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Ricky Stenhouse Jr. the latest Roush Fenway driver to survive 'The Greg Biffle Speech'

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Team owner Jack Roush (left), crew chief Mike Kelley (center) and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. celebrate in victory lane with , after winning the NASCAR Nationwide Series Iowa John Deere Dealers 250.
Team owner Jack Roush (left), crew chief Mike Kelley (center) and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. celebrate in victory lane with , after winning the NASCAR Nationwide Series Iowa John Deere Dealers 250.

By Lee Montgomery
Editor/NNSracing.com

Drivers who have struggled at Roush Fenway Racing have all gotten "The Greg Biffle Speech" from team owner Jack Roush.

Carl Edwards got it. Trevor Bayne got it. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. got it.

"I got it," Edwards said in April. "It was sitting in a room, just me and him. He closed the door and said, 'Listen, you've been crashing a lot of my race cars. I'm going to tell you what I told Greg Biffle.'"

 

What did Roush tell Biffle many years ago?

"The first thing I did was I looked at the crew chief and told him to get somebody else to drive this car because Greg was not going to make it," Roush said after Edwards won in Nashville last month.

Then he turned to Biffle and said:

"I've got bad news for you. The first wreck you have that the crew chief doesn't say it was not your fault, it's going to cost you 10 grand. The one after that - there's no time limit - will be $20,000. But the good news is you don't have to worry about a $40,000 wreck."

Biffle got the message and has become a top-flight Sprint Cup driver.

Stenhouse Jr. got the Speech last year - and it seems he has learned his lesson, too.

"Ricky and Trevor and Jeff Gordon and Carl Edwards and Mark Martin and everybody's who has come into this business has got to tear up some race cars," Roush said. "If you tear up race cars trying to find that compromise, trying to find that combination that lets you go fast and lets you do so without having trouble, then it's for a good purpose.

"But if you do it because your reckless or mindless, then there's no purpose in it."

Stenhouse became the latest young Roush driver to taste success, winning his first NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Iowa Speedway.

"There's a lot in it for me to see the success that Ricky ... is having, as I've enjoyed the success of Carl and Matt and Greg and everybody else we brought into the business," Roush said.

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