Chase Capsules: Greg Biffle

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16 – Greg Biffle
Team: Roush Fenway Racing
Crew Chief: Matt Puccia
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Best Finish: 2nd (2005)
Chase History: 7th Chase Appearance, Best finish of 2nd in 2005

Regular Season Recap: Three top-five finishes and 10 top-10s through the first 26 races are not stellar numbers, but prior to Greg Biffle’s 19th at Richmond Saturday night he had banked five top-10s in a r0w, so there was some upward momentum the last month or so. Biffle could afford to qualify better – he only has six top-10 starts this year – and that would help the No. 16 team on race days as well. He hasn’t won this year but was still one of three drivers to make it on points.

Chris’ Take: His strong run of Top-10 finishes ended last night at Richmond, but despite a sub-par race, Biffle managed to hold on to the final Chase spot by seven points. The good news for him is that he’s shown he can be consistent enough to at least escape the Challenger Round. The bad news is that his Roush Fenway Racing team is still a step or two behind the Hendrick, Penske, and Gibbs camps. Getting bounced in the Contender Round appears likely.

Jerry’s Take: Biffle has a history of rising to the occasion in the Chase. Remember the year he won the first two races in the playoffs (2008)? But The Biff will not have an easy time of it in this year’s Chase. Sure, he had five top-10 finishes prior to Richmond, but 2014 has been a year of constant struggles — not only for him but also for Roush Fenway Racing teammates Carl Edwards and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Biffle has the talent to pull off a surprise or two in the Chase, but with the way Team Penske has been far outperforming RFR, don’t be surprised to see Biffle and Edwards have quick exits from the Chase.

Tony’s Take: It’s hard for me to see Biffle doing too much beyond advancing through the Challenger round, if that. As mentioned above, he’s been decent, but it will take a hot streak to make noise in this Chase. He was the 16th man in… he drives No. 16… it’s hard to see the finish much better than that. He is a three-time winner at Homestead, so if he does advance beyond projections, he could play spoiler.

Greg Biffle’s Career Statistics at Chase Tracks
Chicagoland (1.5 mile) – No wins, 1 Top-5, 1 Top-10 in 11 starts
New Hampshire (1 mile) – One win, 6 Top-5s, 9 Top-10s in 24 starts
Dover (1 mile) – Two wins, 6 Top-5s, 11 Top-10s in 24 starts
Kansas (1.5 mile) – Two wins, 7 Top-5s, 9 Top-10s in 16 starts
Charlotte (1.5 mile) – No wins, 5 Top-5s, 8 Top-10s in 23 starts
Talladega (2.66 mile) – No wins, 3 Top-5s, 6 Top-10s in 23 starts
Martinsville (half-mile) – No wins, no Top-5s, 5 Top-10s in 23 starts
Texas (1.5-mile) – Two wins, 8 Top-5s, 13 Top-10s in 21 starts
Phoenix (1 mile) – No wins, 5 Top-5s, 7 Top-10s in 21 starts
Homestead-Miami (1.5 mile) – 3 wins, 4 Top-5s, 5 Top-10s in 12 starts

Three-time W Series champ Jamie Chadwick joining Andretti in Indy NXT Series for 2023

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Jamie Chadwick, the three-time W Series champion, will drive for Andretti Autosport in the Indy NXT Series next season.

Chadwick will make her debut in an American racing series in March, driving the No. 28 for Andretti Autosport with sponsorship from DHL. The 24-year-old will become the first female driver in 13 years to compete full time in the Indy NXT championship.

Chadwick joined the female free-to-enter W Series in its inaugural 2019 season, winning two races and the first of three consecutive championships. She has been a reserve driver for the Williams Formula One team and will continue in that role in 2023. She also has driven in the Extreme E Series.

Despite her success, Chadwick hasn’t landed a bigger ride in F3 or F2, and her break didn’t come until Michael Andretti contacted her and offered a test in an Indy NXT car.

The final three races of this year’s W Series schedule were canceled when funding fell through, but Chadwick still believes the all-female series was the right path for her.

“W Series has always been and will continue to be an opportunity to be racing for every female driver, so for my side, I looked at it while perhaps I would have liked to step up maybe earlier, at the same time being able to have that chance to race, get that experience, have that development, seat time… I was constantly learning,” Chadwick told The Associated Press.

“In that sense, I wasn’t frustrated at all. But on the flip side of it, now I’ve had that experience testing in the United States in Indy NXT and this is something I’m really excited about.”

Chadwick also is expected to have an enhanced role as a development driver next season with Williams, which chose American driver Logan Sargeant to fill its open seat on next year’s F1 grid.

“Andretti Autosport is proud to be supporting Jamie alongside DHL,” said Michael Andretti. “Jamie’s successful career speaks for itself, but Indy NXT gives Jamie the opportunity to continue her development in a new type of racing.

“We’ve turned out five Indy NXT champions over the years and look forward to continuing our role in developing new talent.”

Indy NXT is the new name of the rebranded Indy Lights Series, the final step on the ladder system before IndyCar.

Andretti will field two drivers next season in IndyCar that were developed in Indy NXT: Kyle Kirkwood, the 2021 champion, will return to Andretti after one season in IndyCar driving for A.J. Foyt Racing, and Devlin DeFrancesco is back for a second season.

Chadwick will be teammates in Indy NXT with Hunter McElrea and Louis Foster. She becomes Andretti’s second full-time female driver alongside Catie Munnings, who competes for Andretti United in the Extreme E Series.