Greg Biffle is out at Roush Fenway Racing after 19 seasons driving in various series for the team.
In a news release, the 46-year-old said he was "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."
Biffle, who had driven the No. 16 Ford since 2002, tweeted the departure was a "mutual agreement we started working on many months ago."
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
It hasn't been a good few years for Roush Fenway, and Biffle had grown increasingly frustrated. His most recent win was in 2013 and his last two seasons saw him finish 20th (2015) and 23rd (2016) in the season standings.
But the veteran won 19 career races in NASCAR's premier series, in addition to titles in the Xfinity Series and Camping World Truck Series, and twice contended for Cup championships late in the season.
“We’ve had an incredible run and I am so appreciative for the opportunity to be a part of Roush Fenway,” Biffle said. “For a kid that grew up 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 thankful to Jack Roush for the opportunity to have driven his race cars for all these years. It’s very rare in this sport to have been able to stay with one team this many years, and to have been as successful as we have been.”
Biffle made the Chase eight times and has 510 career Cup starts.
"I don't have the words to say what Greg has meant to this organization," team owner Jack Roush said. "He is a true racer who has always exhibited a will to win and an intense passion for speed. For almost two decades Greg has given us an opportunity to run up front and compete for wins.
“Greg exemplifies what every owner hopes for in a driver and I’m extremely thankful for having him as part of our organization. I know that Greg and I will maintain a strong friendship and I look forward to leaning on him on occasion as we continue to work on improving our performance.”
Roush did not say whether it plans to field the No. 16 car with another driver next season.
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