Biffle Back To Basics

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - No driver wanted to see the calendar change from 2006 to 2007 more than Greg Biffle.

After missing the "Chase for the NEXTEL Cup" last year in a season that could only be referred to as disappointing, Biffle is ready to start fresh.

That new beginning means a new crew chief in Pat Tryson, and a new wife, as Biffle and girlfriend Nicole Lunders were engaged over the holiday break.

And the other good news for Biffle is his health. He's on the mend from the dislocated shoulder he suffered in a tire testing crash at Las Vegas, which didn't bother him during last week's testing at Daytona.

"My shoulder is doing fairly well," Biffle said. "I was a little nervous coming down here about how it was gonna be inside the car – not driving the car but reaching everything – reaching over and getting the helmet off the helmet hook and trying to hook up the things behind your head that are hard to get to, and getting the seatbelts that are behind you. The reach is the biggest thing that hurts your shoulder – the range of motion – but, actually, I’m doing really well. I’m pretty happy about that, I think I’m ready to go."

Physically fit, Biffle is hoping for the same mentally as he tries to put last year's problems behind. Team owner Jack Roush has tried to give Biffle's No. 16 a new outlook with new crew chief Tryson, who comes over after working so well with the departed Mark Martin the last few seasons.

"It’s a real momentum builder for a team," Biffle said. "I hate to talk about our crash at Las Vegas, but that really, really was a big event. It was a really big crash and it was our first test together. It was our first time together as a team. It was our first time together as a group. Everybody is excited about being there and our test was going extremely well, and I feel like that really set us back a bunch – that unfortunate incident. So we’re definitely coming back from that incident, but we’re really working well together."

Tryson wasn't the only change with the No. 16 , which will carry a new primary sponsor this year in Ameriquest. Other new team members have come on board, but Biffle likes the way things are progressing.

"I like all the guys.," Biffle said. "We're finding out a lot of stuff here and when we get to some of these other places – Bristol will certainly be a place that we get scrambling in these first couple of races – California and our Vegas test. I think the team is coming together well and I like Pat and the way he executes things."

Biffle hopes Tryson will be executing a return to victory lane several times this season as well as an appearance in the "Chase."

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