Greg Biffle almost recruited Chad Knaus for Roush Fenway Racing

NASCAR, like all sports, has many debatable topics, but all die-hard NASCAR fans would tell you that Jimmie Johnson and Chad Knaus he was the most dominant driver-crew chief tandem of the modern NASCAR era. Their five-peat championship from 2006 to 2010 and seven total titles puts them in a rare place in NASCAR history. They eventually ended their 17-year association with Hendrick Motorsports after the 2018 Cup Series season due to competitive differences. But, if Greg Biffle had had his way, the couple would have broken up a couple of years earlier.

During an episode of Download Dale Jr. podcast, Biffle discussed his time at Roush Fenway Racing, where he drove the No. 16 Ford from 2003 to 2016. He said Dale Earnhardt Jr. and his co-host Mike Davis who during a period of attempted restructuring during his final years with the team, tried (and failed) to get Chad Knaus on board to turn things around. Oh what could have been.

“We were trying to reinvent ourselves with the same people, without even moving them,” Biffle said. “We need to try something different to get out there and get going. I almost hired Chad Knaus. I was trying to get him to come and save Roush Fenway at the end of 2014 and 2015 right there. I was trying to get him, I said, ‘Chad, you can be the boy. You can be the Ray Evernham or whoever, set your own destiny, but you are the boy.'”

“Can you imagine if he came out there and Roush Fenway rivaled Penske, Hendrick and Stewart Haas, right now? Under his leadership, it would have happened. We were close, but it was probably because some of us didn’t want to.” hand over the baton yet”.

Now, by 2014, Jimmie and Chad had already done significant damage in the Cup Series, having won six of their seven championships. But if Biffle could have snatched Knaus from Hendrick Motorsports, who knows? Maybe Jimmie wouldn’t have won that seventh title in 2016, which put him in the NASCAR GOAT conversation alongside Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt Sr.

Speaking of championships, Greg Biffle won a couple of them back in the day. Just not in the Cup Series. Biffle, the 2002 NASCAR Busch Series champion and 2000 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series champion, won his final Truck race of 2019 at Texas, driving the No. 51 Toyota for Kyle Busch Motorsports. After a six-year hiatus from the Cup Series, the 52-year-old Biffle returned in 2022, running several races for the No. 44 Chevy NY Racing Team.

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