Biffle Hoping For Summer Surge
By: Pete Pistone - @PPistone | MRN.com on June 8, 2011 | 10:09 A.M. EST
“We try as hard as we can every single week to win." (Photo:Getty Images)
Greg Biffle enters the summer stretch looking for victory lane and securing a berth in the Chase for the Sprint Cup.
The Roush Fenway Racing driver enters Sunday’s 5-Hour Energy 500 at Pocono Raceway twelfth in the standings and only five points outside the Top 10, which would secure him a berth in the playoffs.
However with the new Wild Card format, Biffle also realizes that winning could also be his ticket to racing for a championship come September.
“It's very important, as you know there's a lot of tough guys right there or right behind me, so even if I get to tenth or ninth, I'll be locked into the chase temporarily,” Biffle said. “There are a lot of races left and a lot of good guys fighting for that spot.
“So a win certainly being up near that Top 10 or 12 in points, a win would certainly secure you a fairly comfortable spot as a wildcard, although we have two guys with wins now, so it may, in fact, take two wins. Two wins would probably guarantee you a spot if you stay in that top 15 in points.”
With the new system, Biffle says he’s even more in tune with following the numbers and scenarios of the Chase this year as the regular season hits the halfway mark.
“Basically what they've done is it's easy for us to calculate," Biffle says. "You've got to be Top 10 in points like the start of when the Chase came around. You've got to be in the Top 10 to be locked in. That's plain and simple.
“We know that 11th and 12th is going to go off of wins. We knew that at the beginning and we're still aware of that. So Top 10 you're locked in. 11th and 12th will come by who has the most wins. And that can change, obviously, up until Richmond.”
The emphasis on winning has always been part of Biffle’s motivation but with Chase implications the veteran believes the next two months will be even more intense beginning with this weekend’s trip to Pocono.
As he eyes Michigan, Sonoma, Daytona and Kentucky in the next month Biffle thinks fans will enjoy watching the playoff drama unfold and the battle for victory lane intensify.
“The reality is whoever has the most wins,” he said. “We've talked about emphasizing on winning forever. People think if we emphasize more about winning, we pay more money to win, we give more points to win, we do whatever, people will try harder.
“We try as hard as we can every single week to win. It does not matter. That's what 43 guys show up for every weekend. A lot of people don't believe that, but that's what we show up at the racetrack for.”