Biffle Still Alive in Chase
By: Pete Pistone - @PPistone | MRN.com on September 26, 2013 | 4:28 P.M. EST
After last week’s solid third-place run in the SYLVANIA 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Greg Biffle is feeling pretty good about the direction of his race team. (Photo: Getty Images)
DOVER, Del. – Don’t count Greg Biffle out of this year’s Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup championship picture just yet.
After last week’s solid third-place run in the Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, the Roush Fenway Racing driver is feeling pretty good about the direction of his race team.
"I feel good about how far the team has come," Biffle said after last Sunday’s race in New Hampshire. "We had great pit stops, but we just got good at the end and our car really, really took off. We were able to drive by those guys and get up to third. We almost reeled in the No. 20 (race winner Matt Kenseth) from a full straightaway and the No. 18 (Kyle Busch) – catching them was the most fun I’ve had in a long time, even though we finished third."
The finish left Biffle fifth in the Sprint Cup Series standings, 38 points behind leader Kenseth with eight races to go.
But despite the fact Kenseth started the Chase with back-to-back wins and has added to his top-seed status, Biffle has by no means given up the hope of contending for the title despite the early strength from Joe Gibbs Racing.
"I think we all knew they were going to be tough when the Chase came," said Biffle. "They do have fast cars, that's no doubt. I won the first two Chase races before (in 2008), also, and then didn't win the championship. Anything can happen. But they have good momentum and they've got good, fast cars."
Now, Biffle turns his attention to Dover and Sunday’s AAA 400 on the concrete one-mile oval where he’s had success in the past. In his 22 Sprint Cup career starts at Dover, Biffle has two wins, six top fives and 10 top-10 finishes.
However, after a 15th-place finish in the spring visit to "The Monster Mile," crew chief Matt Puccia knows there’s some work ahead of the No. 16 team.
"We struggled a little bit in the spring, but Dover is a track we typically run well at," said Puccia. "As a company, we look forward to going there. It’s a unique, high-banked racetrack and keeping up with the track as it changes throughout a race is always a challenge. We’ve got ourselves in a decent position in the points, we're looking to maintain what we’ve been doing and get a good run at Dover."
But his personal past accomplishments, RFR’s overall Dover success and last week’s strong New Hampshire outing has Biffle feeling optimistic about his chances in Chase race No. 3.
"Dover is a track (where) the Roush Fenway cars have run well at and a place I’ve had some success at," he said. "As a driver, you have to be on your toes at Dover. We’re running a lot better on these shorter tracks and coming off a third-place finish last week, I think we're going to be really good at Dover."
Motor Racing Network - "The Voice of NASCAR" - will have live coverage of Sunday’s AAA 400 beginning at 1 p.m. (ET), with live streaming at MRN.com.