New sponsor coming for Biffle

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Clark County native Greg Biffle said Roush-Fenway Racing is set to announce a new sponsor for the No. 16 in the wake of 3M's defection to Hendrick Motorsports.

3M reached a three-year deal with HMS this week and will serve as Jeff Gordon's primary sponsor for 11 races a season starting in 2015. 3M will serve as the associate sponsor for Gordon's No. 24 Chevrolet in all other races from 2015-17.

Biffle said he was appreciative of 3M's sponsorship through the years.

"It's been a great 10 years we've had together," he said Wednesday. "We've got a few partners moving forward. It's going to be a great thing for the 16 car. I appreciate the support from all the fans of the 16 team and all of the 3M employees. They've been behind this program forever and I've made a lot of friendships and those will remain without a doubt moving forward."

Biffle said the new sponsor could be announced in a few weeks after the final contract details are set.

Biffle recently signed a three-year extension with RFR. Biffle has 19 career Sprint Cup victories, along with Truck and Nationwide Series championships, and was the 2005 Cup runner-up driving for Jack Roush. The 44-year-old Biffle has spent his entire 12-year career with Roush.

"My decision was to stay loyal to a brand — and stay loyal to Jack — that had provided me opportunities along the way," Biffle said. "It's been a great relationship and we were hopeful and were under the impression that 3M would return. But we understand that management changes and there are business decisions to be made."