Biffle might be signaling he's ready to make move

Greg Biffle certainly didn't sound like a guy committed to Roush Fenway Racing when he blasted the faulty equipment that led to his last-place finish at Darlington Raceway.


"All I want is equipment to drive that stays together," said Biffle, who started from the pole and led 95 laps Saturday night before loose wheels, a bad vibration and a broken timing belt ended his race early.

"It is really frustrating, but you know what, I've just come accustomed to expecting it because week after week it's something. Something breaks. Something falls off. I give it 110 percent as a driver all the time, and you just want your equipment to last and be able to win these races."

The rant was, of course, based on frustration. He seemed to have the car to beat but instead left the track still searching for his first win of the season. Still, it was clear "The Biff" was sending a message with his biting remarks.

Just what might that message be? Well, signing a contract extension with Roush might not be the slam dunk both sides have led everyone to believe. In fact, Biffle might finally be ready to test the free-agent market. If that's indeed the case, the first place Biffle should look is Tony Stewart's seat at Joe Gibbs Racing.

Of course, that ride isn't technically open right now. Stewart is under contract through 2009, he's yet to ask to be released from his contract early and Gibbs officials have insisted they'll hold him to his deal. But it's becoming increasingly clearer that the two-time champion has some juicy offers on the table that he's taking rather seriously.

Gibbs officials have refused to address claims that they pursued Carl Edwards. But if they truly are looking at a Plan B, then Biffle would be a solid choice. He works hard, wants to win and the ups and downs at Roush are the only thing that's prevented him from claiming his first Cup title.

Biffle has won a Truck Series championship and Busch Series championship driving for Roush, and he seemed to be on the cusp of greatness on NASCAR's top series with his breakthrough 2005 season. He's won just three races since.

Biffle's departure could also help solve the car-count problem for Roush, who must get down to four teams by the end of the 2009 season. Edwards re-upped, Jamie McMurray has a long-term deal, Matt Kenseth doesn't appear to be going anywhere and second-year driver David Ragan is an emerging star who cracked the top 12 after his fifth-place run at Darlington.

Someone eventually has to go, and that someone may very well be Biffle.


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