NASCAR: Top drivers of 2014 – No. 14 Greg Biffle

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Greg Biffle

Season finish: 14th

2014 Season Stats: 0 wins, 3 top-5, 11 top-10, 0 Poles.

What went right: Greg Biffle didn’t have the best of seasons, but at least he qualified for the Chase for the Sprint Cup. Other than that, the biggest highlight of the 2014 season for The Biff was a runner-up finish in the spring race at Talladega. He also re-signed with Roush Fenway Racing and has a new sponsor going forward for 2015.

What went wrong: Consistency and better performances were the biggest problem for Biffle in 2014, his worst season since 2011. He struggled to a 16.4 average finish per race and had only 27 lead lap finishes. He led just 110 laps, his lowest season total since 2007. But it wasn’t all Biffle’s fault, teammates Carl Edwards and especially Ricky Stenhouse Jr. also struggled in 2014.

2015 Prospectus: Biffle, who turns 45 on Dec. 23, will find himself for the first time as the de facto No. 1 driver at Roush Fenway Racing, now that Carl Edwards has moved on. RFR needs a big turnaround overall, and if Biffle and Stenhouse can have good seasons, that will go a long way towards making RFR more competitive not just against other teams, but especially vs. the other top Ford team, Penske Racing. Biffle works well with crew chief Matt Puccia, but just three wins in 3 ½ years together needs to be improved. Plus, in the last three seasons, Biffle has slipped from fifth (2012) to ninth (2013) to 14th (2014). It’s time to right the wayward ship and get back on the winning track.

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Dutch Grand Prix becomes fourth Formula 1 race canceled this season

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ZANDVOORT, Netherlands — The Dutch Grand Prix became the fourth Formula One race canceled this season because of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, after organizers decided Thursday they didn’t want to play host to an event without spectators.

It was to be the first Dutch GP since 1985, but F1 wants to start the season with no spectators at races.

“We would like to celebrate this moment, the return of Formula 1 in Zandvoort, together with our racing fans in the Netherlands,” race director Jan Lammers said in a statement. “We ask everyone to be patient. I had to look forward to it for 35 years, so I can wait another year.”

The race in Zandvoort was set for May 3 and initially postponed. Fans who bought tickets can use them next year.

The coastal circuit has been redesigned, with some corners banked to facilitate faster racing.

The other races canceled this year were the season-opening Australian GP on March 15; the Monaco GP on May 24; and the French GP on June 28.

Another six have been postponed.

F1 organizers still hope to reschedule those and hold 15 to 18 races this season, starting in July with back-to-back races at the Austrian GP.