Biffle Seeks Texas Two-Step
By: Pete Pistone - @PPistone | MRN.com on November 2, 2012 | 12:00 P.M. EST
Greg Biffle reached Victory Lane in last April’s event at Texas Motor Speedway. (Photo: Getty Images)
The Roush Fenway Racing driver is a two-time Cup winner at TMS, including his trip to Victory Lane in last April’s Samsung Mobile 500.
“I have been here before,” said Biffle in Texas after taking his first win since 2010. “I tell you what, these guys did a great job in the pits and adjusting on the car all day. I can’t thank everybody enough for sticking behind the 3M 16 car. The fans that have supported us all the way. It is so exciting to get Ford and 3M and everybody that has been such a supporter back here to Victory Lane.”
Now he’s hoping for yet another successful day in the Lone Star State on Sunday.
Biffle has a pair of wins this season and, although is no longer in contention for the Sprint Cup Series title, has a chance to end his year on a positive note.
“I’m excited about heading to Texas this weekend and hopefully we can make it a sweep,” he said. “We tested the 2013 car there about a month ago and feel good about Texas, but to win there you have to have everything right. You’ve got to drive hard like we did in the spring and there will always be four or five guys to contend with at the end. You can run up the track, down the track, pit stops are important and the track really flattens off the corner.
“You have really got to watch what you do or that thing will sneak up and bite you, kind of like what happened to me in Chicago.”
Biffle’s run at Chicagoland Speedway to start the Chase was not what he’d hoped for after leading the point standings for much of the regular season. He finished 13th and began a tail spin that erased any hopes of adding a Sprint Cup championship to his resume this year, which includes titles in the Camping World Truck Series and Nationwide Series.
"We're really disappointed,” Biffle said. “I feel bad that everybody is working so hard but the results aren't showing. We're doing all we can do."
The No. 16 team is optimistic things can turn around this weekend at Texas. Crew chief Matt Puccia knows what it will take to see Biffle again roll across the finish line first on Sunday and believes his team has a good chance for that to happen.
“Texas has always been one of our stronger tracks on the circuit and we had some success earlier in the year there with a win,” said Puccia. “The spring race is a little different than this race, temperature wise, and this time around we race more in the day.
“Texas is one of the more unique tracks in that it’s getting more worn out and much bumpier, making it a little bit harder to get a handle on then some of the more recent tracks like Charlotte and Kansas. Tires mean a lot there so pit strategy will come into play.”