BIFFLE IS FIFTH ROUSH DRIVER TO LEAD CUP POINT STANDINGS
CONCORD, NC (June 30, 2005) - Greg Biffle, who has a series leading won five races this season, took over the points lead last weekend after Sonoma. Biffle became the fifth driver in Roush Racing history to lead the Cup point standings, after bringing home a solid 15th-place finish, while point's leader Jimmie Johnson struggled to a 36th-place finish.
Last year's inaugural NEXTEL Cup Champion Kurt Busch led the points plenty last season, after three wins that included a sweep at Loudon and a win at Bristol in the spring. Busch took over the points lead after finishing eighth in the fall race at Talladega, and never looked back. He would go on to win the championship, not relinquishing the point lead for the rest of the season.
Matt Kenseth won the Winston Cup Championship in 2003 and dominated the points lead all season long. Kenseth took over the lead in the spring race at Atlanta Motor Speedway after a win in Vegas one week earlier. Kenseth lead the points for 32 races on his way to winning the Cup. Kenseth won one race that season, and held the points lead as a result of consistent top-five and top-10 finishes.
Mark Martin had a solid year in the points in 2002, finishing in the runner-up position for the fourth time in his Cup career. Martin led the 2002 points standings after the fall race at Loudon, N.H. until rookie Jimmie Johnson took over the points lead in Kansas. Martin has lead the points standings on several occasions over his 24-year career, including various times in 1997, 2000, and 2002. Martin has yet to lead this season, but has been solidly in the top-10 in points most of the season. He currently sits fifth going into the Pepsi 400 at Daytona.
Jeff Burton, former driver of the No. 99 Ford, led the points for Jack Roush in early 1999, for a string of seven consecutive races. Burton took over the lead after his win in the Transouth 400 spring race at Darlington, and held on until the Pontiac Excitement 400, when race winner and eventual Cup Champion Dale Jarrett took over the lead. Burton won six races that season, including a sweep at Darlington, and went on to finish fifth in points at the end of the 1999 season.
Carl Edwards has yet to lead the point standings, but he has been solidly in the top-15 for all 16 races this year. Edwards has been as high as third in the standings this year, peaking after wins at Atlanta and Pocono. Coming out of the Dodge/Save Mart 350 Edwards moved to eighth in points, losing some ground after Michigan but maintaining a top-10 position, keeping him in range of making the Chase for the NEXTEL Cup.
Roush Racing is a subsidiary of Livonia, Mich., based Roush Industries that operates ten motorsports teams; five in NASCAR Nextel Cup with drivers Mark Martin, Matt Kenseth, Kurt Busch, Greg Biffle and Carl Edwards; three in the Busch Series with Martin, Kenseth and Edwards, and two in the Craftsman Truck Series with drivers Ricky Craven and Todd Kluever.