LONG POND, Pa. (AP) — Gregg Biffle is ready to settle in as the unofficial captain of Roush-Fenway Racing.
While Carl Edwards is headed elsewhere for 2015 — believed to be Joe Gibbs Racing — Biffle showed his commitment toward owner Jack Roush and recently signed a three-year contract extension.
Biffle wants to prove he's RFR's top driver on and off the track.
"I look forward to kind of carrying the flag and leading this organization," Biffle said Friday at Pocono Raceway.
Biffle has 19 career Sprint Cup victories, along with Truck and Nationwide Series championships, and was the 2005 Cup runner-up driving for Roush. The 44-year-old Biffle has spent his entire 12-year career with Roush and will be the old man on a roster full of fresh races and unproven prospects.
Biffle was a wanted driver in the final year of his contract.
"There were some interesting seats open and opportunities," he said. "I just felt like we can get this thing turned around, so I made the decision to stay and be the anchor for Roush Fenway, and do another three-year contract, regardless of sponsorship at that point."
Biffle is still looking for a primary sponsor, with longtime associate 3M again a possibility for the No. 16 Ford.
Roush disclosed its three-driver 2015 lineup at Indianapolis Motor Speedway: Biffle and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. will both return, and Trevor Bayne will move up from the Nationwide Series to a full-time Sprint Cup Series ride.