BUSCH: Nashville II: Greg Biffle - NASCAR spotlight

Biffle welcomes Roush back in grand fashion; closes gap in the NASCAR Busch Series championship title hunt heading into Nashville. DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (June 5, 2002) - Greg Biffle celebrated the return of Jack Roush with a stirring NASCAR Busch...

Biffle welcomes Roush back in grand fashion; closes gap in the NASCAR Busch Series championship title hunt heading into Nashville.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (June 5, 2002) - Greg Biffle celebrated the return of Jack Roush with a stirring NASCAR Busch Series, Grand National Division victory last week at Dover and now finds himself currently in the midst of possibly packaging another gift for his recuperating car owner in the coming months.

Biffle (No. 60 Grainger Ford), buoyed by his first win of the NASCAR Busch Series season, has made a dramatic move in repositioning himself in the hunt for the series title heading into Saturday night's Inside Traxx 300 Presented by MET-Rx at Nashville Superspeedway. He is in fifth place - just 19 points out of fourth and 155 behind the leader - Jack Sprague (No. 24 NetZero Chevrolet). It is quite a contrast from his position following Nazareth - just two races prior to Dover - when he was seventh and 349 points back.

A championship would be quite a"welcome back" gift for Roush, who made his first appearance last week at Dover since his April 19 plane crash in which he sustained serious injuries. He has entries in all three national series - NASCAR Winston Cup Series, NASCAR Busch Series and NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series - and has enjoyed immense success, but championships have remained elusive. His lone series crown came courtesy of Biffle, who won the 2000 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series crown.

"A few weeks ago, I think everyone was beginning to count us out of the points race,"said Biffle, who finished second at Charlotte prior to his Dover win to aid the recent charge."We've been able to gain over 100 points on the leader in the last two races, and we're not done yet. There are plenty of races left in the season, and a lot can happen between now and then. Everyone on the Grainger team is pumped up about getting that first win, and now we've got that one behind us, maybe we can go out and win a couple more of these things."

Biffle could carve into that championship point deficit once again as he arrives at a venue where he enjoyed immediate success and a personal milestone.

He won the inaugural event at Nashville Superspeedway last year, which marked his first career NASCAR Busch Series triumph. In this season's April event, he finished 33rd as he fell victim to an accident.

"I'm really looking forward to racing in Nashville this weekend," said Biffle, fifth in the NASCAR Busch Series laps led with 269." We had a car good enough to finish in the top five in the first race this year, but we got caught up in an accident. We're all hoping we can redeem ourselves with a solid performance this weekend. I know the guys will prepare a great car, just like they've been doing all year, so it will be up to me to qualify well and drive a smart race."

The win at Dover was an emotional boost for the team in many ways as the NASCAR Busch Series soon heads into the official second half of the season.

"We were excited that he (Roush) was here and was able to be down in our pit. Larry Hicks, the man who helped Jack out of the water, was also up here this (past) weekend with his wife," Biffle said."It's exciting for us to have all those people here. Everybody has been a little bit down. Last week (at Charlotte), we felt we should have won. I may have overdrove a little bit in Turn 3 trying to pass the 21 car and this week was a reward for how hard we've worked all season. It was nice to have everybody here and how everything came out."

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Greg Biffle , Jack Roush