Report: Greg Biffle to remain with Roush Fenway Racing

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Greg Biffle may have just made Carl Edwards’ decision easier whether to stay or leave Roush Fenway Racing, according to a report Sunday morning by NASCAR writer Jim Utter.

NASCAR veteran Greg Biffle and his primary sponsor, 3M, will remain with Roush Fenway Racing, multiple sources have confirmed to the Charlotte Observer and ThatsRacin.com.

An official announcement of contract extensions for Biffle and the sponsor with RFR could come as soon as this coming week, sources said.”

While RFR does not comment on the status of driver or sponsor contracts, if the report proves true, one possible scenario to make an official announcement could come as early as next weekend at Michigan International Speedway.

Roush Industries is headquartered in Livonia, Mich., and Biffle and Edwards have done quite well at MIS in their careers: Biffle has four Cup wins, Edwards two.

Biffle, who turns 45 in December, has been with Roush since 1998. He won the then-Craftsman Truck Series championship in 2000 and the then-Busch Series championship in 2002.

No driver in NASCAR history has ever won championships in all three of its premier national series, although Biffle – who has 19 career Cup victories – came close in 2005, finishing second in the championship chase to Tony Stewart.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. will return for his third Cup season with RFR in 2015, and it was recently announced that 2011 Daytona 500 winner Trevor Bayne will be promoted to a full-time ride in the Cup series for RFR, as well.

A five-car team for several years and then a four-car operation, RFR has fielded just three Cup teams since 2013 after Matt Kenseth left following the 2012 season for Joe Gibbs Racing.

Whether it would go back to four teams if Edwards elects to stay in the RFR fold remains to be seen.

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Simon Pagenaud has words with Gabby Chaves after Honda Indy GP of Alabama

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The rain didn’t stop following the conclusion of the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama, and neither did the jousting between drivers.

An angry Team Penske’s Simon Pagenaud confronted Harding Racing’s Gabby Chaves after the race, complaining that Chaves would not let Pagenaud get past him in the closing laps.

Instead of ending up with a hoped-for Top 5, Pagenaud wound up with a ninth-place finish. Chaves, meanwhile, finished 17th, two laps down.

The confrontation turned into a battle of words and profanity between the two drivers, as captured on Twitter by AutoWeek’s Matt Weaver.

Afterward – and after their tempers cooled down somewhat – both Pagenaud and Chaves gave their sides of the confrontation to NBCSN.

Gabby Chaves

First, here’s Pagenaud’s take on things:

“We had a really good race going,” Pagenaud said. “I think we potentially could have been top 5. I was really frustrated with Gabby. He was two laps down and I was stuck behind him, which gave an opportunity to (Scott) Dixon as I was trying to do everything I could to make it happen.

“It’s a real shame because when it’s not your day, it’s not your day. You’ll have better days later, but you want to have everybody on your side when you have a good day. At the moment, he doesn’t have me on his side, let me tell you. It’s a real shame.”

When asked what exactly he said to Chaves, Pagenaud demurred.

“Driver’s stuff,” he said with a slight smile. “We’ve all been there. I’ve been in his position. My side, I played it smart. It is what it is.

“I can’t comment for him. You can ask him the question. I’m not going to make a deal about it, it’s just a shame it ruined my race. We’ll come back stronger. It’s Indy soon, so that’ll put a smile on my face.”

NBCSN then caught up with Chaves for his side of the story.

 

“It’s a tough situation, we had to restart (the rain-delayed race) a lap down,” Chaves said. “Our whole strategy depends on trying to get a yellow and holding our position. Some guys think that the track belongs only to them, they’re the only guys on-track.

“Everyone else who was faster at that point – we were only one lap down to the leader, so we’re still on our strategy and don’t know what’s going to happen – as soon as they got right up next to me on the lead lap, I let them go.

“Simon was the only one who couldn’t drive up to me. I understand his frustration, but he’s the one who has to save fuel to make his strategy work, that’s not our fault, right?”

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