Biffle gets sponsor for Winter Heat

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. (Dec. 10, 1998) Greg Biffle, the 1998 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Cintas Rookie of the Year and Roush Racing standout, is scheduled to defend his NASCAR Winter Heat Late Model championship in Tucson, Ariz., with the support of his truck series sponsor, Grainger. Grainger is the nation's largest business-to-business distributor of maintenance, repair and operating supplies. Joining them in sponsoring Biffle's No. 16 Ford Taurus is Westward Tools, an exclusive line of hand tools marketed by Grainger and Acklands-Grainger, Inc. in Canada. Westward has a history of motorsports sponsorship in Canada in the Trans-Am series. Biffle has dominated the recent Winter Heat series. It is there that Benny Parsons discovered the talented young driver from Vancouver, Wash., and subsequently recommended him to Jack Roush. Based on the quality of the competition at the Winter Heat, Biffle's recent dominance is astounding. His first year, 1995-96, Biffle won the championship by winning two of the three races and finishing second in the third. In 1996-97, he enjoyed similar success and won two races, but finished 15th in the third race and came in second for the championship. Last year was much of the same sort of dominance for Biffle. He won the second and third races -- the first race was rained out -- and captured the championship by leading every lap. Biffle is the only driver to win two championships in the Winter Heat. As many NCTS teams and drivers are enjoying the less hectic pace of the off season, Biffle continues to work feverishly on his Ford Taurus late model in his Vancouver based shop. Roush Racing has assisted Biffle providing a motor and transmission to power the No. 16 owned by southern California based Kenco Construction. "We're really happy to have Grainger and Westward Tools sponsoring us for this year's Winter Heat," Biffle said. "Grainger has supported us all year and we look forward to getting a win or two and hopefully a championship for them in Tucson. The competition is really tough, though. There should be over 100 cars there, may of which have a good chance of winning. We're going to work our tails off and see if we can't go out and win this thing again." The three Winter Heat races are scheduled for Dec. 13, Dec. 20th and Jan. 3 at 3/8-mile Tucson Raceway Park and are televised live on ESPN2. The first race is televised at 3 p.m. EST on Sunday, Dec. 13.

Source: NASCAR Online