Biffle Rolls into Michigan
By: Pete Pistone - @PPistone on June 14, 2013 | 9:13 A.M. EST
Greg Biffle won the most recent Michigan race, winning in August. (Photo: Getty Images)
BROOKLYN, Mich. - Greg Biffle looks to follow his second place Pocono run with another solid effort in Sunday’s Quicken Loans 400 at Michigan Int’l Speedway.
The Roush Fenway Racing driver was finally able to out together a strong effort last Sunday to follow race winner Jimmie Johnson across the finish line and end a string of disappointing performances.
“We've still got a little bit of work to do,” Biffle said. “We're not quite there yet. Clearly we're not celebrating that we finished second today quite yet on our cars figured out, but definitely this is a step in the right direction.
“We certainly ran better here than we have all season, and certainly that's a positive for us going into next week. Hopefully continue to build on that.”
The Sprint Cup Series schedule could not have worked out better for Biffle and the Roush Fenway Racing No. 16 team with Michigan next up. Biffle has three wins in 20 career starts at the two-mile track and has led at least one lap in all but six of those outings.
After the strong performance in Pocono, it’s no wonder Biffle is chomping at the bit to compete in the Irish Hills of Michigan.
“I couldn’t be happier coming off the run at Pocono going into Michigan,” he said. “We finished fourth the first race and got a win there last year at Michigan. We are working hard on our cars, trying to get them better, but we still have a little work to do.
“Michigan is one of my favorite tracks; it’s a big fast place and has lots of room to race. We can get strung out a bit, but there is always something going on, someone is always catching someone else.”
Biffle is well aware that fuel mileage could very well play a major role in determining the outcome in Sunday’s first of two Michigan visits.
“There is always a lot of strategy going on,” said Biffle. “Fuel mileage and pit stops are very important. I’ve had a lot of success at Michigan in the past and I think this will be a good weekend for us.”
Crew chief Matt Puccia is ready for the potential challenge of calling a fuel strategy race. Like Biffle, Puccia also has a little extra pep in his step coming to MIS on the heels of the team’s Pocono effort.
“Hopefully after our performance in Pocono we can carry over some of the stuff we learned, even though they are very different there are some similarities to Michigan,” said Puccia.
“Coming off a win in the second race at Michigan last year we know what it takes to find victory lane. Hopefully we can better our position by one spot this weekend in Michigan.”
Motor Racing Network - "The Voice of NASCAR" - will air live coverage of Sunday's Quicken Loans 400 at Michigan Int'l Speedway beginning at 12 Noon (ET) with live streaming at MotorRacingNetwork.com.