KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Greg Biffle tried to deadpan his answer, but the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series points leader couldn’t suppress a sly smile as he replied to a question about the pecking order at Roush Fenway Racing.
A reporter reminded Biffle that teammate Carl Edwards had signed a hugely lucrative contract renewal last year and was widely considered the No. 1 driver at RFR. Yet Biffle won last Sunday’s Samsung Mobile 500 at Texas and leads the series standings over teammate Matt Kenseth and Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Biffle’s win at Texas snapped a 49-race winless streak. In February, Kenseth won the Daytona 500 for the second time. Edwards, on the other hand, is 11th in the standings and eager to stop his own 40-race drought, dating to last March at Las Vegas.
So Biffle’s answer to the question about the driver ranking at RFR had an unmistakable tongue-in-cheek flavor.
“No, I still think the 99 (Edwards) is the number one team at Roush,” Biffle said Friday at Kansas Speedway, allowing the smile to play at the corners of his mouth. “I’m the underdog.”
Edwards disagrees. Based on current performance, he says it’s easy to identify the top team at Roush.
“Right now, Greg is the No. 1 team — the 16 team is — because they’re leading the points and winning races,” Edwards said.