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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Attention NASCAR teams: IMSA drivers available for Daytona!

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NASCAR will be making its debut on the Daytona International Speedway road course next month, and there’s a big fan who’d like to join the historic weekend.

This fan actually has impressive credentials, too — a few thousand laps around the 12-turn, 3.56-mile layout that annually plays host to the Rolex 24 at Daytona in January.

In 2014, the winning GTLM team in the sports car endurance classic included IMSA Porsche driver Nick Tandy, who rabidly has followed NASCAR for more than 30 years since growing up in England.

So why not try racing NASCAR? Especially because Tandy has the weekend of Aug. 14-16 free.

He’s not picky, either — offering up his services on Twitter (as well as those of Porsche teammate Earl Bamber) for an ARCA, Xfinity, trucks or Cup ride.

Tandy’s affinity for American stock-car racing runs deep.

His first trip to the World Center of Racing was as a fan attending the 50th running of the Daytona 500 on Feb. 17, 2008. During Rolex testing in January, Tandy, 35, said he hadn’t missed a Cup race on TV in 15 years.

Among his favorite NASCAR drivers: the Earnhardts, Jimmie Johnson and Kyle Busch. When IMSA ran the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course in 2014, Tandy stayed a few extra days at the Brickyard and bought Kyle Busch gear for himself and his children.

He briefly took the stage during a NASCAR weekend last October. After IMSA’s season finale at Road Atlanta, Tandy made a few demonstration laps and a burnout in his No. 911 Porsche before the Cup race at Talladega Superspeedway.

He also has some experience in stock cars, having raced Modified-type grass-roots series on England’s quarter-mile short tracks.

Couple that with a Daytona road course record that includes two consecutive podium class finishes (including last Saturday) and a sports car resume with 13 IMSA victories and an overall win in the 2015 24 Hours of Le Mans … and maybe a NASCAR team should take a look.

And Tandy isn’t the only IMSA driver who likely would be available.

Corvette driver Jordan Taylor, who won the 2017 Rolex 24 overall title with Jeff Gordon as a teammate (and the inspiration for his Rodney Sandstrom persona), also tweeted his availability for the weekend on the high banks.

Sports car veteran Andy Lally, a GTD driver with multiple class wins in the Rolex 24 as well as 38 Cup starts (he was the 2011 rookie of the season in NASCAR’s premier series), also hung out his shingle.

There also is AIM Vasser Sullivan’s Jack Hawksworth (who just won at Daytona last Saturday), the Englishman who teamed with Kyle Busch at the Rolex 24 in January and made an Xfinity start at Mid-Ohio last year with Joe Gibbs Racing.

Many sports car drivers (such as Taylor) already live in Florida, and many are hunkering down in the Sunshine State with IMSA returning to action at Daytona last week and Sebring International Raceway next week. Because of COVID-19-related travel concerns and restrictions, several IMSA stars who live outside the country are riding out the pandemic within a few hours of Daytona with nothing to do.

Why not a weekend at the World Center of Racing?

Over the years, scads of “road-course ringers” (including some Formula One veterans) have tried their hands in stock cars at Sonoma Raceway and Watkins Glen International.

How about considering the many sports car drivers who already have reached victory lane at Daytona by making a few right-hand turns, too?