DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., (Jan. 24, 2001) -- Greg Biffle has replaced Mark Martin before at Daytona International Speedway. During last year's Winston Cup Ford testing session at Daytona, Biffle substituted for Martin in the No. 6 Roush Racing...
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., (Jan. 24, 2001) -- Greg Biffle has replaced Mark Martin before at Daytona International Speedway.
During last year's Winston Cup Ford testing session at Daytona, Biffle substituted for Martin in the No. 6 Roush Racing Ford in preparation for the Daytona 500 while Martin recovered from back surgery.
On Wednesday at Daytona during Busch Series testing, Biffle replaced Martin again, this time on a permanent basis in the No. 60 Roush Racing Ford in NASCAR's junior circuit.
Biffle, the 2000 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series champion with Roush Racing, has been promoted to the Busch Series by owner Jack Roush to replace Martin, who retired after last season as the winningest driver in Busch Series history.
"That gave me a little bit of experience here, but I don't have any experience running around other cars," said Biffle, referring to last year's testing duties. "That's the experience I need to gain."
Biffle was the 23rd fastest during Wednesday's session, posting a lap of 181.298 mph. P.J. Jones was the fastest on the day with a lap of 184.649 mph in the No. 1 Pontiac.
Biffle says the team still has work to do on the car. "We're not up to speed yet," Biffle said. "We'll keep working at it and try to make it better."
Biffle, who recorded five victories and 18 top-five finishes last year in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, says it's a honor to replace Martin in the famed No. 60.
"Mark did win a lot of races," Biffle said. "If I could win any kind of percentage of what he had won, I will be in good shape. I've got him to help me and a couple of other guys that are in the Roush programs.
"One of the pluses is to be able to talk to Matt Kenseth, who did a great job in the Busch Series. Mark Martin and Jeff Burton have won a ton of races in the Busch Series."
The Busch Series isn't the only new thing to Biffle. He'll be working with new crew members (with the exception of crew chief Randy Goss and head mechanic Kevin Starlin) and will be competing with newly built equipment.
"We kept one of Mark's cars," Biffle said. "That was the idea to build new cars so our cars are the same as Jeff Burton's so Jeff can help me. Jeff is my teammate."
Busch Series testing continues on Thursday and is free and open to the public with access through the lobby of DAYTONA USA, the Ultimate Motorsports Attraction.
Fans can purchase tickets for the NAPA Auto Parts 300 and other Speedweeks 2001 events or by calling the Speedway ticket office at (904) 947-6782.