With the Chase Grid steadily filling up early on in this 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup championship, the talk has shifted to the formidable competitors that have yet to lock themselves into the postseason with a win.
Six different drivers have won in as many races this season, and guys like Matt Kenseth, Jimmie Johnson, and Jeff Gordon will be threats to become the seventh in Sunday’s Duck Commander 500 at Texas Motor Speedway.
But let’s not forget about Greg Biffle, who surely must be motivated a little bit after seeing Roush Fenway Racing teammate Carl Edwards effectively make the Chase a few weeks back at soggy Bristol.
“The Biff” is the most recent RFR winner at Texas, claiming his second career win on the 1.5-mile oval back in the spring of 2012.
Furthermore, he’s been steady at this track with 10 Top-10 finishes in his last 11 Cup starts there; the one time he didn’t hit the Top 10 in that span was last fall’s race and even then, he wasn’t far off in 12th.
He may not immediately pop into your head as a contender for this weekend like Kenseth, Johnson, or Gordon, but he definitely bears watching.
“As a team we are looking to gain momentum, get back on track and get a good run at Texas,” said Biffle, who has led 733 laps at TMS in his career (a personal best for him and No. 2 overall).
“A win is important for us at this stage in the game, but so is a Top-5 finish and to run competitively. I feel really good where we are at; leading laps at Martinsville was great for us. We just need to close the deal and this is one of our best tracks.”
Biffle can say that for his entire RFR team as a whole. NBCSN analyst Jeff Burton won the first Sprint Cup race at Texas back in 1997 for the Roush camp, and since then, they’ve earned eight more Cup wins at TMS.
And when you talk about all three NASCAR national series – Cup, Nationwide, and Camping World Truck – RFR drivers have netted 18 wins, 74 Top-5s, and a total of 3,478 laps led at TMS.
But the big key will be whether RFR can find its intermediate track groove again. In the series’ most recent race on a 1.5-mile oval at Las Vegas, Edwards earned a strategy-assisted Top 5 while Biffle and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. finished in mid-pack.