Season Review: Greg Biffle
By: John Singler - @JohnSingler2 on November 28, 2013 | 7:00 A.M. EST
Greg Biffle has scored at least one victory in nine of the past 11 seasons, including one win in 2013. (Photo: Getty Images)
In the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, Greg Biffle made the Chase for the second year in a row and also was among 17 drivers who won at least one race.
However, by his own standards, the season was not exactly what the Roush Fenway Racing driver was looking to achieve.
“You’re graded by where you finish in points,” said Biffle, who placed ninth in the Chase. “Every position is very important when it comes down to the end. It’s a big economic difference, too. End-of-year point fund money is a lot different between third and fifth or, for instance, seventh and eighth.”
After climbing as high as fifth in the standings early in the Chase, Biffle finished outside the top 10 in six of the last seven races.
Although he didn’t get as much out of this year’s Chase as he would have liked, Biffle did have a fairly smooth ride through the regular season – winning at Michigan International Speedway and making his 400th career start earlier this month at Texas.
Biffle put together a string of three-straight top-10 finishes early in the year that left him fourth in points, just 30 behind leader Jimmie Johnson coming out of the first Texas race in mid-April. Those gains were erased by a dismal May. Biffle labored to an average finish of 26th in his three May starts.
As June began, he rallied for a second-place finish (behind Johnson) at Pocono Raceway then found some “Michigan Magic” the following week at MIS.
Biffle held the lead over the final 32 laps of the Quicken Loans 400 and when a fast-closing Johnson cut a right-front tire in the final laps, Biffle exhaled and beat runner-up Kevin Harvick to the checkered flag by nearly three seconds.
It was the 13th Cup win at Michigan for owner Jack Roush, which tops the track’s all-time list. For Biffle, it was his second straight victory there. It provided him with some insurance for entry into the Chase.
A late-summer push that included back-to-back top-10s at Michigan and Bristol helped Biffle secure one of the 10 automatic spots in the Chase.
He opened the Chase with strong showings in New Hampshire and Dover before tailing off down the stretch. The end of the season was punctuated by Biffle’s 400th career start that ended with a 12th-place finish at Texas Motor Speedway.
Adjustments made by his Roush Fenway Racing crew on its final pit stop of the race brought his Ford to life.
When the season ended two weeks later at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Biffle was two spots lower than where he had started the Chase in September.
The final numbers for Biffle show 13 top-10 finishes, including the victory at Michigan International Speedway. For the first time in three seasons, he went without at least one pole. Biffle did start on the front row once, alongside Denny Hamlin at Auto Club Speedway – where he finished sixth in the race.
Motor Racing Network continues our countdown to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series awards banquet in Las Vegas with a look at the eighth-place finisher Joey Logano on Friday, Nov. 29. MRN will broadcast the Awards banquet on Dec. 6 starting at 8 p.m. ET.