Greg Biffle gave Jack Roush his 100th Nationwide Series victory as a team owner Saturday night at Phoenix International Raceway, and that particular milestone compelled Roush to think of another on the eve of his 67th birthday.
"I've got many blessings," he said, "This weekend, I'm having my 67th birthday, but seven years ago it was basically over for me and I had a chance to keep going. I wound up in an airplane wreck under water, and I was able to recover from that based on one Larry Hicks, who came and got me - Sgt Major Larry Hicks of the Marine Corps. So I'm thinking about Larry tonight and thinking about what it means to have these extra days."
Hicks rescued Roush after the private plane he was flying crashed near Troy, on Roush's 60th birthday in 2002.
One thing Roush preferred not to think about was the NASCAR-mandated paring down of Roush Fenway Racing from five teams to four at the end of the season. Recent
news stories have mentioned Jamie McMurray's #26 Ford as the most likely to move, to Yates Racing, but Roush called that speculation premature.
"We're not thinking about next year yet," he insisted, "We're thinking about this year, and certainly there was nothing that's happened in the last week that is noteworthy or newsworthy, and I wouldn't care to speculate."
by Reid Spencer
Sporting News NASCAR Wire Service