Biffle Off to Best Start

Greg Biffle

After five races, Greg Biffle is the Sprint Cup Series points leader. (Photo: Getty Images)

Greg Biffle continues to enjoy his hot start to the season and brings the Sprint Cup Series point lead into Sunday’s Goody’s Fast Relief 500 at Martinsville Speedway.

The Roush Fenway Racing driver takes a seven-point advantage over second place Kevin Harvick into Sunday’s sixth race of the season.

Biffle had hoped to get the 2012 campaign off to a good start and is proud of the effort his team has put forward to make that happen.

“Well, I tell you, it certainly has been a relief for myself and I know for the 16 team, all the guys, the entire company, that we've gotten off to a start like we have,” said Biffle. “We've been in position to win a few races, and then also we've been in some spots where we know we need to be a little bit better, for instance, Bristol and California. We were not as competitive as we wanted to be.

“But certainly we have started off, you know, tremendously. Like you mentioned, every kind of racetrack we've covered so far we've been competitive at. That really makes us feel good about the rest of the season, as well, as how we've started.”

While Biffle appreciates being on top of the standings, he understands how early it is in the campaign. So the approach isn’t so much maintaining the lead as it is just performing well at every track on the schedule.

“Whatever it is, it doesn't matter,” Biffle said. “We're going to show up at Martinsville, Texas, Talladega, Kansas, we're going to show up and run as good as we can, try and win to get points for the Chase. Hey, if we continue to lead the points, that's a bonus.

“That's the attitude. We've all got a positive attitude. If we're not leading the points, we still are going to have that positive attitude.”

After struggling last season to find a rhythm, Biffle points to the appointment of crew chief Matt Puccia as one of the team’s turning points. The duo have become one of the tightest knit driver-crew chief combos in the Sprint Cup Series and Biffle is quick to give Puccia his due credit.

“That guy, I promise you, if anybody can take me to winning a championship, its Matt Puccia,” he said. “He never gives up, never leaves a rock unturned. He's the hungriest guy I've ever seen in my whole life and is the most focused to win a race. I cannot wait. I can't wait till we win a race because he deserves it.

“I'll tell you what, in my opinion, I'm a little prejudiced, but he's working harder than anybody in the garage, all 43 or 42 other crew chiefs. I feel like he's working the hardest. When he does win, when we win here hopefully in the near future, it will be well-deserved.”

The pair is hoping that victory comes this weekend at Martinsville, which hasn’t been one of Biffle’s best tracks since moving up to the Sprint Cup Series. His last outing was an example of the disappointment when Biffle spun while running inside the top 15 only to spin out and fall two laps down.

Although he battled back to finish 15th, Biffle still has high hopes for going back to the Virginia short track.

“Believe it or not, I’m actually looking forward to Martinsville,” Biffle said. “We have a brand new, super light, great car for this weekend. We’ve been working on brake packages and we feel like we have a great brake package. We’ve actually qualified well, for the most part, in the past at Martinsville.”

No matter what track rolls around on the calendar, Biffle is confident his team will be up for the challenge and continue to build on this early season momentum.

“I'm sitting in Matt's office,” Biffle said. “We're trying to figure out how we're going to win at Martinsville, how we're going to win at Texas, right on down the list. If we come up short, we come up short.

“Are we happy with finishing third or whatever? Yeah, we're happy because we went there, we gave it a hundred percent, and that's the result we ended up with. But we're going to continue till we reach that Victory Circle.”

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