LAS VEGAS -- Greg Biffle has never forgotten his early days of racing across the Northwest, where the path to NASCAR is bumpy at best.
In a nod to his roots, Biffle announced Friday that he has become part-owner of an Oregon dirt track and has formed a late-model series to help budding racers across the Northwest.
"It's more about bringing some recognition to these race tracks and kind of giving back to that series and providing a good platform for guys to come out and race on Friday and Saturday night," Biffle said of his new ventures. "Both of the race tracks I won championships at are gone now. Portland Speedway and Tri Cities Raceway are both extinct."
Biffle is now part-owner of Sunset Speedway in Banks, Oregon, a 0.75-mile clay dirt track located outside Portland. The track will host 35 events this season, which begins April 10.
He also announced the formation of the DAA Spec Motor Series, which will run 22 events on six tracks with a $25,000 season points fund.
"A lot of great things are happening for the guys out in the Northwest," Biffle said. "I really felt like I wanted to get involved in grassroots racing and it's important because that's where all of our feeder guys come from -- mechanics and drivers -- for the Camping World Truck, Nationwide and Cup Series.
"It was important for me to get back to where I grew up and support this series."
Stewart, who owns famed Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio, praised Biffle for committing to help local racers.
"It's pretty cool to see another guy giving back to his roots and supporting an area he's very familiar with," Stewart said. "It's always a challenge. If it was easy, every promoter in the country would never have any worries. But the good thing is somebody like Greg is committed to making it work. We've had conversations for over a year now that he was interested in doing it, so it's something he's passionate about and that's half the battle."