Biffle ready to hit restart in 2000 By Brett Borden
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Dec. 16, 1999) Like a kid sitting at the DAYTONA USA machine with a pocket full of quarters, NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series driver Greg Biffle has just finished off one game and he can't wait to start the next. Fresh off a sensational year in which he won a series-record nine times, Biffle has only one way to go from his second-place finish in the final standings -- up.
This year's schedule offers some new options for Biffle and his fellow competitors. First and foremost of those is the addition of Daytona International Speedway to the slate. Biffle, known as one of the better superspeedway drivers in the series, was chomping at the bit to test his horsepower on the 2.5-mile trioval track.
So with two days of testing at the "World Center of Racing," how did Biffle feel about this historic test session?
"I really enjoyed it," he said. "I heard a lot about it. Read a lot about it. Watched a lot of races here. Sure is nice to get going here. I think the trucks are a year or two overdue for coming here."
Last season Biffle swept through the season like a loan shark shaking down customers for overdue payments. Those payments were the close calls he had driving for owner Jack Roush in his USG SHEETROCK Brand Rookie of the Year campaign.
At track after track he collected in Victory Lane. Memphis. Portland. Milwaukee. Nazareth. Michigan. Indianapolis. St. Louis. Richmond. And finally Las Vegas.
Unfortunately for Biffle, he was dealt a cruel fate at Las Vegas when his truck was found to have an unapproved part after the race, costing him 120 points and, for better or for worse, the championship. He hopes to write a new chapter of history, beginning this February at a track with more than enough history of its own.
"It's great for us," said Biffle of his testing at Daytona. "We weren't quite as fast as we wanted to be here, but I think we're about 12th or 15th fastest (17th) as far as being by ourself without a draft. We're faster than this last sheet cause we got hooked up with the 43 there.
"A brand new truck, the guys are going to go to the wind tunnel and try to test some more. Once we get everything ironed out I think we'll be OK."
Biffle would like nothing better than to get a victory in the season-opening race at Daytona. In a high-profile race, it would make a statement to the rest of the series that last year's storybook season could well have a sequel.
"It's pretty important, but we know what the goal is and that's the championship in 2000," Biffle said. "We started out the season with an 11th place finish last year, and we just wanted to start out this season with a little bit better finish than that. If we get a top-10 finish, that's what we're after."