With the 2016 season complete, a champion crowned and long time veterans leave their rides after many years behind the wheel. The most notable two are Greg Biffle and Casey Mears. Most notably out of the two, Greg Biffle has spent 19 years at Roush Fenway Racing producing 510 career starts, 92 top 5's and 175 top 10's. In the end, it just doesn't cut the butter after 19 years. Biffle is a very well liked character in the NASCAR world. With the nickname "Stick with the Biff" he will be liked with another team or if he decides to retire, but I'm sure he will land on his feet elsewhere.
Casey Mears on the other hand has been there, done that, but does he rank up there other than existing on a team? I'd go into the stats of Mears career, but it's not really a numbers game for him. He is a quality driver that produces good finishes and is very like able. You can just can't stack him with Biffle. I do like Mears as a person, but in this sport sponsor is key as well as team. To keep the sponsor happy, they have replaced him with Ty Dillon.
As we all know about the Dillon brothers being a sour subject in any news headline in NASCAR. I have great respect for Ty taking over, but I think it's a bit premature considering Ty has been eager to get a cup ride. A lot of people give Austin his big brother an insurmountable amount of grief taking the number three once helmed by Dale Sr. But Austin has proven himself with a Truck Series championship and Xfinity. No one will give him credit to actually earning the ride, but only being given it because of Richard Childress being his grandfather. I respect Ty, but Ty hasn't produced the same results in Truck or Xfinity like Austin has.
Clint Bowyer is seeking 2.223 million from Hscott Motorsports who apparently has missed paying him two payments there Of and claims they have spent that money elsewhere. I do believe Bowyer has a legit accusation when it comes to a driver being promised his entitled paycheck regardless of performance. A contract is a contract and by law Hscott needs to pay up. My theory of what is going on is is Hscott doesn't have the money to pay him. That's just my three cents. Lastly, keep reminding Denny Hamlin how many days are left for the 500 :)
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