Greg Biffle, who has spent the past 14 seasons driving a Sprint Cup car for Roush Fenway Racing, has parted ways with the organization after a frustrating season in which he finished 23rd in the standings.
Biffle had one year left on his Roush Fenway contract, but the organization does not have sponsorship for him for next year. The organization has not decided whether to field the No. 16 car in 2017; the team has a charter for that car, so it either must run the car, lease the charter or sell it.
"We've had an incredible run and I am so appreciative for the opportunity to be a part of Roush Fenway," Biffle said in a news release Monday. "For a kid that grew up in Washington, I'm extremely proud of everything we have been able to accomplish over the last 19 years -- both on and off the track.
"I've enjoyed every minute. I'm excited about the next chapter of my life, and I look forward to exploring other opportunities -- particularly in radio and television -- both inside and outside of NASCAR."
The announcement was not a surprise, as Biffle indicated Sunday that it was his last race at Roush when he tweeted his thanks to the team for its hard work over the years.
What a day we had, after 4 batteries we were able to make it home 17th.. Really proud of my team for all of their hard work over the years.— Greg Biffle (@gbiffle) November 21, 2016
It's been a great 19 yrs at Roush Fenway racing, it was a mutual agreement we started working on many months ago for a departure after 2016— Greg Biffle (@gbiffle) November 21, 2016
Biffle, 46, has 19 career victories (all at Roush Fenway) but none since a win at Michigan in June 2013.
He enjoyed his best year in 2005, when he won six races and finished second in the standings. He has won only three races in the past six years, and this season was his worst in the standings in his entire career. He made the Chase in 2014 for the fifth time in six years, but he failed to make it in 2015 and 2016.
Biffle won the 2000 Camping World Truck Series title and the 2002 Xfinity Series title driving for Roush.