Biffle Getting Closer

After last week's NASCAR version of "Survivor" at Lowe's Motor Speedway, Greg Biffle was just happy to be around at the end.

But Biffle's third-place finish was more than just survival. The solid run brought the Roush Racing driver back into the thick of the championship battle and moved him within eleven points of co-leaders Jimmie Johnson and Tony Stewart.

"It was kind of a different night," Biffle said after the race in Charlotte. "This is the first kind of racing I've done like this. It's sort of like restrictor plate racing where you just kind of hang out and wait. That's what we did. We waited around and drove our car 75-80 percent."

Like everyone else Saturday night, Biffle was forced to tiptoe his way through the 500 miles trying to avoid becoming the next driver bitten by the track's surface-tire blowout problems.

He was able to save his car to make a run at the end, but eventually ran out of laps to chase down eventual winner Johnson.

"It seems weird you drive 80 percent all night and then when you do run 100 percent you run out of time," he said. "It's kind of ironic, but it was a good night for us overall. Third place, we can't complain. Second last week, third this week."

Those consistent finishes have helped Biffle erase a major deficit and crawl back into contention for the title.

"You've got to be confident and I felt like I was gonna be able to make up the 88-point deficit, I really did," Biffle said.

And with a group of tracks coming up where Biffle has been successful in the past, confidence is high within the No. 16 camp.

"I know we run good at Atlanta," he said. "I know we run good at Phoenix. I know that I won at Homestead last year. I won at Texas earlier. So I knew 88 points with four or five races anything can happen.

"I was being optimistic. I was trying to be excited about being able to catch him. Of course there is doubt when you see him leading or he qualifies third. Of course it's a big deal, but it seems like it's getting closer."

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