Biffle Rides Momentum Into Michigan
By: Pete Pistone - @PPistone | MRN.com on August 14, 2014 | 11:00 A.M. EST
Greg Biffle says a recent test at Michigan International Speedway gives him confidence he'll do better than his 20th-place finish there in June. (Photo: Getty Images)
Greg Biffle remains confident he can turn around his season with a strong run in Sunday’s Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway.
The Roush Fenway Racing driver has shown signs of success in recent weeks after what has been a frustrating 2014 season. He enters the weekend 12th in the Sprint Cup Series point standings with three top-five and seven top-10 finishes after strong outings the last two weeks at Pocono (fifht) and Watkins Glen (eighth).
“I’m really excited about going to Michigan,” Biffle said. “We’ve been doing a tremendous amount of testing and working very hard at Roush Fenway to catch up with some of the other teams, so our most recent week off we tested at Michigan and felt like we found a lot of speed that we were missing.
“We didn’t really carry it through to Indy like we thought, but some of it carried through to Pocono. We’re pretty optimistic going to Michigan that we’re going to be one of the competitive cars and challenging for the win.”
Biffle has always enjoyed racing at the 2-mile Michigan track. He’s won four Cup races and has 10 career top-five and 14 top-10 finishes to his credit. He also has two Camping World Truck Series wins there and three top-five finishes in Nationwide.
“I like the layout,’’ Biffle said. “I love the way it races and we’ve just been super-successful there.”
Biffle is hoping for a good run Sunday to keep his Chase hopes alive. But he’s also hoping to end the season on a strong note for sponsor 3M, which announced earlier this week it would leave Roush Fenway Racing for Jeff Gordon and Hendrick Motorsports beginning in 2015.
“I’ve said for a long time that they’re like family, they’re not like a sponsor,’’ Biffle said. “It’s been a great 10 years we’ve had together.
“Management changes. Things change. This sport is a business, and we all know that in business there are decisions to make, so I’ve known for awhile that they were not coming back. That’s obviously a business thing on their end and we will miss them.”
But thoughts of next year and Biffle’s role as the veteran leader in a three-driver RFR Cup lineup that includes Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Trevor Bayne will have to wait. The matter at hand is a solid run at MIS.
“We’ve got to run in the top 10, top five,’‘ Biffle said. “That puts us in position to win races like Pocono, like Watkins Glen.
“We just need to be a little bit faster each week. We keep finding these bit and pieces of speed and, yeah, do we wish that happened in April or May? Certainly, but we can’t change that. We can only focus on the future.”
Motor Racing Network - "The Voice of NASCAR" - will have live coverage of Sunday’s Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway starting at 12 noon (ET), with live streaming at MRN.com.