Former Roush Fenway No. 16 driver, Greg Biffle took to Twitter today to announce the plans he’s solidified for 2017, and it involves broadcasting, rather than being behind the wheel.
In a series of Tweets earlier today, Biffle noted that after a lot of consideration from multiple offers received, that he decided not to participate in the 2017 NASCAR season fill time.
He then added that if the right opportunity were to come about, he’d consider returning to the driver’s seat.
— Greg Biffle (@gbiffle) February 17, 2017
Biffle turned 47 in December, making him one of the older full time drivers in the series last year. In comparison, Dale Earnhardt is 42. Jimmie Johnson and Kevin Harvick are both 41. The elder Busch brother, Kurt is 38. The now retired Jeff Gordon is 45 — two years younger than Biffle.
With many NASCAR teams looking to youth for both the future, and to get younger viewers, Biffle may have a hard time finding a decent full-time ride in the premier NASCAR series.
In 2016, Biffle finished 23rd in points, but was able to earn his first pole position in four years, qualifying for the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona in July 2016. Biffle finished eighth in the race.
After finishing 23rd in points in 2016, Biffle and Roush Fenway mutually parted ways, making Biffle a free agent for the upcoming 2017 season.
Biffle drove in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series for Roush Fenway Racing from 2003 until 2016. Along the way, Biffle had 19 wins in the No. 16 Ford.
Prior to driving in the Cup series, Biffle was the 1998 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Rookie of the Year. Two years later, he won the 2000 Craftsman Truck championship. Afterwards, Biffle entered the NASCAR Busch Series, winning the 2001 Rookie of the Year, following it up by winning the 2002 championship in his sophomore Busch Series season.