Biffle Takes Hot Streak To Phoenix
April 9, 2010 | 6:17 A.M. EST
Biffle is the only driver to have notched six top-10 finishes in the first six races of the season. Most recently Jimmie Johnson started his 2005 season with seven top-10 finishes and Morgan Shepherd holds the record for starting the season with the most top-10 finishes in a row with 11 in 1990.
The hot start has paid off for Biffle who is currently second in the point standings and only 14 points out of the lead following his 10th-place finish in Martinsville.
The Roush Fenway Racing driver is confident he can stay hot at the one-mile PIR, one of his favorite tracks on the schedule.
"I really can't wait to go to Phoenix this weekend," said Biffle, who has four career top-10 finishes in Phoenix. "I love that track and I love going out west. We've run well there but we don't have a win there yet in the cup car."
Biffle knows the quirky layout presents a challenge, as will the extra distance of 75 laps added to Saturday night's race.
"In order to run well at Phoenix, you really have to work on getting your car to handle well at both ends which can be difficult because they are very different," he said. "I would say the only other track that is so different at both ends is Darlington. If we can get that figured out, we should have a really good race in Phoenix. I can't think of anything better than the opportunity to take the points lead at a west coast race. I love the west coast races and the fans out there."
Crew Chief Greg Erwin will have the job of ensuring fuel strategy plays out with the extra distance tacked on to this year's Spring PIR visit.
"Fuel mileage has been a factor in the past at Phoenix but with the addition of laps to the race this time, everyone should have to pit again and it may not be as much of a factor," he said. "We will need to qualify well as always because it can be hard to pass at Phoenix.
"It's the first night race of the season and we have all of our practices during the day on Friday so we'll have to work with the temperature changes. The main thing though is just to get the best finish out there that we can and stay at or near the top of the points."