Top moments from Greg Biffle’s years with Roush Fenway racing

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An era came to an end on Monday at Roush Fenway Racing when it was announced that the team and Greg Biffle had mutually agree to part ways.

The announcement ended a relationship between the two that began back in 1998. Biffle was the longest-tenured driver to ever serve the Jack Roush-owned team.

The native of Vancouver, Washington, competed for Roush in 14-full-time Sprint Cup seasons, but his time with organization began in the Camping World Truck Series.

Here’s a look back at some of the memorable moments from Biffle’s tenure with Roush.

Jan. 18, 1998: Chevy Truck Challenge at Walt Disney World Speedway – At 28, Biffle makes his debut with Roush Fenway Racing in the then Craftsman Truck Series driving the No. 80 Grainger Ford. Biffle start 20th and finished fifth in the race won by Ron Hornaday Jr.

April 25, 1998: Craftsman 200 at Portland Speedway – Biffle starts from his first NASCAR pole and leads two laps. After being involved in a six-truck accident on Lap 28, Biffle finishes 26th. He would earn four poles in 1998, with three straight at Memphis, Gateway and Martinsville.

Nov 8, 1998: Sam’s Town 250 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway – Biffle ends the Truck season eighth in points with eight top fives, 12 top 10s and the title of Rookie of the Year.

May 8, 1999: Memphis 200 at Memphis Motorsports Park – Pole-sitter Biffle leads 74 laps and wins his first NASCAR Truck Series race, beating out a kid from Bakersfield, California, named Kevin Harvick. Biffle win nine races in 1999, including back-to-back races three times. He finishes second in the point standings to Jack Sprague.

Greg Biffle celebrates his 2000 Craftsman Truck Series championship. (Getty Images)

Oct. 28, 2000: Motorola 200 at Auto Club Speedway – With a fifth-place finish Biffle clinches the Truck series title, giving Roush its first NASCAR championship in any series. Biffle won five races and earned 18 top fives and top 10s.

Feb. 17, 2001: NAPA Auto Parts 200 at Daytona – Biffle makes his first Busch Series (now Xfinity) start with Roush (he made two starts in 1996). In the No. 60 Grainger Ford, Biffle starts 24th and finishes 22nd in a race won by Randy LaJoie.

April 14, 2001: Pepsi 300 at Nashville Superspeedway – Biffle starts fourth, leads 133 laps and finished ahead of Jason Keller and Scott Wimmer to win his first Busch Series race. He won five races and finished fourth in the point standings.

In victory lane, Biffle said “I hope I didn’t let Mark Martin down, it took this many races to get the 60 back in victory lane.”

April 28, 2002: NAPA Auto Parts 500 at Auto Club Speedway – After failing to qualify for the Daytona 500, Biffle makes his Winston Cup debut driving the No. 16 for Roush. He starts 29th and finishes 13th. Sixteen races later at Richmond, he leads his first 12 laps. He makes six more starts in 2002 for Petty Enterprises and Andy Petree.

Nov. 16, 2002: Ford 300 at Homestead-Miami Speedway – Biffle led the Busch Series point standings for the final 16 races of the 2002 season after winning four races and earning 20 top fives and 25 top 10s. He gave Roush its second NASCAR championship ever.

Feb. 16, 2003: Daytona 500 – Biffle makes his first start in the “Great American Race,” rolling off 27th and finishing 21st in his first race as a full-time Cup driver.

July 5, 2003: Pepsi 400 at Daytona: After starting 30th, Biffle leads the final 21 laps after taking the lead from Jimmie Johnson and wins his first Cup race in just his 23rd start. It’s his only win of the season and his only points win at Daytona.

2005: Biffle wins six races on the way to finishing second in the point standings. It’s the highest place he finished in his 14 seasons with Roush. The highlight is winning the Southern 500. Biffle starts third, leads 176 laps and beats seven-time Darlington winner Gordon after a late restart that saw Biffle pass Ryan Newman with two laps to go. It’s his first of two straight Southern 500 victories.

June 16, 2013: Quicken Loans 400 at Michigan International Speedway – After starting 19th, Biffle leads 48 laps and earns his 19th and final Cup win with Roush Fenway Racing. It is the 1,000th win for Ford in NASCAR.

Nov. 20, 2016 – Biffle makes his 510th Cup start in the Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. He begins 21st and finishes 17th. The next day, after three winless seasons and two straight years without making the Chase for the Sprint Cup, Roush and Biffle announce they are parting ways.

NASCAR Clash heat race lineups

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LOS ANGELES — Justin Haley, Kyle Busch, Christopher Bell and William Byron will start on the pole for their heat races Sunday at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. 

There will be nine cars in each of the four heat races. Here’s a look at each of the those heat races.

Clash heat race starting lineups

Heat 1

This heat has four drivers who did not make last year’s Clash: Alex Bowman, Aric Almirola, Chris Buescher and Ty Dillon. Almirola starts second, Bowman third, Buescher eighth and Dillon ninth. This heat also has defending Clash winner and reigning Cup champion Joey Logano, who starts fifth.

Heat 2

Richard Childress Racing teammates Busch and Austin Dillon start 1-2. This race has five former champions: Busch, Kyle Larson (starting third), Kevin Harvick (fourth), Martin Truex Jr. (fifth) and Chase Elliott (eighth).

Heat 3

Toyota drivers will start first (Bell), second (Denny Hamlin) and fifth (Tyler Reddick). Ryan Blaney starts last in this heat after his fastest qualifying lap was disallowed Saturday.

Heat 4 

Byron will be joined on the front row by AJ Allmendinger in this heat. The second row will have Ross Chastain and Bubba Wallace.

The top five in each heat advances to Sunday night’s Clash. Those not advancing go to one of two last chance qualifying races. The top three in each of those races advances to the Clash. The 27 and final spot in the Clash is reserved for the driver highest in points who has yet to make the field.

Justin Haley tops field in Clash qualifying

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LOS ANGELES — Justin Haley posted the fastest lap in Saturday’s qualifying for the Busch Light Clash at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

Haley will start the first of four heats on the pole after a lap of 67.099 mph (13.413 seconds). The four heat races will be held Sunday afternoon, followed by two last chance qualifying races and then the Busch Clash on Sunday night.

Clash qualifying results

“I feel pretty confident about where we are,” Haley said. “I’m not sure why we’re so good here.”

The top four qualifiers will start on the pole for their heat race.

Kyle Busch, who was second on the speed chart with a lap of 66.406 mph, will start on the pole for the second heat. That comes in his first race with Richard Childress Racing after having spent the past 15 seasons at Joe Gibbs Racing.

Christopher Bell, third on the speed chart with a lap of 66.328 mph, will start on the pole for the third heat. William Byron, fourth in qualifying with a lap of 66.196 mph, will start on the pole in the fourth heat race.

The pole-sitters for each of the four heat races last year all won their heat. That included Haley, who was third fastest in qualifying last year and won the third heat from the pole.

Ty Gibbs was not allowed to qualify because of unapproved adjustments his team made while making repairs to his car after the door foam caught fire during practice. NASCAR deemed that the Joe Gibbs Racing team made adjustments to the car not directly related to the damage.

Ryan Blaney‘s fastest qualifying lap was disallowed after he stopped the car in Turn 4 and turned it around and to go back to the backstretch and build speed for his final lap. NASCAR disallowed the time from that final lap for the maneuver.

Section 7.8.F of the Cup Rule Book states: “Unless otherwise determined by the Series Managing Director, drivers who encounter a problem during Qualifying will not be permitted to travel counter Race direction.”

The top five finishers in each of the four 25-lap heat races advance to the Clash. The top three in the two 50-lap last chance races move on to the Clash. The final spot in the 27-car field is reserved for the driver highest in points not yet in the field.

Chase Briscoe, AJ Allmendinger in first on-track conflict of the season.

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LOS ANGELES — The first on-track conflict of the 2023 NASCAR Cup season?

Did you have Chase Briscoe and AJ Allmendinger?

They made contact during Saturday night’s practice session at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum for the Busch Light Clash.

Busch Clash practice results

Briscoe explained what happened from his point of view.

“(Allmendinger) was slowing down so much on the straightaway to get a gap (away from other cars),” Briscoe told Motor Racing Network. “I felt like I was beside him pretty far down the straightaway. I got in there a little hot for sure, but, honestly, I thought he was going to give it to me since we were in practice. Went into (Turn) 3 and he just drove me straight into the fence. Definitely frustrating. … Just unfortunate. We don’t have a single back-up car out there between the four of us at SHR. 

“Definitely will set us behind quite a bit. Just chalk it up in the memory blank.”

Asked what happened with Briscoe, Allmendinger told MRN: “He ran inside of me, so I made sure I paid him back and sent him into the fence.

“It’s practice. I get it, I’m struggling and in the way, but come barreling in there. I just showed my displeasure for it. That’s not the issue. We’re just not very good right now.”

Earlier in practice, Ty Gibbs had to climb out of his car after it caught on fire. Gibbs exiting the car safely. The Joe Gibbs Racing team worked on making repairs to his No. 54 car. NASCAR stated that the car would not be allowed to qualify because of unapproved adjustments, modifications not directly related to the damage.

NASCAR will not race at Auto Club Speedway in 2024

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LOS ANGELES — Auto Club Speedway will not host a NASCAR race next year because of plans to convert the 2-mile speedway into a short track.

It will mark only the second time the Cup Series has not raced at the Southern California track since first competing there in 1997. Cup did not race at the track in 2021 because of the pandemic.

Dave Allen, Auto Club Speedway president, also said Saturday that “it’s possible” that the track might not host a NASCAR race in 2025 because of how long it could take to make the conversion. 

MORE: Details for Sunday’s Clash at the Coliseum 

NASCAR came to the Fontana, California, track during the sport’s expansion in the late 1990s that also saw Cup debut at Texas (1997), Las Vegas (1998) and Homestead (1999).

Auto Club Speedway begins the West Coast swing this season, hosting the Cup Series on Feb. 26, a week after the Daytona 500. The series then goes to Las Vegas and Phoenix the following two weeks.

Auto Club Speedway has been among a favorite of drivers because of its aging pavement that put more of the car’s control in the hands of competitors. 

Allen said that officials continue to work on the track’s design. It is expected to be a half-mile track. With NASCAR already having a half-mile high-banked track (Bristol) and half-mile low-banked track (Martinsville), Allen said that a goal is to make Auto Club Speedway stand out.

“It has to make a statement, and making sure that we have a racetrack that is unique to itself here and different than any of the tracks they go to is very important,” Allen said. “Having said that, it’s equally important … to make sure that the fan experience part is unique.”

Kyle Larson, who won last year’s Cup race at Auto Club Speedway, said that he talked to Allen on Saturday was told the track project likely will take about 18 months. 

“I don’t know exactly the extent of what they’re doing with the track, how big it’s going to be, the shape or banking and all that, and I love the 2-mile track, but I think the more short tracks we can have, the better off our sport is going to be,” Larson said.

With Auto Club Speedway off the schedule in 2024, it would mean the only time Cup raced in the Los Angeles area would be at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. NASCAR has a three-year contract with the Coliseum to race there and holds the option to return.

Sunday’s Busch Light Clash at the Coliseum marks the second year of that agreement. Last year’s inaugural event at the Coliseum drew about 50,000 fans. NASCAR has not publicly stated if it will return to the Coliseum next year.