Biffle says extension with Roush Fenway is close

Posted March 29, 2011, at 6:19 p.m.
Last modified March 29, 2011, at 9:53 p.m.

CONCORD, N.C. — Greg Biffle said Tuesday he’s close to signing an extension with Roush Fenway Racing, and would be surprised if teammate Carl Edwards does not do the same.

“We’re getting really close, I would say it will be done in the next couple of weeks,” Biffle said during an event with Roush teammates Matt Kenseth, David Ragan and NHRA driver John Force at Charlotte Motor Speedway’s zMAX Dragway.

Biffle said he’s not had an overwhelming interest to test the free-agent market, in part because of the economy, but also because of how far Roush Fenway Racing has come from this time last year.

The entire organization struggled through the first few months of last season, then turned it on in the second half of the year. Biffle won two races and finished sixth in the final Sprint Cup standings, while Edwards won the final two races of last year and finished fourth in points.

A rough start to this season had Biffle ranked 31st in the standings two weeks ago, but two strong finishes have moved him 11 spots to 20th.

“The way the business is today, and teams are really having to cut back, and sponsors are cutting their programs back … I really didn’t feel like it was a great market to go out and shop around,” Biffle said. “The fact of the matter is, we have pretty good equipment right now. I’ve been there 13 years, hopefully I’ve got a tiny bit of seniority.”

Meanwhile, he believes Edwards will have the same approach.

Edwards won the third race of the season, at Las Vegas, and is leading the Sprint Cup standings.

“My hunch is yes, because the way our program is running right now,” Biffle said when asked if he believed Edwards would sign a contract extension.

“It goes in cycles and I say the next couple of years, three or four years, is going to be good at Roush Fenway. He may have a different outlook than I do, but if I was peering out, looking around, the same position I’m in, if I am going to make a change, it’s going to be for something better than what I have.”

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