Sprint Cup Title in Biffle's Sight
By: Pete Pistone - @PPistone on August 29, 2012 | 10:00 A.M. EST
Greg Biffle carries the point lead into this weekend’s race at Atlanta Motor Speedway. (Photo: Getty Images)
The Roush Fenway Racing driver already has Camping World Truck and Nationwide Series championships to his credit and Biffle has his sights sets on this year’s Sprint Cup crown.
Biffle makes no apologies for being focused on winning; both races and titles.
“Listen, you don't want to come off as being arrogant or whatever the case might be, but let's face it, brutally honest, this sport or any sport is about winning," Biffle said. "That's all it is, it's about winning.
“Nobody tries to be second or third. It doesn't matter if it's a relay race. It doesn't matter if it's finding something. It just doesn't matter. In life, any kind of race, it's about winning. That's truly what it's about. So you're never happy unless you win or you're winning. I mean, I don't mean happy as you're not satisfied, but you're going to continue to work hard, or harder, be aggressive, until you win.”
Biffle has won twice so far this Sprint Cup Series season and carries the point lead into this weekend’s Advocare 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. While he’s proud of the way his team has performed over the first 24 races of the season, Biffle believes there is still room for improvement but that the No. 16 team is not far off from being a dominant player once the Chase rolls around.
“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,” Biffle said.
“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. We were a top 10 car, but we're not satisfied with that. In some cases we were top five. We're striving to be the best and on top. We have a little ways to go.”
As of now, Biffle would start the Chase behind the likes of Jimmie Johnson, Brad Keselowski, Denny Hamlin and Tony Stewart who all have three wins and have earned better seeds based on bonus points.
But Biffle isn’t bothered by the possibility. He’s confident in both his ability as well as the team’s desire to be a serious factor in the 10-race playoff race for this year’s championship.
“I know that we're probably not going to lead the points the whole way,” he said. “So I'm happy and proud of our team fighting to stay in the points lead running as good as we can every week. But the reality is, I know that we may not. If and when that happens, certainly I'm not going to let that take the wind out of our sails, you know what I mean? We're going to work as hard as we can to keep the points lead, keep in the top five, keep in the top three.”
The bottom line for Biffle is that the commitment to excellence and desire to succeed his team brought into the season will be carried through until the bitter end.
“Whatever it is, it doesn't matter,” Biffle said of his spot in the standings once the Chase kicks off. “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."