Biffle Seeks Michigan Magic

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After losing two spots in the Sprint Cup Series standings last week at Watkins Glen, Greg Biffle is hoping for a return to victory lane at Michigan International Speedway to solidify his position in the Chase.

Biffle slipped to ninth in the Sprint Cup Series standings and has four races left to ensure he's part of this year's Chase field.

"Well, I think I'm not – definitely not easy cruising to the Chase right now," Biffle said. "We know that we're on the envelope of getting in. You know, we're in that 8th through 13th class that's going to fight right down to Richmond unless one of us breaks out, gets a win, a couple top fives and locks ourselves in in the next two races."

"We're on that bubble, and certainly finishing 21st at the Glen wasn't what we wanted. It's not where we ran all day, but that's the finish we ended up with."

One thing in Biffle's favor is the schedule with the four tracks remaining until the Chase begins among his favorites on the circuit.

"We are just lucky that the deck is stacked sort of in our favor," he said. "We run very well at Michigan, very well at Bristol. I like California and Richmond. So those are good racetracks for us to be going to."

"If we were going to Talladega and Martinsville and some of these other tracks, I wouldn't be as optimistic in my chances of making the Chase right now. But we're by no means safe. We know that we have to run hard and well."

Biffle will certainly be a favorite this weekend at Michigan, where he has won two times in his career. MIS is a track the Roush Fenway Racing team has dominated over the years and Biffle hopes that trend can continue on Sunday.

"The thing I love about Michigan is you can race as hard as you want, you know, two and three wide on that downforce racetrack for the win and be able to do that in a cautious manner where you're going to get a good finish," Biffle said. "That's what I like about Michigan, one of the things going this weekend. We feel like we can get a top-five finish there if not win. We feel like we can win, but later of the two, a top five, and that will certainly help us in the points."

Team owner Jack Roush always has the two Michigan weekends circled on his calendar.

"Well, there's an expectation based on, as Greg said, Mark's (Martins) early success and then Jeff Burton," he said. "There's an expectation that we'll run well at Michigan. I'm well represented there in the grandstands. We have two suites, the only track on the circuit that we have two hospitality suites. We've got a Roush Industries home in the Detroit area there, so we've got lots of people coming to watch, lots of attention, lots of interest. Of course it's Ford Motor Company home there in Detroit. The car companies enjoy coming to Michigan and duking it out."

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