Success and momentum go hand in hand in NASCAR Nextel Cup racing. Greg Biffle knows that. Biffle also knows that no one has more momentum heading into this weekend than Tony Stewart. Stewart has won five of the past seven races, including the...
Success and momentum go hand in hand in NASCAR Nextel Cup racing.
Greg Biffle knows that.
Biffle also knows that no one has more momentum heading into this weekend than Tony Stewart. Stewart has won five of the past seven races, including the past two events and has frequently stated that his second place run to Biffle in June's race at Michigan International Speedway was the turning point for his season.
Fortunately for Biffle, Michigan and momentum have also been a good combination for the #16 team.
Biffle won the first two Craftsman Truck Series races at the two-mile oval and is looking for his third straight Nextel Cup win at MIS on Sunday in the GFS Marketplace 400 (1:30 p.m. Eastern on TNT).
"I like racing at Michigan," said Biffle, who plans to race the same car that he won with at Michigan in June. "There's a lot of room to race and we seem to do well there."
After starting the season with a 25th place finish in the season-opening Daytona 500, Biffle quickly emerged as a championship contender with four straight top-10 finishes, including his first win of the season at California. He also won in Texas, Darlington and Dover and is tied with Stewart for the series lead with five wins.
But recently, Biffle has struggled. He has suffered through three straight finishes of 17th or worse, including a 38th-place disaster at Watkins Glen last weekend and has just one top-10 finish since his win at MIS in June.
"We need a strong run to rebuild the momentum we have lost in the last few weeks," admitted Biffle, who dropped from first to third in the championship standings during the past eight weeks. "A win this weekend would be a great rebound from the points we lost last week and a victory in Ford's backyard is always something we want."
Biffle's car will have a special paint scheme this weekend to promote the National Guard's new video game titled Prism. Last August, Biffle's win came in another special paint scheme car that featured the comic book character The Flash.
"The paint scheme is awesome," said Biffle, who has led a series leading 14 races this season. "The guys in the shop were pretty excited about it and that says a lot. We won last year's race in a special paint scheme with the 'Flash' car, so it would be pretty cool get a win this year in the 'PRISM' car."
Biffle, the only driver to win the Rookie of the Year and Series Championship in both the Craftsman Truck Series and the Busch Series, is looking to become the sports first triple crown champion. He has virtually locked in a spot with four races left before the Chase for the Championship, but is looking to find the magic that carried the team early in the season.
"We do feel that the competition is closing in on us but we had a pretty dominant run in the spring and I think there's room for improvement," said crew chief Doug Richert. "We're going to start with the same set-up we used in June and then try some new things to see what works best. We need to get the momentum back that we had in the first half of the year and this could be the race to do it."