With three wins there in his Sprint Cup career – including a victory last August – Michigan International Speedway has been good to Greg Biffle over the years. The two-mile oval in the Irish Hills serves as the next stop on the Cup schedule, so Biffle is anxious about returning there – especially after posting a second-place finish on Sunday at Pocono Raceway.
“We were looking forward to this race and Michigan next week definitely to get back on track,” Biffle said after the Party in the Poconos 400 on TNT. “Second-place here – I’m really excited about next week. We still have a little bit of work to do on our cars. These guys are still just a little bit faster than we are. We just really, really drove hard today and got good pit stops and worked our way up there.”
Going into Pocono, Biffle said that a “systematic problem” was afflicting his Roush Fenway Racing team, which has put Carl Edwards second in the championship (51 points behind Sunday’s winner, Jimmie Johnson) but has not gotten wins from Biffle or rookie Ricky Stenhouse Jr. this season. However, Biffle came really close this afternoon in Pennsylvania, moving within the Top 5 by the time of what would be the final restart of the day with four laps to go.
The Washington state native then made one last charge toward the front of the field, passing both Kyle Busch and Dale Earnhardt Jr. shortly after the green flag came out. But, like everyone else, he was unable to catch the dominant Johnson.
Biffle did move up three spots to tenth in the Cup standings this afternoon with his performance, but a fourth career victory next week at Michigan would go a long way in making sure he’ll be part of the Chase this fall.