/car on the #16 Team Schemes page.(3-5-2015)
Biffle talks about 2015 rules package: Greg Biffle, driver of the #16 Ortho Ford Fusion, gave his impression on the new rules package for 2015 between sessions of today's test at Atlanta Motor Speedway. "My Ortho Ford Fusion drove pretty good and had a lot of grip. I felt like I needed a little bit more front turn, but as the session went it seemed like we didn't really slow down and everybody else did, which was a good thing. We're hoping we can get a little more speed right out of the gate for this next session and then hold consistent. My car didn't feel hugely different. I could tell it's got less power, but it wasn't like, 'Oh my gosh, this is a whole different car.'"
ANY DIFFERENT HANDLING CHARACTERISTICS WITH A SMALLER SPOILER? "No. It felt pretty normal, so it's not a huge change, which is good for the sport and good for what we've got coming up."(Ford Racing)(2-26-2015)
Biffle and Roush visit a school: #16-Greg Biffle and team owner Jack Roush will both be at Westside Elementary School at 8;30am Friday morning on behalf of ScottsMiracle-Gro's GRO1000 program. GRO1000 is ScottsMiracle-Gro's commitment to create 1,000 community gardens and green spaces by 2018. Designed to educate consumers about Ortho products, "What's Buggin' Biffle" takes on everyday challenges and gives homeowners real-life answers. The web-series gives fans a peek under Biffle's hood to see what's buggin' him both on-and-off the track. Check out www.drivebugsaway.com for the latest episodes.(RFR)(2-20-2015)
Quotes about Wednesday's practice crash at Daytona: #10-Patrick, #11-Hamlin, #13-Mears, #16-Biffle, #26-Burton and #46-Annett were involved in a multi-car accident during Wednesday's first Daytona 500 practice session. Patrick, Annett and Burton will go to back-up cars and start at the rear of the field in Thursday's Budweiser Duels. Hamlin, Mears and Biffle sustained minor damage to their cars. Some quotes:
#10-Danica Patrick's comments:
Q) WHAT IS YOUR TAKE ON THE ACCIDENT?
Patrick: "It's unfortunate. I know it was a car. I know it was a good coming from the shop. And with this new format that we have with qualifying and the race and everything, we knew we were going to have to race hard through the Duels anyway. That's not going to change. It just makes extra work for everybody having to get everything ready with the other car. Hopefully we'll get out soon and we'll go make sure everything is all right and we'll make sure it's good on time."
Q) WE JUST SAW YOUR BACK-UP CAR COMING OUT IN THE GARAGE. HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE BEFORE WE SEE YOU BACK OUT ON THE TRACK?
Patrick: "That's a good question. Hopefully we get out by the end of second practice. If not, we didn't plan on running tomorrow, but I would imagine that would mean we might run tomorrow. But hopefully we should get out here in the second practice and we'll have 40 minutes to make sure everything is okay. We probably won't get through our list of things that we wanted to try to make sure on single car runs that we were getting the most speed out of it. But, at the end of the day when you're in a pack, you see cars with damage all over the place and they manage to hang on just fine. So, we've just got to make sure everything is okay to roll for tomorrow."
Q) WHAT HAPPENED? ARE YOU OKAY?
Patrick: "I'm fine. I'm obviously disappointed and I know that it was a good car and it's never a good thing to crash. But, I was just riding along and it turned, so it's the nature of pack racing and that's what makes it challenging, too. Sometimes there's not much you can do about it. I could have collected more people and it wouldn't have been anything that they were a part of. But that's just group racing at Daytona. That's the gamble that we all face. That's what makes it exciting and very frustrating. So, we knew we were going to have to run hard in the Duels no matter what, and that just doesn't change."
Q) DENNY HAMLIN KIND OF TOOK RESPONSIBILITY. CAN YOU TALK ABOUT YOUR CHANCE OF GETTING IN THE DAYTONA 500
Patrick: "I was following the #6 (Trevor Bayne). He (Hamlin) pulled out in front of me in our lane out of (Turn) 2; I was riding behind him and the car sort of started turning toward the right and the back end was coming around and then it swapped ends. So, it just looked like he was trying to pull out and make a third lane in the middle and it felt like it mush have caught my bumper."(Team Chevy)
#11-Denny Hamlin's comments:
Q) How aggressive were drivers in practice?
Hamlin: "People say in practice that you can't make aggressive moves, but we also have to put ourselves in decent positions where we're going to have to figure out what our car is doing. I went through the middle and it was really wide - it just closed as soon as I had already got inside of her (Danica Patrick) and the lane closed. It knocked me into the 13 (Casey Mears) and we had some attrition after that."
Q) How much damage was sustained to your Camry?
Hamlin: "It's nothing that we have to go to a backup car for, but it messed up other cars. That's the tough part about it. You always have to give a little bit extra room in practice. There's typically not a whole lot of blocking in practice and things like that - that you'll see in the race. Also, you do have to go three-wide in those situations because you have to figure out what your car is going to do. That's just a miscalculation one way or another on one of our parts. Unfortunately some cars got torn up."(Toyota Racing)
#16-Greg Biffle's comments;
Q) WHAT DID YOU SEE WHEN THAT WRECK WAS HAPPENING IN FRONT OF YOU?
Biffle: "That wreck wasn't in front of me, it was all over me. It was in front of me, behind me, beside me, and then I got hit in the left-rear. I thought the wreck was done and I still got hit. It scared the death out of me because I already wrecked once pretty good and I don't want to wreck again."
Q) HOW DO YOU APPROACH THESE PRACTICE SESSIONS?
Biffle: "We feel good about the way our car drafts and does all that, so we're pretty much done with all that. We're just gonna work on single car speed. It looks like we're off two or three tenths on speed compared to the fast cars, so we're gonna work hard and diligently to see if we can find that little bit of speed left in our Fusion."
Q) HOW EXTENSIVE IS THE DAMAGE FROM THE WRECK?
Biffle: "It's very light, just some left-rear bumper cover damage, so it's pretty light."(Ford Racing)(2-19-2015)
Roush Fenway Racing Bolsters Sales and Marketing Lineup: Roush Fenway Racing announced the hiring of three key executives to its marking team, bolstering its efforts in business development, strategic marketing and event marketing. The team has named Brian Cleek as senior vice president of sales and business development. Cleek brings over 12 years of proven partnership development experience, having worked for some of the most successful properties in professional sports, including the NFL, the New York Giants, ESPN, the Harlem Globetrotters and most recently the PGA of America and Ryder Cup.
Roush Fenway also announced the additions of Bruce Mosley and Stacie Brenner to its executive team. Mosley, a seasoned sales and marketing expert, has joined the team as vice president of strategic marketing. He brings over 20 years of related experience to the position and was instrumental in successful NASCAR related retail activation programs with Kroger, Walmart, Sunoco and Office Depot. Mosley began his motorsports career as director of sponsorship with International Speedway Corporation, focusing on sponsorship and MRN media sales, and later oversaw the NASCAR Sprint Cup Coors Light Racing team sponsorship program. Mosley also serves as Executive in Residence for Belmont Abbey College's Motorsports Management Program.
Brenner, who most recently served as the director of business development/account services at Keystone Marketing, has been named director of event marketing at Roush Fenway. Brenner brings over 20 years of experience in marketing and event management to the position and will oversee Roush Fenway's event marketing and show car departments. During her robust marketing career she has worked with companies that include; Octagon, Nextel, Sprint, Hanes Brands and Mondelez International.(Roush Fenway Racing)(2-13-2015)
Mark Martin no longer working with Roush Fenway UPDATE: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series veteran Mark Martin, who was hired last July as a driver development coach for Roush Fenway Racing, is no longer with the organization. Asked Friday on Twitter if he would be working with RFR's crop of young drivers in the upcoming season, Martin responded, simply, "No." Martin, who drove for Roush Fenway from 1988-2006 -- the vast majority of his Sprint Cup career -- said at the time of his hiring as a driver development coach that he was happy to be reuniting with the organization where he earned 35 of his 40 career Sprint Cup wins. It was announced in mid-January that Martin, 56, has joined forces with late model dirt-racing legend Scott Bloomquist to field two entries in the Lucas Oil Late Model Championship in 2015. Bloomquist and up-and-coming driver Jared Landers will drive the two team cars, respectively, with both carrying sponsorship from Batesville, Ark.-based Mark Martin Automotive Group.(FoxSports)(2-7-2015)
UPDATE: Mark Martin explained in a tweet Saturday morning why he no longer is working in a driver development role with Roush Fenway Racing. Martin tweeted: "I didn't want to go to the races. I've done enough of that for now. Except for dirt track." Martin answered a fan's question Friday on Twitter confirming that he was no longer serving as a coach for Roush. Saturday, he answered another fan's question as to why he wasn't coaching Roush's drivers.(NBC Sports)(2-8-2015)
Roush had a shot at Jeff Gordon: Fifteen years ago or so, while researching a NASCAR book, one of the people Tom Jensen interviewed was John Bickford, Jeff Gordon's stepfather and business manager. Bickford, who was the architect of Gordon's career from his early days as a kid in quarter midgets until Gordon was an established NASCAR star, had plenty of interesting stories. One of them surrounded how Gordon wound up in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. After growing up racing open-wheel cars on asphalt and dirt, Gordon ran two full seasons in what's now known as the NASCAR Xfinity Series in 1991 and '92. And while Gordon is one of the most recognizable Chevrolet drivers today, in those days he drove Ford Thunderbirds owned by Bill Davis. Naturally, Ford Motor Co. was keen to see Gordon move up to Sprint Cup in a Ford.
According to Bickford, in 1992, NASCAR team owner Jack Roush called him up and told Bickford he wanted to hire Gordon. After a brief discussion, Bickford said he was amenable to the idea of Gordon driving for Roush and he had a great young crew chief named Ray Evernham who Bickford wanted to be part of the deal. "My drivers don't get to pick their own crew chiefs," Roush told Bickford. "I do that." Whereupon Bickford said he hung up the phone, because it was a package deal. Bickford knew Gordon and Evernham already had great chemistry and would be successful together. He didn't want Gordon to have to start over with a new crew chief.
Roush called back and said there must have been a problem with the phone and Bickford said, no, he had hung up on Roush deliberately. Upon hearing that, Roush went on to explain that if he was making the expensive and potentially risky investment in a promising, but unproven young talent, he had to have the comfort level of hiring the crew chief himself. That was the way Roush always worked in the past and the way he was going to work in the future. And that's when Bickford said he hung up on Roush a second time, and when negotiations between the two officially ended.(Tom Jensen / FoxSports)(1-25-2015)
New crew chief for Stenhouse? UPDATE: hearing that Nick Sandler, former #99 Roush Fenway Racing engineer will be the crew chief for #17-Ricky Stenhouse Jr. in 2015. Former #17 crew chief, Mike Kelley, supposedly sticks with the team as the car chief.(1-6-2015)
UPDATE: Roush Fenway Racing has announced its 2015 crew chief lineup. The lineup features the return of Bob Osborne atop the pit box as the crew chief of Trevor Bayne and the #6 AdvoCare Ford, which makes its return to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Osborne served as a crew chief for Roush Fenway from 2004 until 2012, leading teams to 18 wins, 86 top-five finishes and 142 top-10 finishes, before moving over to assist with the team's engineering efforts. Greg Biffle's #16 Ortho Ford will again be headed up by Matt Puccia, who has led Biffle to 'Chase' appearances in each of his three full seasons at the helm. The #17 Fastenal team will be led by Nick Sandler, who spent the last four seasons working as the head engineer for the #99 team under Jimmy Fennig. Mike Kelley, who served as the team's crew chief last season will make the shift to car chief in 2015. Kelley and Stenhouse Jr. have a long history, with the pair teaming for back-to-back championships in the NASCAR XFINITY Series in 2011 and 2012.
In addition, Roush Fenway has named legendary crew chief Jimmy Fennig as research and development coordinator. Fennig, who most recently served as crew chief on the No. 99 Sprint Cup Team amassed 36 career wins as a crew chief and helped lead the organization to its second NSCS Championship in 2004 and the team's historic 300th win in the 2012 Daytona 500. He will now play an integral role in the direction of the team's car builds.
On the NASCAR XFINITY Series front, Phil Gould will lead the #1 One Main Financial team in 2015. Gould previously worked with Brian Scott the last two seasons, guiding the #2 team to a fourth-place finish in the final standings last season. Both Seth Barbour and Scott Graves will return atop the boxes of the #16 and #60 NXS teams. Chad Norris, who served as crew chief for #6 NXS team last season, will sit atop the pit box for Bubba Wallace.(Roush Fenway Racing)(1-6-2015)
#16 Sponsors for 2014:
Daytona - 2/24, 3M
Phoenix - 3/3, 3M
Las Vegas - 3/9, Red Cross
Bristol - 3/16, Meguiars
Auto Club - 3/23, 3M Aerospace
Martinsville - 3/30
Texas - 4/6, Give Kids a Smile
Darlington - 4/12, Red Cross
Talladega - 5/4, 3M Window Film
Richmond - 4/26, Scotch
Kansas - 5/10, 3M / Novec
Charlotte - 5/17, All Star race, 3M
Charlotte - 5/25, Fastenal
Dover - 6/1, 3M / Rite Aid
Pocono - 6/8, 3M
Michigan - 6/15 3M Military Salutes
Sonoma - 6/22 3M
Kentucky - 6/28 3M Ace Bandage
Daytona - 7/5, 3M patriotic
New Hampshire - 7/13, New England Sports Network (NESN)
Indianapolis - 7/27, 3M Safety
Pocono 8/3, - 3M, 1942 Throwback
Watkins Glen - 8/10, 3M
Michigan - 8/17, Roush Performance Parts
Bristol - 8/23, 3M Hire Our Heroes
Atlanta - 8/31, Ortho
Richmond - 9/6, 3M, 811 'Call Before You Dig'
Chicago - 9/14, 3M, ScotchBlue
New Hampshire - 9/21, Ortho
Dover - 9/28, 3M / Post-it
Kansas - 10/5, 3M Filtrete
Charlotte - 10/11, 3M Bondo
Talladega - 10/19, 3M
Martinsville - 10/26, 3M
Texas - 11/2, Ortho
Phoenix - 11/9, Sherwin Williams
Homestead - 11/16, 3M
Congrats: Matt Puccia crew chief for #16 Greg Biffle married Alyssa Abbott on 12/13/14 at St. Mark's Church, Huntersville, NC, they are honeymooning in Hawaii.(12-20-2014)
Yates Denies Rumors of Roush Fenway Buyout: Roush Yates Engines CEO Doug Yates responded yesterday (Dec 4th) to rumors that he will replace Jack Roush at the helm of Roush Fenway Racing when Roush steps down in the near future. "Jack is committed to NASCAR racing," said Yates, son of legendary NASCAR engine builder and team owner Robert Yates. "He loves two things besides his family; racing and flying airplanes. He is not planning to stop the racing part, anyway. I know that for a fact." Yates admitted, however, that he is interested in following his father into the ownership ranks one day. "It's flattering to hear my name out there (in the rumor mill) and if the right situation came along, I'd love to carry on what my dad started and what he accomplished. But right now, my focus is on building great engines for Ford Motor Company and making Ford and Roush proud. That's what I'm going to try to stick with and be focused on in the near future. Jack Roush is not going anywhere" he said, "...and one thing he's not going to do is quit before he gets (Roush Fenway Racing) back where he wants it." Yates also said Roush has been instrumental in his success as an engine builder, adding, "He's been really good to me... a lot like my dad. I've been so fortunate to learn and watch and be around him. He's taught me a lot."(Godfather Motorsports)(12-5-2014)
Changes at Roush Fenway Racing UPDATE: Roush Fenway Racing is taking steps to right the ship. On Wednesday, RFR will announce the addition of respected motosports manager Mark McArdle as engineering director. McArdle will oversee all engineering for the organization and report to general manager Robbie Reiser. "My role is to provide the organization with better vision, increased levels of direction and communication to allow all the available resources to work together to find the solutions to the basic core problem of car performance," McArdle said. McArdle most recently was director of racing operations at Richard Childress Racing. He held the position since the summer of 2013 after four seasons with Furniture Row Racing in Denver. The last two years at FRR, McArdle served as an intermediary in the teams' technical alliance. He moved back to North Carolina to be closer to his family - ultimately the reason McArdle chose to leave RCR and join RFR, which cuts his commute in half. McArdle acknowledged he was grateful for the opportunity with Richard Childress and still has tremendous respect for the organization. Although McArdle will join RFR at the track this weekend at Phoenix International Raceway, he only expects to be on the road 25-percent of the time in order to focus on the challenges back at the Concord, N.C.-based shop.
RFR has also hired Kevin Kidd as its Sprint Cup team manager. Kidd, who currently oversees the #20 Nationwide Series team for Joe Gibbs Racing, earned an engineering degree at Virginia Tech. He also worked with McArdle as the race engineer on the #19 at Evernham Motorsports. Kidd's role will be similar to Eric Peterson, who was Roush Fenway's operations manager before overseeing the Nationwide Series program.(Motorsport)(11-5-2014)
UPDATE: Roush Fenway Racing has announced the hiring of two industry veterans to senior positions in its competition group. Mark McArdle will oversee engineering for the organization's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) and NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS) teams. Kevin Kidd will serve as NSCS team manager, supervising at-track operations beginning next season for an organization that has placed multiple cars in the 'Chase' in all 10 seasons of the format's existence. "I'm confident that having Mark and Kevin in these two key positions will make our organization even stronger next season," said team co-owner Jack Roush. "Mark has a pedigree in racing that spans multiple platforms and speaks for itself in terms of results. He has a reputation not only for success, but as a great manager and motivator. Kevin is recognized in the garage as one of the brightest minds in our sport. He has acquired invaluable experience working with both veteran and young drivers, and will be a great asset to our Sprint Cup program week in and week out at the race track. We look forward to bringing both Mark and Kevin on board and welcoming them into the fold."
McArdle, a successful veteran of IndyCar and NASCAR racing, has been named engineering director and will directly oversee Roush Fenway's engineering efforts. A renowned engine builder, McArdle boasts three victories in the famed Indianapolis 500 with Penske Racing in 1991, 1993 and 1994, having worked with a litany of open-wheel legends including Ricky Mears, Emerson Fittipaldi, Al Unser Jr. and Michael Andretti. McArdle has spent the last 15 years working in NASCAR, having served in high-level positions with Roush Yates Engines, Evernham Motorsports, Furniture Row Racing and most recently as director of racing operation at Richard Childress Racing.
"Roush Fenway Racing has a tradition and history of success like none other in motorsports, and I'm thrilled to be a part of it," said McArdle. "I've always had a very deep respect for Jack Roush and his entire organization, and know that the expectation for him, his drivers, teams and sponsors is to win races and championships at every level. I look forward to becoming part of that winning tradition, and to continuing it in 2015 and beyond."
Kevin Kidd has been named NSCS team manager. He will join Roush Fenway after having served as the crew chief for the No. 20 NASCAR Nationwide Series team at Joe Gibbs Racing since 2010. During that time he guided his teams to nearly 90 top-10 finishes in 167 starts with veteran drivers such as Matt Kenseth, Joey Logano and Denny Hamlin, as well as a host of developmental drivers. "Roush Fenway is a perennial 'Chase' contender with three extremely talented drivers in the 2015 line-up," said Kidd. "All of the right resources are in position to place all three of those drivers into the 'Chase' next season, and that will be our goal. I've had a great deal of experience working with both veterans and younger drivers, and this organization has a great mix of that with Greg Biffle, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Trevor Bayne. I look forward to the opportunity to work with each of them, their teams and everyone at Roush Fenway." Kidd will move into his new role at the conclusion of the 2014 season.(Roush Fenway Racing)(11-6-2014)
Roush cars to carry special decals on cars in Nov.: Throughout the month of November, Roush Fenway Racing will support partners Lilly Diabetes and the American Diabetes Association as they highlight American Diabetes Month and World Diabetes Day (November 14). In addition to unique video and social content, the team will carry special decals on all six of its Fords in both the NASCAR Nationwide Series [#6, #16, #60] and NASCAR Sprint Cup Series [#16, #17, #99] during the month )of November). "Diabetes is obviously something that hits very close to home for me, so I really appreciate that our entire Roush Fenway team and partners are helping to raise awareness during the month of November," said Ryan Reed, driver of the #16 American Diabetes Association Drive to Stop DiabetesSM presented by Lilly Diabetes Ford Mustang (in the NNS). "I'm proud of the work that both the American Diabetes Association and Lilly Diabetes do, and am excited to draw more attention to that." Diabetes impacts nearly 30 million children and adults in the United States, with another 86 million having prediabetes and are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes. American Diabetes Month takes place each November, with the goal of raising awareness of this ever-growing epidemic, with programs designed to focus the nation's attention on the issues surrounding diabetes and the many people who are impacted by the disease.(RFR)(11-1-2014)
Ortho makes final 2014 appearance: Ortho will make its final of three appearances of the season on the #16 Ford of Greg Biffle this weekend at Texas. Ortho was on the hood for a 10th-place finish at Atlanta and a 16th-place finish at Loudon (RFR), see an image of the scheme on the #16 Team Schemes page..(10-31-2014)
Pink cars for Roush Fenway at Martinsville: Roush Fenway Racing drivers #16-Biffle, #17-Stenhouse, Jr., and #99-Edwards will go pink for Martinsville Speedway in support of the National Breast Cancer Foundation and the early detection plan app.(Roush Fenway), see images of the cars on the #16 team paint schemes, #17 team paint schemes, and #99 team paint schemes pages.(10-24-2014)
Roush to be inducted into Kentucky Motorsports Hall of Fame: Legendary motorsports team owner and innovator Jack Roush has long been identified with the state of Michigan, where his corporate empire is headquartered in Livonia (suburban Detroit). While he may have committed the last several decades of his racing career to the blue oval of Ford, the man nicknamed "The Cat In the Hat" is actually a native of the Bluegrass State. And because of that distinction, Roush, who was born in Covington, Ky., will be one of 13 new members inducted Saturday into the Kentucky Motorsports Hall of Fame in Owensboro. Induction into the Kentucky Hall is one of countless honors Roush has received in his career, including the International Motorsports Hall of Fame in 2006 and the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame in 2010.(NBC Sports)(10-24-2014)
Cheez-Its will sponsor Biffle in 2015: Roush Fenway Racing has announced a multi-year partnership with Kellogg Company's Cheez-It brand to serve as a primary partner on the #16 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (Ford with driver Greg Biffle beginning in 2015. Kellogg has a long history of success with Roush Fenway, with Cheez-It and other Kellogg's brands adorning several of the organization's cars over the past five years. The partnership has also resulted in numerous trips to victory lane, including a NSCS triumph this spring for Cheez-It at Bristol Motor Speedway. "Roush Fenway is a great partner, helping us share the excitement of NASCAR racing with Cheez-It fans across the country," said Melissa Pawlowicz, senior director of Integrated Promotions for Kellogg Company. "We are also thrilled to be associated with Greg Biffle - a great driver who will be a tremendous representative of our products."
"We have enjoyed a great relationship with Cheez-It and Kellogg for several years," said Roush Fenway president Steve Newmark. "And we are very pleased to continue that partnership with Greg and the No. 16 team into the future. They are a truly iconic brand and a wonderful ambassador for our sport. I know they will be a great fit with Greg and the #16 team and we look forward to rolling out fun and exciting marketing initiatives with them in the coming years."(Roush Fenway Racing)(10-22-2014)
Biffle not sure what happened with Johnson: #16-Greg Biffle says he's not sure why he got into #48-Jimmie Johnson, causing the six-time champion to crash in Sunday's race at Kansas Speedway. Biffle made contact with Johnson on Lap 85. Johnson lost 68 laps for repairs. He finished 40th, jeopardizing his chances of advancing to the next round in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. "I don't know if (Johnson) got slowed up a little bit coming off the corner,'' Biffle said Monday at an appearance promoting this weekend's race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. "We were coming off the corner two-, three-, four-wide. My car started to lose the nose a little bit, started to slide up the race track. It looked like (Johnson) had good momentum off the corner. It looked like I was going to be able to move in behind him. I don't know if he got slowed up any from the cars in front of him or I tried to move over too early and caught his left rear. You're going to have that contact when you're back there two-, three-wide scrambling on a restart. We just got together.''(MRN)(10-7-2014)
Roush Fenway Racing "Fan Day" Set for Thursday, October 9: Roush Fenway Racing will hold its annual "Fall Fan Day" on Thursday, Oct. 9 at its team headquarters. Team owner Jack Roush and NASCAR drivers Greg Biffle, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Carl Edwards, Trevor Bayne, Ryan Reed and Chris Buescher will be on hand to interact with fans and sign autographs. Sirius/XM NASCAR Radio (Ch. 90) will again broadcast its popular "Tradin' Paint" mid-day program with Jim Noble and Chocolate Myers live from the event. In addition, Roush Fenway will host a live "Google+ Hangout" on its award-winning Google+ platform beginning at 10:00 a.m. Also featured will be a Fan Day 'Selfie' booth, where fans will be encouraged to take selfie photos with special pink props, highlighting Roush Fenway's 'Pit for a Pair' program to raise awareness for the National Breast Cancer Foundation and National Breast Cancer awareness month. Fans will be encouraged to tag the photos with the special hashtag #Pit4APair, as well as vote for one of two pink items that the Roush Fenway drivers will wear during driver introductions later in the month at Martinsville Speedway. Ticket distribution for the autograph sessions will be held on site and begin at 8:00 am/et.(RFR), more info at roushfenway.com.(10-2-2014)
CGA Partners with 3M to Promote 811 'Call Before You Dig' Phone Number on #16 at RIR: Common Ground Alliance (CGA) announced it has partnered for the fifth consecutive year with 3M and Greg Biffle, driver of the 3M #16 Ford Fusion in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, to promote the national 811 "Call Before You Dig" phone number on the #16 car this Saturday at Richmond. CGA is the national association dedicated to protecting underground utilities and the people who dig near them, and 3M is one of the 1,500 members. Biffle will promote 811 in five locations - on the hood, deck lid, TV panel and both rear quarter panels - of his #16 3M Ford Fusion at Richmond for the final "pre-Chase" race of the year. CGA and 3M selected the Richmond race due to its position on the calendar, which falls at a time of year when home and property improvement projects are popular across the United States. An underground utility line is damaged by digging once every six minutes due to someone digging without first making a call to 811, according to CGA data. Additionally, Richmond will serve as the ideal venue to launch the "Breakfast with Biff" sweepstakes, which gives fans the chance to enter to win a VIP trip for two for a post-season visit with the #16 3M team near Charlotte, N.C. More info on the Racing Contest page. When homeowners and professional excavators call 811 they are connected to a local one call notification center that will take their information and communicate it to the appropriate local utility companies. Professional utility locators will then visit the dig site to mark the approximate location of all underground utility lines with flags or paint. (CGA) (9-6-2014)
Biffle talks about Roush Fenway Racing problems in 2014: #16-Greg Biffle spoke about a few issues with members of the media on Friday at AMS:
Q) WHAT HAS BEEN WRONG WITH ROUSH FENWAY THIS YEAR?
Biffle: "I wasn't specifically calling our team out, I was more specifically calling our organization as a whole, Roush Fenway. We let go of our guy who was the head of engineering a while back. We don't want to point fingers in our organization, but we plain and simply didn't keep up with the Joneses. We got behind in simulation. We are still behind in simulation. We're trying to roll out a new model that is gonna carry us on into the future and make us as equal as some of these other teams are. And quite honestly the worst we ran, the harder we worked, the more we tested, the more meetings we had, the worse we ran because we were pushing down a wrong road on aerodynamics and our theory and balance and everything else. You can clearly see that it's plain and simple we were headed kind of in the wrong direction and since we've kind of righted that ship, we've really woke up so to speak and saw what we were doing wrong. We don't know everything yet, but we saw a lot of what we were doing wrong. Michigan is a perfect example. I had a 28th-place car at Michigan in the first race and that's one of my best race tracks with four wins, and that was so devastating for us. We finished 20th, but literally had a 28th-place car and we go back there we had a 10th-place car -- a solid 10th-place car, maybe a little better than that. So that's a huge swing. We can't celebrate yet because we weren't leading the race and leading laps, but that's a huge celebration within the organization that we kind of turned the corner and are going in the right direction. That's all I care about is getting the trajectory going better not worse, then we'll win races and we'll lead laps. But it's just gonna take a little bit of time."
Q) HAS PENSKE'S SUCCESS ADDED TO THE FRUSTRTION?
Biffle: "It's done both. It's added to the frustration, but at the same time it's given us the confidence that these cars are capable of that. And Penske has helped us a ton. Penske has allowed us to compare our cars to their cars some, which has shed some light in some areas that maybe we needed to work, and they're only gonna share so many things with us through our alliance with Ford, and we appreciate the help we've gotten from them. We're looking at their cars more than the competition trying to figure out how to make cars the same because we have the same type of car. We'll get there. Unfortunately, this season has felt frustrating for us. Now Carl is a helluva a driver and he's put himself in position and won some races, but he'll admit too that we're not certainly where we need to be - competitive enough -- but we're getting there."(in part from Ford Racing)(8-31-2014)
Roush Fenway Racing announces a 2015 sponsor for Biffle: Roush Fenway Racing has announced that Ortho and its complete line of home, lawn and garden pest control products will serve as the anchor partner on the #16 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) entry driven by two-time NASCAR Champion Greg Biffle in a multi-year deal. "I am thrilled to have Ortho on board," said Biffle, who is looking to become the first driver to win championships in all three of NASCAR's major series. "I spend a great deal of time outside and do a lot of work on my home myself, and I understand how important their products can be. They have a great history and it will be an honor to have a brand of their stature and reputation on our #16 Ford Fusion moving forward." Ortho makes its debut on the #16 car next week at Atlanta Motor Speedway, and will appear on the car for two more races this season before becoming the anchor partner in 2015.
"Roush Fenway Racing, Greg Biffle and the #16 Ford are a natural partner for Ortho," said Mike Sutterer, Vice President of Ortho and Regional Marketing. "Like Ortho, Greg and Roush Fenway Racing have a long history of success, including being number one. We feel Greg and his crew will enable us to engage with fans and highlight our great brand. Needless to say, our entire team is excited to see the new car on the starting grid and in victory lane."
Ortho's parent company, Scotts Miracle-Gro teamed with Roush Fenway from 2005 until 2011, teaming for 12 wins and 14 poles across all three of NASCAR's major series. Mark Martin drove the Scotts Ford F-150 to six victories in the NASCAR Truck Series, while Carl Edwards captured the 2007 NNS Championship carrying Scotts colors.(Roush Fenway Racing), during the press conference, it was mentioned that Ortho would be on about half of the 2015 races. See images of the scheme on the 2015 #16 Team Schemes page.(8-22-2014).
Roush Performance Parts on the #16: Roush Performance Parts will adorn the #16 Ford of Greg Biffle this weekend at Michigan. Created in 1995, Roush Performance Products combines race-proven technologies with advanced automotive engineering to continually provide customers the ultimate driving experience - the perfect combination of racecar and road car.(Roush Fenway Racing), see an image of the car on the #16 team paint schemes page.(8-14-2014)
3M Hire Our Heroes Campaign to Honor America's Heroes at Bristol: At the NASCAR Sprint Cup race night race at Bristol, NASCAR star Greg Biffle will be driving a #16 3M Ford Fusion with a strong force behind it - the power of the 3M Hire Our Heroes program. Biffle's #16 3M Hire Our Heroes Ford Fusion will feature a paint scheme created by legendary car designer Chip Foose to honor the veterans recognized through the 3M Hire Our Heroes program in 2014. To date, some 55 military members and their families have received tool grants and scholarships through the program, totaling some $250,000. It is the second year that the 3M Automotive Aftermarket Division has led the 3M Hire Our Heroes program and run a special paint scheme with Chip Foose. For the Bristol race, Biffle's hood design reflects the transition of a soldier in camouflage to a collision industry professional. The camouflage is peeling away to showcase the stars and stripes underneath. On the hood, a saluting soldier is flanked by two auto body repairers - a painter and a welder.(3M PR)(8-14-2013)
3M partnering with Hendrick to sponsor Gordon UPDATE: 3M will join 11-time Sprint Cup Series champions Hendrick Motorsports beginning with the 2015 NASCAR season when it will become a primary sponsor of driver Jeff Gordon and his #24 Chevy SS team. The new relationship will feature 3M as a primary sponsor in 11 Sprint Cup races annually and as an associate-level partner in all other events. The agreement covers the 2015, 2016 and 2017 NASCAR seasons. All five of 3M's business units, which comprise more than $31 billion in annual sales, will use the sponsorship in consumer promotions, product launches and business-to-business opportunities. With more than 65 of its products used in the construction and maintenance of Sprint Cup Series race cars, 3M for decades has played a key role in the success of NASCAR teams. The company manufactures more than 80,000 different products and has been an official NASCAR partner across several categories since 1995.(Hendrick Motorsports)(8-12-2014)
UPDATE: The 3M decision now leaves Roush Fenway looking for sponsorship for Biffle, who recently signed a multiyear extension to remain with the team. "We're thankful for the 10-year relationship we've enjoyed with 3M that included some of Roush Fenway's most memorable victories," Roush Fenway President Steve Newmark said in a statement. "We have some exciting '15 partnership announcements for the No. 16 coming up in the next few weeks and look forward to sharing those soon."(Sporting News)
AND Greg Biffle tweeted Tuesday evening, "I am excited to announce our new sponsor in a few weeks!!! Wish we could do it now but you know how contracts are !!!".(8-13-2014)
Biffle's new deal with Roush is for three years: #16-Greg Biffle spoke to the media Friday after practice in Pocono:
CAN YOU TALK ABOUT RE-SIGNING WITH ROUSH FENWAY?
"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.(Ford Racing)(8-2-2014)
Mark Martin returns to Roush...as a coach UPDATE: Roush Fenway Racing announces that legendary NASCAR driver Mark Martin is returning to the race team where he excelled behind the wheel for almost 20 years - this time as the team's driver development coach. Martin was the first driver hired by team owner Jack Roush when he founded his NASCAR operation in 1988. The two went on to become one of the most successful duos in sports history, accumulating 83 NASCAR wins, four NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship runner-up finishes, and building Roush Fenway into the winningest team in NASCAR history.
"I'm excited to return to Roush Fenway Racing, as it feels like I'm going home to where I belong," said Martin. "I was fortunate to help build this team from the beginning and it's very humbling to be a part of Jack's team again. When Jack first hired me in 1988 we didn't talk about salary or benefits or perks, we talked about testing, tires and putting the right personnel into place to win on the track. That commitment is what stood out to me then and it's still what stands out to me today."
Martin piloted Roush Fenway's flagship #6 Ford from 1988 until 2006. During that time he accumulated 35 NSCS victories. At the end of his tenure at Roush Fenway he held a record five prestigious IROC (International Race of Champions) Championships and a then record 47 NASCAR Nationwide Series wins. For his career Martin posted 96 career NASCAR victories.(Roush Fenway Racing)(7-31-2014)
UPDATE: Mark Martin is back working for Jack Roush. As a driver coach, not as a driver. The 55-year-old Martin has enjoyed his time away from the track this season. He has spent the last two years driving in most, but not all, of the Cup races. "I don't ever flip on the TV and wish I was there," Martin said in a phone interview Friday morning. "I am happy where I am at. It's probably less (of an urge) than I even expected to get back into a racecar." While at Roush Fenway Racing from 1988-2006, Martin earned 35 of his 40 career Cup wins and four of his five career runnerup finishes in the standings. Since then, he has run five part-time seasons and three full-time seasons. He has 882 Cup starts, and it appears he's not all that interested in 883. "You know me well enough to know that I'm not going to say (never)," Martin said. "But I'll just tell you I have no interest at this time. I have no interest in even practicing a car or testing a car at this time.(Sporting News)(8-2-2014)
Roush Fenway Racing Announces 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Lineup: Roush Fenway Racing's 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) lineup will consist of three teams anchored by two-time NASCAR champion Greg Biffle. Biffle, driver of the #16 Ford and Ricky Stenhouse Jr., driver of the #17 Ford and also a two-time NASCAR champion will be joined by Daytona 500 champion Trevor Bayne in the #6 Ford. The lineup features a veteran perennial 'Chase' contender in Biffle - who is currently competing to become the first driver to win a championship at all three of NACAR's premiere series - as well as two of the sport's most promising up and coming drivers.
"I have had the privilege of fielding entries for the world's best race car drivers in NASCAR for nearly 30 years, and feel quite fortunate to have an opportunity to do that again next year," said team co-owner Jack Roush. "We have always prided ourselves in developing talent at Roush Fenway, and our 2015 line-up is a testament to the success of our organization in that respect. Greg Biffle is one of the most purely talented racers I've ever seen behind the wheel of a car, and his experience combined with the raw natural abilities, enthusiasm and desire in both Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. and Trevor Bayne have me very excited for the future. Although we still have a lot to accomplish this year, both John Henry and I are looking forward to going to the track in 2015 with this blend of veteran leadership and youthful potential."
Biffle, who has 746 NASCAR starts, first joined Roush Fenway in 1998, and earned the organization its first NASCAR championships in the NASCAR Truck Series in 2000 and in the NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) in 2002. He has qualified for the NASCAR Chase for the Sprint Cup in five of the last six seasons; with a runner-up finish in 2005. Of his 55 NASCAR wins, 19 came in the NSCS, including Ford's 1,000th NASCAR victory last year.
"I don't have the words for what Jack Roush has meant to my career," said Biffle. "During our 16 years together, we have won multiple championships and numerous races on every level. I am as excited about what the future holds for me here as I am about what we have been able to accomplish in the past. Our goal remains to run up front, win races and become the sports' first triple-crown winner by having a championship in all three series. I know that we have the right ownership, the right team, the right resources and the right manufacturer to get that done here here at Roush Fenway."
Stenhouse joined Roush Fenway in 2008, going on to win back-to-back NNS championships in 2011 and 2012. In addition, he captured NASCAR rookie honors in NNS and NSCS in 2010 and 2013, respectively. Bayne, the 2011 Daytona 500 Champion, joined Roush Fenway in 2010 and has competed full-time in the NNS, while also running a limited NSCS schedule with Wood Brothers Racing. He will make the transition to full-time NSCS racing with AdvoCare as his primary partner on Roush Fenway's iconic #6 Ford.
#99-Carl Edwards will not be with the team for the 2015 season. "I will always be thankful for Carl's contribution and the role he played in many Roush Fenway wins and championships," said Roush. "We wish him well for the future. In the meantime, we are excited about continuing our quest for a championship with Carl and the #99 team in 2014."(RFR), rumors have Edwards going to Joe Gibbs Racing in 2015, but nothing is expected to be announced until September 2014.(7-27-2014)
Fans to choose 3M Throwback Logo for #16 in Pocono UPDATE: For the second year in a row, 3M Racing is allowing the fans to decide which 3M throwback logo will be featured on the #16 in Pocono on August 3rd. Adding a new element to the competition, one lucky fan will now get the chance to have their name appear on Greg Biffle's 3M Ford Fusion for the race at the "Tricky Triangle" just by placing a vote. This year, there will be eight different logos setup in a bracket-style competition, narrowing down the field to just two options before the final logo is determined. Voting kicked off June 19th and goes through Thursday, July 17th with the winning design set to be unveiled before the Pocono race weekend. "You can really see the history of 3M through their logos over the years," said Biffle. "I thought the one the fans choose last year was really cool. 3M is a tremendous company and it's great we can honor their history with a car design chosen by the fans." Last year the logo featured on the hood of the #16 was from 1956. To see the logos up for voting this year and to vote, head to facebook.com/3MRacing to vote for the logo you'd like to see featured on the #16 in Pocono and enter for a chance to have your name on Biffle's Ford in August.(3M Racing/RFR)(6-21-2014)
UPDATE the winning 3M logo vote winner was announced, the 1942 3M logo/scheme was chosen by fans to be featured on the #16 #3MThrowback Ford Fusion at Pocono Raceway next weekend [August 3]. See the winning scheme on the #16 Team Schemes page.(7-25-2014)
Roush Fenway tests at Michigan: Roush Fenway Racing Cup drivers #17-Ricky Stenhouse Jr., #16-Greg Biffle and #99-Carl Edwards spent Monday and Tuesday using one of their NASCAR allotted tests at Michigan International Speedway in preparation for both the August MIS race and this weekend's Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.(Ford Racing)(7-23-2014)
Biffle's DNF streak ends: Rain wreaked havoc on the Coke Zero 400 July 4th weekend in Daytona. What should have been a Saturday night race turned into a rain-shortened Sunday afternoon race. Greg Biffle had a special patriotic 3M Stars & Stripes theme to his #16 Ford and even led the race for a total of nine laps before being involved in a wreck on lap 98. Biffle's long-standing DNF [Did Not Finish] streak came to an end as the race ended on lap 112 for rain while the #16 was still in the garage for repairs, leaving Biffle with a 29th-place finish. The #16 3M Stars & Stripes Ford was almost ready to return to the track and keep Biffle's stretch of not collecting any DNF's. The rain shortened race left Biffle with his first DNF since 2011.(RFR). Biffle's DNF streak is the record at 89 races. #24-Jeff Gordon now has the longest current streak without an DNF at 36 straight races. See notes on DNF's on the Misc Stats page.(7-11-2014)
Special scheme for Biffle at NHMS: The New England Sports Network (NESN), owned by the Boston Red Sox and Boston Bruins and delivered to over 4 million homes throughout the six-state New England region and nationally as NESN National, will be featured on Greg Biffle's #16 Roush Fenway Racing Ford at New Hampshire this weekend. NESN is celebrating 30 years of bringing the best of New England sports to fans of New England sports. NESN is home to the Boston Red Sox (MLB) and Boston Bruins (NHL), both teams logos are featured on the 30th anniversary paint scheme Biffle will run this weekend at Loudon.(RFR), see an image of the scheme on the #16 Team Schemes page.(7-10-2014)
Sprint Cup teams form Race Team Alliance UPDATE: A group of nine multi-car teams participating in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) announced today they have formed a collaborative business association called the Race Team Alliance (RTA). The purpose of the organization is to create an open forum for the teams to explore areas of common interest and to work collaboratively on initiatives to help preserve, promote, and grow the sport of stock car racing. The organization intends to open up its membership to all full time NSCS teams in the very near future. In providing a vehicle for the teams to work together, the organization creates for the first time a single entity to engage with stakeholders on creative ways to market and experience the power of the sport's teams and drivers. As part of its focus, the RTA also plans to explore innovative ways to harness the combined purchasing power and scale of the teams' operations to drive efficiencies in costs. Rob Kauffman, co-owner of Michael Waltrip Racing, has been elected the first chair of the RTA.
"With the encouragement of NASCAR and the manufacturers, the teams have met in various forms and forums over the years to explore areas of common interest. This simply formalizes what was an informal group." said Kauffman. "The key word is 'Collaboration'. We all have vested interests in the success and popularity of stock car racing. By working together and speaking with a single voice, it should be a simpler and smoother process to work with current and potential groups involved with the sport. Whether it be looking for industry-wide travel partners or collaborating on technical issues - the idea is to work together to increase revenue, spend more efficiently, and deliver more value to our partners."
The following teams are the executive members of the RTA: Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates, Hendrick Motor Sports, Joe Gibbs Racing, Michael Waltrip Racing, Richard Childress Racing, Richard Petty Motor Sports, Roush Fenway Racing, Stewart-Haas Racing and Team Penske.(RTA)(7-7-2014)
UPDATE: Statement from NASCAR: "We are aware of the alliance concept the team owners have announced, but have very few specifics on its structure or purpose. It is apparently still in development and we're still learning about the details so it would be inappropriate to comment right now. NASCAR's mission, as it has always been, is to create a fair playing field where anyone can come and compete. Our job is to support and strengthen all of the teams, large and small, across all of our series and we'll continue to do that. NASCAR is a unique community with hundreds of stakeholders. They all have a voice and always will."(NASCAR)(7-7-2014)
Biffle expects to stay at Roush UPDATE4: #16-Greg Biffle says he is still in contract negotiations in what he hopes will be a new deal to remain at Roush-Fenway Racing. Between practices Saturday at Pocono the 44-year old driver told PRN's Garagepass radio show, "I really like the program at Roush-Fenway, I really like (sponsor) 3M and that's really my focus. I have talked with other teams and there are options there but I think Roush is where I want to stay." When asked about a deadline as to when he would like to finalize a deal, Biffle said "I'm hoping we have it done in the next month or so. If we don't have something before...I'm going to say at the end of July....I'm going to have to make a decision."(PRN's Garagepass)(6-8-2014)
UPDATE: Biffle and his primary sponsor, 3M, will remain with Roush Fenway Racing, multiple sources have confirmed to the Charlotte Observer. An official announcement of contract extensions for Biffle and the sponsor with RFR could come as soon as this coming week, sources said.A team spokesman said the organization would continue its policy of not commenting on drivers' contract status until an official announcement was made.(Charlotte Observer)(6-9-2014)
UPDATE2: been told that Biffle has signed to stay on at Roush Fenway Racing, no word when it will be announced. As the Charlotte Observer mentioned, 3M will remain with Biffle and RFR as the sponsor.(6-19-2014)
UPDATE3: Roush Fenway Racing's President Steve Newmark tweeted: "Working hard to put together a package for the 16 program in the future but nothing to report yet. Hope to have some news soon."
UPDATE4: Greg Biffle said Friday he is still working on a new contract to stay at Roush Fenway Racing. Biffle admitted he has talked to other teams in the garage, but he was presently negotiating with Roush. "My deal is definitely not done," he told The Associated Press during practice at Sonoma Raceway. "I'm trying to negotiate an extension. Nothing has changed."(Associated Press)(6-21-2014)
Jack Roush comments on 2015 driver lineup and performance: car owner Jack Roush participated in a press conference this morning announcing their involvement with EcoPower re-refined motor oil, produced by Safety-Kleen. In addition, team owner Jack Roush answered questions regarding the 2014 season and 2015, the transcript in part:
Q) WHERE DO YOU FEEL YOUR PROGRAM IS AT THIS POINT AND DO YOU HAVE ANY UPDATE ON YOUR DRIVER LINEUP FOR NEXT YEAR?
Roush: "In due time we'll have announcements for 2015. We've got a lot of 2014 in front of us and we're obviously focused on that. If you looked at our year we've been probably challenged more than some of the teams have with the difference in the ride height. I know that's changed the dynamic of the underbody of the car and it's been a revelation. How low is low enough and how low is too low. Too low is higher than we thought it might have been a month ago and we're sorting that out. We're committing to test as much as we can. We've got a test going somewhere virtually every week, either a tire test at a NASCAR race track - a sanctioned test - or a bootlegged race track test that's not on the NASCAR circuit, so we're testing. We're running our eight-post machine in the lab real hard and we're taking very careful note of the ride height changes on the race track and where we seem to have our challenge and our best result returned. I think that most of the answer for the things that we need are in our box of parts - it's the bump stops, it's a rubber, it's those spring combinations - it's the roll bars. We don't seem to have a kinematic problem. We don't seem to have a fundamental error problem. Certainly the Penske guys are running really well with very similar cars and we've just got to get back to where we need to be. This business cycles. We've had times when we've been the cars to beat for an extended period of time to everybody's frustration and now we're just struggling to get back to where we need to be."(Ford Racing)(6-13-2014)
Special scheme for Biffle & 3M at MIS: The 3M team will honor our troops on the #16 3M Military Salutes Ford Fusion at Michigan International Speedway. The 3M Hire Our Heroes program was created by the 3M Automotive Aftermarket Division (AAD). AAD serves the collision repair industry, and the goal of the program is to provide funding for scholarships and tool grants so that military veterans, and family members, can get the support they need to find rewarding careers in that industry. The industry needs good technicians, and our veterans need good careers, and we are happy to be able to help bring those two needs together. This is the second year of the program and over 100 veterans have received the grants to help get them started on the right foot in their careers. The 3M team, on behalf of the 3M Hire Our Heroes campaign, has also held a car cleanup event at Ft. Bragg for the spouses of deployed and fallen soldiers to get their cars ready for summer. We will be doing that again at Dover AFB in September.(RFR), see image of the car on the #16 Team Schemes page.(6-13-2014)
Biffle and/or Edwards leaving Roush? UPDATE4: While all eyes have been on #16-Greg Biffle's teammate, #99-Carl Edwards, to be the biggest domino to fall, could Biffle actually be the one to set everything in motion? As recently as April, the 44-year-old stated his intention was to stay at Roush Fenway Racing and that a new deal was imminent. "We've been working pretty diligently on that," he told Frontstretch back then. "It has been a pretty good negotiation so far. There are a lot of new people on both sides of the table, so everyone is kind of getting a feel for the program and learning it. We feel pretty good that we'll have something to announce before we get to summer." But as May rolled around, warm weather looming Biffle suddenly sounded colder, less confident in his status for the future. "I think there's plenty of opportunities in the industry to be in competitive cars," he said in an interview on SiriusXM Radio earlier this month. "I enjoy being at Roush Fenway. I love 3M. We have a great relationship and the program works really, really well for 3M ... Plain and simple, I've got options. I know I'm going to be racing. I know I'm going to be driving a car. So I'm not worried."
Supposedly things have deteriorated from there. Despite saying two weeks ago in Kansas Biffle was "absolutely, 100%" not looking outside his current organization, I've learned that's not the case. Sources claim the driver's plans lie elsewhere for 2015, that he is actively seeking other employment and that the feeling is mutual. One link in particular, direct to the Roush organization who wished to remain anonymous said he's been told the future for Biffle involves "anything but" RFR, the only NASCAR team he's really driven for. If the driver, a Roush Cup full-timer since 2003, does not return next year, speculation has been rampant that he will take sponsor 3M with him. A red flag went up about that possibility on Saturday, when RFR announced that they planned to return their #6 to the track next year. Owner Jack Roush said that he plans for the new team, driven by Trevor Bayne, to be a fourth car, but it's also possible he's prepping to lose financial backing for 2015.(Frontstretch)(5-27-2014)
UPDATE: Old DW may have just spilled the beans on where Carl Edwards and Greg Biffle will wind up next season. And if Darrell Waltrip's body language and hinting is any indication, neither driver will be back with Roush Fenway Racing. During Sunday's prerace show on FOX, anchor Chris Myers asked Waltrip if the two free agents are leaving RFR, and if so, where will their new home in 2015 be. The first part of Waltrip's reply wasn't totally surprising. But then Waltrip dropped an obvious bombshell. Reaching over to put his right hand on the shoulder of younger brother Michael, who just happens to own Michael Waltrip Racing, DW's body language and then verbiage said it all - and left Michael staring straight ahead almost in shock. "And Greg Biffle will go to some two-car team that maybe one time had a third car," Darrell Waltrip said. In an attempt to quickly try and cover up what his older brother just said - and obviously deflect that scenario (probably because MWR isn't ready to make a potential announcement yet) - Michael gave his take on it. "Uhhhhhh, I think Carl goes and Greg stays," Michael Waltrip said. "I think the Biff stays at Roush, he's going to be the veteran, the anchor to that rookie lineup for the young guys that are going to race at Roush. So, he goes, the other cat stays."(NBC Sports)
UPDATE2: Another week and more speculation about the future of Roush Fenway Racing. The garage was filled with talk about what current veterans Carl Edwards and Greg Biffle will do come season's end as both have RFR contracts that expire this year. Neither driver nor RFR officials had any official comment but there seems to be some momentum to the scenario both drivers will depart and Edwards to Joe Gibbs Racing and Biffle to Michael Waltrip Racing are the leading rumors.(Motor Racing Network)(6-2-2014)
UPDATE3: from a FoxSports article by Larry McReynolds: Last week there was a lot of talk and speculation that both #16-Greg Biffle and #99-Carl Edwards would be driving for new teams in 2015, but now I [Larry McReynolds] just don't think that's going to be the case for both of them. I actually think Greg will be staying now at Roush Fenway Racing. Kept hearing that there was a possible deal for him to join Michael Waltrip Racing next year but it just couldn't come together.
With that said, I [McReynolds] do believe Carl Edwards will definitely be leaving Roush Fenway at the end of the season. There is a lot of speculation about him going to Joe Gibbs Racing which tried to put a deal together for him in 2013. That would obviously be a fourth team for Gibbs, should it happen. However, the closer I keep my ear to the ground, the more I hear that Carl will be going to Team Penske and they will field a third team in 2015.(FoxSports)(6-4-2014)
UPDATE4: The focus and speculation by many seems to be that Edwards is on his way to a potential fourth Gibbs car, but don't bet on that just yet. Edwards is rumored to have been spotted in the Team Penske shop in recent weeks, and he would make a potent addition to the Penske lineup. Ford doesn't want to lose Edwards, and a move to Penske would at least keep him in the family. For Biffle, any move he makes will most likely be made after a resolution comes for Edwards. Edwards is ten years younger than Biffle, and clearly the more sought after free agent. An Edwards departure from RFR would leave Biffle in a very strong position to negotiate a nice extension with his current employer but we've also heard that Biffle could be in the mix for that potential fourth car at JGR, or in a third car for Michael Waltrip Racing. With a lot of the season still to play out, my gut right now says Edwards is gone and Biffle stays. The promotion of Trevor Bayne feels like RFR expects to lose at least one of them, and I think that is Edwards. Biffle would be the top dog at RFR if he stays, which isn't true if he moves to JGR or MWR.(NASCAR Insiders)(6-7-2014)
Biffle breaks record for races without a DNF: The "Monster Mile" of Dover International Speedway tried its best to bring down the #16 3M team, but Greg Biffle and the Pit Bulls fought back hard. On lap 134 Biffle was tagged in the left rear and spun around into the wall. The team worked over the next 100 laps on repairs and returned Biffle to the track with a fast 3M Ford, gaining two spots for their efforts and crossing the finish line 38th. The finish keeps Biffle as the driver with the longest streak of completing every race, not having missed the checkered flag since 2011.(RFR), the record had been 84, set by Herman Beam from April 30, 1961 thru March 10, 1963 [Beam didn't run all the races, but did not have a DNF in 84 straight consecutive races that he ran]. Clint Bowyer had held the consecutive race streak at 83 until Biffle broke it at Charlotte.(6-3-2014)
Biffle extends DNF streak: #16-Greg Biffle has been running at the finish of 84 consecutive races. He broke #15-Clint Bowyer's record last weekend in the Coca-Cola 600. Herman Beam had a streak of 84 races where he was running at the end but those races were not consecutive. The last race Biffle failed to finish was the 2011 season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway when he was sidelined early by an engine issue.(Motor Racing Network)(5-28-2014)
Fastenal to Honor Military Workforce with Three Car Salute at CMS: For the third straight year, Fastenal will display appreciation for our nation's military forces through its sponsorship of the entire Roush Fenway Racing (RFR) fleet at the Coca-Cola 600. The patriotic paint schemes that will grace the racecars of #99-Carl Edwards, #16-Greg Biffle and #17-Ricky Stenhouse Jr. represent the organization's gratitude to military personnel who are a part of the Fastenal Blue Team as well as all other men and women who have served our country. In 2013, Fastenal held an essay contest for its active and retired military employees, selecting three winners who were individually featured on the hoods of the #99, #17 and #16 cars. This year, 630 Fastenal employees who have represented our great nation will see their names under the lights of Charlotte Motor Speedway as they are proudly displayed on the hood of the #99.
"Behind every one of those names is a story of tremendous sacrifice," said Fastenal President Lee Hein. "It's our small way of paying tribute to their service and letting them know that we couldn't be more proud to have them as members of the Fastenal Blue Team."
Twelve of the 630 veterans highlighted on the hood of Edward's car will be in attendance at Charlotte Motor Speedway this Memorial Day weekend for a behind-the-scenes experience at the 55th running of the Coca-Cola 600. Former Army Sergeant Robert Thompson, who now works out of Lincolnton, N.C. as a Fastenal Sales Associate, is proud to be part of an organization that recognizes its large military workforce.
"It feels pretty awesome that I work for a company like Fastenal that honors, respects and values veterans," said Thompson. "In the short time that I have been with Fastenal I have come to find out that there are a lot of veterans at the company. They realize that the military gives their personnel a wide assortment of skills. It's great to see that Fastenal understands that and hires us to perform those skills."
In addition, Fastenal would like to acknowledge Roush Fenway Racing employee and veteran Randy Fuller by including his name on the hood as an honorary Blue Team member. Fuller, who served in the Air Force for 26 years and retired as a Chief Master Sergeant, has been the Media Relations Manager for Edwards for over a decade. This is Fastenal's third season in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series as the primary sponsor for Edwards in the #99 Ford Fusion. (RFR / Fastenal Racing), see image of the schemes on the #99 Team Schemes page.(5-22-2014)
Special Guest to Help #16 Team "Survive" All-Star Race: Greg Biffle's #16 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team will have a special guest in the pits this weekend for the annual Sprint All-Star race. Jeremiah Wood, a recent castoff of the hit show Survivor, will join the 3M team Saturday evening at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Wood made it all the way to episode nine of season 28 of Survivor before being voted out of Cagayan, Philippines. Wood hails from Dobson, N.C., which also happens to be the hometown of Greg Biffle's longtime spotter Joel Edmonds.(RFR)(5-17-2014)
Roush Leads Kentucky HoF Inductees: One of the most successful team owners in all of motorsports, a legendary car show promoter and some of Louisville 's most successful short track oval racers will be part of the 2014 class of the Kentucky Motorsports Hall of Fame.
The seventh annual induction ceremony will be held in October at the SpeedZeum inside the Owensboro Museum of Science and History in downtown Owensboro. Topping the class of 2014 is Covington native Jack Roush, whose motorsports career has spanned the upper echelon of NASCAR, drag racing, sports car racing and automotive aftermarket engineering and development.
Other members of this year's class include: Carl Casper and Chub Lorah of Louisville, promoters of the annual Carl Casper custom car show in Louisville; V.V. Cooke race team, a Louisville-based oval racing team; Hal Miller, of Owensboro , who built and promoted the first oval race track and drag strip in Owensboro; Bob Taylor of Louisville , a nationally recognized show car builder, painter and pin-stripe artist; Chuck Winders of Louisville, the most successful driver in the history of the former Louisville Motor Speedway. In addition, this year the Hall of Fame will present only its third Pioneer Award to Tony Schiller of Frankfort.(National Speed Sport News)(5-17-2014)
Roush Fenway Racing makes a change: Release of long-time Roush Fenway Racing lead engineer Chip Bolin signals change in direction for NASCAR powerhouse Chip Bolin and Roush Fenway Racing have parted ways. Roush Fenway Racing confirmed on Thursday morning that Bolin had been released. Bolin, 40, joined RFR in 1998 along with Bob Osborne to start the company's engineering department following an internship with Andy Petree Racing. The North, S.C.-native has worked in a variety of roles at RFR over the years including as both crew chief and team engineer. His first season was 1999, the same year Matt Kenseth and Robbie Reiser (now GM). Bolin became the #17 team engineer in 2001 and was an integral part of Kenseth's 2003 Sprint Cup championship. At the end of 2007 season when Reiser transitioned into a management role, Bolin was named crew chief for Kenseth's team. Bolin's release comes at a time when both of Roush's top drivers have contracts up for renewal. While Biffle insists it's his intent to remain with the organization, there has been a rash of speculation surrounding Edwards' plans.(Motorsport)(5-15-2014)
Biffle unsure of 2015 plans? UPDATE: #16-Greg Biffle told Motorsport.com last month at Darlington that it was his "intent" to stay at Roush Fenway Racing and he had "a feeling (he was) getting closer" to inking a new deal. However, following his conversation Wednesday night with Claire B. Lang on Sirius/XM NASCAR Radio, Biffle's plans didn't sound so concrete. "I think there's plenty of opportunities in the industry to be in competitive cars," Biffle said. "I enjoy being at Roush Fenway. I love 3M. We have a great relationship and the program works really, really well for 3M ... Plain and simply, I've got options. I know I'm going to be racing. I know I'm going to be driving a car. So I'm not worried about it."(Motorsport)(5-9-2014)
UPDATE: Greg Biffle has no desire to leave Roush Fenway Racing when his contract expires at season's end. "No, not a bit," Biffle said Friday at Kansas Speedway when asked if he was looking outside of the Roush organization. "Absolutely, 100 percent 'No.' "Biffle said earlier this week on SIRIUS/XM NASCAR Radio's "Dialed In" that negotiations are continuing with current sponsor 3M to extend the company's deal to back Biffle's #16 Ford. While nothing is imminent in terms of finalizing a new contract, Biffle says talks are continuing in the right direction. "We have a great relationship. They're very happy with the program," said Biffle. "There is a bunch of new people trying to get their arms around all of the business. They've got a lot of business units inside that '3M' ... which likes having all these sponsors in the garage part of one company. This is a big deal for them."(Motor Racing Network)(5-9-2014)
Jack Roush discusses possible engine changes: With NASCAR officials focusing on engine changes in the Sprint Cup Series for 2015 that will result in a reduction of horsepower, such a move should involve "a restriction on the intake side," according to Sprint Cup Series team co-owner [#16, #17, #99] Jack Roush. Roush, an owner in the series since 1988, isn't suggesting the use of restrictor plates similar to those used at Daytona and Talladega. Instead, he said, a reduction of the throttle bore size "without a plate underneath" would accomplish the objective. "(It is) straightforward and it is easily reversible if you decided that the quality of the racing was hurt by it," Roush said. "If they want to take 100 horsepower off ... reduce horsepower significantly, the least expensive and most palatable way to do that is with a restriction on the intake side." Today's Cup engines, limited to 358 cubic inches, produce approximately 850 horsepower. Speeds have increased, in part due to a new rules package and the continued development of the Generation-6 car, now in its second year. While officials with the three auto manufacturers currently involved at the series' top level, Chevrolet, Ford and Toyota, have been a part of the discussions, they say it is too early in the process to respond to potential engine changes. "From an owner's standpoint, NASCAR has got to be mindful of ... what it costs," Roush said. "The race teams can only afford to change so many things at a time. With the expanding technology and the engineering costs that everybody has with the pressure for sponsorship and investment in the sport, a dramatic or unnecessary engine change would not be welcome in my world."(see full article at NASCAR.com)(4-20-2014)
Latest on Biffle's contract status UPDATE: #16-Greg Biffle's contract with Roush Fenway Racing ends at the conclusion of the 2014 Sprint Cup Series season. Biffle answers a question concerning his contract status, taken from an interview with FrontStretch:
Neff: Your contract is up this year. Have you been talking about that or are you waiting to see how the year shakes out a little more?
Biffle: We've been working pretty diligently on that. It has been a pretty good negotiation so far. There are a lot of new people on both sides of the table so everyone is kind of getting a feel for the program and learning it. We feel pretty good that we'll have something to announce before we get to summer.(Frontstretch)(4-8-2014)
UPDATE Greg Biffle, driver of the #16 3M Ford Fusion, met with media members Friday morning at Darlington Raceway in advance of Saturday night's Southern 500. One of the questions asked was about his contract situation:
Q) ARE YOU ANY CLOSER TO A CONTRACT EXTENSION?
Biffle: "I think so. I think we are getting closer. There are a lot of moving parts to a contract and a lot of new people at 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 America 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."(Ford Racing)(4-11-2014)
Red Cross featured on the #16 Ford at Darlington: A month-long Red Cross campaign concludes this Saturday at Darlington Raceway with one lucky blood donor, Maureen Holt from Surprise, Ariz., adding her name to the #16 Red Cross Ford Fusion hood. The #ImProud2Give campaign asked blood donors to select an online donation appointment at redcrossblood.org for a chance to join the Red Cross at the historic Darlington Raceway. The American Red Cross is celebrating the seventh year of its Red Cross Racing partnership with 3M and Roush Fenway Racing. Thanks to a generous donation from 3M and support by Greg Biffle, the #16 Ford featured a Red Cross paint scheme during the March 9 race in Las Vegas and again this weekend at the April 12 race in Darlington.(RFR), see images of the scheme on the #16 Team Schemes page.(4-11-2014)
ESPE Dental Give Kids A Smile featured on the #16 at Texas: Greg Biffle is ready to return to victory lane. The last time he took home the checkered flag, it was in the #16 3M ESPE Dental Give Kids A Smile Ford Fusion. And when he brings that car to Texas in April, he will have his sights set on taking home the trophy - and bringing smiles to a lot of fans around the country. Biffle likes the 1.5 mile ovals such as Texas, and won the spring races there in 2005 and 2012. In 20 starts at the track, he has eight top five and 12 top-10 finishes, and has led some 733 laps at the track. This is the fourth year that Greg Biffle has helped put good dental health for kids on the fast track and driven a special Give Kids A Smile car in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. When Biffle drove the #16 Give Kids A Smile car in 2013, he took it to victory lane at Michigan. As part of the Texas race weekend, Biffle and the #16 3M race team will host a special dental education program at the racetrack on Friday, April 4. Nearly 125 students and teachers from Our Lady of Perpetual Help elementary and middle school will visit the track for a fun, educational day that includes:
Education program on good dental health and cavity prevention
Visit to the 3M Mobile Innovation Center
Chance to meet the #16 3M race team
Photos with the 3M DeeBo mascot
Special dental health gift bag
"The #16 3M ESPE Dental Give Kids A Smile car is very special to me, and so is the Give Kids A Smile program," said Biffle, a father of a toddler. "Not only were we able to take home the victory at Michigan in it, we were able to reach so many people with the message about good dental health for children. I'm excited to have Give Kids A Smile back on the car, and look forward to seeing it back in victory lane."(RFR), see an image of the scheme on the #16 Team Schemes page.(4-3-2014)
3M Aerospace Honors Military on Biffle's car: 3M's Aerospace Division will make its racing debut this Sunday at Auto Club Speedway onboard Greg Biffle's #16 Ford Fusion. Aerospace products from 3M are used in a wide range of applications, from commercial airlines to business jets to military aircraft. Biffle's Ford will proudly show 3M's thanks to those men and women serving the U.S. Armed Forces with a Salute to the Armed Forces. Many of 3M's employees are proud veterans or actively serve in the guard or reserves. The 3M Ford Fusion hood will showcase the five medallions of the different branches of military service, while the car will feature a vehicle wrap in camo design from 3M Commercial Solutions. Many 3M products are used in military applications. Polyurethane tapes help protect rotor blades from damage caused by rain, sand and debris during landing. Wings sealed with 3M's polysulfide sealants, a lighter-weight sealant, allow for a more fuel efficient aircraft. 3M's E-A-R brand thermal acoustic products increase cabin comfort by decreasing noise levels inside the plane. 3M Aviation Window Restoration Systems by Clearfix help the military to repair polycarbonate and acrylic windows in theater, allowing aircraft to return to a mission-ready-status faster.(Roush Fenway Racing), see an image of the car on the #16 team paint schemes page.(3-19-2014)
Roush Fenway Racing and EcoPower Re-Refined Oil Announce Multi-Year Partnership: Fresh off its one-two finish at Bristol Motor Speedway last weekend, Roush Fenway Racing (RFR) announced a multi-year team-wide partnership with Safety-Kleen and its premium re-refined motor oil brand, EcoPower. EcoPower will serve as the official oil partner of NASCAR's winningest team, as well as the primary sponsor for multiple races with the #17 Sprint Cup Ford and driver Ricky Stenhouse Jr. The #17 EcoPower Ford Fusion will make its debut at Michigan International Speedway in June. "We are pleased to have EcoPower on board as our official oil partner," said team owner Jack Roush. "The partnership reflects Roush Fenway's commitment to both sustainability and using highest quality products. EcoPower protects engines and protects the environment. We have had great success in our race cars with re-refined oil and we look forward to continuing that success with EcoPower, while promoting environmental responsibility throughout this season and into the future."
"The environmental benefits of re-refined oils have been rigorously evaluated and proven," said Curt Knapp, Safety-Kleen executive vice president, marketing and oil re-refining sales. "Fleet operators and consumers want to be absolutely confident that the oil will protect their valuable investment. We can't think of a stronger, more authentic endorsement for EcoPower than Jack Roush using it in his race cars to achieve peak protection and performance."
EcoPower re-refined oil helps reduce greenhouse gas emissions by up to 80%. And it requires up to 85% less energy to produce than oil made from virgin crude, because it has already been refined. It also helps reduce America's dependence on foreign oil. That's why car dealerships, quick lubes, other DIFM installers, consumers and fleets rely on EcoPower to protect engines and protect the environment.
Safety-Kleen is a founding partner of NASCAR Green; an initiative focused on making NASCAR the greenest sport. Safety-Kleen collects all used fluids from the tracks during race weekends - and from most team facilities year round - and then recycles or responsibly disposes of those fluids. The used motor oil collected from all of these sources, including RFR's race cars, will find its way back into EcoPower. This "closed-loop" philosophy is by far the most environmentally responsible approach to handling used oil. EcoPower is more than just engine oil. It is part of a much bigger effort by Safety-Kleen, the largest collector and re-refiner of used oil in the world. In 2013, Safety-Kleen collected over 220 million gallons of used oil. EcoPower doesn't just conserve resources; it protects them by keeping used motor oil out of our land and groundwater, making it truly an oil change for the better.(Roush Fenway Racing)(3-20-2014)
Red Cross and Biffle ask people to give blood: The #16 American Red Cross Ford Fusion sports the first of two #ImProud2Give paint schemes at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway this Sunday, March 9. The #16 hood is covered with a larger-than-life Red Cross blood donor sticker, advertising Your Name Here and launching a campaign asking blood donors to make an online appointment at redcrossblood.org. The month-long campaign concludes at Darlington Raceway with one lucky blood donor adding their name to the #16 Red Cross Ford Fusion hood on April 12. Eligible whole blood donors can give blood once every 56 days at Red Cross blood drives and blood donation centers throughout the country. Appointments can be made online at redcrossblood.org.(Roush Fenway), see an image of the car on the #16 team paint schemes page.(3-7-2014)
Biffle working on new contract: #16-Greg Biffle, met with members of the media at NASCAR Daytona Media Day and among the issues discussed was his contract with Rosuh Fenway Racing, which expires at the end of the 2014 season, the transcript in part:
Q) YOUR CONTRACT IS UP AT THE END OF THE YEAR. HAVE YOU HAD ANY TALKS WITH ROUSH FENWAY?
Biffle: "Yes, absolutely. We've been in that for about the last half of last year and over the winter talking with 3M and it's kind of a mutual negotiation, so we're well on our way to probably announcing something I would think in the first quarter, but we'll wait and see."
Q) SO YOU'RE CONFIDENT YOU'LL BE BACK?
Biffle: "Oh yeah."
Wiley X Sponsoring 14 NASCAR Drivers: Wiley X, Inc. has announced its team of sponsored NASCAR drivers. Among the Wiley X Pro Racing Team this year are proven champions, racing legends, perennial fan favorites and up-and-coming stars. Among Wiley X's stable of sponsored NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers are #20-Matt Kenseth, #99-Carl Edwards, #4-Kevin Harvick, #22-Joey Logano and #16-Greg Biffle. These drivers have been selected not only for their racing skills, but for their ability to serve as ambassadors for the Wiley X sunglasses brand. Wiley X will also be sponsoring drivers Aric Almirola, Ron Hornaday Jr., Michael McDowell, Joe Nemechek, John Hunter Nemechek, David Ragan, Joey Coulter and Chad Hackenbracht. Fifteen-year-old racing protégé Gray Gaulding, who signed with Wiley X last year, is also an important part of the team. Wiley X is also the official sunglass of Roush Fenway Racing.(NSSN)(2-12-2014)
Biffle and Edwards in final year of contracts: With the contracts of #99-Carl Edwards and #16-Greg Biffle up for renewal at the end of 2014, signing the two Roush Fenway Racing drivers for another term - before their statuses become a distraction - could be more taxing than worrying whether either veteran qualifies for one of the 16 places in the Chase for the Sprint Cup. "It's our intent and goal to re-sign both of them," Roush Fenway Racing President Steve Newmark said Wednesday. "They've spent their careers at Roush, and we hope they retire (here). We've had those discussions and they've been actively involved in a lot of the changes and stuff that have been going on, so they're pretty optimistic about the future. I think they're pretty optimistic about the future, but I don't have any concrete news to report on it."(FoxSports)(1-30-2014)
#16 Sponsor Schedule for 2013:
Sprint Unlimited, 2/16, 3M
Daytona - 2/24, 3M
Phoenix - 3/3, 3M Novec 1230 Fire Protection Fluid
Las Vegas - 3/10, Red Cross
Bristol - 3/17, 3M
Auto Club - 3/24, 3M Window Film
Kansas - 4/21, 3M / Ace Brands
Richmond - 4/27, Red Cross
Talladega - 5/5, 3M Safety
Darlington - 5/11, Meguiars
Charlotte - 5/18, All Star race, 3M Filtrete
Charlotte - 5/26, Fastenal
Dover - 6/2, Rite Aid / Ace
Pocono - 6/9, 3M
Michigan - 6/16 3M ADA / Give Kids a Smile
Sonoma - 6/23 3M
Kentucky - 6/30 3M
Daytona - 7/6, patriotic
New Hampshire - 7/14 3M
Indianapolis - 7/28, 3M Safety
Pocono 8/4, - 3M
Watkins Glen - 8/11, 3M/Call 811
Michigan - 8/18, 3M/FIRST
Bristol - 8/24, Bondo
Atlanta - 9/1, 3M
Richmond - 9/7, Scotchguard
Chicago - 9/15, 3M PostIt
New Hampshire - 9/22, 3M
Dover - 9/29, 3M Filtrete
Kansas - 10/6, Sherwin Williams
Charlotte - 10/12, 3M pink - Driven for a Cause
Talladega - 10/20, Scotch Blue
Martinsville - 10/27, 3M
Texas - 11/3, 3M Hire our Heroes
Phoenix - 11/10, Scotch
Homestead - 11/17, 3M Fan Appreciation
3M Racing to salute the fans on the #16 at Homestead: To celebrate and thank fans for their support, Greg Biffle's car for Homestead is the #16 3M Fan Appreciation Ford Fusion, featuring the names and/or Twitter handles of the fans behind selected messages on the trunk. Each week, a #StickWithBiff message was selected, written on a Post-it Note and photographed at the track to share on social media with fans. Visit www.3M.com/racing to see an interactive close-up of the car, and view some of the #StickWithBiff messages submitted throughout the season.(Roush Fenway Racing), see an image of the car on the #16 Team Schemes page.(11-14-2013)
Biffle's car goes green at Phoenix: Greg Biffle will drive the #16 3M Scotch Ford Fusion at Phoenix International Raceway. Scotch Cellulose Tape was invented in 1930 by Richard Drew, a 3M scientist. Later renamed Cellophane Tape, the tape was originally designed to be an attractive, moisture-proof way for grocers and bakers to seal cellophane wrap. Roughly 5.5 million miles' worth of Scotch® Transparent Tape is made each year. That's 645 miles of tape per hour, or enough to circle the earth 235 times! (RFR), see images of the car/scheme on the #16 Team Schemes page.(11-7-2013)
Milestone starts at Texas: #16-Greg Biffle and #1-Jamie McMurray will both make Sprint Cup Series start No. 400 this weekend at Texas. #36-J.J. Yeley will make his 200th start.(NASCAR)(10-31-2013)
Biffle would like to have handled frustrations with Johnson differently: If #16-Greg Biffle could go back to Sunday, when he grabbed #48-Jimmie Johnson by the collar and spun him around to confront him, he'd probably reach for the five-time champion's arm. And he would maybe ask for a private conversation rather than interrupting Johnson during post-race interviews. For the way it actually transpired, Biffle said, he plans to apologize to Johnson. But that's where it ends. Biffle remained adamant that Johnson rammed into the back of his car at Martinsville Speedway, causing heavy damage to Biffle's rear bumper cover and preventing him from his first career top-three finish at the track. "Maybe I overreacted a small amount, but I wanted him to know I was not happy with what took place," Biffle said Tuesday during an appearance at the NASCAR Hall of Fame.(Associated Press)(10-30-2013)
Stenhouse and Biffle in pink Fords at Martinsville: Roush Fenway Racing's Ricky Stenhouse Jr. will drive the pink #17 'Driven for a Cause' Ford Fusion this weekend at Martinsville Speedway to raise awareness and support the National Breast Cancer Foundation(NBCF). "It is great to be able to team up with the National Breast Cancer Foundation and help bring awareness to a special cause" Stenhouse said. "Many families have been affected by breast cancer and it's an honor to help support the National Breast Cancer Foundation and all of their hard work." Throughout the month of October all of RFR's race cars carried a special 'pink ribbon Driven logos' in each of the month's events. In addition, teammate Greg Biffle's 3M Ford Fusion also features a special pink themed scheme for the event.(Roush Fenway Racing), see an image of the cars on the #16 team paint schemes page and #17 team paint schemes page.(10-24-2013)
Biffle to Run 'Hire Our Heroes' Paint Scheme at Texas: At the NASCAR Sprint Cup race this fall at Texas, Greg Biffle will be driving a #16 3M Ford Fusion with a strong force behind it - the power of the 3M Hire Our Heroes program. Biffle's #16 3M Hire Our Heroes Ford Fusion will feature a paint scheme created by legendary car designer Chip Foose to honor the veterans recognized through the 3M Hire Our Heroes program in 2013. Chip Foose will also be in attendance in Texas to cheer on Biffle. The car's hood design reflects the respect of the saluting soldier flanked by the stars and stripes, with the stripes down the side creating a fast, sleek look for the car.
"It's an honor to drive a car that recognizes the many contributions of our country's military members while they were on active duty, and also support a program that enables them to learn new skills that translate to careers in the collision industry now that they are back home," said Biffle. "The car looks regal and fast, and we're going to need all of that speed at Texas if we're going to claim that Sprint Cup trophy."
3M recognizes the need for qualified technicians in the collision repair industry and has created an opportunity to help returning veterans and their families that have chosen to pursue careers in the collision repair industry. The 3M Hire Our Heroes campaign raised funds throughout the year to help offset the costs of tuition, books, tools and equipment for returning veterans and their families.
Nearly 60 grant winners, including military members and family members of veterans, were selected from applicants all across the United States. Each recipient received a financial grant to purchase tools and equipment needed to start their career in collision repair. 3M partnered with the Collision Repair Education Foundation to award and administer the grants for these deserving applicants.
As part of the 3M Hire Our Heroes campaign, a number of the nation's military veterans who work in auto body repair shops and their shop owners who nominated them are headed to the November NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race in Texas. The winning military veterans will have an opportunity to experience the pre-race ceremonies from pit road and meet Roush Fenway Racing owner Jack Roush, as well as Biffle and Foose.
For a complete list of winners visit www.3MCollision.com/hero-race.(Motor Racing Network), see an image of the car on the PR or on the #16 Team Schemes page.(10-14-2013)
Roush Fenway "Driven for a Cause" In Support of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Roush Fenway Racing (RFR) will utilize its 2013 'Driven' Marketing program in support of National Breast Cancer Awareness month in October. Through 'Driven for a Cause,' RFR will highlight cause awareness and support the National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF) during the month of October. "We are very pleased to help raise awareness for such a special cause," said RFR president Steve Newmark. "So many have been touched by breast cancer and we are proud to team with the National Breast Cancer Foundation, and be able to play a small part in the great work that they do to make a difference in the lives of many." All of RFR's race cars will carry special 'pink ribbon Driven logos' in each of the month's events. In addition, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. will run a special pink 'Driven for a Cause' paint scheme on his #17 Ford Fusion at Martinsville Speedway on Oct. 27. Greg Biffle's #16-3M Ford Fusion will also run a special pink themed scheme for the event. RFR is offering "Driven for a Cause" merchandise, with a percentage of the proceeds going to the NBCF. RFR will also donate pieces of the No. 17 'Driven for a Cause' Ford for auction, with proceeds benefiting the NBCF.(Roush Fenway Racing), see an image of the schemes on the #17 Team Schemes page and #16 Team Schemes page.(10-3-2013)
Bondo scheme for Biffle at Bristol: Greg Biffle is covering the 3M #16 Ford Fusion with Bondo this week in preparation for the tight track at Bristol Motor Speedway. Biffle isn't planning for the inevitable paint swapping at Saturday's night race, however, but rather switching out his traditional 3M design for a new Bondo Brand paint scheme. Bondo Body Fillers are a staple on the racetrack and have long been a fan favorite for repairing the dents, dings, and damage commonly seen on and off the oval. The red wrap and white Bondo lettering mimic the fillers' two-part formula and give Biffle a fresh look for his quest to capture the checkered flag this weekend in Tennessee. Bristol marks the first race with 3M Window Film as the official window film of NASCAR (3M). See an image of the car on the #16 Team Schemes page.(8-21-2013)
First & 3M team up on the #16 at MIS: What do science education and sports car racing have in common? Hundreds of kids and parents will find out this Sunday, August 18, during the Pure Michigan 400 Sprint Cup race, as FIRST and 3M team up with #16-Greg Biffle, to ignite kids' passion in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Families will rally around the track in Brooklyn, Mich. to watch Biffle race the #16 Ford Fusion, vying for a winning spot with just four races left before the season cut-off. During this race, Biffle will prominently display the red, white and blue FIRST logo on the hood of his car. FIRST is a not-for-profit that inspires kids to pursue careers in STEM via intense, fun robotic competitions and Biffle is helping the organization and its Sponsor, 3M, educate families about the exciting career connection between science and sports. FIRST is the only not-for-profit that offers more than $16 million in scholarships to high-school participants.(usfirst.org), see an image of the scheme on the #16 Team Schemes page.(8-17-2013)
Biffle to raise awareness of "Call Before You Dig": Common Ground Alliance announced it has partnered for the fourth consecutive year with 3M and Greg Biffle, driver of the 3M #16 Ford in the Sprint Cup Series, to promote the national 811 "Call Before You Dig" phone number on the #16 car on Sunday, Aug. 11 at Watkins Glen International. CGA is the national association dedicated to protecting underground utilities and the people who dig near them. 3M is one of the 1,500 members that comprise CGA. Biffle will promote 811 on the hood, deck lid, TV panel and rear quarter panels of his #16.CGA and 3M selected the Watkins Glen race for their annual partnership due to 8/11 being the numerical date for 811 on the calendar. CGA members across the country have used 8/11 as an important date for large-scale promotions that educate the public about the importance of calling 811 before digging. An underground utility line is damaged by digging once every eight minutes due to someone digging without first making a call to 811, according to CGA data.(CGA)(8-8-2013)
NASCAR stars getting older: #24-Jeff Gordon turns 42 on Sunday at Pocono Raceway. Good for him, showing he's still got what it takes to compete for a Sprint Cup championship. Maybe not so good for NASCAR. As the sport tries to attract a younger fan base, the top talent keeps getting older with no signs of that changing. The average age of drivers in the top 10 in the standings is 36.5, four years older than in 2008. Led by #16-Greg Biffle, who will turn 44 in December, four drivers in the top 12 who would make the Chase if it started today are over 40 and 11 are 33 or older. #18-Kyle Busch, 28, is the baby of the bunch, no pun intended. Not since Jimmie #48-Johnson came onto the scene in 2002 has there been a young driver who successfully and consistently challenged the old guard for championships. He was 26 and arrived with little to no fanfare. Before that it was #14-Tony Stewart, who was 26 at the start of the 1998 season. Not since a 21-year-old Gordon entered NASCAR's top series in 1993 has a driver in his early 20s become dominant.(ESPN)(8-4-2013)
John Henry buys Boston Globe: New York Times Co., which put its Boston Globe newspaper up for sale this year, agreed to sell the publication to John Henry, owner of the Boston Red Sox baseball team, for $70 million in cash. The deal is $40 million short of the $110 million in pension liabilities said to be owed by the Globe properties collectively known as the New England Media Group, and is expected to close in 30 to 60 days. The sale also includes the Globe website, the Boston.com website, the Worcester Telegram & Gazette, a 49 percent stake in Metro Boston, and the Globe's direct-mail marketing company GlobeDirect, the New York Times said in a statement.
Henry is also the principal owner of Fenway Sports Group, one of the largest sports, media and entertainment companies in the world. In 2010, FSG bought Liverpool Football Club, the 18-time English soccer champion, and its Anfield stadium. The company also owns the New England Sports Network and a 50 percent share in Roush Fenway Racing, a NASCAR racing team.(Bloomberg)(8-4-2013)
Different look for the #16 at Indy: The #16 Ford of Greg Biffle will feature the following 3MSafety brands on the car this weekend in Indy: 3M Peltor, 3M Speedglas, 3M Scotchlite Reflective Material and 3M E-A-R Earplugs (RFR), see images of the scheme on the #16 Team Schemes page.(7-27-2013)
Roush starting to scale back: Having achieved nearly everything he'd wanted in his racing career, [Jack Roush] the 71-year-old captain of industry prefers to revel in others' success in the dusk of his NASCAR career. "There aren't so many firsts left for me, but I've not lost my passion for competition or my desire to operate at the top of my game," the founder of Roush Fenway Racing told USA TODAY Sports. "I just look forward to enjoying vicariously the success of drivers winning their first race or championship, and the crew chiefs and engineers able to share in those firsts. It's less about me and more about being a parent or a grandparent to them."
Once the Sprint Cup Series' quintessential hands-on team owner, Roush quietly is moving toward the sidelines. After a quarter-century of owning stock-car teams that have 314 wins in NASCAR and two championships in its premier series, Roush still works seven days a week but doesn't set his alarm for dawn anymore. He no longer spends 90 minutes before every race tinkering with each of his cars' carburetors, which have been excised from stock-car racing by electronic fuel injection. The mechanical wizard ... has been marginalized somewhat by advances in technology. The survivor of two plane crashes has eased into a role he jokingly labels as public and human relations manager.
"I've gone from wanting to be the mechanic that I hoped everyone else would be to now I'm the point-and-grunt guy," Roush said with a laugh, "hopefully, I'll become less viable before I'm gone. The challenge is to give up the management and decision-making at the right time." Within the next five years, the plan is he won't attend every team meeting or race anymore, scaling back to spend more time with five grandchildren who range in age from 8 months to 12 years old.
"He's trying to empower the folks running the team on a daily basis," team president Steve Newmark said. "I suspect that is sometimes hard for him, but he's doing it of his own accord, which is great because you see a lot of patriarchs that hold on for too long and don't leave the company in a good state. He's focused very much on making sure the company continues regardless of the level of his involvement." So is there a clear plan for the enterprise once Roush steps away? "There's no written plan," Newmark said. "We'll welcome his leadership as long as we can get it."Read much more at USA Today.(7-11-2013)
Statue of Liberty scheme for Biffle: The #16 3M Ford of Greg Biffle has a special patriotic look for the holiday weekend. The Statue of Liberty is featured on both sides of the car and the overall theme of the car is red, white and blue.(RFR), see images of the car on the #16 Team Schemes page.(7-6-2013)
Sixteen Cup teams found with modified roof flap spacers UPDATE: Sixteen teams found to have modified roof flap spacers (lighter) during NASCAR inspection. Teams listed: #1-McMurray, #2-Keselowski, #9-Ambrose, #11-Hamlin, #13-Mears, #15-Bowyer, #16-Biffle, #17-Stenhouse Jr., #18-Busch, #20-Kenseth, #21-Bayne, #22-Logano, #43-Almirola, #55-Waltrip, #56-Truex Jr. and #99-Edwards. The modified/confiscated roof-flap spacers are on display at Daytona in the NASCAR hauler. NASCAR's Kerry Tharp addressed media on confiscated roof-flap spacers - "Spacers not in compliance with those kits." The roof-flap kits are supplied to teams for #NASCAR by one company (a Roush company) and are not to be changed.(SPEED's, Dustin Long Fox/NASCAR on Twitter)
AND Thirty-one cars, including 16 in the Sprint Cup Series, failed inspection before Thursday's practices at Daytona International Speedway. NASCAR confiscated the teams' roof flaps, which are designed to keep cars on the ground during spins and wrecks at high speeds, for further inspection. Penalties could be possible. The roof-flap spacers had been illegally machined down to reduce weight. NASCAR inspectors made those Cup teams install new, unaltered roof flaps before drivers were allowed on the track for the first of two practices. Inspectors then went to the Nationwide garage and found similar issues on 15 cars. "When you find something in one garage, you communicate to the other garage," NASCAR spokesman Kerry Tharp said. "We looked into it and this is what we found."(Associated Press)(7-4-2013)
UPDATE: NASCAR Sprint Cup teams expect widespread penalties after 16 cars were found with illegal roof-flap spacers at Daytona Thursday, but they don't know how severe those penalties might be. The teams caught scrambled Thursday to make compliant spacers, which are used to attach the hinge of the roof flaps. Teams and manufacturers get roof flaps from Roush Composites and, according to the NASCAR rulebook, "the hinged air deflectors must be installed as specified in the instruction sheet supplied with the hinged air deflector kit." But it was apparent that many teams had lightened the spacers or changed them. It wasn't clear what tipped off NASCAR inspectors to the violations, but after a sweep of the Sprint Cup garage Thursday, NASCAR went through the Nationwide garage and took pieces from 15 Nationwide teams Thursday night. A non-compliant part might just be a monetary penalty but because it dealt with a safety piece - the roof flaps pop up during a spin to try to keep the car on the ground - a points penalty is definitely possible, as well as crew suspensions. NASCAR traditionally issues penalties the Tuesday after a race weekend. NASCAR Vice President of Competition Robin Pemberton said the widespread use of the illegal spacers most likely indicates that those pieces had gotten through inspection previously. "It's probably not something that was on a normal inspection routine," Pemberton said. "The teams are told that they must assemble all that stuff using all the parts that's in the kit. Once in a while you'll find things like that and it's probably something that teams have probably done a little bit in the past." Whether the number of teams involved will impact the penalties and whether crew chiefs who are on probation will face more severe penalties will be determined Monday and Tuesday, Pemberton said. Because teams didn't have extra kits at Daytona, NASCAR allowed the teams to make spacers that were compliant.(Sporting News)(7-5-2013)
Edwards, Biffle work to clear up confusion over Michigan issues: #99-Carl Edwards understood when #16-Greg Biffle wouldn't give up a big lead to help clean paper off his grille with about 40 laps remaining in Sunday's Sprint Cup race at Michigan International Speedway. Edwards' issue with his Roush Fenway Racing teammate came around lap 70 when he wanted Biffle to drop about six car lengths to help with the same issue that was causing an overheating problem with them racing for sixth or seventh. "I want us to be the best teammates we can be," Edwards told ESPN.com on Tuesday. "I never want somebody to give up a shot at winning a race. ... My hope is he never heard the communication on lap 70." Biffle told ESPN.com he didn't recall getting a message from his spotter or crew chief on lap 70 and totally understood Edwards' frustration if there was a miscommunication that led to that. "I can see where he'd be upset under those circumstances,'' said Biffle, who went on to win the race. "All I can say is I'll help Carl absolutely anytime I can. We go out of our way to help each other. It's a team sport. None us do it all on our own." Edwards admitted he was frustrated the first time his spotter asked the #16 team for help. He said over his team radio that "he ain't my teammate'' when told Biffle wouldn't come back. After the race, when a reporter asked if Biffle should have helped and he responded with "it's his job to help," Edwards thought it was in reference to the first request. Edwards had no major issue with the second request as Biffle led by 20 to 25 car lengths. "That one I understood,'' Edwards said. "It was toward the end of the race and it was for the lead. And frankly, our car was pretty fast. That was probably wishful thinking [he would drop back]." The two discussed the situation briefly during Monday's team debriefing call, and even then Biffle was unclear they were talking about two different situations. They plan to meet on Friday at Sonoma to clear up any miscommunication there might have been so that it makes all RFR teams stronger moving forward.(ESPN.com)(6-19-2013)
Greg Biffle wins Michigan: #16-Greg Biffle won the Quicken Loans 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway for his 1st win of 2013, 4th Michigan win and 19th career win. Biffle led the most laps with 48 of 200 laps
#29-Harvick finished 2nd followed by #56-Truex Jr, #18-Busch, #14-Stewart, #20-Kenseth, #15-Bowyer, #99-Edwards (pole sitter), #22-Logano & #31-Burton.
Points leader #48-Johnson wrecked with three laps left while running 2nd and finished 28th down a lap.
The win for was the 1000th wins for Ford.
There were 22 lead changes among 13 drivers and 8 cautions for 38 yellow flag laps.
The average speed was 139.278mph. NASCAR no longer announces the track attendance.
See race results, awards, money won, laps led, cautions and more on the Unofficial Michigan Race Results page (pdf) and check out the Michigan Penalty Report (pdf).
For Official Results & Points, see the Official Michigan Race and Points Report.(6-16/17-2013)
Biffle Claims Ford's 1,000th NASCAR Victory: Henry Ford's win over Alexander Winton on Oct. 10, 1901 in what proved to be his only race as a driver was a milestone victory that helped launch the Ford Motor Company. Since then there have been several more memorable moments with the latest coming today at Michigan International Speedway, where #16-Greg Biffle took the checkered flag and registered Ford's 1,000th all-time NASCAR victory. That total includes 100 wins from Lincoln-Mercury in what is known today as the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, and 900 combined Ford-branded victories in NASCAR Sprint Cup, NASCAR Nationwide and NASCAR Camping World Series competition.
· Ford Motor Company has won 1,000 NASCAR races in the Sprint Cup, Nationwide and Camping World Truck Series combined.
· Jim Roper won the very first NASCAR-sanctioned stock car race in a Lincoln when he was deemed the winner at Charlotte on June 19, 1949.
· Ford Motor Company has won 20 manufacturer titles and 13 driver championships in NASCAR's top three series.
· The victory is the first of the season for Biffle and third of the year for Ford Racing in the Sprint Cup series.
· The record win comes on the June 16, the 110th birthday of Ford Motor Company.(Ford Racing)(6-17-2013)
Jack Roush reveals Ford Racing alliance with Penske Racing: Jack Roush had been around long enough to know that something had to change for his Roush Fenway Racing program to be successful. Roush explained how the team had doubled its engineering efforts. After the race, Roush elaborated more on what had transpired to make the Ford Fusion Gen 6 car more competitive. "We had a summit meeting with the Penske guys last week, and talked about some of the strategies,'' Roush said of the launch of two Ford Racing teams working together. "We have had one cooperative wind tunnel test. We just scratched the surface. It will be great to have someone to share information with.'' Penske Racing, with drivers #2-Brad Keselowski and #22-Joey Logano, switched over to Fords this season. Roush identified aerodynamics and front suspensions as the areas the Ford Fusion needs to make up ground. "We have to find that last tweak in the front suspension or aerodynamics,'' Roush said. "When we started on Gen 6 (car development), it was a jump ball, and the car changed during its development to have more downforce than was anticipated to start with. We are on the path, and we have nice, light cars that I'm not the least bit unhappy about.''(Michigan Live)(6-17-2013)
Biffle teaming up with ADA at MIS: The #16 team and driver Greg Biffle are excited to be teaming up again with the American Dental Association's (ADA) Give Kids A Smile program, the ADA Foundation, Henry Schein, Inc., Care-Credit, Oral Health America, and 3M ESPE Dental Products to put good oral health on the fast track for young fans of NASCAR. Across the country, they will help deliver the message to children about healthy habits like brushing, flossing, visiting the dentist, and making smart food choices. Biffle will run a 3M Give Kids a Smile paint scheme at Michigan this weekend (RFR), see image of the car/scheme on the #16 Team Schemes page.(6-14-2013)
Biffle has no plans to leave Roush: #16-Greg Biffle will not drive for Richard Childress Racing next season. Biffle, 43, began his NASCAR career in the Truck Series with Jack Roush in 1998 and remains under contract through 2014. When the driver of the #16 3M Ford read the rumors on Twitter, he was equally surprised. "I'm hit or miss with Twitter, right," Biffle said. "I follow it quite a bit and then I don't. So yesterday over the rain delay, I'm just bored out of my mind - everyone was. I'm flipping through, reading some of the Twitter stuff and it's kind of funny, that's the first I heard of it last night when I read it on my Twitter account. You know how fans are, they're like, 'Hey, he should go over there. He'd be a great fit.' But anyway, no, that's news to me. We haven't even started contract talks. We've had preliminary kind of talks around (sponsor) 3M extending but then again, we have over a year - a year and a half - left." Despite performance issues with the Generation 6 car for the Roush Fenway Racing Fords, Biffle, who is currently 13th in the point standings, acknowledges that he's "really happy" with his current team. "It's not from a lack of effort," Biffle said. "And that's all I care about. We've got all the resources and tools and everybody is trying hard. Yeah, we're scratching and clawing to get our head above water, but that's all we can do.(FoxSports)(6-9-2013)
Roush to run triple Fastenal Ford's in the Coca Cola 600 UPDATE: Fastenal Racing will be on #16-Greg Biffle, #17-Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. and #99-Carl Edwards Ford Racing Fusions for the NASCAR Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway next weekend.(Roush Fenway Racing Facebook)(5-18-2013)
UPDATE: Held on Memorial Day weekend, the Coca-Cola 600 presents an opportunity for the NASCAR community to display appreciation for our country's military forces. This year, Fastenal is proud to honor military service men and women, both active and retired, with a three-car tribute on the #16, #17 and #99 Ford Fusions at Charlotte Motor Speedway. These three cars, known as the Fastenal Tribute Cars, will feature the names of current Fastenal employees who served in the military. David MacFadden (First Sergeant, U.S. Army) will be displayed on the hood of the #99, and Brian Ashbee (Chief Quartermaster, U.S. Navy) and Anthony Phillips (Private First Class, U.S. Army) will see their names on the hood of the #17. The displays are part of Fastenal's "Heroes Hired Here" campaign honoring employees who are active or retired military members. MacFadden, Ashbee and Phillips were the top three finishers in a Fastenal employee essay contest. As the contest winner, MacFadden will also receive a trip for two to the Bank of America 500 in Charlotte on October 12th. Fastenal will be posting the winners' stories on the Fastenal Racing Facebook page this week (https://www.facebook.com/fastenalracing). "We're extremely proud of the hundreds of former and current military personnel who are part of the Fastenal Blue Team," said Fastenal President Lee Hein. "The Tribute Cars are a small way of expressing our gratitude to them and all of the men and women who have served our country." This is Fastenal's second season in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series as the primary sponsor for Carl Edwards in the #99 Ford Fusion and second year sponsoring three Cup cars in the Roush Fenway Racing family for the Coca-Cola 600.(Roush Fenway Racing)
ALSO: Roush Fenway Racing's Spring Fan Day is scheduled for Thursday, May 23rd, more info at roushfenway.com. see images of the Fastenal schemes on my #17 Team Schemes page.(5-21-2013)
Roush to run triple Fastenal Ford's in the Coca Cola 600: Fastenal Racing will be on #16-Greg Biffle, #17-Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. and #99-Carl Edwards Ford Racing Fusions for the NASCAR Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway next weekend.(Roush Fenway Racing Facebook), see images of the schemes on my #17 Team Schemes page.(5-18-2013)
Roush Fenway Racing will host their 2013 Fan Day events, on Thursday, May 23rd. Fans are invited to Roush Fenway's corporate headquarters in Concord, N.C. to participate in an array of activities that kick off with autograph sessions by all seven Roush Fenway drivers and Jack Roush. Be sure to stop by and meet your favorite Roush Fenway Racing driver! Tickets for the autograph sessions will be distributed at 8:00am/et. More info at roushfenway.com.(5-16-2013)
Meguiar's on Biffle's Ford at Darlington: The #16 Meguiar's Ford will feature a black paint scheme for Darlington. Meguiar's has a special "Black Wax" which is perfect for black to dark colored cars since they require a formula that provides "gloss" to the paint to give it a deep reflection. This specially formulated wax is designed to make your paint shine with the help of its polishing oils.(Roush Fenway)(5-9-2013)
Roush Fenway Racing Shows Boston Support with "B-Strong": In the aftermath of the tragic events that occurred during Monday's Boston Marathon, Roush Fenway Racing (RFR) will show its support for the city of Boston with a "B-Strong" tribute this weekend at Kansas Speedway. All three Roush Fenway Ford Fusions will carry "B-Strong" decals during this weekend's NASCAR event and RFR team owner Jack Roush has pledged to donate $100 for every lap the team leads during Sunday's Sprint Cup race.
"When events occur such as what happened earlier this week in Boston, it is our nature to be overwhelmed with a variety of emotions," said Roush. "To have to withstand an act of such senselessness and cowardice against innocent people is disheartening to us all. Our hearts go out to the victims and their families, as well as the entire city of Boston. "As Americans we can all be proud of the way the city of Boston - and the entire nation - has banded together in the wake of this tragedy. We are proud of our Boston connections and feel privileged to be able to play a very small part in supporting the 'B-Strong' effort."
Roush Fenway is half owned by Boston's Fenway Sports Group; the same company that owns and operates the Boston Red Sox, Fenway Park as well as a majority stake in the region's premier sports network, NESN. In support of its sister team, RFR will carry the "B-Strong" decal that the Red Sox organization has used as a rallying point for Bostonians since the events that tragically took the lives of three people, while wounding well over 100 others. "The deplorable acts committed in connection with the Boston Marathon have impacted the entire nation," said Roush Fenway president Steve Newmark. "And it is inspiring to watch the resiliency and unyielding determination of the entire city of Boston in the wake of this tragedy. Their resolve helps to remind us what makes our country so great. We obviously work very closely with the Fenway Sports Management group on a regular basis, and for this to happen right there in their back yard really grabs your attention and drives it home. We are humbled as an organization to be able to support the "B-Strong" effort."
In addition, Roush Fenway will distribute "B-Strong" decals at the race track this weekend that pays tribute to the '617' Boston area code, the "B-Strong" program and provides information on how to support the "The One Fund Boston", an initiative formed by Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick and Boston Mayor Tom Menino to help the people most affected by the tragic events. For more information about "The One Fund Boston" and how you can help those most affected visit: www.onefundboston.org.(Roush Fenway Racing)(4-18-2013)
Roush Fenway adds marketing resources for partners: Roush Fenway Racing has increased the marketing resources available to the team's partners through the addition of six new hires and the creation of a new department focused on delivering incremental value to team sponsors. The new personnel bring to Roush Fenway areas of expertise including brand marketing, event marketing, television production, digital engagement, NFL player representation and retail activation. Included in RFR's new hires is marketing and industry veteran Mike Mooney, as vice president of partnership development. In addition, the business development department has brought in Garrett Hess as an account executive. Hess moves to RFR from K Sports & Entertainment in Boston where his was Sponsorship Sales Manager and an athlete liaison. In addition to the new personnel is the creation of a strategic marketing department focused on delivering incremental value to team partners through ideation and execution of activation, digital and public relations channels. This team is led by industry veterans Kevin Thomas, Amber Darnell and Kevin Woods, who represent nearly 40 years of NASCAR marketing experience. As one of its first moves, the strategic marketing department added Yasin Id-Deen as Social and Digital Marketing Manager. The team also bolstered its talent and diversity, bringing on television production veteran Rob DiFrank and former Octagon coordinator Amanda Weis as account/pr managers in its sponsor operations department.(Roush Fenway)(4-1-2013)
Jack Roush to be inducted in Texas Motorsports Hall of Fame: Jack Roush's success at Texas Motor Speedway has become a part of the speedway's growing history. It was Roush who became the first team owner to sweep both events at "The Great American Speedway!" during the inaugural season in 1997. His success has not stopped there as he has since gone on to win 18 races as a car owner across NASCAR's top three national series at Texas Motor Speedway, including a record nine in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series competition. His dominance at Texas Motor Speedway has earned him the honor of becoming the 15th member inducted into the Texas Motorsports Hall of Fame. Roush will be honored Thursday, April 11, during the Texas Motorsports Hall of Fame Gala benefitting Speedway Children's Charities that will be held in The Speedway Club's Grand Ballroom.
Roush's induction culminates an evening that celebrates the accomplishments of motorsport's most talented drivers and contributors. Other honorees will be five-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson; 2004 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Kurt Busch; IZOD IndyCar Series driver Graham Rahal; and legendary motorsports journalist Chris Economaki posthumously.
Johnson will receive the Texas Motor Speedway Racer of the Year award. In the AAA Texas 500, Johnson became just the second driver to win from the pole for his second career victory at Texas Motor Speedway.
Busch has been instrumental in helping Speedway Children's Charities-Texas Chapter raise funds to benefit children in North Texas. He will be recognized as this year's recipient of the Maj. General Thomas Sadler Award. Busch has helped Speedway Children's Charities-Texas Chapter raise more than $40,000.
Rahal will receive the Texas Motor Speedway Sportsmanship Award for displaying a demeanor both on and off the track that exemplifies the meaning of sportsmanship.
Economaki, motorsport's most noted and accomplished journalist, will be honored posthumously with the Bruton Smith Legend Award.(TMS)(3-29-2013)
Roush feels confident Ford engine woes over: To contend at Auto Club Speedway, #16-Greg Biffle will have to come from the rear of the field due to an engine failure in opening practice on the 2-mile track. And car owner Jack Roush believes his driver has enough under the hood to do it. Roush said Saturday the engine failures suffered by Biffle and Ford stable mate Brad Keselowski appeared to be due to lost bearings, and the No. 16 car's strength in practice Saturday gave him confidence the issue would not rear its head again in Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event. "Both of those problems are something we characterize as an infant mortality problem," Roush said after Biffle topped the first of Saturday's two practice sessions. "The fact that we've gotten the rest of the practice today, that we had one practice today and had no further problems, gives me confidence that we're going to be OK. We have adequate spare engines, and if we have more trouble in practice, we can make changes. But right now, I'm believing it's behind us."(in part from NASCAR.com)(3-24-2013)
3M Window Film featured on the #16: 3M Window Film will be featured on Greg Biffle's #16 Ford this weekend in California and the 3M Automotive Window Film - Crystalline 90 product will be on the inside of the windshield. Crystalline is 3M's highest heat rejecting and UV protecting film. 3M invented window tint in 1966 and have provided protection from the sun's harmful rays for more than 40 years.(RFR)(3-22-2013)
Roush Fenway selected as finalist for Social Media Icon Award: Roush Fenway Racing has been named a finalist for the PR News' Social Media Icon Award. The program is sponsored by PR News and is designated to honor those that "took chances, made incredible strides and understand the power of social media in public relations." RFR has been named a finalist in the category of "Use of Google+", with its marketing efforts through the platform in 2012. Roush Fenway become the first motorsports team to build a significant footprint in the Google+ space and the first team to exceed one million fans in its combined circles. A leader in NASCAR marketing solutions, Roush Fenway has brought home MarCom awards the past two years for its award-winning campaigns for RickyVsTrevor.com and "25 Winning Years." The significantly upped its level of fan engagement with a behind the scenes look at the organization kicking off at the 2012 Daytona Speedweeks with the first ever 'Five Driver Hangout.' The platform also featured live pre and post-race driver 'hangouts' from Daytona International Speedway, as well as G+ Hangouts from Fenway Park and RFR Fan Days.(Roush Fenway Racing)(3-7-2013)
Biffle to run Red Cross scheme at Las Vegas; to visit children in hospital: Driver of the #16 American Red Cross/3M Ford Greg Biffle will visit patients on Wednesday [March 7th] at the Sunrise Children's Hospital in Las Vegas, NV, this week. In addition to the visit, Biffle will speak with the media about the importance of being a blood donor, especially during March is Red Cross Month, a presidentially proclaimed national month that recognizes the unique role of the Red Cross. The American Red Cross is celebrating the sixth year of its Red Cross Racing partnership with 3M and Roush Fenway Racing. Thanks to a generous donation from 3M and support by Greg Biffle, the #16 Ford will sport a Red Cross paint scheme during the March 10 race in Las Vegas and the April 27 race in Richmond.(RFR), see an image of the scheme on my #16 Team Schemes page.(3-5-2013)
Roush Fenway Racing honored: Roush Fenway Racing has accumulated a NASCAR record 311 victories during its celebrated 25 year history. It's 2012 "25 Winning Years" marketing platform - designed to highlight and celebrate those accomplishments - has brought home its own accolade; being awarded the 2012 MarCom International Gold Award for public relations/communications campaigns. It marks the second consecutive year that RFR's marketing team has been recognized by MarCom (RFR)(3-3-2013)
#16 features Sustainable Fire Suppression Fluid at PIR: Greg Biffle will be racing with the environmentally sustainable, 3M Novec 1230 Fire Protection Fluid as a new standard in the #16 3M Ford Fusion. Novec 1230 fluid balances performance requirements with favorable environmental and safety properties, giving Biffle added reassurance and peace of mind. On March 3 at the Phoenix raceway, the car will showcase the Novec brand name on the hood. Additionally, the #16 3M Ford Fusion will feature a system using Novec 1230 fluid throughout the entire 2013 racing season. Biffle's car had previously been upgraded with Novec 1230 fluid through Roush Fenway Racing, who jumped on board early in 2012 to help protect Biffle, as well as the environment. The #16 3M Ford Fusion is the first racecar that incorporates a sustainable fire suppression fluid. Metalcraft, Inc., an international leader in fire suppression, equipped the cockpit of the #16 3M Ford Fusion with its Fire-Trak branded fire suppression system using Novec 1230 fluid. The Fire-Trak system and 3M's Novec 1230 fluid received NASCAR approval in 2012.
3M researchers developed Novec brand products to be a safe, sustainable chemistry used to replace ozone-depleting substances being phased out under the Montreal Protocol, potent greenhouse gas such as HFCs and agents that have undesirable toxicity. Novec 1230 fluid has an exceptional environmental profile with zero ozone depletion potential and a global warming potential of one. It stays in the atmosphere only five days, compared to HFC-236fa that lingers for 240 years.
"Novec 1230 fluid is environmentally sustainable now and into the foreseeable future, unlike HFCs that are targeted for phase-down by international treaties and the European Union.," said Joe Ziemba, marketing manager at 3M. "We're proud that the No. 16 3M Ford Fusion is putting 3M technology to work to help it keep racing toward a bright future."
Novec 1230 fluid is a clean extinguishing agent that is stored as a liquid but is discharged as a gas that leaves no residue. The fluid does not damage sensitive electronics or equipment in the racecar and provides a wide margin of safety if deployed in an enclosed area near Biffle. It also does not affect the surface of the racetrack, keeping it clean for other drivers. Novec 1230 fluid comes with 3M's Blue SkySM Warranty, offering peace-of-mind protection against future regulatory bans or restrictions. And when used in commercial buildings, it offers an opportunity to earn innovation credits toward Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification.
Other notable applications of 3M Novec 1230 fluid include use in helping to protect high-value assets such as data centers, aviation equipment, marine vessels, museum artifacts, library documents, and financial, health care, power generation and oil/gas petrochemical facilities, as well as computers and other critical devices where water cannot be used. Additionally, Novec 1230 fluid has found its way into the archives at the Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library at the Alamo.
For more information regarding 3M Novec 1230 fluid use in racing applications visit www.3M.com/novecracing or for other Novec branded products log onto www.3M.com/Novec. Also visit us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/#!/3MNovec1230fluid. For more information about 3M's sustainability initiatives visit www.3M.com/sustainability.(Roush Fenway Racing)(2-28-2013)
Valvoline extends partnership with Roush Fenway: Roush Fenway Racing and Valvoline have announced the extension of their long-running and equally successful NASCAR partnership. The relationship, which spans over a decade and a half, pairs two elite organizations with long histories of automotive performance excellence. RFR will continue to use Valvoline's revolutionary NextGen recycled, re-refined motor oil, which last season helped the team to a win in the famed Daytona 500 and its second consecutive NASCAR Nationwide Series Championship. Valvoline, a leading innovator and supplier of quality, high-performing automotive products, will continue to be the exclusive motor oil provider for Roush Fenway Racing; NASCAR's winningest Team.(Roush Fenway)(1-31-2013)
Ford Racing - RPM & RFR Notes from the NASCAR Sprint Media Tour: the first stop on the final day of the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Media Tour was at the hotel where Ford drivers from Richard Petty Motorsports and Roush Fenway Racing talked and met with the media: Some notes from Twitter world
Roush on working with Penske: "They have a dramatically different car than our car. The underbody and the suspension doesn't relate."
Robbie Reiser promoted from general manager to vice president of competition at Roush Fenway.
Roger Penske says his team's main contact with the RFR is Robbie Reiser.
Jack Roush said he's looking to put Trevor Bayne in a Cup car, full-time for the 2014 season, depending on sponsorship and driver performace.
Roush Fenway Racing had 9 sponsors up for renewal entering 2012 who are back.
There is sponsorhip available for #17-Stenhouse.
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. was asked directly whether he is dating Danica Patrick. He said he preferred not to talk about his personal life.
Smithfield Foods will expand the number of races it will sponsor the #43 to 25 races.
Marcos Ambrose shaved off his bushy beard he sported at testing.
(from many Twitter reports/feeds)(1-24-2013)
2013 silly season notes for #16-Greg Biffle / Roush Fenway Racing: No major changes with the #16 team. Biffle is signed thru the 2014 season. Matt Puccia returns as the crew chief of the #16, a spot he has held since July 2011. 3M returns as the primary sponsor, supposedly for 35 races, using different divisions/products of 3M (like ScotchBrite, Blue Tape, Post-It, etc). 3M is signed thru the 2014 season. Expect the Red Cross to show up on the car for a couple races, usually in conjunction with 3M. See images of the 3M regular scheme on my #16 Team Schemes page. See more about other teams on my 2013 Team / Driver Silly Season Chart.(1-7-2013)
#16 Sponsor Schedule for 2012:
Bud Shootout, 2/18, 3M
Daytona, 2/26, 3M
Phoenix, 3/4, 3M Commercial Graphics
Las Vegas, 3/11, Meguiars
Bristol, 3/18, 3M
Auto Club, 3/25, 3M
Martinsville, 4/1, 3M
Texas, 4/14, 3M Filtrete
Kansas, 4/22, 3M Novec 1230 Fire Protection Fluid
Richmond, 4/28, 3M / Give Kids a Smile
Talladega, 5/6, 3M
Darlington, 5/12, 3M
All-Star Race, 5/19, Red Cross
Charlotte, 5/27, Fastenal with NASCAR Unites
Dover, 6/3, 3M
Pocono, 6/10, 3M
Michigan, 6/17, 3M / NASCAR Unites
Infineon, 6/24, 3M
Kentucky, 6/30, Red Cross
Daytona, 7/7, 3M
New Hampshire, 7/14, 3M / W.B. Mason / Post-It
Indianapolis, 7/29, TBA
Pocono, 8/5, , 3M
Watkins Glen. 8/12, 3M
Michigan, 8/19, 3M
Bristol, 8/25, 3M Bondo
Atlanta, 9/2, 3M
Richmond, 9/8, 3M
Chicago, 9/16, 3M
New Hampshire, 9/23, 3M
Dover, 9/30, 3M - Scotchbrite
Talladega, 10/7, 3M
Charlotte, 10/13, 3M
Kansas, 10/21, 3M
Martinsville, 10/28, 3M
Texas, 11/4, TBA
Phoenix, 11/11, 3M
Homestead, 11/18, 3M
Biffle and Roush Fenway Spread Holiday Cheer: Tis the season to spread some holiday cheer and no one is better apt to accomplish that than Roush Fenway driver Greg Biffle. Biffle recently offered his services as a chauffeur to drive a lucky Roush Fenway employee to-and-from the company Holiday Party in his 1983 "Boss Hogg" style limo; decked out with long horns on the front and a custom horn that plays the Dukes of Hazard theme. Roush Fenway employees purchased raffle tickets for the chance to have the NASCAR Champion cart them around for the evening, with all the proceeds going to the Salvation Army Angel Tree Program. The lucky winner was nine-year RFR employee Brian Steager, who works in the organization's paint and body department. Overall Roush Fenway was able to raise over $2,000 for the great cause, helping the charity grant the holiday wishes of a few children this season.
"I had wanted to do something for a local family this holiday season and I thought it would be fun to raffle off a ride in this old limo," said Biffle. "I saw it at an auto auction and thought it would be fun to drive around to events like this. We decided to raffle off a ride for a Roush Fenway employee to the company party this year and use the money to buy gifts for the Salvation Army Angel Tree program. Roush Fenway agreed to match the proceeds. it was a lot of fun, went to a very worthy cause and hopefully we'll do it again soon."
And how did the Steagers rate Biffle's performance as chauffer, rather than on the track?
"It was a very good ride," said Steager. "We got there safe and sound and it was an excellent experience all the way around."
(Roush Fenway Racing)(12-17-2012)
3000th Cup start for Roush Fenway: This is a milestone week for Roush Fenway Racing owner Jack Roush, whose organization celebrates its 3,000th NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start in Sunday's Tums Fast Relief 500 at Martinsville Speedway. Roush's Ford team made its series debut on Feb. 14, 1988, when Mark Martin finished 41st in the Daytona 500. Since then, Roush has celebrated 130 victories - most recently last weekend, when Matt Kenseth drove his #17 Ford into Victory Lane at Kansas Speedway.(NASCAR)(10-24-2012)
Biffle goes pink at 'Dega: October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and in honor of that the #16 3M Ford will run a special pink paint scheme this weekend in Talladega.(Roush Fenway Racing), see an image of the car on the #16 team paint schemes page.(10-4-2012)
Roush Fenway looking for 700th top 5: This weekend Roush Fenway Racing will look for its monumental 700th NASCAR Sprint Cup top-five finish as NASCAR rolls into the "Monster Mile" at Dover International Speedway. The team earned its first top-five finish on April 10, 1988 at Bristol Motor Speedway, with a second-place finish that saw Mark Martin edge out future Hall-of-Famers Rusty Wallace, Bobby Allison and Richard Petty. The finish came in RFR's sixth career NASCAR start. As an organization Roush Fenway has totaled no less than 11 top-five finishes in any Cup season since 1989. The team set an organizational record with 61 top-five finishes in 2005, the same year it placed all five of its Sprint Cup entries inside the 10-race "Chase" for the Cup. The team scored 50 top-five Cup finishes in 2008 and 45 in 1998. Roush Fenway has totaled 30 or more top-five Sprint Cup finishes in 12 of its 24 completed seasons.(Roush Fenway)(9-29-2012)
Roush Fenway Racing to Host Fan Day on October 11: Roush Fenway Racing will host its annual Fan Day on Thursday, October 11 at its Concord, N.C. campus. The Roush Fenway drivers, show cars and sponsor displays will highlight the activities planned that day. The event will kick off at 8 a.m. when tickets will be handed out for the autograph sessions. The autograph sessions begin at 10:30 a.m. with Roush Fenway drivers Matt Kenseth, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Trevor Bayne and team owner Jack Roush. Then Carl Edwards and Greg Biffle will sign for fans at noon. Several interactive displays will be on hand along with show cars, free samples and concessions. The RFR gift shop and museum will also be open extended hours throughout the Charlotte race weekend. "Our fan day is a great opportunity for people of all ages to get to meet the drivers, see the show cars up close and learn about the wide range of products our sponsors offer," said Jack Roush. "We do this twice a year to celebrate our fans and I enjoy meeting many of them who stop by on their way to the speedway." Admission is free and fans of all ages are encouraged to attend.(RFR)(9-27-2012)
No crew chief changes expected at Roush next season: Team owner Jack Roush said on Friday at Chicagoland Speedway that he anticipates Jimmy Fennig remaining the crew chief for the #17 team with Ricky Stenhouse Jr. when he replaces Matt Kenseth. Kenseth is leaving the organization to drive the #20 at Joe Gibbs Racing next year. Roush also anticipates Chad Norris, who replaced Bob Osborne in mid-July due to unspecified health issues, to remain with #99-Carl Edwards. #16-Greg Biffle and crew chief Matt Puccia, who led the standings before they were reshuffled to reflect wins for Sunday's Chase opener, also are staying together. "Bob, his health is still a question mark,'' Roush said. "Chad Norris has done a great job. The team has rallied around Chad. There is no reason for me to believe from what I've seen so far that Chad won't be able to build that team to carry forward in 2013.'' Roush gave a similar evaluation of Fennig staying with Stenhouse.(ESPN)(9-14-2012)
Bondo scheme for Biffle at Bristol: Bristol race weekend means great racing action and the intense, in-your-face driving that's synonymous with the track. A revamped surface on the NASCAR circuit's tight track also means that racing is bound to be more exciting and unpredictable than ever as drivers vie for the lead in Bristol's close quarters. For the racers, these conditions signify the inevitable dents, dings and cracks that chip away at paint and hinder driver momentum. Greg Biffle and his race team, however, will be ready to tackle these conditions both on the track and in the garage during the Aug. 25th night race. The #16 3M Ford Fusion will be sporting a Bondo Brand paint scheme, and the #16 crew will be ready with gallons of Bondo® Body Filler and Putty, all part of 3M's family of automotive products, for any body repairs needed between the green and checkered flags. And with a new track surface being put to the test, there's no telling what to expect. An estimated 215 gallons of Bondo Body Filler will be used by NASCAR® Sprint Cup Series teams this weekend to repair damage quickly and ensure sheet metal panels fit the tight NASCAR templates (3M), see image of the scheme on the #16 Team Schemes page.(8-21-2012)
Biffle wins at Michigan: #16-Greg Biffle won the Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway for his 2nd win of year, 3rd at Michigan and 18th career win.
#2-Keselowski finished 2nd followed by #5-Kahne, #88-Earnhardt, Jr., #9-Ambrose, #99-Edwards, #15-Bowyer, #39-Newman, #27-Menard, and #56-Truex, Jr.
#48-Jimmie Johnson took the lead with 10 laps to go, but blew an engine with 6 laps to go and finished 27th.
Johnson, the points leader coming into the race, fell to 4th in the standings. #16-Biffle takes the points lead by 20 over #17-Kenseth.
Pole sitter, #55-Martin dominated the race early, but spun on lap 65 after #47-Labonte spun in front of him and #5-Kahne ran into him. Martin slid onto pit road and hit the pit wall at an opening, busting the oil tank and destrying the car. He finished 35th.
There were 8 cautions for 35 yellow flag laps. There were 26 lead changes among 13 drivers. The average speed was 144.662mph.
The estimated attendence was 83,000 up over last years 81,000. There were an estimated 82,000 at June's Michigan race.
See race results, awards, money won, laps led, cautions and more on the Michigan Race Results page (pdf). and the official race and points rundown on the Official Race Report.(8-19/20-2012)
Roush says Penske will use Roush-Yates engines: UPDATES: Jack Roush says Penske has decided to run Roush-Yates Ford engines next season. Penske has said he will not be shutting down the 80-man operation he currently has, but it would seem unlikely that Ford would care for one of its star new players to also continue building Dodge engines on the side. A possible sale of that engine shop to Dodge itself has been speculated as the only logical solution.
Roush: "Roger and I will cooperate on things that are in our common interests, and we will compete on things that reflect our need to be independent and justify our space on the race track. We've done the bulk of the work on the 2013 car; we did invite them to have a look at what we've done in concert with Ford, and made sure we had their blessing, along with the other Ford teams involved. The indication are -- though I don't know if the papers have been signed yet -- that he will use our engines. He does have a few things he does different with his cars and the way the engines are mounted; so we'll respect his experience and his package preference. Whether we wind up with the same package for all Ford cars or not is yet to be determined."
Roush, asked about the possibility of Penske becoming a business partner with Roush and Doug Yates in the engine operations, said "There is no plan on the table for Roger for any ownership in the engine program. But I stop short of saying that would never be a consideration going forward."(MikeMulhern.net)(8-4-2012)
UPDATE: Roush Yates Engines announced that it will provide Ford FR9 engines to Penske Racing beginning with the 2013 NASCAR season. Penske Racing announced earlier this year that it would be returning to Ford Racing in 2013 in the Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series. "It's truly an honor to provide Penske Racing with Roush Yates Ford engines," said Doug Yates, CEO of Roush Yates. "I have always admired Roger Penske as a team owner and a respected businessman in our sport and beyond. I am looking forward to many wins, championships, and other successes in supporting the Penske organization." Penske Racing fielded Ford entries from 1991 through 2002. "Ford has been consistent in its belief that we will be stronger with one engine specification rather than continuing with an independent approach," said Tim Cindric, President of Penske Racing. "Roush Yates has a proven record and we are looking forward to many successes together."(Roush Yates)(8-6-2012)
UPDATE 2: Penske Racing will switch to Roush Yates horsepower in its 2013 move to Ford in the Sprint Cup Series, but the team still is exploring ways to keep its 63 engine employees. Penske President Tim Cindric told USA Today Sports that still building motors for Dodge teams in NASCAR's premier series wouldn't be an option, though. "Relative to us, they said they're going in a different direction," Cindric said. "We don't see there being any more potential on the NASCAR side with Dodge." Cindric said Penske has explored sending some of its engine staff to Roush Yates, reassigning others within Penske Racing and perhaps pursuing engine projects in other series with the rest of the employees in a scaled-down engine room. "We feel our biggest asset wasn't the (horsepower) but the people," Cindric said. "That's a strong group of people we didn't want to break up."(USA Today)(8-7-2012)
Roush Fenway names Senior VP: Roush Fenway Racing has announced the addition of sports marketing veteran Pete Thuresson to its marketing operations. Thuresson will serve as senior vice president of sales and business development, overseeing Roush Fenway's business development and marketing partnership efforts. A 20-plus year veteran of sports marketing, Thuresson boasts an extensive background in partnership management and industry marketing. He previously headed up national partnerships for FOX Sports in Chicago.(Roush Fenway Racing)(8-2-2012)
Biffle hits crash cart: Greg Biffle suffered damaged to his #16 Ford Friday afternoon although he was going less than 1 mph and was 50 yards away from the New Hampshire Motor Speedway track. Biffle backed into a generator cart as he left his garage stall for the afternoon practice session. "I'm glad I was backing up slow," Biffle said after the left-rear corner of his bumper was dented. "A lot of times we're in a hurry and you want to try to get out there and go, but I was backing up slow and turning." The cart belonged to #48-Jimmie Johnson's team. "I don't want to blame the guy with the cart, but you hear a car start up, you see it move out of the garage slow and turning, at what point do you keep walking with the generator cart?" Biffle's team made quick repairs. He went on to qualify 11th for Sunday's race.(Florida Times Union)(7-14-2012)
W.B. Mason scheme for Biffle at NHMS: W.B. Mason and Post-It will be featured on the #16 Roush Fenway Racing Ford of Greg Biffle to support 3M Pre-Game Player's Club Event and Boston Red Sox game contest on July 16th. Biffle is also scheduled to throw out the first pitch at Boston's Fenway Park on July 16th (RFR), see an image of the scheme on the #16 Team Schemes page.(7-11-2012)
Special scheme for Biffle at Kentucky: This weekend's #16 Red Cross Ford Fusion has a brand new nighttime paint scheme as NASCAR heads back to night racing. The #MyTownGives paint scheme pays tribute to small town blood drives. While about 16 percent of people live in small-town U.S.A., small towns are responsible for almost 38 percent of all Red Cross blood drives. At the same time, the Red Cross is honoring small-town blood drives, the Red Cross is facing a crucial blood shortage: Donations are down more than 10 percent across the country resulting in 50,000 fewer pints of blood than expected.(Red Cross PR), see an image of the car on the #16 team paint schemes page)(6-30-2012)
Roush plane crash in 2010 attributed to pilot error: The National Transportation Safety Board has concluded that the 2010 plane crash in which team owner [#'s 16,17,99] Jack Roush was injured was caused by pilot error. The NTSB released Friday its determination of probable cause in Roush's July 27, 2010 crash at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, Wis. The report confirmed Roush's version of what happened - that he was concerned about a plane taking off on the same runway where he was landing, causing him to ground-loop his airplane. The NTSB stated that after Roush aborted the landing, he should have throttled to full power instead of throttling to about 33 percent of full power. The NTSB report indicated that Roush could have landed the plane safely, but Roush told investigators that he didn't throttle to full power because he was making sure there were no other planes in the area.(Sporting News), see full NTSB report at ntsb.gov.(6-24-2012)
Biffle-Said, still feuding? The feud between #16-Greg Biffle and #32-Boris Said apparently hasn't abated. After a collision at Watkins Glen late last season, the two skirmished in the garage area, prompting Said to call Biffle "the most unprofessional scaredy cat I've ever seen. He wouldn't fight me like a man, so if someone texts me his address, I'll go see him and show him what he really needs. He needs a whooping, and I'm going to give it to him." With the two men back in the same race, Biffle said Friday they haven't patched their differences. "We talked on the phone, and it is what it is," he said.(San Francisco Chronicle)(6-23-2012)
Roush to drive pace car in Michigan NNS race: What's next for Jack Roush, NASCAR team owner, successful Northville businessman, passionate pilot and two-time plane-crash survivor? What about pace-car driver? "Well, they're going to let me drive the Ford Mustang pace car for today's Nationwide Series race," Roush said Friday. "At 8:30 (in the morning), I'm going to get my instructions. I don't know if they'll let me drive afterwards. My guess is I'll just be in the pace car for one of the preliminary laps and won't be there when it's time to turn them loose for the green flag." Roush, 70, is a very competent driver -- he raced dragsters as a youngster and plenty of muscle cars over the years. Today, Roush will be at the wheel of one of his Roush-built Stage 3 Mustangs to pace the race. The vehicle was donated by Roush for auction with a portion of the proceeds going to the SAE International Foundation for science and math education.(Detroit Free Press)(6-16-2012)
#16 Ford takes on patriotic theme in MIS: In honor of the "NASCAR Unites - An American Salute" program to support members of the U.S. military and their children, Greg Biffle's 3M Ford will take on a patriotic look this weekend in Michigan. Biffle's #16 3M Ford is trading in its normal red and black colors to showcase a red, white and blue theme for the Michigan race weekend. The red, white and blue is part of a NASCAR initiative that kicked off Memorial weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway and runs through Fourth of July weekend at Daytona. The program is aimed to unite the NASCAR industry and fans this summer to celebrate America and support U.S. military members and their families. "We are always proud to show our support for the men and women of our military and I am honored to drive the red, white and blue 3M Ford this weekend in Michigan," said Biffle. "The NASCAR Unites program this summer is a great reminder to all of us to thank the members of the armed forces whether it's in person, with a post card or through a donation. I hope everyone checks out the website and looks for our special paint scheme this weekend."(Roush Fenway Racing), see an image of the scheme on the #16 Team Schemes page.(6-15-2012)
Biffle appearing on American Restoration: #16-Greg Biffle will reach a new level of stardom this week when he makes an appearance one of his favorite shows which airs on one of his favorite channels. Biffle had been a fan of "American Restorations" on HISTORY since it began four seasons ago. He got a chance to meet the show's host, Rick Dale and his wife in Las Vegas earlier this year and they immediately shared a vision to do an episode together. "I can't tell you how excited I am about meeting Rick and getting to be on 'American Restorations'," said Biffle. "I can't give too much away but I can tell you that the restoration Rick and his crew did for me is unbelievable. I hope everyone watches the show this Wednesday to see what they were able to do with something that has meant a lot to me for a long time." After a few months of planning, several miles of travel and a lot of hard work by Rick and his crew, the episode will air this Wednesday, June 6th on HISTORY at 10:00 p.m. ET.(Roush Fenway Racing)(6-5-2012)
Roush Fenway Racing to have three Fastenal sponsored cars: Victory Lane can be an elusive destination for many teams and sponsors, but Fastenal has an advantage Sunday night in the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway by sponsoring all three of Roush Fenway Racing's Sprint Cup entries. RFR has an impressive record at Charlotte, winning the 600-mile race four times and totaling 20 victories there in NASCAR competition. "Everyone on the Fastenal 'blue team' has been looking forward to this race all season long," said Fastenal president and CEO Will Oberton. "When we started out as a sponsor in the truck series six years ago, we never would have dreamed that we'd see the Fastenal name on three of the premier Cup Series cars in a single race."
The Fastenal "NASCAR Unites" paint schemes will be carried on the #16 of Greg Biffle, the #17 of Matt Kenseth and of course the #99 of Carl Edwards. The three drivers have a combined total of two wins, 15 top-five and 27 top-10 finishes at Charlotte.(Roush Fenway Racing), see images of the schemes on the #16 Team schemes page, #17 Team schemes page and #99 Team schemes page.(5-24-2012)
Red Cross Honors Blood Donors with Special Paint Scheme: #16-Greg Biffle salutes Red Cross blood donors during the May 19 NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race. The #16 Ford Fusion will sport a "Saluting Our All-Stars" patriotic paint scheme, highlighting 33 blood donors listed on the car, while honoring thousands across the country. Red Cross blood donors provide more than 40% of the nation's blood supply - helping the Red Cross ensure that life-saving blood and blood products reach patients across the country. Eligible donors can give blood once every 56 days at Red Cross blood drives and donor centers. Biffle, a member of the Red Cross National Celebrity Cabinet, also is a regular blood donor. The American Red Cross celebrates the fifth year of the Red Cross Racing partnership with 3M and Roush Fenway Racing. The #16 Ford also will sport a Red Cross paint scheme during the June 30 race in Kentucky, thanks to the generous donation from 3M and support by Greg Biffle. For more information about the American Red Cross, visit redcross.org.(RFR), see images of the car on my #16 Team Schemes page.(5-17-2012)
Roush Fenway Racing to Host Fan Day on May 24: Roush Fenway Racing will host its annual Fan Day on Thursday, May 24 at its Concord, N.C. campus. The Roush Fenway drivers, show cars and sponsor booths will highlight the activities planned that day. The event will kick off at 8am when tickets will be handed out for the autograph sessions. The autograph sessions begin at 10:00am with Roush Fenway drivers Matt Kenseth, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Trevor Bayne and team owner Jack Roush. Then Carl Edwards and Greg Biffle will sign for fans at 11:30am.
Several displays will be on hand along with show cars, free samples, food and a band. The RFR gift shop and museum will also be open extended hours throughout the race weekends at Charlotte. "Our fan day is a great opportunity for people of all ages to get to meet the drivers, see the show cars up close and learn about the wide range of products our sponsors offer," said Jack Roush. "It is a fun way to kick off the Memorial Day race weekend and we enjoy having so many fans visit our facility." Admission is free and fans of all ages are encouraged to attend.(RFR)(5-12-2012)
Fastenal to sponsor all 3 Roush cars in Coca-Cola 600: Fastenal will sponsor all three Roush Fenway Racing entries in the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 27. The Fastenal paint schemes for #99-Carl Edwards, #16-Greg Biffle and #17-Matt Kenseth will also incorporate the "NASCAR Unites - An American Salute" red, white and blue theme. This is not the first time Fastenal has sponsored the RFR fleet. Last year all three RFR Nationwide Series Fords displayed the Fastenal colors at the Charlotte race in May. The Blue Team placed first (Kenseth), second (Edwards) and fourth (Ricky Stenhouse Jr.).(Roush Fenway Racing)(5-3-2012)
Drivers comment on Bristol changes: Bruton Smith's decision not to seek driver input on how to fix Bristol Motor Speedway didn't sit well with several competitors in the Sprint Cup Series. And not all drivers are convinced the decision by the Speedway Motorsports Inc., chairman to grind the top groove will return racing at the half-mile track in Tennessee to the bumping and grinding it was known for before the 2007 reconfiguration. "I think they're wasting their time,'' points leader #16-Greg Biffle said on Friday at Richmond International Raceway. #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. agreed. "I believe the racing will be the same,'' he said. "I know they probably didn't have a lot of time between now and (the August) race to do everything they wanted to do. Just grinding will take away a little groove, but once we lay a little rubber down it'll be just like it was, which I think is fine.'' Kevin Harvick definitely took issue with Smith's comment during Wednesday's news conference that "I do not consult race drivers when I am building a speedway.'' "They were all gung ho on wanting to meet at Texas,'' Harvick said. "The next thing you knew, nobody showed up, nobody called, nobody wanted to talk anymore. I guess maybe they were embarrassed that they just wound up grinding it.'' Harvick said he was told by Don Hawk, SMI's vice president of business affairs, that Smith wanted to discuss changes at Bristol with him at Texas. Hawk acknowledged that Smith wanted to meet with Harvick and his team owner, Richard Childress, and the meeting didn't happen. Hawk said he apologized to Harvick and Childress via text. He added that several other drivers were contacted via text for input on the project, and that some responded and some didn't. He said Smith talked to Brad Keselowski by phone.(ESPN)(4-28-2012)
Will Power named first quarter Driver of the Year: The IndyCar Series' Will Power was named winner of the Driver of the Year panel's first-quarter award. Power edged NHRA Funny Car driver Robert Hight by a single point to earn the award, which goes to the top driver in United States-based racing series. It is voted upon by a panel of 21 racing-media members. Power, who drives a Chevrolet-powered Dallara DW12 for Team Penske, has won two of the first three races on the 2012 schedule. He won on the Barber Motorsports Park road circuit in Alabama and on the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach's street circuit. Greg Biffle, who led the Sprint Cup Series in points for the quarter - which ended with his victory at Texas Motor Speedway - finished third with two first-place votes and 78 points. A total of 16 drivers scored points in the third quarter voting. In its' 46th year, the Driver of the Year Award is unique. The panel of 21 leading journalists and broadcasters from across the U.S. determines the winner. Votes are held quarterly. A year-end vote determines the overall Driver of the Year.(PR)(4-25-2012)
Give Kids A Smile scheme for Biffle at RIR: The American Dental Association's (ADA) Give Kids A Smile program, ADA Foundation, Henry Schein, Inc., and 3M ESPE Dental are teaming up with #16-Greg Biffle again in 2012 to put good oral health on the fast track for young fans of NASCAR. Across the country, Biffle, driver of the #16 3M Ford Fusion in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, will help deliver the message to children about healthy habits like brushing, flossing, visiting the dentist and making smart food choices. Unfortunately for millions of children in this country, these healthy habits aren't a routine practice.
Biffle also will take the important oral health message to Richmond International Raceway during the NASCAR weekend April 27-28 for a special Give Kids A Smile dental health screening and education event. A team of sponsors will host a dental health screening event at the Richmond International Raceway Midway on Friday. Volunteer dentists and other dental team members organized through the Virginia Dental Association will provide underserved children free dental evaluations, fluoride treatments and, if needed, dental sealants at this unique event. On Saturday, young fans and their families can participate in fun activities and education about healthy dental habits. In honor of this special oral health program, NASCAR driver Greg Biffle's #16 3M car will sport a special Give Kids A Smile paint scheme during the 58th Annual Richmond 400. The event also is part of the yearlong celebration of the Give Kids A Smile program's 10th anniversary in 2012. Fans can follow Give Kids A Smile on Facebook at www.facebook.com/GiveKidsASmile. nationwide program expansion activities to help children in need of dental care.(Victory Management Group PR), see an image of the scheme on my #16 Team Schemes page.(4-24-2012)
#16 3M Ford Debuts Sustainable Fire Suppression Fluid: For this Earth Day weekend at the Kansas Speedway, Greg Biffle's #16 3M Ford has been upgraded with the environmentally sustainable, 3M Novec 1230 Fire Protection Fluid. Novec 1230 fluid balances performance requirements with favorable environmental and safety properties, giving Biffle added reassurance and peace of mind. "I'm proud to drive the first racecar that incorporates a sustainable fire suppression fluid. It seems fitting to go the first round on Earth Day," said Biffle. "I'm lucky to be working with Roush Fenway Racing who jumped on board early to get the new fluid into the car to not only protect me, but also the environment. The sustainability aspect of Novec is huge. I expect a fire suppression fluid to keep me safe, but the fact that it also is safe for the environment is important to me." Metalcraft, Inc., an international leader in fire suppression, equipped both the cockpit and fuel cell area of the #16 3M Ford with its new Fire-Trak branded fire suppression system using Novec 1230 fluid. The Fire-Trak system and 3M's Novec 1230 fluid received NASCAR approval earlier this year. For more information regarding 3M Novec 1230 fluid or other Novec branded products log onto www.3M.com/Novec.(Roush Fenway Racing), see an image of the car on my #16 Team Schemes page.(4-19-2012)
Biffle wins at Texas: #16-Greg Biffle won the Samsung Mobile 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway for his 1st win of the year, 2nd at Texas and 17th career win. It was Biffle's first win since Kansas in Oct 2010, a span of 49 races and the first career win for crew chief Matt Puccia.
#48-Johnson finished 2nd [his 37th career 2nd place, tied for 13th all-time] followed by #55-Martin, #24-Gordon, #17-Kenseth, #56-Truex, Jr.(the pole sitter), #5-Kahne, #99-Edwards, #29-Harvick and #88-Earnhardt Jr.
2011 Sprint Cup Series Chemp #14-Stewart, in a backup car, finished 24th with an ill-handling car. #2-Keselowski supposedly had fuel pump problems and lost many laps in the garage, finishing 36th. There were only 12 cars that finished on the lead lap. With only two cautions, there was a track record average speed for the race of 160.575mph.
There were only 2 cautions for 10 yellow flag laps, a new record. There were 18 lead changes among 7 drivers. The estimated attendence was 159,000, down from 168,400 in 2011.
See race results, awards, money won, laps led, cautions and more on the Texas Race Results page (pdf)
and see the official results & points on the Official Texas Race Report (pdf).(4-14-2012)
Special NASCAR Unites schemes to run UPDATES & Images: as part of the NASCAR Foundation's NASCAR Unites program, a few drivers will run special paint schemes at various races including #47-Bobby Labonte, #48-Jimmie Johnson, #55-Mark Martin, #56-Martin Truex Jr. and #99-Carl Edwards at Charlotte in May;
#2-Brad Keselowski (no image), #29-Kevin Harvick (no image) and #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. at Charlotte in May and Daytona in July;
#16-Greg Biffle at Michigan in June. See links to the images of the schemes on the Paint Scheme Gallery page.(4-9-2012)
UPDATE: NASCAR announced the launch of "NASCAR Unites - An American Salute," a patriotic initiative uniting the NASCAR industry and fans this summer to celebrate America and support U.S. military families. NASCAR Nation will be covered from head to toe - and from splitter to spoiler - in red, white and blue to highlight the summer season, starting and ending at two traditionally patriotic summer NASCAR events held at Charlotte Motor Speedway (Memorial Day Weekend, May 26-27) and Daytona International Speedway (Independence Day Weekend, July 5-7). Additional activities related to the six-week initiative will take place between these "tent-pole" events, including retail programs and other sponsor promotions.
To launch the initiative, the "NASCAR Unites - An American Salute" paint scheme for Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s #88 National Guard Hendrick Motorsports Chevy was revealed today in the nation's capital for more than 30,000 children and their guests attending the 134th Annual Easter Egg Roll event at the White House.
Among those NASCAR drivers already committed to "NASCAR Unites - An American Salute" paint schemes are Earnhardt, 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion #14-Tony Stewart, #16-Greg Biffle, Danica Patrick, #2-Brad Keselowski and #99-Carl Edwards. As part of the program, NASCAR and The NASCAR Foundation will work with charities to fund initiatives that support military families. A social media promotion utilizing a #NASCARUnites hashtag will highlight track activations as well as patriotic activities from teams, broadcast partners and sponsors.(NASCAR)
AND In the Nationwide Series, #88-Cole Whitt, will run in the Kentucky race in June and #7-Danica Patrick will run in the Nationwide race at the Daytona race in July. See images of the cars on the #7 NNS team paint schemes and #88 NNS paint schemes page.(4-9-2012)
811 scheme for Biffle at Bristol: The #16 3M Ford of Greg Biffle will have an 811 paint scheme this weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway. 811 is the national number to "Call Before You Dig." This is the third consecutive year Biffle has supported 811.(RFR)(3-16-2012)
3M Commercial Graphics Helps NASCAR Fans: 3M Commercial Graphics will showcase its 3M Scotchprint Wrap Film Series 1080 for thousands of car enthusiasts at select 2012 NASCAR races. Scotchprint Wrap Film Series 1080 and other 3M car wrap films will be given even wider exposure at the race taking place in Phoenix, Ariz., on Sunday, March 4. At this event, the 3M-sponsored #16 Ford driven by Greg Biffle will be wrapped in a printed snakeskin design with a matte finish and Scotchprint Wrap Film 1080-CF12 (black carbon fiber). The design will prominently feature 3Mwraps.com. At seven events over the course of the 2012 NASCAR season, 3M Commercial Graphics will set up a demonstration area outside of the track where visitors can watch a car being customized with car wrap films from 3M.(RFR), see images of the car on the #16 Team Schemes page.(3-4-2012)
Roush Fenway Scores Historic 300th Victory with Daytona 500 Win: Roush Fenway Racing officially kicked off it's 25th Anniversary season in grand fashion on Monday night, with #17-Matt Kenseth holding off teammate #16-Greg Biffle as the organization claimed its historic 300th NASCAR victory with its second Daytona 500 victory in the first ever night-time running of the famed event at Daytona International Speedway.
"It feels great," said Kenseth. "We even went overtime a little bit since we didn't quite go the whole distance the first time we won it. We had a really fast car all day and overcame a lot of adversity and problems with the car that we figured out. We had a great pit stop at the end that put us into position. It feels great. I wasn't expecting to win when I woke up this morning so it feels good to be sitting here."
Kenseth and Biffle combined to lead 83 of 200 laps in the race, with Kenseth taking the lead for the final time with 37 laps remaining and holding the point until the race's conclusion with a green-white-checkered finish. With the victory, Roush Fenway becomes the first team in NASCAR history to win 300 races.
"This is a special night," said team co-owner Jack Roush. "It feels great. It is very fitting that Matt won the 300th victory that we have had since we started in 1988 and (crew chief) Jimmy Fennig has been with us for most of the time and Matt has been here most of the time as well. It is great to celebrate our 300th win here with the 54th Daytona 500. This is Matt's second 500 win and that makes it special as well."(Roush Fenway Racing)(2-28-2012)
All Roush Fenway Racing teams switch to Valvoline NextGen oil: Less than one year after the Valvoline brand introduced a revolutionary recycled motor oil that stands up to racing's demanding standards and high-quality performance, Roush Fenway has decided to switch all its Sprint Cup and Nationwide teams to Valvoline NextGen motor oil technology for the duration of the 2012 NASCAR season. RFR will kick off the shift at the 54th annual Daytona 500 race on Feb. 26, 2012. The announcement represents the culmination of a rigorous validation process that began last summer with drivers like Greg Biffle and Carl Edwards, and is a continued illustration of Roush Fenway Racing's commitment to going green on the track while keeping performance paramount. NextGen motor oil is made of 50 percent recycled motor oil and delivers 100 percent Valvoline quality, offering optimum engine protection in a product that's also better for the environment. "Closing the Loop" - for professional drivers and everyday consumers alike - is a step towards reducing our dependence on foreign crude oil and preserving our existing resources by collecting and returning your used oil for recycling, and then refilling crankcases with NextGen. NextGen's debut in the Sprint Cup Series is a journey that started last summer when NextGen's racing formulation was put through extensive validation testing by Roush Yates Engines, earning approval from some of motorsports' top teams. Roush Fenway Racing, home of Carl Edwards, Greg Biffle and Matt Kenseth, started using NextGen recycled motor oil technology in competition to protect the engines of their stock cars. "RFR is committed to sustainable operations - from our solar energy system to our waste reduction efforts. We recycle 96% of every race car, so the ability to use a high quality recycled motor oil that can help us win on the track and help the environment is a no-brainer," said Roush. For committing to performance and the environment by returning used oil and refilling crankcases with NextGen, Advance Auto Parts will reward those who Close the Loop with a $20 mail-in gift card offer.(Valvoline)(2-26-2012)
Roush Fenway to Commemorate "25 Winning Years" in 2012: Coming off one of the strongest seasons in its quarter-decade history, Roush Fenway Racing will commemorate 2012 by celebrating its 25th Anniversary of racing at NASCAR's highest levels. Roush Fenway kicked off its "25 Winning Years" program this week on Charlotte Motor Speedway's annual media tour, where they asked media to name what it considers the top moment of the organization's celebrated 24-year racing history. "We've had a number of critical milestones since we started in 1988," said team co-owner Jack Roush. "I looked around the room at the media tour at all the trophies we had on display and there is a great deal of emotion that comes to mind when I see each piece. Each trophy has a different story and represents a different milestone and sacrifice. From the first win with Mark Martin at Rockingham in 1989 to our 299th win last season with Trevor Bayne in Texas, they all mean something. Along the way we've won multiple championships in all three NASCAR Series, with Greg (Biffle) getting the first two and Matt Kenseth getting our first Cup championship in 2003." Since founding the company in 1988, Jack Roush has seen the organization amass a record 299 victories. Roush Fenway currently boasts 125 Sprint Cup wins and is the winningest team in both NASCAR's Nationwide and Truck Series'. To properly commemorate the season, Roush Fenway will celebrate four specific areas vital to the organization's success in 2012; performance, people, partners and innovation.(Roush Fenway Racing)(1-28-2012)
Roush plans to expand back to a four-car team: Team owner Jack Roush said despite the "economic pressures" that forced his organization to shrink from four to three Cup teams this season, he is looking to expand back to a quartet when possible. "The plan is to go back to that four-car stable ... yes," Roush said. "In the meantime, we've been able to reposition personnel and resources within the organization because of the downsizing that I think will make us very strong." Roush also confirmed that his team will run Ricky Stenhouse Jr. for the full Nationwide Series schedule this season and is still working on sponsorship to run Trevor Bayne for a complete campaign.(Motor Racing Network)(1-25-2012)
Harvick, Biffle, and NASCAR fan to appear on 'Dog Whisperer': In a sport where drivers are constantly striving to be leaders of the pack, a few NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stars - and one lucky NASCAR fan - are taking a back seat to learn a thing or two about how to control their pets. "Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan," airing on Nat Geo WILD, is going all-NASCAR when they bring the show to Daytona Beach, Fla. this February to shoot an upcoming episode. This episode, which will be filmed around Daytona 500 events on February 17-18, will feature NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers Greg Biffle and Kevin Harvick for two of the first three segments. For the final segment, Millan will work with a NASCAR fan who will be chosen. Any NASCAR fan with a dog in need of help who lives in the Daytona area, or will be in the Daytona area during the time of shoot, and wants to star in an episode of "Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan" should visit http://www.cesarsway.com/dogwhisperer/submissions for information on how to submit an audition video. After collecting auditions, the "Dog Whisperer" staff will determine one lucky winner to appear in the NASCAR episode.(NASCAR)(1-16-2012)
Biffle Selected as Fourth Quarter Spirit Winner: Members of the National Motorsports Press Association have selected NASCAR Sprint Cup driver Greg Biffle as the fourth quarter winner of the NMPA Speedway Motorsports Spirit Award. The award is designed to recognize character and achievement in the face of adversity, sportsmanship and contributions to motorsports. Each year, quarterly winners are selected, and an overall winner is determined by a vote of the National Motorsports Press Association membership. Biffle teamed with several partners to provide Charlotte-area children the opportunity to receive free dental care during the October race weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The Give Kids A Smile program was aimed at helping more than 200 young fans. Also receiving votes were: Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Kevin Harvick, Juan Pablo Montoya and Ryan Newman. JTG Daugherty Racing won the award in the first quarter, Jamie McMurray was honored in the second quarter and Jeff Gordon took the honor in the third quarter.(NASCAR)(12-29-2011)
Roush Yates teams up with Impact: Roush Yates Performance Products has reached a distribution agreement with Impact by MasterCraft Safety to create a 1,500 square foot safety center within Roush Yates Performance Products' Mooresville, N.C. retail center. This partnership will continue Roush Yates' goal of offering "one stop" shopping for drivers and pit crews throughout the racing spectrum. "We're very proud to be associated with a great company like Impact," said Roush Yates CEO Doug Yates. "This new partnership certainly broadens our reach and product offerings as a whole, which should further underscore the fact that Roush Yates Performance Products is truly a complete solution center for any racer of any caliber or series." The safety center will be staffed with personnel well versed in the intricacies of critical safety matters such as helmet fitment, custom race suit measurements, and choosing the proper restraints for specific genres of racing. "We couldn't be happier," said MasterCraft Safety president Robbie Pierce. "While our product lines are different, both Roush Yates and Impact offer premium racing products with absolutely no compromises."(Roush Yates Performance Products/Impact by MasterCraft)(12-27-2011)
Biffle to be in the 2012 Rose Bowl Parade: #16-Greg Biffle will help Natural Balance Pet Foods make a "splash" in the upcoming 123rd Rose Parade on January 2nd, 2012. In 2010 the Natural Balance float rolled into the Guinness Book of World records as the world's longest float and in 2011, took the record for the world's heaviest float. This year the Natural Balance float will be 116 feet long and feature a tropical floral setting. After extensive training, the dogs on the float will actually surf on 65-foot long waves in over 6,600 gallons of water on a float weighing more than 100,000 pounds. A specially designed "wave" machine is incorporated into the design of the float and creates a wave every minute. The Rose Bowl Parade will air live from Pasadena, Calif. on ABC at 11:00 am/et. Check out Biffle and Tillman, the World's Fastest Skateboarding Bulldog at www.GregBiffle.com and get a sneak peek at the building of the float at www.naturalbalanceinc.com.
"I can't wait to see the float," said Biffle. "I've heard a lot about this year's float and I've seen video of the floats from the last couple of years. Tillman came to our shop at Roush Fenway Racing last month and we got to see him skateboard. I heard he'll be surfing on the float this year so I can't wait to see that. It was definitely an honor to be asked to ride on the Natural Balance float because we share the same passion for the well-being of animals." In addition to the ABC broadcast, the 123rd Rose Parade will be broadcast on the Hallmark Channel, HGTV, KTLA (Tribune), NBC, RFD-TV and Univision. The Parade is also seen in more than 200 international territories and countries. The Natural Balance float is 54th out of 91 parade entries. It is preceded by a high-school band and succeeded by the Southern California Peruvian Paso Horse Club Riders. The parade will make an unprecedented pause for 45 seconds when the Natural Balance Float, a float of "high visual interest", passes the viewing stand, in order to ponder "dogs that surf". For the very first time in Rose Parade history there will be a robotic camera on the float. The Natural Balance Float is powered by Ford's latest version of the 6.8L 3v engine which will be available this April in the new Ford F-650 Super Duty Truck.(Roush Fenway Racing)(12-15-2011)
Significant layoffs at Roush: Multiple sources have confirmed significant layoffs this week at Roush Fenway Racing. According to sources, more than 100 workers were released by the team Monday and [Tuesday]. One source put the number at 125. Prior to today, the team employed about 440 people. Roush Fenway is expected to reduce its NASCAR Sprint Cup car count from four cars to three next season, with the #6 driven by David Ragan likely to be shuttered. At last report, the team is also without sponsors for the #17 of Matt Kenseth. The team may also reduce the size of its NASCAR Nationwide Series operations from three cars to one or two.(SPEED)(1-22-2011)
Different look for 3M car at Homestead: This weekend the #16 3M Ford of Greg Biffle will feature the Novec Brand which offers a revolutionary class of chemicals for fire suppression, electronics cleaning, conformal coating, surfactant applications and much more. 3M Novec Products address the need for safe, sustainable, effective solutions in a wide race of industrial and electronics applications. All feature excellent environmental profiles and low global warming potentials (RFR)(11-16-2011)
Congrats: to #16 team rear tire carrier Kevin McDowell and his wife Ashley on the birth of their 2nd child, Cody Lealand McDowell, who was born Sunday morning.(11-7-2011)
Biffle to run special scheme at PIR: The #16 3M Ford Fusion of Greh Biffle will have a special Meguiar's paint scheme for the race in Phoenix this weekend. Celebrating its 110th anniversary in 2011, Meguiar's Inc. has become one of the world's leading surface care product companies, providing highly specialized products for almost every conceivable type of surface. Barry Meguiar, President of Meguiars, Inc. and host of "Car Crazy" on SPEED will be attending the Phoenix race (RFR)(11-10-2011)
Roush Fenway expects to have 3 teams in 2012: Roush Fenway Racing expects to shrink from four full-time Sprint Cup cars to three in 2012. "The most likely scenario is three,'' RFR president Steve Newmark said before Sunday's race at Martinsville Speedway. "We're still plugging away at the fourth, but we all recognize the realities that when you're this late in the season it makes it more difficult to secure that. Only the #99 car of Carl Edwards and #16 of Greg Biffle is fully sponsored for next season. The #17 of 2003 Cup champion Matt Kenseth has no sponsorship for 2012, and Newmark said "nothing is eminent'' but added RFR is prepared to run that car unsponsored if necessary. Newmark said the #6 car driven by David Ragan could run limited races but was non-committal on whether Ragan, Nationwide Series points leader Ricky Stenhouse Jr. or Trevor Bayne -- or a combination of two or three -- would get those races. He said the plan is for Bayne, the defending Daytona 500 champion, to run a limited Cup schedule in the #21 for the Wood Brothers. Newmark said RFR hopes to field two Nationwide Series cars, with at least one of them fully sponsored. No decision has been made on who would fill those seats, although Stenhouse has been promised a ride for RFR next season.(ESPN)(10-31-2011)
Harvick and Biffle exchange words Saturday at Martinsville: #29-Kevin Harvick and #16-Greg Biffle had a run-in on the track when the Sprint Cup Series got in its only practice after the rain stopped Saturday, and then had words as the confrontation spilled over into the garage later. On the track, Biffle ran into the back of Harvick's car. Harvick, who is fifth in the series standings 26 points behind leader Carl Edwards, later hit Biffle in the back. The drivers later stopped at the exit of Turn 2, then headed for the garage, where Harvick pulled in alongside Biffle, then pulled ahead, momentarily blocking Biffle's access to his stall. Biffle turned in anyway, clipping the back of Harvick's car. After climbing from his car, Biffle headed to Harvick's garage stall, drawing a crowd of team members and officials, even though the conversation appeared to become amicable.(Associated Press/ESPN)(10-30-2011)
Roush Yates Engines and Freescale Semiconductor partner on technology: Roush Yates Engines and Freescale Semiconductor announced a new partnership grounded in a shared vision for the expanding role of technology in motorsports. This partnership brings together two industry leaders in automotive and motorsports. Freescale, as one of the world's largest providers of automotive electronics, provides the processing power behind NASCAR's 2012 Sprint Cup Series switch to fuel injection and is the Official Automotive Semiconductor of NASCAR. Roush Yates is recognized as one of the premier engine manufacturers, and both of these companies have a long history in automotive and motorsports innovation. Together, Roush Yates and Freescale look to discover new ways in which technology can be used to improve the team, driver and fan experience within NASCAR and other racing series.(Roush Yates)(10-18-2011)
Give Kids a Smile scheme for Biffle: The #16 Ford will have a special 3M/Give Kids a Smile paint scheme this weekend. GKAS provides free dental care and education for underserved children. Visit www.givekidsasmile.org for more information.(Roush Fenway Racing), see an image of the car on the #16 team paint schemes page.(10-12-2011)
Special scheme for Biffle at Charlotte: On October 15th, the American Dental Association, Henry Schein, Inc. and 3M ESPE will host a dental health screening event at the Charlotte Motor Speedway's "Kid Zone" during the NASCAR Charlotte Race Weekend. Volunteer dentists and other dental team members will give underserved children free dental evaluations, fluoride treatments and dental sealants at this unique event. Children will receive digital X-rays embedded in a wristband as their badge of honor for participating. In honor of this special oral health program, NASCAR driver Greg Biffle's #16 3M Ford and uniform will sport the Give Kids A Smile logo during the Charlotte Bank of America 500 Race. The event also serves as an advance celebration of the Give Kids A Smile program's 10th anniversary in 2012. Give Kids A Smile is an ADA initiative where dentists and their dental teams provide free oral health care services to children from underserved communities across the country (3M PT). For more info on my Racing Charities page and see an image of the scheme on the #16 Team Schemes page.(10-11-2011)
Could Roush drop to three teams in 2012? UPDATE: this week Jack Roush addressed the topic of Rosuh Fenway Racing dropping from a four-car to a three-car team in a SiriusXM Satellite Radio interview. "We're looking for a sponsor for #6-David (Ragan), but right now I can't tell you who that's gonna be," Roush told host Claire B. Lang. "I'll say that I'm not real close on it. So David has not been encouraged to not talk to other teams going forward for things that they might have or an interest because right now I don't see how I'm gonna run the fourth car unless things turn dramatically." #16-Greg Biffle, #99-Carl Edwards and #17-Matt Kenseth are RFR's other Cup drivers. Roush said he expected to remain active in the Nationwide Series but more likely with two cars than three. He has self-funded in large part the programs of Trevor Bayne (who won the Daytona 500) and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (who is on pace to win the Nationwide title), and even Edwards hasn't had full backing.(Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)(10-7-2011)
UPDATE: Roush concedes that, while he is still looking for a sponsor to keep Ragan in his current ride, there are still no great prospects. And Roush says he's told Ragan to start looking for a new deal, because without major sponsorship Roush says he won't be able to run four full-time Cup teams in 2012. Speculation is that Ragan could be penciled in for a ride with Kevin Buckler [#71 TRG Ford], the sports car racer turned NASCAR team owner, and a Ford man. But Ragan himself says he's focused more on finishing this season as strongly as he can. "Right now I am not focused on 2012 just yet," Ragan says. "I think it's important for us to finish this season strong. And the stronger we can finish 2011, that will only help our chances of finding a sponsor and a package to go racing next year. Everyone at Roush Fenway is working hard at selling sponsors for us and for Matt. They have to sell some sponsorships for us to go racing next year. Jack has always done a good job of selling our race cars. Even though it's come to the last minute, we have confidence we'll be out on the track racing (next season). And hopefully we can find a partner we can announce, sooner rather than later.(MikeMulhern.net)(10-8-2011)
Special scheme for Biffle: The #16 Ford of Greg Biffle will have a special Sherwin-Williams paint scheme this weekend in the Hollywood Casion 400 at Kansas Speedway. Since its founding by Henry Sherwin and Edward Williams in 1866, The Sherwin-Williams Company has not only grown to be the largest producer of paints and coatings in the United States, but is among the largest producers in the world.(Roush Fenway Racing)(10-5-2011)
Ford40mpg.com on the #16: Greg Biffle will have a special www.Ford40mpg.com paint scheme this weekend. If a Ford driver wins the NASCAR Sprint Cup, NHRA Funny Car and World Rally Championship titles, 40 fans will win a 2012 Ford Focus. Ford has to sweep all three championships for the 40 fans to win. At the very least, one lucky fan is going to take home a brand new, 40 MPG, 2012 Ford Focus, but if the Blue Oval brings home all three titles, then 40 Ford fans are taking home the fun to drive, 40 MPG 2012 Focus.(Roush Fenway)(9-21-2011)
2010 Chase drivers to be honored by the President UPDATES: Heading into the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup cut-off race at Richmond International Raceway, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson will be honored by President Barack Obama at The White House on Wednesday, Sept. 7. The event will also include NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France, plus several drivers from the 2010 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup field. Drivers who are scheduled to attend: Clint Bowyer, Jeff Burton, Kurt Busch, Kyle Busch, Jeff Gordon, Denny Hamlin, Jimmie Johnson and Matt Kenseth. Greg Biffle, Carl Edwards, Kevin Harvick and Tony Stewart cannot attend due to schedule conflicts (NASCAR).
Stewart's comment: THE WHITE HOUSE INVITED 12 DRIVERS TO VISIT PRESIDENT OBAMA AND YOU'RE ONE OF THE FIVE THAT SAID YOU HAVE OTHER THINGS TO DO, WHAT'S YOUR TAKE ON ALL OF THAT? "We had an obligation that we have to fulfill. I've enjoyed every trip that I've been invited and very honored to be invited every time we've had that opportunity and I'm very sorry I'm going to miss the chance to go again because there's a lot of people in this nation that would love to have that opportunity to spend time with the President and just have a couple of minutes of his time. I'm very regretful that I'm not going to be able to make it but it's a tough schedule that we have and if I could have rescheduled and got the scheduling to work out I would have been there in a heartbeat because I've not missed one yet."(Team Chevy)
Greg Biffle: WHY ARE YOU NOT GOING TO THE WHITE HOUSE?
"First of all, I'll start by saying that I'm disgusted by the comments I see, that people say we rejected or 'I can't believe that Biffle rejected'. For one, that's disrespectful for people not knowing why I can't go. Number two, I've got a picture of myself and the President, Barack Obama, in my bookshelf in my office right behind my desk shaking hands at the White House. I've been there and I've done that and I respect that. I was very flattered to get the invitation. I got the invitation less than two weeks ago to go and I've got a function that I'm obligated to be at with 3M in Minnesota that they've had planned for basically nine months. It's an annual thing, but they have over 100-and-some of their business people and customers at that I go for two days. We arrive Wednesday morning early and I don't get to Richmond until late Thursday night. I called them and talked about the invitation and this was very important to them because the function is designed around me and they really can't have it if I don't go. Unfortunately, the date conflicts with the invitation. First of all, define what rejected means. Does that mean I refuse to go? Or does rejected mean I can't make it, I want to go but I can't? It's kind of discouraging to see those comments when somebody doesn't know the circumstance. If I hadn't been and hadn't met him and shook his hand and been in the Oval Office with him before, I might try to chisel my sponsor a little harder to let me go, and I don't want to put it on them, it's simply I have an obligation that I accepted long before this. A lot of times we can move our schedules around depending on what it might be, but when you have people coming from other countries that are planning on meeting you and being with you for a day-and-a-half, it's really hard to change that."(Ford Racing)(9-3-2011)
Biffle, Stewart In Small Business Showdown UPDATE: This weekend, #16-Greg Biffle will face off against #14-Tony Stewart at Atlanta Motor Speedway to determine the 2011 "Official Small Business of NASCAR, Courtesy of Office Depot" and possibly deliver a $1 million payday to the one of two small business finalists. Biffle will carry the logo of Downers Grove, Ill.-based Bales Mold Service, Inc., on his #16 3M Ford, while Stewart will feature the logo of Daytona Beach, Fla.-based HuckleBerry Pets on his #14 Office Depot Chevy. The small business featured on the highest-finishing driver's car will be named the 2011 "Official Small Business of NASCAR, Courtesy of Office Depot," and if Biffle or Stewart wins the race, the small business on the winning car will walk away with $1 million. Both finalists receive a $10,000 small business makeover from Office Depot and a VIP experience this weekend at Atlanta.(RFR/Office Depot Racing), see images of the cars on the #14 Team Schemes page and #16 Team Schemes page.(8-31-2011)
UPDATE: Office Depot announced the two small businesses finalists who could take home $1 million in its annual "Official Small Business of NASCAR, Courtesy of Office Depot" sweepstakes. Office Depot, the Official Office Products Partner of NASCAR, has partnered with 3M for this promotion. The two small business finalists are Kacie Howard, owner of HuckleBerry Pets, in Daytona Beach, Fla., and Sara Mortensen, owner of Bales Mold Service, Inc., in Downers Grove, Ill. As part of the finalists prize package, Tony Stewart, driver of the #14 Office Depot/Mobil 1 Chevy and team owner of Stewart-Haas Racing, and Greg Biffle, driver of the #16 3M Ford will each feature one finalist's logo on their respective race cars at Atlanta. Howard was randomly paired with Stewart, while Mortensen was matched with Biffle. The small business featured on the highest-finishing driver's car at the end of Sunday's race will be named the 2011 "Official Small Business of NASCAR, Courtesy of Office Depot" and receive the use of the "Official Small Business of NASCAR, Courtesy of Office Depot" logo for one year. Additionally, if Stewart or Biffle win the race, the small business featured on the winning car will walk away with $1 million. As finalists, both Howard and Mortensen receive a $10,000 small business makeover from Office Depot and a VIP experience this weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway.(Office Depot Racing)(9-3-2011)
Said: "We Settled Our Differences": Boris Said told Sirius XM NASCAR Radio's Sirius Speedway with Dave Moody that he and Greg Biffle spoken via telephone Tuesday and cleared the air after their post-race confrontation at Watkins Glen international the previous day.
"We talked about it today, and I think we settled our differences," said the California native, who threatened to "go see him at his house and (give him)... a freakin' whooping" after Biffle confronted him following the race. "We had a long talk and I think we're okay. Maybe now we'll be lovers, not fighters." Said insisted he was serious about fighting the Roush Fenway driver, saying, "If could have gotten to him (after the race), I'd have beat his ass. It's a good thing I didn't get to him. I had a bunch of people text me his address, and I would probably have been over there today if he hadn't called me."
"There were two separate things that went on (Monday), and I just want to clarify them," he said. "The (crash) with David Ragan had nothing to do with what happened with Greg Biffle. The thing with Ragan is what I'm most sorry about, and it really was just one of those racing deals. It was a product of double-file restarts and the green-white-checker. The way I see it - after talking with David and Jack (Roush) today - I gave him the inside in Turn One and we were drag racing toward Turn Two. Then his spotter cleared him and he came across my bow. It was a split-second decision and I couldn't get out of the gas. I wasn't even thinking about getting out of the gas, I was thinking about racing to the outside of him in Turn Two. It was unfortunate and I felt really bad about it."
"The issue with Biffle, I have big problems with," repeated Said. "He was two laps down, and on one of the (earlier) restarts he was trying to wreck me. He told me I was `number one' for an entire lap. He's a good one-handed driver, that's for sure. I wanted to wreck him, but I have a lot of respect for Jack Roush, (who) has helped me a lot over the years. I wasn't going to wreck his car, so after I finally got by him, I told my spotter, `You tell Biffle that I'm going to come to his hauler after the race. I'm going to give him a free shot, then I'm going to whup his ass.' If had gotten to him, I'd have beat his ass," said Said. "It's a good thing I didn't get to him. We talked about it today, and I think we settled our differences. We had a long talk and I think we're okay. Maybe now we'll be lovers, not fighters."
Said confirmed that he and Biffle had issues a year ago at WGI, after Biffle accused him of racing too hard and forcing a three-wide situation in Turn One. "He said I'm not a (Sprint Cup) regular and I shouldn't be racing him hard," recalled Said. "I could understand that if I was driving my own car, had a single trailer and was showing up to one or two races a year. But James Finch has a full-time team and he's been writing checks to NASCAR for entry fees since long before Greg Biffle ever got there. When James hires me, he expects me to go 100-percent. He doesn't expect me to let people by just because they're in it for points. James is in it for points, too. That's what I have a big disagreement about with Biffle. When Michael Waltrip runs two races a year, he doesn't tell his sponsor, `Oh by the way, I'm going to have to pull over for all those (full-time) guys because I'm not running for points.' I get disappointed and frustrated when I hear comments like that from guys like Biffle. I need to go out there and run as hard as I can, or people aren't going to hire me to drive their cars. That's what a guy like James Finch expects."(Sirius Speedway)(8-18-2011)
Biffle tells his side of the story [altercation with Boris Said]: When it was all said and done, #16-Greg Biffle didn't have to hide from #51-Boris Said and Said wasn't forced to find him as he had promised. The two spoke and aired their differences via phone Tuesday, and then Biffle headed to the SPEED Studios to share his side of the story with NASCAR Race Hub. Following is a transcript from host Steve Byrnes' interview with Biffle:
On his response to Said's post-race comments:
Biffle: "Several things to come mind. One - he wrecked me there last year. Never called me, never said anything about it. Number two - he ran me off in the carousel. That's what ticked me off. Same place we saw the 24 and 31 in that huge wreck - ran me off the track there and that was why I was mad at Boris Said. Then he goes and hits the 6 car off the track. We just heard him say (on video replay) that he had no choice. Well, I disagree about having no choice of turning a guy the wrong way into the wall. And then after the race, not concerned about the safety of those guys (David Ragan and David Reutimann), he drives to my truck and parks behind my car. I was fine after the race and that just set me off. He pulled up behind my truck like he had a problem. I didn't act properly there. I shouldn't have been as aggravated as I was. He should have went and parked at his truck, took his gear off and talked to me or whatever he wanted to do."
On whether he was upset with Said that he seemed unconcerned about David Ragan and David Reutimann post-race:
Biffle: "Yeah. That was kind of what fired me up because I had kind of forgotten about Boris Said running me off in the carousel. Let's face it - I could have turned him anywhere on that race track that I wanted to. I got more respect for our race cars and other competitors on the race track to do that. Did you see the video footage of his car (with damage) when they were putting it on the lift gate? That was the opposite side of the car that he had the scuffle with the 6 on. So, he had been in a lot more incidents in that race than that one. You can't come and race in this series and race guys with no respect at all. Come race hard, do your thing. Boris has a lot of talent, a lot of skill. He's just not showing it."
On his Tuesday phone conversation with Said:
Biffle: "He understands and he apologized for running me off in the carousel. He didn't know he did. That was probably the whole thing that led to him coming up to my truck because he didn't understand why I was so mad at him. He ran me off the race track in a very vulnerable spot, similar to what he did to the 6. We talked about it and I told him, 'You can very well be where Marcos Ambrose was yesterday. You need to get in a fast car and show your talent, not be beating and banging and running guys off the race track at spots like that.' We kind of said our peace and that's that."
(jokingly) On whether Said is going to give him a black eye as promised Monday:
Biffle: "I don't know (laughing). I felt like it was like fifth grade, right, which means after recess, 3 o'clock on Wednesday, we're going to fight over by the fence."(SPEED)(8-17-2011)
Latest feud: Said vs. Biffle: NASCAR officials will review an incident in which #16-Greg Biffle took a swing at #51-Boris Said in the garage following Monday's Sprint Cup race at Watkins Glen International. According to witnesses, Biffle approached Said's car after a wild green-white-checkered finish in which Said got into the back of #6-David Ragan, Biffle's Roush Fenway Racing teammate. After the race, Biffle took at least one swing at Said through the window of Said's Phoenix Racing Chevy. Once Said unstrapped himself and climbed out of the car he went after Biffle, who by then was protected by his crew. "He is the most unprofessional little scaredy cat I've ever seen in my life,'' said an angry Said during a TV interview with ESPN The Magazine's Ryan McGee. "He wouldn't even fight me like a man after. So if someone texts me his address, I'll go see him Wednesday at his house and show him what he really needs." Biffle used his Twitter page to respond to Said's remarks. "Boris,'the roadcourse ringer' caused that wreck," he posted on his page, later adding. "Then Mr. Class pulls in behind my truck after the race today?! Shouldn't you go check on David & David? How unprofessional & disrespectful!" Both drivers left the track before NASCAR officials had a chance to talk to them. "We are evaluating the situation," NASCAR spokesperson Kristi King said. Any potential penalties likely would be announced on Tuesday or Wednesday.(ESPN.com)(8-16-2011)
Valvoline on the #16 at the Glen: This weekend the #16 Ford will have a special Valvoline paint scheme. Valvoline, a division of Ashland Inc., serves more than 100 countries worldwide and is a leading marketer, distributor and producer of quality branded automotive and industrial products and services.(RFR)(8-12-2011)
Biffle to carry 811 logo: This weekend at Pocono Raceway the #16 3M Ford of Greg Biffle will have a special "811" logo in several locations to remind race fans to call 811 before starting any digging project to ensure safety (RFR).(8-3-2011)
New crew chief for Biffle: #16-Greg Erwin will be replaced as the crew chief for Greg Biffle for Sunday's race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. The decision was made after Biffle finished 21st in Saturday night's race at Kentucky Speedway to fall to 14th in points, 33 out of the top 10 guaranteed a spot in the Chase. Erwin's replacement is expected to be Matt Puccia, who has been a part of Roush Fenway Racing as a crew chief in the Nationwide and Truck Series. He worked with Paul Menard in the Nationwide Series in 2010. Erwin and Biffle have been together since May of 2007. Biffle is in danger of missing the Chase for the first time since 2007 with only one top five and five top 10s in 18 races.(ESPN)
UPDATE: Matt Puccia will be the crew chief of the #16 3M Sprint Cup team at Roush Fenway Racing effective immediately. Puccia has been with Roush Fenway Racing since the end of 2004 and was most recently assigned to the research and development program. Prior to this season, Puccia was crew chief of the #98 Paul Menard entry throughout the 2010 Nationwide Series season, leading the team to 19 top-10 finishes and fifth place in the point standings. Puccia's first role as crew chief at Roush Fenway came in 2006 with the #50 Camping World Truck Series team. He led the #99 Truck Series entry with driver Erik Darnell to a victory at Michigan in 2008 and finished fourth in the final point standings. In 2009 Puccia made the move to the Nationwide Series as crew chief for a partial schedule with Menard before the team raced full time in 2010.
"Matt Puccia has been a very effective and successful crew chief with the organization in both the Nationwide and Camping World Truck Series," said team owner Jack Roush. "Most recently he has led the research and development efforts for our superspeedway program which helped put David Ragan in victory lane in Daytona. This is a natural progression of our crew chief development and I have every confidence that he will do well in this new role. Greg Erwin has made a significant contribution to our engineering efforts and our program is better because of him."
"I am excited for the opportunity to work with Matt Puccia," added driver Greg Biffle. "Greg Erwin led this team to the Chase the past three years and I look forward to Matt doing the same." Erwin's role in the organization will be announced at a later date.(Roush Fenway Racing)(7-11-2011)
Greg and Nicole Biffle Welcome Baby Girl: Greg Biffle, driver of the #16 3M Ford for Roush Fenway Racing, and his wife Nicole welcomed their first child, a baby girl, late this afternoon. Emma Elizabeth weighed in at seven pounds and six ounces and arrived just before 5:00pm/et. Both mother and daughter are doing well.(Roush Fenway Racing)(7-6-2011)
Roush supportive of Childress: Jack Roush drew a few laughs after his team's NASCAR Nationwide victory, when he was asked his view of the fine handed down to fellow owner Richard Childress. Childress was fined $150,000 earlier this month for an altercation with Kyle Busch at Kansas Speedway. Childress was upset that Busch bumped into Joey Coulter on the cool-down lap after a race. "It was pretty high," Roush said about the fine. "I guess that pretty much puts the nail in the coffin of, 'Have at it, guys.' Maybe that was a boy and a man. I am not sure. Maybe that is different than the boys having at it. Kyle has been pretty rough on my cars over a period of time and for Richard to stand up for himself was OK," Roush said.(Associated Press)(6-19-2011)
IEG will measure ROO for new Roush sponsors: Roush Fenway Racing [#'s 6,16,17,99] has hired IEG's sponsorship measurement division to provide independent, third-party return-on-objective analysis to new sponsors. The race team and sponsorship analysis company are labeling the new service RoushFenwayOnTrack. IEG has never partnered with a team or property to do similar research in the past. Roush executives hope the service enables sponsors to better evaluate the value of their sponsorships with the race team. Roush will pay for the service from IEG and include it in its sponsorship packages alongside assets such as driver appearances, production days and show car programs. Sponsors will be able to hold independent meetings with IEG to define their objectives and develop measurement tools to track their sponsorship's performance. IEG will share the results with the partner. Four of Roush's major NASCAR Sprint Cup partners were up for renewal this season. 3M [#16 ]is the only one to renew to date, and IEG measurement services weren't included in the deal. The team remains in negotiations with Diageo's Crown Royal [#17], Aflac [#99] and UPS [#6].(Sports Business Journal)(6-13-2011)
Drivers complete tire test at Kentucky: #16-Greg Biffle, #29-Kevin Harvick, #2-Brad Keselowski, #38-Travis Kvapil, #20-Joey Logano, #5-Mark Martin and #00-David Reutimann became acquainted with the race conditions at Kentucky Speedway Wednesday during a Goodyear tire test held just 36 days before the 107,000-seat venue makes its Sprint Cup Series debut with the July 9 "Quaker State 400." Biffle was pleased with his #16 3M Ford's setup off the hauler and the performance of the Goodyear tire compound. "We brought notes from Chicago, Kansas and basic mile-and-a-half racetracks, then, from what we did here before. We looked at all of that and picked out of a basket as to where to start. We hit it on the nailhead right out of the garage. We haven't made a lot of changes and we're running the same speed as all the guys. The track is taking rubber perfect. It's turning color and you can see the groove coming in. When we're through, you'll be able to stand in the grandstands and see the distinct black line around the racetrack where the cars are running," Biffle said. Joe Gibbs Racing's Logano, the only driver to reel off three consecutive NNS pole awards and 300-mile race victories at the track, also gave the tire compound solid reviews. "Goodyear brought one tire here, basically reassuring themselves that this is the tire they want. They've never had tire issues here before with the Nationwide Series, so I don't see this one being a problem. The tire isn't putting too much rubber down and I feel like it has decent grip."(Kentucky Speedway PR)(6-2-2011)
Some drivers to drive "Honoring Our Heroes" schemes at RIR: Lionel NASCAR Collectables, in partnership with the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation, unveiled a multi-car, on-track program which pays tribute to the 10th anniversary of the attacks of September 11, 2001 and helps raise funds to build homes for the only three surviving quadruple amputees of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan - United States Army Specialist Brendan Marrocco, United States Marine Corps Corporal Todd Nicely and United States Marine Corps Corporal John Peck.
As part of the "Honoring Our Heroes" program, NASCAR stars Greg Biffle, David Gilliland, Jamie McMurray, Danica Patrick and Tony Stewart will drive special patriotic paint schemes which feature the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation logo during the September race weekend at Richmond International Raceway.
The Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation is a charitable organization founded in 2001 by the family of Stephen Siller - an FDNY firefighter. Siller was on his way to play golf with his brothers when he got the call about the attack on the World Trade Center. When he couldn't drive his truck through the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel, Siller donned 75 pounds of firefighting gear and ran through the tunnel to the towers to help rescue his fellow Americans. Siller lost his life as a result of his heroic actions.
A portion of the proceeds from the sale of each "Honoring Our Heroes" die-cast and associated merchandise will be donated to The Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation which has earmarked these funds for the construction of customized "smart" homes for wounded United States servicemen Marrocco, Nicely and Peck.
To bring even more attention to the Foundation's charitable efforts, David Gilliland will run the #34 Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Ford Fusion for Front Row Motorsports on Sept. 10. Front Row Motorsports has donated Gilliland's entire paint scheme to honor the legacy of Stephen Siller and to help increase awareness of the Foundation's efforts to help the heroes of the U.S. military.
Danica Patrick will drive a special version of the #7 Go Daddy Get Your.Net Chevrolet for JR Motorsports during the Sept. 9 Nationwide Series race at Richmond. Patrick's car will feature a star-covered design and a black paint scheme. "Each star on the Go Daddy #7 Chevrolet represents a soul lost in the Sept. 11, 2001 attack," said Go Daddy CEO and Founder Bob Parsons. "We will always remember 9/11. I'm glad to see NASCAR supporting this extraordinary tribute!"
During the Sprint Cup Series race on Sept. 10, Greg Biffle will drive the #16 3M Ford Fusion, Jamie McMurray will drive the #1 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet and Tony Stewart will drive the #14 Office Depot Chevrolet - all in patriotic paint schemes.
Following the events at Richmond, Lionel NASCAR Collectables will take part in the 2011 Tunnel to Towers Run on Sept. 25. Tunnel to Towers is an annual run in Manhattan hosted by the Foundation in which thousands of runners and walkers retrace the steps of Stephen Siller, honor his legacy and remember the fallen of Sept. 11, 2001. This year for the first time, Tunnel to Towers Runs will be held in cities nationwide on 9/11 as a way to mark the 10th anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001.(Lionel NASCAR Collectables), see images of the Cup schemes on the #1 Team Schemes page, #14 Team Schemes page, #16 Team Schemes page and #34 Team Schemes page.(5-27-2011)
Roush Fenway to Host Annual Spring Fan Day Event: Matt Kenseth, Carl Edwards, Greg Biffle, David Ragan, Trevor Bayne, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. & Jack Roush are scheduled to sign autographs as part of Roush Fenway Racing's 2011 Fan Day event on Thursday, May 26, 2011 at its corporate headquarters in Concord, North Carolina. Fans are invited to participate in an array of activities that kick off with autograph sessions by all seven Roush Fenway drivers and legendary team owner Jack Roush. In addition, Sirius NASCAR Radio will broadcast live on site and Roush Fenway will host its second annual fan tweet up at the event, featuring RickyvsTrevor.com. Autograph sessions are as follows:
11:30am -- Trevor Bayne, Carl Edwards, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Jack Roush
12:30pm -- Matt Kenseth, Greg Biffle and David Ragan
Tickets for both autograph sessions are limited and will be distributed on a first come, first serve basis beginning at 8:00am/et on the day of the event. In addition to the above activities, fans will be able to tour the Roush Fenway museum, shop in the store and peruse a variety of displays from Aflac, Scotts, Kellogg's, Avon and Blackwell Angus. There will also be live music performed by Luke Kauffman, as well as food and drink vendors so fans are encouraged to make a day of the festivities. Roush Fenway Racing address is; 4600 Roush Place, Concord, NC. For more information, visit the Roush Fenway Racing website.(5-14-2011)
Biffle signs contract extension: UPDATES: #16-Greg Biffle has agreed to a contract extension with Roush Fenway Racing. An official announcement of Biffle's extension could come as early as this weekend at Talladega Superspeedway, sources said. As recently as April 1, Biffle said he was "90 percent sure" he would re-sign with Roush and hoped to have a new deal completed by midseason. A team spokesperson on Wednesday said she could not confirm Biffle had agreed to an extension.(Charlotte Observer)(4-13-2011)
UPDATE: 3M is set to extend its relationship with Roush Fenway Racing and driver Greg Biffle for another three years. 3M has backed Biffle's Ford since 2005, and is currently in the final year of its existing contract. There has been no official announcement from either the company or the team, but sources speaking ont he condition of anaonymity say the deal will be announced in the near future. A cryptic message on the hood of Biffle's #16 Sprint Cup Ford today at Talladega Superspeedway reads, "3 For Three More Years."(Sirius Speedway)(4-15-2011)
UPDATE: Roush Fenway Racing announced that both 3M and Greg Biffle have renewed their contracts for three more years. The new contracts will take 3M, Biffle and Roush Fenway Racing through the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup season. 3M has been a Roush Fenway partner since 2005 and Biffle began his NASCAR career with the team in 1998. Terms of the contracts were not disclosed. "I am thrilled with the prospect of continuing the relationship we have with 3M and what that, paired with the talent of Greg Biffle, means for the success of the #16 team at Roush Fenway Racing," said team owner Jack Roush. "Our endeavors with 3M have been successful both on and off the track and will ideally culminate with a championship season for Greg and 3M in the near future." On February 27th, 2005 3M made its debut on Roush Fenway Racing's No. 16 Ford with Post-it brand on the hood. That day Biffle led 46 laps on his way to victory lane at Auto Club Speedway. (Roush Fenway)(4-17-2011)
New Gasman staying with Biffle's team UPDATE: Brian Carr who served as the gasman for the #16 3M team in Bristol will also be fueling the car this weekend in California. Carr is also the gasman for the #6 Nationwide team at Roush Fenway Racing.(RFR)(3-23-2011)
UPDATE: Ryan Dextraze, who was the catchcan guy for the team in 2010 and has been in charge of windshield tear-offs during pit stops this year, will be the gasman for the 3M team this weekend in Martinsville.(RFR)(3-30-2011)
Martinsville Marks Milestones: Longevity and performance are hallmarks in the career of #5-Mark Martin due to celebrate his 800th NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start in Sunday's Goody's Fast Relief 500 at Martinsville Speedway. Martin's signature start comes nearly to the day of his first NASCAR Sprint Cup appearance (April 5, 1981) at North Wilkesboro (N.C.) Speedway where the then 22-year-old Batesville, Ark., native finished 27th. Over the course of 29 seasons, Martin has:
" Won 40 NASCAR Sprint Cup races and posted 96 victories across three national series, tops among active drivers.
" Finished among the top three in NASCAR Sprint Cup points standings nine times, most recently in 2009 when he finished second.
" Martin is only the eighth NASCAR Sprint Cup competitor to reach the 800-start plateau and likely will pass Darrell Waltrip (seventh with 809) and Kyle Petty (fifth with 829) later this year. His combined 1,055 national-series starts are second only to the 1,185 appearances of NASCAR Hall of Famer Richard Petty.
Martin isn't the only NASCAR Sprint Cup driver celebrating career milestones at Martinsville.
" #16-Greg Biffle and #1-Jamie McMurray will mark career starts No. 300. Biffle, a former NASCAR Nationwide Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion, will make his 625th national series appearance.
" #14-Tony Stewart remains one top-10 shy of career No. 250.
Additionally, Kyle Busch could reach yet another lap-leader milestone in the Goody's Fast Pain Relief 500. Busch, who celebrated his 10,000 NASCAR Nationwide Series lap led on March 19 at Bristol Motor Speedway, is 332 laps from leading his 20,000th across the three national series.(NASCAR)(3-30-2011)
Biffle says extension with Roush Fenway is close: #16-Greg Biffle says he's close to signing an extension with Roush Fenway Racing, and would be surprised if teammate #99-Carl Edwards does not do the same. Biffle has said since the start of the season that he's working on a new deal with team owner Jack Roush. He said Tuesday at an event at Charlotte Motor Speedway's zMAX Dragway that he's not had an overwhelming interest to test the free-agent market. He says a combination of the economy, the current driver lineups and the improvement at Roush Fenway has made him comfortable driving the #16 Ford. Biffle also believes that the organization has shown so much improvement through the first five races of this season, that teammate Edwards would have a hard time finding a job better than the one he has.(Associated Press)(3-30-2011)
Biffle Victorious in Four-Wide Showdown with John Force, Kenseth and Ragan: Roush Fenway Racing driver Greg Biffle scored an upset victory in a four-wide battle of NASCAR stars versus an NHRA legend today at zMAX Dragway during a race held to promote the second annual VisitMyrtleBeach.com NHRA Four-Wide Nationals, April 14-17. Defending VisitMyrtleBeach.com NHRA Four-Wide Nationals Funny Car champion John Force welcomed Biffle and fellow Roush Fenway Racing drivers Matt Kenseth and David Ragan to his turf today for a four-wide elimination battle in 2011 supercharged Ford Mustang GTs. Ragan, driver of the #6 UPS Ford in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, was the driver with the slowest time on the first pass and the first driver to be eliminated. In an outcome that surprised everyone in attendance, including media and visiting soldiers from Fort Bragg, N.C., Force was eliminated with the slowest time on the second pass. The final elimination pass left Biffle, driver of the #16 3M Ford in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, battling fellow Roush Fenway Racing driver Kenseth, driver of the #17 Crown Royal Ford. The race was close, but Biffle emerged victorious, winning the final round with an elapsed time of 13.284 on the world's only four-lane, all concrete drag strip. Fifteen-time NHRA Funny Car champion driver and 17-time champion car owner Force was in Charlotte, N.C., today for the race and a media tour promoting the VisitMyrtleBeach.com NHRA Four-Wide Nationals (CMS)(3-29-2011)
New Gasman staying with Biffle's team: Brian Carr who served as the gasman for the #16 3M team in Bristol will also be fueling the car this weekend in California. Carr is also the gasman for the #6 Nationwide team at Roush Fenway Racing.(RFR)(3-23-2011)
Part owner of Roush Fenway changes name: The parent company that owned the Boston Red Sox, Liverpool FC and half of Roush Fenway Racing has changed its name to Fenway Sports Group. The umbrella group owned primarily by John W. Henry and Tom Werner was formerly known as New England Sports Ventures. Company officials said it was assuming a new corporate name to better reflect its reach into NASCAR and English Premier League soccer. Fenway Sports Group had been the name of NESV's marketing arm. It will now go by Fenway Sports Management.(Associated Press)(3-23-2011)
New gasman for Biffle: Ryan Dextraze will take over gasman duties for the #16 Roush Fenway Racing team and driver Greg Biffle this weekend in Bristol. Dextraze served as the team's catchcan person until this year and then moved to windshield tear-off duties. Billy Manchester who served as the team's gasman for the first three races of this season will maintain his position as shock specialist and take over windshield duties on raceday.(Roush Fenway Racing)(3-15-2011)
Biffle walks & talks with 2,000 kids: Greg Biffle made about 2,000 new fans Tuesday morning at Martinsville Speedway and it only took two laps around the historic half-mile oval. Biffle stopped by the speedway to talk physical fitness to elementary school students from Martinsville and Henry County and to lead them in a brisk two-lap walk around the track. Biffle spent much of the two laps chatting with youngsters, high-fiving and giving hugs to his new fans. When the laps were finished, he hung out with youngsters and teachers, posed for pictures and signed autographs until the last bus pulled out. Biffle will be making his 300th career Sprint Cup Series start in the Goody's Fast Relief 500 at Martinsville Speedway on April 3.(Martinsville Speedway)(3-9-2011)
Valvoline renews oil partnership with Roush Fenway: Roush Fenway Racing and Valvoline, two organizations with long histories of excellence in automotive performance, announced an extension of their NASCAR partnership. Valvoline, the leading innovator and supplier of quality, high-performing automotive products, will continue to be the exclusive motor oil provider for Roush Fenway Racing and all of its NASCAR entries. Valvoline and Roush Fenway Racing are used to finding victory lane in NASCAR competition. In 14 seasons as the team's official motor oil, Valvoline has played an integral role in 46 Roush Fenway Sprint Cup Series victories. In 2011, the relationship continues into its 15th season.(Roush Fenway)(3-3-2011)
Raybestos signs on with Roush Fenway Racing: Roush Fenway Racing announced a multi-year marketing partnership with Raybestos that will see its four NASCAR Sprint Cup Series teams run Raybestos brake packages, beginning with short track and road course events in 2011. While Raybestos has provided Roush Fenway with brakes for many of its 291 NASCAR wins and five NASCAR championships, 2011 marks the beginning of a larger technical and marketing partnership. "We had a very successful test with the Raybestos brakes last year, and the feedback from all of our drivers was very positive," said team owner Jack Roush. "This is the first time as an organization that we've designated a single supplier to meet all of our needs - and I think that speaks volumes about the quality products that Raybestos is producing." Roush Fenway will run Raybestos Sprint Cup short track and road course brake packages, including Raybestos legendary high-friction racing brake pads. The ultra-lightweight aluminum alloy Raybestos six-piston calipers are the stiffest and lightest calipers available in NASCAR.(RFR)(3-2-2011)
Forbes names most valuable NASCAR teams & highest paid drivers: The weak economy has pummeled NASCAR over the past three years, with sponsorships, merchandise sales, race winnings and subsidies from automakers falling. Fans have tuned out, sending TV ratings down 24% since 2006 and leaving more than 40,000 empty seats at some races last year. One of its longest-tenured teams, Richard Petty Motorsports, was scrambling for cash on a week-to-week basis so it could race on weekends last fall. Is NASCAR headed for a full-blown meltdown? Hardly. Yes, the value of the top 10 teams slid 5% in 2010, on average, to $136 million by [Forbes] count, as prize money dropped and sponsors dialed back their commitment, but a rebound in 2011 for the sport is a strong possibility. NASCAR's strongest and most valuable team remains Hendrick Motorsports. With a valuation of $350 million on revenues of $177 million in 2010, Hendrick is worth 56% more than the next-highest-grossing team, Roush Fenway Racing, which [Forbes] value at $224 million on revenues of $140 million last year. Hendrick earned a NASCAR-high $18 million in operating income (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization) in 2010. Richard Childress Racing was third on the list, followed by Joe Gibbs Racing and Penske Racing. Rounding out the top 10: Stewart-Haas, Michael Waltrip Racing, Earnhardt-Ganassi Racing, Richard Petty Motorsports, and Red Bull Racing.
AND: Despite his lack of success in recent years on the track, Dale Earnhardt Jr. remains NASCAR's highest-paid driver, earning $29 million in 2010 thanks to merchandise sales that are the best in the sport and reportedly account for one-third of all NASCAR licensed merchandise sales. Other income streams include an annual salary from Hendrick and a 50% share of his $4.9 million in winnings and bonuses in 2010 from Sprint Cup races. Earnhardt also has a bevy of personal endorsements, including Chevrolet, Nationwide and Wrangler. Hendrick teammate Jeff Gordon follows Earnhardt in the NASCAR money standings with earnings of $25 million last year. It is a clean sweep for Hendrick at the top with five-time Sprint Cup champion Jimmie Johnson, the third-highest-paid driver at $24 million. The rest of the top 10: Tony Stewart, Kevin Harvick, Carl Edwards, Kyle Busch, Kasey Kahne, Denny Hamlin, and Matt Kenseth.(Forbes)(2-24-2011)
Greg Biffle, Roush close to new deal: #16-Greg Biffle said Thursday that he and primary sponsor 3M are close to reaching an extension with Roush Fenway Racing. Biffle and teammate Carl Edwards are in the final year of their contracts with Roush Fenway. Biffle said negotiations on his deal are to the point that they could be concluded before the end of the first quarter of the season, or perhaps by the break that occurs after the third Cup race. Biffle would not reveal the length of the deal, but said he expects it to be in the two- to three-year range as most recent contracts are. He added that the value of the deal, because of economic conditions, will be "significantly" less than his last contract signed in 2008. "It'll be a big adjustment for a lot of people," said Biffle, one of eight Sprint Cup drivers who will be a free agent after this season. "Lots of us had some pretty rich deals in the heyday. It's going to get a reset." As an example, Biffle said that if sponsor dollars are down 40%, "that's got to come from somewhere." He added, though, that the 3M portion of the deal will surprise people, a suggestion that the length of the contract could be for more than three years.(ESPN)(2-10-2011)
Post-It colors for Biffle at Vegas: Greg Biffle is scheduled to drive a Post-It Special scheme on the #16 Ford at Las Vegas in March. See an image of the scheme on the #16 Team Schemes page.(2-2-2011)
3M NASCAR Guru Larry Swope to Retire: Larry Swope, a 34-year veteran of 3M and the moving force behind the company's involvement in NASCAR, has elected to retire March 1, 2011. Larry joined 3M in 1977 after 10 years at Goodyear. His leadership with 3M's NASCAR program has helped 3M become an industry icon within the sport and among sponsors, as well as drive growth via the various business units that utilize one of 3M's best assets. Larry founded and oversaw the 3M program that includes primary sponsorship of Roush Fenway Racing's #16 3M Ford Fusion driven by Greg Biffle in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. 3M continues to support NASCAR as a Prize Money & Decal Program (contingency) sponsor in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, NASCAR Nationwide Series, NASCAR Whelen All-American Series, and NASCAR Canadian Tire Series, and as an official partner of NASCAR in many product categories. In addition, Larry has been a fixture in the Nationwide and Sprint Cup garages for years, leading key customers through the garages for an up-close look at the world of NASCAR.(3M)(1-31-2011)
Edwards wants to move forward with contract renewal: UPDATE: Name your price. That's what Carl Edwards is in position to do as the highest-profile free agent in Sprint Cup racing. That notion, however, runs contrary to Edwards' desire to wrap up contract talks quickly and decisively, the way he did in 2008 when he announced an agreement with owner Jack Roush on May 2, put contract questions to rest and concentrated on driving the #99 Ford. "I'd like to be able to get it done, so that we can just keep focused on winning, and that's the most important thing," Edwards told Sporting News on Wednesday during a Sprint Cup media tour stop at the Roush Fenway hangar at Concord airport. Doubtless Edwards will test the market, and he'll choose his next ride - or decide to stay at Roush Fenway - based on the situation he believes will provide the best opportunity for success.(Sporting News)(1-28-2011)
UPDATE: Team co-owner Jack Roush did not mince words when it came his driver lineup beyond 2011. Carl Edwards, Greg Biffle and David Ragan are all up for renewal. Roush "expects" all three drivers to return. "Preliminary discussions are underway with David, with Carl and with Greg and last year we made a decision going forward with Matt," Roush said. "But Jack Roush is not front-line when negotiating with the drivers. I try to keep my focus and my attention on the drivers not based on competitive, commercial interest but on the things that we can do cooperatively to improve our competition prospects on the racetrack. "The fact is I don't know what the windows are for negotiations for our drivers, I don't need to know because Steve Newman and the other people in his area are looking into that. When I need to sign something or make an approval for an agreement that's on the table, they'll bring it to me. Until then I'm blissfully ignorant of what's going (on)." With mediocre results, Ragan's future will be predicated on performance.(Fox Sports)(1-28-2011)
Roush adjusting to life with one eye: Jack Roush took a good ribbing at the end of last season about being "one-eyed Jack." Well, now he in a way is back to two eyes. Roush lost the vision in his left eye in a July 27 plane crash. He had a prosthetic eye put in around Thanksgiving. "My prosthetic eye is doing very well," Roush said Thursday during the Sprint Media Tour. "I haven't had any infection from it, I haven't had any problem of any kind with it. Nine days ago, I had some cosmetic surgery so I've still got a little swelling for that," Roush said. "I've had no complication at all from any of the surgeries I had. I sleep well. My corrected vision with my reading glasses is 20/15 and I've adjusted to having one eye as well as [I could]."(Scene Daily)(1-28-2011)
Congrats: Jack Roush announced Thursday during the Charlotte Media Tour that the wives of #99-Carl Edwards, #16-Greg Biffle, and #17-Matt Kenseth are all expecting babies this year.(1-27-2011)
UPDATE: Greg Biffle tweeted Thursday: "Its a girl!!!! Barbie doll not a fishing rod".
AND: Kenseth's baby is due in late April, Biffle's on July 10.(Scene Daily)(1-27-2010)
Roush Fenway partners with Navistar: Roush Fenway Racing has announced a multi-year organization-wide partnership with Navistar. The agreement will see all Roush Fenway haulers transported to all tests and races behind Navistar's International LoneStar Series Diesel Trucks.(Roush Fenway Racing)(1-27-2011)
U.S. Census [3 races] is scheduled to be the primary sponsor at the following 2010 races:
Atlanta - 3/7
Bristol - 3/21
Martinsville - 3/28
Roush Fenway Racing names new President: Roush Fenway Racing has announced that Steve Newmark has been named president of its multi-car racing organization. Newmark will succeed Geoff Smith in the position; Smith is retiring at the end of December after serving in the role for the previous 13 years. Newmark, who previously was a shareholder at the law firm of Robinson, Bradshaw and Hinson, joined the organization as senior vice president of business operations in April. He brings an innovative skill set and fresh approach, highlighted by extensive NASCAR and outside sports and entertainment experience, to the position. "We are excited about Steve coming on board as our president," said Roush Fenway owner Jack Roush. "Steve has a solid background working in all areas of sports and brings new ideas and insight into our organization. Importantly, he has been part of the Roush Fenway family for many years, beginning as outside counsel and then as head of our business operations this year. Geoff Smith did an outstanding job of running the business affairs of our company for the past 20 years and we could not have done this without him. Geoff's leadership has set the bar high and we believe that Steve is the right person to ensure that we remain a leader in the marketplace and in the garage. Since his arrival, I've been extremely pleased with his business acumen, work ethic and his desire to engage in all aspects of our business. We are certainly excited to move forward with Steve at the helm."(Roush Fenway Racing)(12-20-2010)
Biffle honors his hometown track winners: Following the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Banquet in Las Vegas, where Greg Biffle was honored for finishing sixth in the point standings, he traveled home to Vancouver, Wash. to honor a few of the local dirt track racers. Biffle co-hosted the awards banquet for the DAA Northwest Spec Motor Series presented by Sherwin Williams along with MRN personality Paul Bartholomew on Sunday, Dec. 5 at the Heathman Lodge in Vancouver. The night culminated with the presentation of the champion's trophy to 32 year-old Greg Walters of Banks, Oregon.(Roush Fenway Racing)(12-14-2010)
Roush cuts jobs: ith its Nationwide program contracting and the need for fabricators shrinking, Roush Fenway Racing has decided to lay off as many as 60 employees, a source close to the situation told Sporting News. Roush will run three Nationwide teams next year, full-time entries for #60-Carl Edwards and #16-Trevor Bayne and what the company hopes will be a full-time ride for 2010 series rookie of the year #6-Ricky Stenhouse Jr., pending sponsorship. Roush ran four full-time Nationwide cars in 2010. In addition, with Roush affiliate Richard Petty Motorsports contracting from four teams to two next year, Roush is overstaffed when it comes to building the cars it supplies to RPM.(Sporting News), other teams that have laid off employee's recently include Richard Petty Motorsports and Penske Racing.(12-4-2010)
No major changes planned at Roush: While only two of his four teams made it to victory lane in 2010 and accounted for just four of the season's 36 race wins, team co-owner Jack Roush says he doesn't anticipate wholesale changes within the Roush Fenway Racing organization during the offseason. That doesn't mean there won't be movement, but it's unlikely there will be major changes involving all four of the organization's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series teams. "We're re-evaluating everybody's job, from crew chiefs to engineers to tire changers for all four of our programs," Roush said Tuesday while attending the Raybestos Rookie of the Year awards luncheon at Charlotte Motor Speedway. "We'll certainly build on the strength we have had, but if we have a weakness or see an opportunity ... again, promoting from within whenever possible and generally that is our trademark. We will be looking for ways to improve ourselves." Roush Fenway Racing fields Sprint Cup teams for four drivers - #16-Greg Biffle, #99-Carl Edwards, #17-Matt Kenseth and #6-David Ragan. Biffle, Edwards and Kenseth qualified for NASCAR's Chase For The Sprint Cup while Ragan finished 24th in points.
Kenseth's team was one of two for Roush Fenway that had notable personnel changes take place during the season. After starting the year with crew chief Drew Blickensderfer, Todd Parrott was named crew chief following the Daytona 500. In June, veteran Jimmy Fennig replaced Parrott. Ragan finished outside the top 20 in points for the second consecutive year after finishing 13th in 2008. His team also saw a change in crew chiefs during the year as Blickensderfer returned to the top of the pit box in September, replacing Donnie Wingo. There could be changes to members of the pit crews. As for his organization's Nationwide Series program, Roush said he hopes to field three teams in 2011 - for Edwards, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Trevor Bayne.(SceneDaily)(11-28-2010)
Edwards wins with FR9 Engine, will run all races in 2011: Carl Edwards' Ford Fusion has been on an impressive winning streak, earning front row starting positions and capturing the win in the last two Nationwide Series races. Edward's also qualified on the pole during this week's Sprint Cup Series race at Phoenix International Raceway and swept the weekend by winning the Kobalt Tools 500. Edwards drives the #99 Aflac Ford Fusion powered by Roush Yates' new FR9 engine. The FR9 is the first Ford purpose-built race engine ever engineered and produced at Roush Yates Engines in Mooresville, NC. The new Ford engine has been integrated slowly into the Sprint Cup Series throughout the second half of the 2010 season with help from Roush Fenway Racing and Richard Petty Motorsports' cars racing the engine intermittently. It has been a remarkable learning period for the FR9, with a total of 5 poles and 3 wins, including Edwards' win this weekend that required both horsepower and efficient fuel mileage to beat Championship contenders Jimmie Johnson and Denny Hamlin. "The new FR9 engine that Ford helped us with certainly was a factor today," said Jack Roush, owner of Roush Fenway Racing. "The fact that we were able to save gas and still have enough speed to maintain position on the race track was all very good. I'm thrilled to be in Victory Lane this weekend." Even though a Championship is out of reach for Ford this year, the FR9 engine has shown an impressive increase in performance and reliability throughout the second half of the 2010 Sprint Cup season. These improvements bring enthusiasm to the Ford Racing and Roush Yates Engines camps, as they plan to run the FR9 in all Ford cars for the full 2011 Sprint Cup Season.
"I'm excited to be running the FR9 in all Fords for the entire 2011 Sprint Cup Season and soon to come for the Nationwide and Camping World Truck Series," said Doug Yates, CEO of Roush Yates Engines. "Carl's win at Phoenix is just another testament to the power Roush Yates' FR9 engine is capable of. Everyone at the engine shop has been working hard to get this engine just right, and we are extremely proud of Roush Fenway Racing and their accomplishments with it this year. I look forward to watching the FR9 race at Ford Championship weekend next week at Homestead, as well as the 2011 Sprint Cup Season."(Roush Yates Engines)(11-15-2010)
Biffle to run Red Cross scheme at Texas: This weekend Greg Biffle will be driving the #16 American Red Cross Ford Fusion for the second time this season. The American Red Cross Service to Armed Forces will honor active duty and veteran military through the "Salute to the Troops" Pre-Race Concert with the legendary Willie Nelson. In addition, Lee Ann Womack will also represent the American Red Cross as the Grand Marshall of the AAA Texas 500. Fans can visit the display in the Midway on Friday, Saturday or Sunday. Blood donors who join Red Cross Racing by visiting www.redcrossracing.com can report their blood donations and get Donor Rewards points. These points can be exchanged for cool prizes or can be donated back to the Red Cross to help support Service to the Armed Forces programs. Fans can text REDCROSS to 90999 to donate $10 to support the lifesaving work of the Red Cross (RFR/Red Cross Racing), see images of the scheme on the #16 Team Schemes page.(11-4-2010)
Manheim on the #16: Manheim will be on the hood of the #16 3M Ford this weekend. Manheim was established more than 65 years ago as a wholesale vehicle auction operation and is the world's largest provider of vehicle remarketing services.(Roush Fenway)(10-27-2010)
Biffle wins at Kansas: #16-Greg Biffle won the Price Chopper 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway for his 2nd win of 2010 last winning at Pocono, 7 races ago and the 16th win of his career. #48-Johnson finished second followed by #29-Harvick, #14-Stewart, #24-Gordon, #99-Edwards, #17-Kenseth, #98-Menard, #39-Newman and #43-Allmendinger. Pole sitter #9-Kahne finished 37th after losing a tire and hitting the wall.
There were 20 lead changes among 12 drivers and 5 cautions for 24 yellow flag laps. The attendance was reported at 100,000, same as 2009.
Scheduled Race Re-Airs are ESPN2, Monday, October 4 at 2:00am/et; and SPEED, October 6 at 12:00pm/et.
See race results, awards, laps led and more on Jayski's Kansas Race Results/Awards page.(10-3-2010)
See drivers championship points standings, the old system and more on Jayski's Drivers Points Standings page.(10-3-2010)
Sherwin Williams scheme for Biffle: This weekend at Kansas Speedway, the #16 Ford Fusion will feature a Sherwin Williams paint scheme. The car was actually painted with a more environmentally friendly paint by Sherwin Williams called AWX Waterborne Basecoat System which has the following advantages: Up to a 96% decrease in VOC emissions compared to solvent borne basecoats; Reduces hazardous waste generation; Eliminates flammability hazard associated with solvent borne coatings; Uses less material to cover more area.(Roush Fenway Racing)(10-1-2010)
Stewart and Biffle looking to win $1 million for fan: Office Depot recently teamed up with NASCAR stars Tony Stewart, driver of the #14 Office Depot Chevy, and Greg Biffle, driver of the #16 3M Ford, to provide small business owners with a one-of-a-kind opportunity to become the sixth annual "Official Small Business of NASCAR, Courtesy of Office Depot." The two finalists, Rose Berger, owner of Professional Cleaning Service in Greer, SC and Mike Pagano, owner of PaganoPhoto - Photos by Mike Pagano in Cedar Brook, NJ, will each receive a $10,000 small business makeover from Office Depot and a VIP experience this weekend at Dover International Speedway. Plus, each finalist will have a chance to win $1 million.
Stewart and Biffle will each feature one finalist's small business logo on their respective race cars during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series AAA 400 race at Dover International Speedway on Sunday. Berger was randomly paired with Stewart, while Pagano was matched with Biffle. The small business featured on the highest-finishing driver's car at the end of the race will be named the 2010 "Official Small Business of NASCAR, Courtesy of Office Depot." And if Stewart or Biffle win the race, the small business featured on the winning car will take home $1 million!(Edelman for Office Depot Racing)(9-25-2010)
Drivers visiting Walter Reed: NASCAR's annual visit to the Walter Reed Army Medical Center is set for Thursday, with a total of 10 drivers scheduled to attend along with NASCAR President Mike Helton. Drivers expected to visit include #43-AJ Allmendinger, #16-Greg Biffle, #2-Kurt Busch, #38-David Gilliland,#17-Matt Kenseth, #12-Brad Keselowski, #98-Paul Menard, #87-Joe Nemechek, #39-Ryan Newman and #82-Scott Speed. Show cars on display are expected to be #39 U.S. ARMY Chevy, #88 National Guard Chevy, #99 Scotts Ford, #2 Miller Lite Dodge, #11 FedEx Toyota, #24 National Guard Chevy, #10 Sprint show car and a NASCAR/Walter Reed Army Medical Center car.(NASCAR)(9-22-2010)
Roush Fenway Remains a Leader in Sustainablity: Its no secret that Roush Fenway Racing recycles 96 percent of every race car but it's their continued efforts to become more sustainable that is really paying off for the environment. In 2009 the team recycled 65 tons of plastics, metal and paper and implemented small but impactful changes across all its facilities. These efforts helped the team meet its goal of an overall 10 percent improvement in indoor air quality; reduction of water consumption; increase in waste reduction and recycling; and improvement in energy usage over the last year.
In total the team recycled 26,660 pounds of plastic in 2009, up from 12,427 pounds in 2008. The increased number reflects a company-wide education and an increase in the number of items that were recycled beyond drink bottles. The team also recycled 11,335 pounds of paper, down from 19,628 pounds the year before in part because of the efforts to either not print documents or use auto-duplexing.
Additionally, the team has switched to biodegradable soy-based products where practical (instead of harmful chemical degreasers); eliminated Styrofoam cups; switched from 400w bulbs to 360w bulbs; mandated a managed forestry content for all paper, envelopes, etc.; and added additional occupancy sensors in the race and fabrication shops to reduce energy consumption. The effort doesn't stop at the shop though, Roush Fenway is extending its efforts beyond the race team as well.
Roush Fenway is a participant in the Cabarrus Sustainability Council, a joint effort between the Cabarrus Regional Chamber of Commerce and Cabarrus Economic Development that works to promote sustainability through public and private collaborations. Just this week, the Council announced a partnership between local school systems, the business community and local government to bring a comprehensive recycling program to local schools beginning this school year.(RFR)(8-29-2010)
2011 Pet Calender to be released: The 2011 NASCAR Pets Calendar will be released for sale Thursday, August 19th and Greg Biffle will be at Food City Race Night in Bristol to sign them. More info on my Racing Charities page
NTSB issues preliminary report on Roush crash: The National Transportation Safety Board issued its preliminary report on Jack Roush's plane crash that happened last month at Oshkosh, Wis. The report does not assign blame for the incident but does provide a few more details of what happened. In the report, it states that Roush's "airplane appeared to overshoot the runway centerline during this turn (a left turn for the runway) and then level its wings momentarily before entering a slight right bank simultaneously as the nose of the airplane pitched up. The airplane then turned left toward the runway centerline and began a descent. During this descent, the airplane's pitch appeared to increase until the airplane entered a right bank and struck the grass area west of the runway in a nose down, right wing low attitude.'' The report -- remember this is a preliminary report, a final one will come later -- did not mention the traffic "conflict'' he encountered upon landing that he said contributed to the incident. Such details are likely to be examined in the final report. The preliminary report stated that air traffic controllers were interviewed, amateur video was reviewed, the NTSB spent two days examining the plane before giving it back to Roush and found "no preimpact malfunctions or anomalies'' in the on-scene inspections of the "airframe structure, flight control systems, or two turbo-fan engines.'' The report also states that "several non-volatile memory devices were removed from the airplane and were retained for future download. A cockpit voice recorder was recovered and shipped to the NTSB Vehicle Recorder Division in Washington, D.C. for readout."(Hampton Roads)(8-15-2010)
Jack Roush back at the track: NASCAR team owner Jack Roush was back at the racetrack Friday, having permanently lost vision in his left eye but otherwise feeling lucky to survive yet another plane crash. And yes, he expects to fly again. Roush, who crashed his jet just over two weeks ago while trying to land at an air show in Wisconsin, said he ruptured his left eyeball in the crash and doesn't expect to ever be able to see out of it again. "Everything will come back, except for the eye," he told reporters at Michigan International Speedway. Roush then joked that he uses his right eye to examine spark plugs anyway. Wearing sunglasses and his trademark Panama-style hat, Roush was present on pit road for qualifying. He had left the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., earlier this week. In addition to his eye injury, Roush said he broke his jaw, sustained a compression fracture in his back and hurt his left cheek.(Associated Press)(8-13-2010)
Roush released from hospital: Jack Roush, co-owner of Roush Fenway Racing and chairman of ROUSH Enterprises, was released from Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., yesterday. "I would like to thank everyone for the outpouring of support and concern I have received the past two weeks," Roush said. "Our teams and drivers have not missed a beat in my absence, and I am proud of the effort they have put forth. I look forward to rejoining them at the track soon." It has not yet been determined when Roush will return to the race track.(Roush Fenway PR)(8-12-2010)
Roush hopes to make it to Michigan: Angelique Chengelis reported on ESPN's NASCAR Now Sunday morning that team owner Jack Roush is hoping to be at the Michigan race next weekend. He continues to recover from his airplace accident at the Mayo Clinic and his attendance at the track will depend on his progress this week.(8-8-2010)
Biffle wins at Pocono: #16-Greg Biffle won the Sunoco Red Cross Pennsylvania 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway for his 1st win of 2010, ending a 64 race winless streak, Ford's first win of 2010 [Talladega in Nov 2009 was the last win] and 15th of his career and the 117th win for Roush Fenway Racing, which has now won at least one race year for 14 straight seasons, since 1997. Pole sitter #14-Stewart finished second followed by: #99-Edwards, #29-Harvick, #11-Hamlin, #24-Gordon, #5-Martin, #31-Burton, #56-Truex Jr. and #48-Johnson. #29-Harvick increased his lead to 189 points over #24-Jeff Gordon. The race started about 25 minutes late due to a rain shower. There was a red flag on lap 164 when #48-Johnson got in to #2-Busch, sending Busch into an unprotected [No SAFER] guardrail, and even worse was #19-Sadler went head on into another unprotected area, which tore the engine out of the car. Sadler was shook up but was released from the infield care center and says he is ok, just sore. Then the race was red flagged a tad longer for rain, but was able to restart and finish the race. There were 19 lead changes among 9 drivers and 5 cautions for 31 yellow flag laps. The attendance was reported at 100,000, up from last year which was 80,000 on a Monday after the race was rained out on Sunday last August, which had 105,000 in attendance,
See race results, awards, laps led and more on Jayski's Pocono Race Results/Awards page.
See drivers championship points standings on Jayski's Drivers Points Standings page.(8-1-2010)
Decals on Roush cars: To show support for the boss, Jack Roush, who was injured in a airplance accident this past week, all the Roush Fenway Racing stock cars competing this weekend will sport a special decal. This can be seen on the four NASCAR Sprint Cup Series cars at Pocono Raceway as well as the NASCAR Nationwide Series entries at Iowa Speedway.(roushperformance.com
Roush has more surgery; no word when back to the track: Multi-team owner Jack Roush had another surgery Saturday and a time frame for him to return to the race track has not been determined, Roush Fenway Racing General Manager Robbie Reiser said Sunday. Roush was involved in a plane crash Tuesday at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, Wis. The Roush Fenway Racing co-owner was able to walk away from the crash but pictures showed a bloodied face. Reiser said he was unsure of the full extent of the injuries. Roush, 68, is being treated for facial injuries at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., according to the team. "I know there was a surgery done yesterday, but most of it is an evaluation of what they're going to do and I think you'll see a lot of updates coming this week," Reiser said prior to the Sunoco Red Cross Pennsylvania 500 at Pocono Raceway. "It's going to be a while [before he returns]. They've got some work to do there. They haven't really discussed that with us right now." Reiser's role will increase some with Roush in the hospital. Roush typically visits the race shop each Tuesday and then is at the track on the weekend. "Jack's a big part of our company and has been for a long, long time," Reiser said. "Whenever something like this happens, everybody has to pick up a little bit and help along. Jack has always taken care of a lot of stuff we have had at the race track, so I am here for him not being here." Roush called Reiser on Friday and they talked about the organization's performance - as it still looks for that first Cup win of the season.(more at SceneDaily)(8-1-2010)
Thursday update about Jack Roush's condition: Jack Roush, co-owner of Roush Fenway Racing and chairman of ROUSH Enterprises, was transferred to Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., Wednesday evening. Following surgery Tuesday night related to the facial damage sustained in the accident, he remains in serious, but stable condition. Roush was injured in a plane accident at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, Wisc., on Tuesday. He will continue to be treated at Mayo Clinic for his facial injuries. The Roush organization would like to thank the physicians and staff at Theda Clark Medical Center in Neenah, Wisc., for the care and treatment provided during his stay. Roush Fenway Racing would also like to thank everyone for the outpouring of support and well wishes. Those wishing to make a charitable donation in the name of Jack Roush are encouraged to contribute to Speedway Children's Charities at www.speedwaycharities.org. Please identify your contribution as "Jack Roush" in the notes section (Roush Fenway Racing)(7-29-2010)
Roush suffers minor injuries in plane crash UPDATE 2: NASCAR team owner Jack Roush was in serious but stable condition after walking away from a plane crash at Whitman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, Wis. on Tuesday night. "There are injuries. Possible surgery," Roush Fenway Racing president Geoff Smith said in a text message to The Associated Press. "But he walked out of the plane." Smith said Roush's injuries include facial lacerations. Roush was flying his private jet, a Beechcraft Premier 1A from Detroit. The jet made hard contact on landing and cracked the fuselage. Brenda Strickland, a friend of Roush's, also was on board the plane. NASCAR journalist Bob Margolis, who is writing a book about Roush's life, was told that Roush and Strickland were not seriously hurt. "Jack got out and had some blood on his face," Margolis said. "Apparently he bumped his head. They both were taken to a local hospital for observation, but I've been told they are OK." Roush, an aviation buff, was attending the Experimental Aircraft Association's annual AirVenture in Oshkosh this week.
In a statement on the EAA website, officials said a Beechcraft Premier business jet registered to Roush Fenway Racing, LLC was involved in a landing accident at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh. The accident occurred at approximately 6:15 pm/ct, the statement said. According to the EAA, the National Transportation Safety Board and Winnebago County Sheriff's Department confirmed that two occupants on board were Roush and Strickland of Plymouth, Mich. "Each exited the aircraft following the accident," the statement said. "Both were transported to local hospitals, with Roush in serious but stable condition and Strickland with non-life threatening injuries. The NTSB is leading the investigation into the accident."(ESPN, see an image of the plane at avweb.com)(7-27-2019)
UPDATE: Jack Roush, co-owner of Roush Fenway Racing and chairman of ROUSH® Enterprises, has been hospitalized following a plane accident at Wittman Air Field in OshKosh, Wisc. Roush, in town for the annual EAA AirVenture show, was landing his Hawker Beechcraft Premier jet when the accident occurred. He was transported to a local hospital. Dr. Kevin Wasco, the attending physician, says that Roush is in serious but stable condition. His injuries are not life threatening.(Roush Racing)(7-28-2010)
UPDATE 2: Jack Roush remains hospitalized in serious, but stable condition following a plane accident at Wittman Air Field in Oshkosh, Wisc., yesterday. He is currently under observation for facial injuries sustained in the accident. His passenger, Brenda Stricklin, was treated and released from a Wisconsin hospital this afternoon. The entire Roush organization would like to thank everyone for the outpouring of support and well wishes. Those wishing to make a charitable donation in the name of Jack Roush are encouraged to contribute to Speedway Children's Charities at www.speedwaycharities.org. Please identify your contribution as "Jack Roush" in the notes section.(Roush Fenway Racing)(7-28-2010)
Roush Fenway Hits One Million-Mile Mark in Sprint Cup: On February 14, 1988 Jack Roush launched into his first official foray into the big-time world of NASCAR racing. The day would be a short one - lasting just under 50 of the scheduled 500 miles of the world's biggest race. It was a humble beginning for what would grow into one of the most successful organizations in professional sports. Today - almost 25 years later - Roush Fenway Racing has covered over one million miles in Sprint Cup action, enough miles to cover the Earth 40 times over. The miles were turned by 16 different Cup drivers over a 23-plus year period. During that span, Roush Fenway has fielded 2,688 Sprint Cup entries, captured 116 wins, while collecting 632 top fives, 1102 top 10s and 65 poles. The organization has churned 768,810 laps, leading 32,754 laps along the way, while capturing two championships and finishing the season top two on nine occasions.(RFR PR)(7-23-2010)
Biffle crew member may return at Indy: #16-Rear tire carrier Kevin McDowell who was injured on pit road during the Coca-Cola 600 will likely be returning to action this weekend at Indy. A final decision will be made later in the week but he has been practicing with the team after having made a full recovery.(Roush Fenway PR), McDowell was hit by #14-Tony Stewart on pit road during a late race pit stop.(7-22-2010)
Scotch-Brite on the #16: This weekend the #16 3M Ford Fusion will have a new look with a special Scotch-Brite paint scheme.(Roush Fenway PR), see an image of the car on my #16 team paint schemes page.(7-1-2010)
Office Depot & 3M team add twist to Small Business of NASCAR deal: Office Depot, the Official Office Products Partner of NASCAR, is teaming up with 3M®, also an Official NASCAR Partner, and Tony Stewart, driver of the #14 Office Depot/Old Spice Chevy, and Greg Biffle, driver of the #16 3M Ford, to put a competitive new twist on its sixth annual "Official Small Business of NASCAR, Courtesy of Office Depot" sweepstakes. This year, two small business owners will be randomly selected as finalists in the sweepstakes, with Stewart and Biffle going head-to-head on the race track to determine their fate during the nationally televised AAA 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway in September. Stewart will carry the name or logo of one small business finalist on his #14 Office Depot/Old Spice Chevy during the AAA 400, while Biffle will feature the name or logo of a second small business finalist on his #16 3M Ford. The small business that appears on the highest-finishing driver's car will be named the "Official Small Business of NASCAR, Courtesy of Office Depot." Additionally, if Stewart or Biffle wins the race, the small business featured on the winning car will take home a thrilling $1 million. Both finalists will receive a $10,000 small business makeover from Office Depot* and a VIP race weekend experience for two during the September 24-26 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series" race weekend at Dover International Speedway.(Office Depot)
The #16 3M Ford and #14 Office Depot Chevy will feature a special rear TV panels at Infineon Raceway this weekend to help promote the launch of the "Official Small Business of NASCAR, Much more info on the sweepstakes on the Racing Contest page.(6-16-2010)
Update on the #16 Tire Carrier: #16 Rear tire carrier Kevin McDowell was treated and released from the hospital following an incident on pit road during last Sunday's race. X-rays showed nothing broken and McDowell is expected to return to his pit crew duties in two to four weeks. While he is recovering, 3M team member and backup tire-carrier Eric Wallace will fill in.(RFR)(6-4-2010)
#16 Crewman injured during pit stop UPDATE: A crewman for Greg Biffle's NASCAR team has been taken to a local hospital after getting hit by #14-Tony Stewart on pit road at Charlotte Motor Speedway Sunday night. Stewart ran into Kevin McDowell, the right rear tire carrier on the #16 3M Nexcare Ford, during a late pit stop. Television replays showed McDowell slump to the concrete in pain after Stewart hit him leaving his pit stall. There was no immediate word on McDowell's injuries or condition.(ESPN/AP)(5-31-2010)
UPDATE: Roush Fenway Racing crewman Kevin McDowell was examined and released from an area hospital early Monday morning after X-rays taken showed no broken bones, a team spokesman said Monday.(SceneDaily)(6-1-2010)
New Ford engine to run in some cars at Pocono: Robbie Reiser, general manager at Roush Fenway Racing, said that some cars in the organization and at Richard Petty Motorsports will use the new Ford engine next week at Pocono before all the teams for both organizations use it the following week at Michigan. The engine debuted last season but has been used sparingly this season with plans for all the Ford teams to be running the engine this summer. Only the Wood Brothers, who are running a limited schedule, have used the new engine throughout this season. Scheduled to run the new Ford engine at Pocono next weekend are #43-AJ Allmendinger, #17-Matt Kenseth, #16-Greg Biffle and #99-Carl Edwards. Roush and RPM will use the new engine in all the remaining races, Reiser said, except next month at New Hampshire and Infineon Raceway and at Watkins Glen and Bristol in August.(Roanoke Times)(5-31-2010)
Pit Bulls scheme for Biffle in All-Star race: The #16 3M Ford Fusion will have a slightly different look when it takes the track for the 2010 All-Star weekend. In addition to having a special paint scheme for the night race, the car will also feature the 3M Pit Bulls logo on the lower hood and decklid. The 3M Pit Bulls was the name chosen by the fans through a 3M Car Care promotion for the #16 team pit crew. In an effort to honor their hard work, 3M has decided to put their logo on the car for the Sprint All-Star weekend. Randy Taylor, 3M NASCAR Program Manager, unveiled the paint scheme to the Pit Bulls last weekend in Talladega and the reaction was overwhelming excitement and pride in both their team and their sponsor. A diecast model is being made to commemorate this special paint scheme. It will be available online at www.3M.com/racing.(RFR), see an image of the scheme on my #16 Team Schemes page.(5-13-2010)
Roush Fenway Racing spring Fan Day: Roush Fenway Racing is scheduled to host their spring Fan Day event on Thursday, May 27, 2010 at their headquarters in Concord, N.C. Fans are invited to Roush Fenway to participate in activities that will include two autograph sessions, with the first session starting at 11:30 a.m. featuring Roush Fenway Racing drivers Carl Edwards, Greg Biffle, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., and Colin Braun. The second autograph session will start at 12:30 and feature Jack Roush, David Ragan, and Matt Kenseth. A limited number of tickets for each session will be handed out at 8:00 a.m. that morning. To qualify for an autograph ticket, fans must bring two non-perishable items or a monetary donation to help support our local Cabarrus County food pantries. There will be sponsor displays and food vendors for fans to enjoy outside and the Roush Fenway museum (with new displays) and store will be open for fans to peruse and shop. The Roush Fenway Racing store and museum will be open with special extended hours during the May and October race weeks. For times and more info see roushfenway.com.(5-4-2010)
Special Post-It scheme run for Biffle: This week in Texas, the #16 3M Ford Fusion of Greg Biffle will carry a special Post-it 30th Anniversary paint scheme. Post-its were invented by Art Fry of 3M in 1974 and the product launched nationwide in 1980. Biffle won three races and had six top-five finishes with the Post-it paint scheme in 2005.(Roush Fenway Racing), see an image of the scheme on my #16 Team Schemes page.(4-15-2010)
Biffle Off to Career-Best Start: After finishing 10th at Martinsville Speedway, #16-Greg Biffle became only the second driver in the last 18 years to start the season with six consecutive top-10 finishes. #48-Jimmie Johnson was the last driver to do so in 2005 when he started the season with seven consecutive top-10 finishes. Before Johnson, Terry Labonte started the season with eight consecutive top-10 finishes. Others include Morgan Shepherd who started the 1990 season with eleven consecutive top-10 finishes. Ricky Rudd was another driver who started the season with six consecutive top-10 finishes, in 1991. Since 1980, only Dale Earnhardt had six straight top-10 finishes to start the season and win the Sprint Cup championship in that season.(4-4-2010)
Jack Roush to be Honored with Robert E. Petersen Lifetime Achievement Award: On Friday, March 12 Jack Roush will receive the highest compliment in the hot rod world as he will be presented with the Robert E. Petersen Lifetime Achievement Award. The ceremony takes place during the grand opening breakfast of the 12th Annual HotRod & Restoration Trade Show in front of nearly one thousand attendees at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis. "Being named a recipient of the Robert E. Petersen Lifetime Achievement Award is obviously a tremendous distinction and something completely unexpected," Roush said. "I remember Robert (Petersen) always being a great ambassador for the auto industry and hot rods. It is an honor to be mentioned among the many legendary names who have received this award in the past." The Robert E. Petersen Lifetime Achievement Award has been presented annually since 2002. Previous recipients include Wally Parks (NHRA), Carroll Shelby, George Barris, Vic Edelbrock, the Ford family, Alex Xydias (So-Cal Speed Shop), and "Speedy" Bill Smith (Speedway Motors).(Roush Fenway)(3-10-2010)
Census colors for Biffle next three races UPDATE 2: Starting at Atlanta the 2010 Census will take over as primary sponsor of Greg Biffle's #16 Roush Fenway Racing Ford for three races [Atlanta, Bristol and Martinsville]. For every one percent increase in census mail response, taxpayers will save an estimated $85 million. Those funds would otherwise be required to send census takers to collect responses in person from households that don't mail back the form. Census data are used to reapportion congressional seats to states and directly affect how more than $400 billion per year in federal funding is distributed to state, local and tribal governments.(RFR), see an image of the scheme on my #16 Team Schemes page.(3-3-2010)
MORE: The U.S. Census Bureau announced an agreement with Roush Fenway Racing to serve as the primary sponsor of the #16 Ford Fusion driven by Greg Biffle for three NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races. The agreement will see the #16 carry a special 2010 Census livery in Sprint Cup Races at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Sunday, March 7, Bristol Motor Speedway on Sunday, March 21, and Martinsville Speedway on Sunday, March 28. To increase awareness and encourage participation in the upcoming 2010 Census, the three-race sponsorship schedule lines up with key census mail-out and mail-back dates. The 2010 Census #16 Ford Fusion will feature the familiar Post-It Brand notes of primary sponsor 3M carrying both the 2010 Census logo and "Mail It Back" on the hood, rear quarter panels and rear bumper. In addition, Director Groves will visit Atlanta Motor Speedway this coming weekend for the Kobalt Tools 500. Biffle recently filmed a racing-themed 2010 Census Public Service Announcement that can be viewed online at mediadownload.census.gov/content/greg-biffle. For more information on the 2010 Census visit 2010census.gov.(RFR), see image of the scheme on my #16 Team Schemes page.(3-5-2010)
UPDATE 2: Greg Biffle now has the entire nation riding with him. His #16 Ford carried sponsorship from the U.S. Census Bureau at Atlanta Motor Speedway, the first of a three-race, $1.2 million sponsorship with Roush Fenway Racing. The Census, which will adorn the car in the next two races at Bristol Motor Speedway and Martinsville Speedway, aired an ad during the Super Bowl and is making a push in the NCAA tournament to promote the census forms, which will be mailed out this month. In 2000, 72% returned the forms. Census director Robert Groves says every 1% who return forms save $85 million. "We're trying to get the word out to different audiences where there are large numbers of Americans. NASCAR ... is very cost-efficient. If we can reach 75 million people, we spend 1.6 cents per fan. It pays for itself," he says.(USA Today)(3-6-2010)
Biffle buys race track and starts series: #16-Greg Biffle announced that he has acquired partial ownership of Sunset Speedway in Banks Oregon. Biffle also announced the formation of the "DAA Spec Motor Series presented by Sherwin Williams" a new late model series with title sponsorship from DAA Northwest and Sherwin-Williams. Sunset Speedway, a third of a mile clay dirt track located just outside Portland, Oregon will host 35 events in 2010. Saturday nights between April and September see more than 100 cars compete for championship points in six divisions. With partner Jerry Schram, the track has already made significant improvements to both the facility and point's programs. The DAA Spec Motor Series presented by Sherwin-Williams will see late model drivers from around the Northwest compete in 22 events on six tracks for a piece of the $25,000 series point's fund. Sunset Speedway will begin the 2010 season starting April 10. The inaugural season of the DAA Spec Motor Series presented by Sherwin-Williams starts April 24 at the Willamette Speedway in Lebanon, Oregon.(Roush Fenway Racing)(2-27-2010)
Roush Fenway Fords to Carry Special Decal: Roush Fenway's race cars will each carry a special decal honoring the life and cause of Olympic medalist skier and multiple sclerosis (MS) advocate, Jimmie Heuga, in this Sunday's Daytona 500 race at Daytona International Speedway. Heuga passed away Monday at the age of 66 in Colorado; 46 years to the day that he won his bronze medal in the 1964 Winter Olympics. Heuga, a college skiing teammate of Roush Fenway President Geoff Smith at the University of Colorado, was a bronze medalist in the 1964 Olympic games, but will most be remembered for founding 'Can Do Multiple Sclerosis' (formerly The Heuga Center for Multiple Sclerosis) a national nonprofit organization that has served as a leading provider of innovative lifestyle empowerment programs for people with MS and their support partners. Heuga became one of the first two Americans -- along with teammate Billy Kidd -- to win an Olympic medal in Alpine skiing. He was diagnosed with MS in 1970 at the age of 26, but refused to succumb to the neurological disease. He instead became a champion for others suffering from the disease, and his campaign to demonstrate that MS did not necessarily mean a life of inactivity is credited with helping to change the mindset about MS and exercise. For more information on the 'Can Do Multiple Sclerosis' organization, visit: www.mscando.org.(RFR)(2-14-2010)
Biffle and Harvick to carry "Call 811" logo at Talladega UPDATE: CGA [Common Ground Alliance] Member 3M will promote the 811 logo on the #16 3M/Greg Biffle race car at the Talladega Superspeedway on 4/25/2010. "3M's commitment to underground damage prevention will be showcased during National Safe Digging Month at one of America's premier sporting events," stated Bob Kipp, CGA President, "we encourage all CGA members to tune in and watch the race supporting 3M, Biffle and 811!"(CGA)(2-1-2010)
UPDATE: This week in Talladega there will be a special 811 logo on the #16 3M Ford Fusion to remind fans to call 811 before they dig to avoid cutting lines such as gas, electric and cable. April is National Safe Digging Month (RFR).
AND: Two top race teams and the Governor of Alabama are among those supporting "Call 811" and National Safe Digging Month surrounding the upcoming April 25 race in Talladega. Kevin Harvick of Richard Childress Racing (RCR) will run the "Call 811" logo on the deck lid and rocker panels of the #29 Shell-Pennzoil Chevy at Talladega Superspeedway. The logo will also run on the hood, deck lid and TV panel of the #16 3M Ford Fusion. The addition of the logo is part of a larger effort to educate fans and encourage them to make a quick and easy call to 811 to help protect people from unintentionally hitting underground pipelines, infrastructure and utility lines, which can put the community and environment at risk. In addition to RCR and 3M backing the cause, Alabama Governor Bob Riley has proclaimed April as National Safe Digging month in the state of Alabama and is urging all excavators and homeowners to call 811 before doing ANY digging. In an effort to promote public safety, Shell, 3M, and RCR, in conjunction with the Common Ground Advisory and its members, are encouraging homeowners and contractors to call 811 before they dig to prevent injuries, property damage and inconvenient outages. Every digging job requires a call - even small projects like planting trees or shrubs.(PR) see images of the #16 scheme on my #16 Team Schemes page.(2-1-2010)
US Census Bureau To Sponsor Biffle: The US Census Bureau will be a sponsor for the #16 Roush Fenway Racing Ford driven by Greg Biffle in NASCAR's Sprint Cup Series. Census director Robert Groves confirmed the deal Thursday on The Hill website as the bureau unveiled its $130 million ad campaign aimed at making Americans aware of this year's census.(NASCAR Examiner)(1-15-2010)
Jack Roush to Be Inducted Into NMPA Hall of Fame: Jack Roush will be one of four honorees to be inducted into the National Motorsports Press Association Hall of Fame this Saturday night in Concord, North Carolina. Roger Penske, Rusty Wallace and Robert Yates will also be welcomed into the NMPA Hall of Fame this weekend. "Jack Roush's induction to the NMPA Hall of Fame is a well deserved honor for a man who has impacted not only NASCAR but racing with his innovations and ingenuity throughout his career," remarked Dustin Long, President, National Motorsports Press Association. "It will truly be an honor to be welcomed to the list of NMPA Hall of Fame inductees," said Roush. "The role of the media who cover NASCAR has certainly evolved over the years but I think we would all agree that now more than ever the job of informing the world about our great sport is of tremendous importance. I know the members of the NMPA are among those who care the most about both the history and the future of our sport so I consider this induction into their Hall of Fame a most cherished honor."(RFR)(1-14-2010)
Menard to run full Nationwide season: Roush Fenway will field four full-time teams in the 2010 Nationwide Series -- including a #98 Ford for Paul Menard, who races for Richard Petty Motorsports in the Cup Series -- and RFR president Geoff Smith said Wednesday that the stable sold has more than 75% of the sponsorship of its eight-car fleet in NASCAR's two top national series. Menard will run his first complete schedule since 2006, when he finished sixth in the championship for the second consecutive season before stepping into the Cup Series full time. That car is fully sponsored by the Menards home improvement store chain and a variety of partners. Smith said RFR's other three Nationwide programs had varying sponsorship gaps. Former series champion Carl Edwards will again compete full time in both Cup and Nationwide, running a #60 Ford sponsored by Fastenal and Copart in the secondary series. Smith said Edwards' car has "four open races." Colin Braun and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. will run full schedules as rookie of the year candidates in the #16 and #6 cars. Braun's car has 18 races with Con-way Freight and two more with 3M, leaving 15 of the series' 35 races unsponsored. Stenhouse has 18 races with CitiFinancial backing, leaving "the remainder for sale," Smith said. Biffle is part of a previously announced deal to run a partial Nationwide schedule for Baker Curb Racing, but "at this point in time David Ragan, Matt Kenseth and Greg Biffle are not doing Nationwide races with us."(NASCAR.com)(1-14-2010)
Biffle's team finishes 2nd in off-road race: #16-Greg Biffle made his off-road racing debut last weekend in the Henderson Fabtech Desert Classic, which was sanctioned by the Best in the Desert Racing Association. Biffle, along with teammates Rob MacCachren and Steve Olliges, finished second in class [37th overall] behind the wheel of the Ford F-150 SVT Raptor R.(Ford Racing)(12-10-2009)
Biffle going dirt racing: #16-Greg Biffle will be competing in the first off-road race of his career when he competes in Saturday's Henderson Fabtech Desert Classic, sanctioned by the Best in the Desert Racing Association. Biffle, who will be sharing driving duties in the Ford F-150 SVT Raptor R with Rob MacCachren and Steve Olliges, is scheduled to start the race behind the wheel. As an added attraction, Biffle will be giving Philip Ryan, a race fan from Cadott, WI, the ride of his life. Ryan, 59, was the winner of Ford's F-150 SVT Raptor Unleashed Sweepstakes and will get to sit in the Raptor's third seat during Biffle's leg of the race. Some Q&A from Ford and Biffle:
YOUR NASCAR SEASON IS OVER, BUT YOU'RE STILL RACING. WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON SATURDAY'S OFF-ROAD RACE?
Biffle: "I can't wait. I love going to the desert and love doing off-road stuff. This will be the first time I've ever competed in an off-road race, so I'm real excited about it. I got to do a little bit of practice in the spring time when Ford was doing a promotional event with the Ford F-150 SVT Raptor R race version truck and I enjoyed it so much I said, 'Hey, I want to participate in a race,' so this opportunity came up to run one of the Best in the Desert races on Dec. 5 in the Raptor. I'm really looking forward to it. That's the highlight of my week is being able to go to the desert on Saturday and race."
DO YOU HAVE ANY IDEA WHAT TO EXPECT?
Biffle:"I have no idea other than I love being off-road and being in the desert like that, so I have no idea what to expect."
THE PLAN IS FOR YOU TO DRIVE FIRST, CORRECT?
Biffle: "Yeah. The plan is I'm going to start and Rob MacCachren is gonna be brave enough to ride with me. He's gonna be my co-driver and I can't think of anybody better to have in the right seat than him, talking to me about what to do and what-not-to-do. Hopefully, he can tell me the what-not-to-do's before we get too far into them and break the truck or wreck. I'm looking forward to it. It's gonna be fun."
ROB'S NOT THE ONLY ONE IN THE TRUCK. YOU'VE GOT A FAN IN THE RAPTOR AS WELL, RIGHT?
Biffle: "Yeah, they've got three seats in this Raptor, so they usually put a media person, a mechanic or a contest winner in the vehicle, so that's gonna be fun for them. I hope they don't criticize my driving too much since this will be the first time I'm driving off road." (Ford Racing)(12-5-2009)
Biffle's Crew Captures Tissot Pit Road Season Championship: Greg Biffle's #16 over-the-wall crew captured the 2009 Tissot Pit Road Precision Award season championship, a per race competition designed to recognize and reward the extraordinary talents of pit crews in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Biffle's crew came out on top by winning the Tissot competition six times during the 36-race Cup schedule. Jeff Gordon's #24 crew was second with five wins while Jimmie Johnson's #48 crew came in third with four wins. For winning the season-long Tissot Pit Road Precision Award title the #16 team will receive a $100,000 bonus from Tissot plus Tissot watches for the pit crew members and driver. The #16 Roush Fenway Racing crew will also receive an all-expense paid trip from Tissot to Las Vegas to accept the prize money and watches at the Champion's Week NASCAR/NMPA Myers Brothers Award Ceremony, Thursday, Dec. 3, 1:00pm/et in the Venetian Showroom at The Venetian. The #16 over-the-wall 3M crew, which helped Biffle finish seventh in the final driver points, consists of: Todd Zeigler (front-tire changer), Collin Pasi (front-tire carrier), Kyle Power (rear-tire changer), Kevin McDowell (rear-tire carrier), Rodney Fetters (jackman), Billy Manchester (gasman), Ryan Dextraze (catch can) and Chris Elliott (windshield). The team's crew chief is Greg Erwin and the pit crew coach is Andy Ward. "Those guys are near perfect every week and the entire team knows what a role they have played in our 2009 season," said Erwin. "Their confidence is amazing and they really believe in each other. I couldn't be happier for everyone involved with that program. The 3M Pit Bulls truly deserve to win the 2009 Tissot Pit Road Precision Award." The total payout, including the $100,000 season championship bonus, was $280,000. Tissot has been the official watch and timekeeper of NASCAR since 2006. The company is also the official timekeeper for a number of other sports, including the MotoGP World Championship, the Ice Hockey World Championship and the Cycling World Championship.(Tissot)(11-27-2009)
Roush Racing helps out NC Auto Racing HOF: For many, being able to give to others during this holiday season will be a difficult task. But it is not always the gift of tangible goods or money that can mean the most to its recipient. A recent event took place at the North Carolina Auto Racing Hall of Fame in Mooresville, NC. On Thursday, November 19th, the NC Auto Racing HOF mailbox on Knob Hill Road was struck and destroyed by a customer. One of the museum's volunteers, an 80-year-old man, went outside to try to resurrect the mailbox. Watching him struggle with this task from across the street was someone from Roush Fenway Racing, who dispatched a group of their shop workers to come over and help. They poured cement for the new post, fabricated the mailbox, and installed it on the same day. All of this was done without their being asked to do so, and without any payment whatsoever. Replacing a mail box doesn't seem like a big expense but to small non-profit organizations like the Hall of Fame, it has an impact.(NCARHOF)(11-25-2009)
Roush's Smith not retiring: Roush Fenway Racing president Geoff Smith has decided to delay his retirement. Smith said because of tough economic times and the merger between partner Yates Racing and Richard Petty Motorsports that he will stay on at least through the 2010 season. Smith is handling a lot of the paperwork in the merger that he said is agreed to on all major issues and should be announced soon. He also plays a major role in bringing sponsors to the cars for the Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series. Smith has yet to wrap up a full season of sponsorship for the #17 of Matt Kenseth.(see more at ESPN Insiders)(11-17-2009)
150 Talladega starts for Roush: Roush Fenway will make its 150th Sprint Cup start at Talladega this weekend. Talladega is the eighth track in 2009 that the team has accomplished this feat. The first seven were Bristol, Charlotte, Daytona, Dover, Martinsville, Michigan, Pocono and Richmond.(Roush Fenway PR)(11-1-2009)
Roush to visit RPM: Jack Roush is scheduled to take a tour of the Richard Petty Motorsports facility on Wednesday. Other managers from Roush Fenway Racing will join Rosuh on the tour of the Statesville, N.C., shop. There have been ongoing talks since before September of a merger between Yates Racing, a sister organization of Roush Fenway, and RPM. Regardless of whether RPM merges with Yates, majority team owner George Gillett has said his team will be running Fords in 2010. Given that Roush is the principal supplier of Ford engines, RPM will be working directly with RFR in one form or another.(FoxSports), see an image of a real #9 Budweiser Ford for 2010 on my #9 Team Schemes page.(10-14-2009)
Roush keeping an eye on the Henrick cars in question: Car owner Jack Roush [#'s 6,16,17,26,99 Ford's] says he understands that the two cars in question [Hendrick Motorsports #5 and #48 Chevy's] were in fact slightly "out of tolerance," in being off-set a bit to the right (which would help in aerodynamics in corner handling), although Roush said the specific 'miss' was probably too slight to be of any significant advantage. "I've been fined a lot of times for a lot of different things...and if the cars were out of tolerance by a quarter of an inch, which is what I've heard...well, the rest of the garage is held to a much tighter tolerance than that," Roush said. "So we'll see what NASCAR ultimately does about it."(mikemulhern.net)(10-5-2009)
Crew chief changes at Roush? UPDATE: There is supposedly a meeting planned at Roush Fenway Racing featuring General Manager Robbie Reiser and representatives from Ford. Could crew chief changes be in RFR's future? One rumor circulating NHMS Sunday morning had veteran crew chief Jimmy Fennig connecting with former Roush racer Jeff Burton at RCR. Not so, Fennig said. "After 13 years with Jack, my goal is to retire from Roush Racing," Fennig said. "But I'm getting too old to be on the road." Another scenario places Fennig in a research and development role. Fennig says testing suits him just fine.(FoxSports)(9-21-2009)
UPDATE: Car owner Jack Roush says that any personnel moves among his non-Chase teams will be made after the season since he's focused on the championship with Carl Edwards and Greg Biffle. "I will re-evaluate every person and every position on every team this winter as I do every year,'' Roush said. He said he would make a change on a Chase team immediately if it could help that team contend for the championship.(Roanoke Times)(9-27-2009)
Biffle's house fire caused by gas leak: The fire Friday [9-18] at the Mooresville, NC home owned by #16-Greg Biffle was caused by a gas leak according to the driver. According to the Iredell County Sheriff's Department, firefighters were called to the home after police responded to a burglar alarm call. When they arrived at the home on Doolie Road, deputies thought the alarm had been set off by a lightning strike from a line of thunderstorms that had just passed through the area and noticed damage in the front of the home. Deputies contacted the fire department who responded around 6:30 a.m.. Fire fighters spent about 30 minutes getting the fire under control. No injuries were reported but officials Friday put the damage at about $20,000. Biffle who is at New Hampshire Motor Speedway with NASCAR's Sprint Cup Series preparing for Sunday's Sylvania 300, said that the fire was apparently started by a leaking gas fixture.(NASCAR Examiner)(9-19-2009)
Biffle's pit crew gets a name: Greg Biffle has a new weapon in his war in the Chase for the Championship - the Pit Bulls. 3M Car Care announced the winner of the "Name of Fame" contest to find an 3M Pit Bulls appropriate name for Biffle's hard-working crew. Named by Dennis Romano of Dingman's Ferry, PA, a long-time Greg Biffle fan who cheers him on every weekend. Romano's entry in the 3M Car Care Name of Fame contest was selected from 10 finalists and voted on by 3M Car Care and the #16 3M team. More than 1,000 entries were received in the contest. The Pit Bulls and winning entry are featured in a special video on www.3MCarCare.com/NameofFame and shows their new look on pit road at the Richmond race. Romano's grand prize for his winning entry is a VIP trip for two to meet the #16 pit crew at one of the final races of the season. The grand prize package includes airfare, hotel, rental car, race tickets, garage credentials and spending money.(VMG/3M)(9-13-2009)
Roush's Smith talks about 2010 plans: Sunday on "The SIRIUS NASCAR Radio Pre-Race Show", SIRIUS XM's Claire B. Lang spoke with Roush Fenway Racing president Geoff Smith about the possible changes to the team's roster of drivers before next season.
Geoff Smith: "If you're asking about our team plans for 2010, we're settled that Carl Edwards and Aflac, Greg Biffle with 3M, and David Ragan with UPS will be staying put and that sponsorship is going to kind of determine whether or not the #17 or the #26 are going to have to be the teams we shut down and move, if we can."
Smith: "There are difficulties. You just can't assume that a team can transfer intact just because you want it to. There are sponsors that get to vote as to what organization they're going to sponsor. So we have to work through that, which is what I've been saying. I expect, now that the DeWalt cloud has been removed, we're going to move very quickly to lock in the sponsorship and then that sponsorship will determine [whether] the #17 stays or goes."
Host, Claire B. Lang: "Meaning that we could see a past champion, Matt Kenseth, moving?"
Smith: "It all depends on the sponsorships. Our objective is to keep both of those teams (the #17 and the #26) in the Ford Motor Company community. We're hoping that we don't have to keep one and then lose one out of the Ford community entirely. So if we can keep them both in the [Ford] community by shuffling the #17 we would do that. Pretty unlikely that Matt Kenseth or the #17 will move at this point."
(SIRIUS NASCAR Radio)(7-27-2009)
Testing at Road Atlanta: Hearing that drivers testing at Road Atlanta today include #99-Carl Edwards, #6-David Ragan, #16-Colin Braun (subbing for Greg Biffle), #42-Juan Pablo Montoya, #47-Marcos Ambrose, #2-Kurt Busch, #77-Sam Hornish Jr., #12-David Stremme, #13-Max Papis and Boris Said (in John Wes Townley's #09 Nationwide Series Ford which he will run at Watkins Glen).(7-21-2009)
AND: told #7-Robby Gordon was also at the track.(7-21-2009)