Who’s No. 1 at Roush Fenway? Edwards says Biffle is — no kidding

(L-R) Greg Biffle, driver of the No. 16 3M Novec 1230 Ford, talks with crew chief Matt Puccia in the garage during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series STP 400 at Kansas Speedway on Friday in Kansas City, Kan. (Getty Images)
(L-R) Greg Biffle, driver of the No. 16 3M Novec 1230 Ford, talks with crew chief Matt Puccia in the garage during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series STP 400 at Kansas Speedway on Friday in Kansas City, Kan. (Getty Images)

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.

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Greg is a published award winning sportswriter who spent 23 years combined active and active reserve military service, much of that in and around the Special Operations community. Greg is the author of "The Nuts and Bolts of NASCAR: The Definitive Viewers' Guide to Big-Time Stock Car Auto Racing" and has been published in major publications across the country including the Los Angeles Times, the Cleveland Plain Dealer and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He was also a contributor to Chicken Soup for the NASCAR Soul, published in 2010, and the Christmas edition in 2016. He wrote as the NASCAR, Formula 1, Auto Reviews and National Veterans Affairs Examiner for Examiner.com and has appeared on Fox News. He holds a BS degree in communications, a Masters degree in psychology and is currently a PhD candidate majoring in psychology. He is currently the weekend Motorsports Editor for Autoweek.