Greg Biffle is sounding a little less certain about his desire to remain at Roush Fenway Racing. The driver said during Mondayâ€™s Nationwide Series test at Loweâ€™s Motor Speedway that he doesnâ€™t know if Roush Fenway Racing is where he wants to be next season, citing a consistent pattern of team-inflicted mistakes.
â€œYou know, you get frustrated, and you look at that last race, and you say: â€˜Gosh, I donâ€™t want to do that anymore. I want to do something different,â€™â€ said Biffle, who led 95 laps in Saturdayâ€™s Dodge Challenger 500 at Darlington Raceway before a broken timing belt in his carâ€™s engine relegated him to a 43rd-place finish.
â€œBut you look around the garage, everybody has these issues. Everybody has these problems. A timing belt can fail on anybodyâ€™s race car. You can have a loose wheel at any time. You can have a problem with the transmission. All these guys have had these issues in the past. I just donâ€™t want to continue to have them year after year.â€
Biffle, whose contract with Roush Fenway expires at the end of 2008, said as recently as two weekends ago at Richmond International Raceway that he fully intends to return to the team in 2009.
But the driver of the No. 16 Ford was highly critical of his team at Darlington for leaving two loose wheels on his car. One of those wheels forced Biffle to make an unscheduled green flag pit stop, giving up the lead.
â€œItâ€™s easier to accept when itâ€™s a Denny Hamlin situation, where he dominates at Richmond and he gets a flat tire,â€ Biffle said, referring to the woes that cost Hamlin an almost certain win at Richmond two weekends ago after leading all but one of the first 382 laps.
â€œThat can happen, and it did happen, and a driver can accept that. â€¦ But when itâ€™s other issues it makes it harder inside to take because stuff will happen. I donâ€™t know. Itâ€™s one of things. You feel frustrated, but youâ€™ve got to continue to give it 100 percent effort all the time.â€