Frustrated Biffle might not be so entrenched at Roush Fenway after all
Greg Biffle has said he is just a crossed "t" and dotted "i" from working out a new deal with Roush Fenway Racing. But after Saturday night's team breakdown at Darlington, the Biff might not be so quick to sign, writes Terry Blount.
Updated: May 13, 2008, 2:08 PM ETBy Terry Blount | ESPN.com
AP Photo/Brett FlashnickDoes Greg Biffle's rant about the Darlington failure signal he's ready to test the free-agent market?If you're a Sprint Cup team owner looking for a quality driver, this might be the time to give Greg Biffle a call.Biffle hasn't signed a new contract with Roush Fenway Racing. He has said repeatedly that he plans to stay at RFR and only needs to work out the details of a new deal.
But you might catch Biffle at the right moment if you make him an enticing offer this week. Biffle was furious about the problems his team had Saturday night at Darlington.
IRL founder Tony George believes the driver lineup for the 2008 Indy 500 might look a lot different if the open-wheel merger had taken place a couple of years ago."We want this to be a destination and not a stop-off to somewhere else," George said. "If we could have put this together two or three years ago, I suspect you wouldn't have seen [Juan Pablo] Montoya, [Dario] Franchitti or [Sam] Hornish going to NASCAR."It is what it is. We have to look forward now and not look back. We have to do our best, with a great cornerstone event like the Indianapolis 500, to create a series where drivers want to be."NHRA pressure cooker
NHRA Top Fuel rookie Antron Brown and veteran Funny Car driver Ron Capps were in Indianapolis on Saturday to watch Pole Day qualifying for the Indy 500.It had its exciting moments but was nothing like what NHRA drivers experience at every event. Even the best racers can miss the 16-car show these days because competition is so tight. "There's so much pressure," Capps said. "It used to be you just showed up for qualifying and tried to put your car in the top half of the field so you'd have lane choice on Sunday. That was your goal."Now your goal is to do everything you can just to get in. If you make one tiny mistake, you may not make the show. Great teams fail to do it. You can win the week before and not even make it to Sunday the next week."The last NHRA event at Madison, Ill., was a prime example. Pro Stock drivers Tom Hammonds and John Nobile had identical qualifying runs of 6.641 seconds, so Nobile made the Sunday eliminations with a better speed at 208.39 mph to Hammonds' 206.95 mph.Tony Bartone edged Jack Beckman for the final Funny Car spot by one-hundredth of a second (4.824 to 4.834). Now that's pressure.And the difference between the top qualifier and the first car that didn't make the show was less than a tenth of second in both categories.Terry Blount covers motorsports for ESPN.com. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.