Texas: Round seven preview

Greg Biffle looks for strong performance at Texas Motor Speedway DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (April 4, 2006) -- This was supposed to be the year Greg Biffle (No. 16 National Guard Ford) put it all together. Biffle ended the 2005 season on a high note...

Greg Biffle looks for strong performance at Texas Motor Speedway

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (April 4, 2006) -- This was supposed to be the year Greg Biffle (No. 16 National Guard Ford) put it all together.

Biffle ended the 2005 season on a high note after easily racing his way into the Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup. In the final 10 races of the year, Biffle finished in the top 10 six times, including five top fives. In the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway, he won a thriller that moved him to second place in the standings -- and nearly gave him the series title.

All of that momentum was supposed to carry over to the new season. Biffle, who has won championships in the NASCAR Busch Series and NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, opened the year as a favorite to win the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup title and become the first driver to capture championships in all three of NASCAR's national series.

Then came Daytona.

Biffle ended the race on the lead lap, but finished 31st.

California was next.

Engine failure knocked Biffle out of the race with just 21 laps to go. He had led 168 laps, but finished 42nd.

At this time last year, Biffle had one win and four top-10 finishes and was in second place in the standings. This season, he has two top 10s and is 18th in the standings.

This weekend's trip to Texas Motor Speedway should put Biffle back on the right path. He is the defending race winner -- one of his series-high six wins last season, and led the field in several Loop Data categories. Most importantly, Biffle had the top Driver Rating (120.9) in both Texas races combined last year. He also led the field as fastest Early in a Run, In Turn 1, In Turn 3 and on Restarts. Biffle was also the number two-rated Closer, picking up an average of five places over the last 50 laps of each race.

With upcoming races at Phoenix International Raceway and Darlington Raceway, two tracks that Biffle has historically performed well at, a strong performance at Texas could go a long way in jump-starting Biffle's season.

-nascar

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Greg Biffle