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Evernham interested in bringing back Borland

CONCORD, N.C. -- Evernham Motorsports has an interest in hiring Matt Borland, who was released as the crew chief for Michael Waltrip Racing.

Team owner Ray Evernham said on Monday that members of his organization have talked to Borland, who helped Ryan Newman win a series-best eight races in 2003, about a role with the company.

Evernham said he needed to find out if Borland wants to remain a crew chief or work strictly as an engineer. Borland turned down an offer to remain the technical director at MWR.

Evernham doesn't have a crew chief opening, but he is concerned with the recent performance of the 19 team of driver Elliott Sadler and crew chief Josh Browne.

"We've got to change something," Evernham said. "As for Matt, I don't know where he would fit in here. Others are interested in him and I don't want to get into a bidding war for him.

"Matt's a sharp guy and he would add depth to our organization, which we really need right now. But he's got to want to work here."

Biffle contract update
Greg Biffle is negotiating a contract extension that will keep him at Roush Fenway Racing through 2012.

Biffle, whose deal with the company is over in 2008, recently received information on a new deal from team president Geoff Smith. He hopes to have something done in the next 60 days.

He said the company also has a couple of sponsorship deals on the table with Ameriquest asking out of its deal.

"So, you know, I'm pretty sure I'm staying at Roush," Biffle said. "The negotiations are going well. I don't see any reason why I would be out talking to anybody else at this point, or at least entertaining those ideas until I feel like I've gone as far as I can with Roush if we can't come to terms."

Asked what it would take to keep him, Biffle jokingly said: "There's one thing that comes to mind -- become the highest-paid guy in the sport and stay at Roush. If you are dreaming, you might as well dream big, right?"

David Newton covers NASCAR for ESPN.com. He can be reached at dnewtonespn@aol.com.