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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IndyCar entry lists for Harvest GP at Indianapolis Motor Speedway

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There are 25 drivers on the NTT IndyCar Series entry lists at Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course with a few new yet familiar faces for the Oct. 2-3 race weekend.

Four-time champion Sebastien Bourdais will make his season debut in the No. 14 Dallara-Chevrolet (shifting Dalton Kellett to the No. 41) with AJ Foyt Racing, which he is joining full time next season. James Hinchcliffe, who had run three races with Andretti Autosport, will return in place of Zach Veach in the No. 26 Dallara-Honda. Helio Castroneves will drive Arrow McLaren SP’s No. 7 Dallara-Chevy for Oliver Askew, who is out with concussion-like symptoms.

Sage Karam, who has two IndyCar starts this year at IMS (the road course on July 4 and the Indy 500 on Aug. 23), also will return to the series in Dreyer & Reinbold’s No. 24 Dallara-Chevrolet.

HARVEST GP ENTRY LISTS: Friday l Saturday

Friday and Saturday of the Harvest GP presented by GMR will mark the second and third races this season on Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s 14-turn, 2.439-mile road course. While the July 4 race on the circuit was 80 laps, Friday’s distance is 85 laps, and Saturday will be a 75-lap event.

Championship leader Scott Dixon led 26 of 80 laps to win the July 4 race at the IMS road course. With three races remaining in the series, the five-time series champion enters with a 72-point lead on Josef Newgarden.

Click here to see who’s on the IndyCar entry lists in Race 1 and in Race 2 for the Harvest GP presented by GMR at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course.


START TIMES AND TV INFO FOR INDYCAR AT INDIANAPOLIS MOTOR SPEEDWAY ROAD COURSE (all times ET):

Thursday

IndyCar NTT Series practice: 2:25-3:40 p.m., NBC Sports Gold

IndyCar qualifying, Race 1: 6:20 p.m. (two groups/12 minutes apiece), NBC Sports Gold

Friday

—IndyCar Harvest Grand Prix, Race 1: 3:30 p.m. (green flag, 5 p.m.), USA Network, NBC Sports Gold

Saturday

—IndyCar qualifying: 10:20 a.m. (two groups/12 minutes apiece), NBC Sports Gold

—IndyCar Harvest Grand Prix, Race 2: 2:30 p.m (green flag, 2:31 p.m.)., NBC, NBC Sports Gold