After runner-up at Pocono, Biffle wants more Michigan success

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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.

Supercross reveals 2023 Daytona track designed by Ricky Carmichael for 16th time

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For the 16th consecutive year, Ricky Carmichael has designed a signature course for the Daytona Supercross race, which will be March 4, 2023.

Eli Tomac took advantage of a last lap mistake by Cooper Webb last year to win a record setting sixth Daytona race – and with that win, he broke out of a tie Carmichael.

Construction on the course will begin two days after the completion of the 65th running of NASCAR’s Daytona 500 when haulers start to unload 7,200 tons of dirt onto the grassy infield in order to create a course 3,300 feet long.

“Ricky has designed yet another incredible course for this year’s Daytona Supercross,” said Daytona International Speedway President Frank Kelleher in a press release. “We’re thrilled to unveil it to the fans, and we can’t wait for them to come out to the track and see it in person.”

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Carmichael’s Daytona course will take center stage for Round 8 of the 17-race Supercross season and the 31-race SuperMotocross season.

The Supercross race coincides with Daytona’s Bike Week, which runs from March 3-12 and includes races from the American Flat Track series and the legendary Daytona 200 speedway race that is contested on the infield road course.

Last year’s course was reported to have 57 obstacles including the return of an over-under bridge. For 2023 the number of obstacles listed in 42, but that will not keep this from being one of the toughest tracks on which the Monster Energy Supercross series will race.

Many of the same elements from last year will be present including sharp turns, vaulted jumps, sand sections and a finish line that aligns with the oval tracks’ start/finish line.

“This year’s Daytona Supercross design is one of the best,” Carmichael said. “It races great for the riders – it’s safe yet challenging and it’s very similar to last year with the split lanes. Daytona is the toughest, gnarliest race on the Supercross circuit, but it’s the most special to win.

“This track is going to produce great racing and I think the riders are going to put on a fantastic display for all our fans.”

While Tomac has dominated this race during his career, Daytona has also been the site of some other dramatic victories. In 2021 Aaron Plessinger scored his first career Supercross podium in 35 starts with a win there and reversed a three-year streak of bad luck on the track.

The Daytona Supercross race is the first of two the series will contest on speedway infield courses. A little more than one month later, Atlanta Motor Speedway will enter their third season as a supercross venue. These two courses will serve as an early test for the SuperMotocross three-race finale that begins September 9, 2023 at zMax Dragway in Charlotte, North Carolina. The three playoff races will each be held on courses that contain elements of Supercross and Motocross, much like Daytona and Atlanta.