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Greg Biffle Only Wants Strong Part-Time Cup Series Ride as He Weighs Options

Greg Biffle won’t race just anything that he is offered.

The 19-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series winner knows what he wants, and that is a shot to win in NASCAR’s premier division.

However, while Biffle is not strapped inside of a racecar, he is partaking in NASCAR’s traveling circus, attending the Daytona 500 and this past weekend’s Kobalt 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Though he recently signed with NBC to be a frequent guest on NASCAR America, the urge to still race exists for the former Roush Fenway Racing driver.

“I’ve got opportunities in trucks, XFINITY and Cup,” Biffle said. “I love the XFINITY and Truck Series, but I don’t want to go do that full-time. The only thing I would consider is a top ride in the Cup Series. It’s really all that I want to do. If that’s not available, I’m happy with being semi-retired.”

Biffle and Roush parted ways at the completion of the 2016 NASCAR season. The veteran had competed in 499 consecutive races while piloting the No. 16 Ford for the organization before splitting ways with the only team he called home in NASCAR’s premier division.

With performance dropping over the past three seasons, Biffle and the team said it was time for a change. Roush downsized to two full-time cars in 2017, eliminating the No. 16 team from its lineup, opting to focus on Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Trevor Bayne.

“It’s been a little bit difficult,” Biffle said, describing what it is like to be at the track and not racing. “I love to drive and race. I had tons of great opportunities, but I elected to wait for the right opportunity. If the right opportunity comes along, I’ll take advantage of that. Right now, I’m really enjoying watching and stepping back to have a little time off to look at it.”

Biffle remains optimistic that an opportunity will come to compete in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series once again. Whether or not that opportunity comes, though, remains to be seen.

With limited options over the off-season, he said he “elected to stay out of the car for right now.” If the opportunity does not present itself, as he said, there will be no XFINITY Series races or Camping World Truck Series events for the former champion in both divisions.

The 19-time Cup Series winner is focused on his next task at hand, which is entering the NASCAR America studio to help fans have a better understanding of the sport he dedicated the majority of his life to.

“I’ve done some of it in the past, so I’m looking forward to it,” he said. “I like being a guest analyst, breaking down the races and talking diligently about it. I’m going to have fun with it. It keeps me involved and something to do, which I enjoy.”

About the author

Joseph started with Fronstretch in Aug. 2014 and worked his way up to become an editor in less than a year. A native of Whitestone, New York, Joseph writes for NASCAR Pole Position magazine as a weekly contributor, along with being a former intern at Newsday and the Times Beacon Record Newspapers, each on Long Island. With a focus on NASCAR, he runs our social media pages and writes the NASCAR Mailbox column, along with other features for the site.

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