Spoiler Role For Biffle
September 12, 2006 | 12:00 A.M. EST
Unfortunately for Biffle, things didn't work out that way.
A series of early season disappointments proved to be too much for Biffle to overcome and the Roush Racing driver ended the regular season 12th in the standings, missing the cut for this season's "Chase for the NEXTEL Cup."
Biffle has shown flashes of the dominance and consistency he displayed in 2005 and ended the regular season with a sixth place finish in Saturday night's Chevy Rock 'n Roll 400 at Richmond International Raceway.
"It wasn't a bad day for the National Guard team,” said Biffle. "We wanted a top five, but my car fell off quicker than I wanted it to in the long runs. I just did the best I could. I couldn't get it together there on really long runs. I was really fast on the short runs, but just lost a spot coming to the line with Mark (Martin), but it was a good run for us."
The Top 10 finish was some consolation to Biffle and the Roush team which after placing all five cars in last year's "Chase" has two drivers - Matt Kenseth and Mark Martin - in this year's title hunt.
"Yeah, I think it's good for the team," Biffle said of Martin qualifying for the "Chase" with his Richmond finish. "It's a pretty humbling sport. There are some big guys that didn't make it too, and some guys that came close by having brake troubles. It's high drama."
So Biffle gets thrown into the role of spoiler over the course of the last ten races and joins a pretty impressive list of potent drivers who also missed the title run, but who will try and steal the spotlight with victories.
Biffle, Tony Stewart, Carl Edwards and Kurt Busch comprise a pretty impressive list of drivers not in the "Chase" who have the potential to win every week down the stretch.
"All we can do is go out and try and win races," Biffle said, "which is our goal every week."