Iseason Recap:/I Greg Biffle

It's that time of year when everybody wants to hand out awards for this year's top performers. So here is one to consider:

Greg Biffle for "Driver of the Year."

How can that be you ask? He didn’t win a championship!?

Just look at the breakout season the 2002 NASCAR Busch Series Champion was able to put together in 2005. In 36 NEXTEL Cup races, he scored a series leading six victories as well as 15 top fives and 21 top 10s on his way to a second place finish in the championship standings.

Not bad for a driver whose previous best was 17th overall in 2004 and who had three career victories in NASCAR's top division.

Also, in a partial schedule of 27 races in the Busch Series, he scored one win, 16 top fives, and 21 top 10s on his way to a 10th place finish in the championship, a mere one point behind ninth place. Half of his top fives, eight in total, were second place results.

Imagine what he would have accomplished if he would have run the entire 35 race Busch Schedule?

Nonetheless, Biffle accomplished an amazing season that saw him come within 35 points of stealing the championship crown from Tony Stewart after his victory at Homestead-Miami.

"I'm excited about the win, thankful for all the opportunities I've gotten this season, that Doug and Jack have given me my entire career and then to come off this season with six wins and be second in points, only 35 back behind a two-time champion like Tony Stewart, I can’t think of a way to finish this season out any better."

The No. 16 National Guard Ford's season was augmented by its performance in the "Chase for the NEXTEL Cup." During the ten races, he had one victory, five top fives and six Top 10s. The only blemishes that kept Biffle from becoming the first driver in history to claim a championship in the top three levels of NASCAR competition were poor performances at Talladega (27th), Martinsville (20th) and a problem with loose lugnuts at Texas (20th).

"Things happen for a reason. It wasn’t our year. We know what not to do next year. We can count on our hands – flat tire at Dover, which we can’t do anything about, not a great run at Martinsville and then that crash at Talladega. So there are a lot of races that we gave up a tremendous amount of points, besides that loose wheel (at Texas). But that kind of sealed our fate there."

Jack Roush said it best when asked about the No. 16 team's 2005 performance; the best is yet to come out of this young team.

"Anyway, this is fairly young for our 16 team… We've got a lot of time for a lot of championships and these guys are gonna go get them as long as I can keep them in good cars."

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