Biffle Off to Career-Best Start Concord, N.C. (March 31, 2010) -- This week Greg Biffle became only the second driver in the last 18 years to start the season with six consecutive top-10 finishes (Jimmie Johnson, 2005). Terry Labonte finished ...
Biffle Off to Career-Best Start
Concord, N.C. (March 31, 2010) -- This week Greg Biffle became only the second driver in the last 18 years to start the season with six consecutive top-10 finishes (Jimmie Johnson, 2005). Terry Labonte finished fourth at Bristol in 1992, which was the sixth race of that season and his sixth top-10 finish in a row. Greg Biffle took 10th at Martinsville and that was no small feat for a driver whose average finish at the Virginia short track is 22.3. The top-10 finish was his sixth in a string of top-10's that started at the 2010 Daytona 500 when he finished third.
Biffle's average finish this season is 7.5 with three 10th-place finishes, one eighth-place finish, one fourth-place finish and the third-place finish at Daytona. He has led a total of 109 laps in three races coming from an average starting position of 17.8. The only column left blank in his 2010 record is the win column and he feels the team is very close to putting a mark or two in that box.
"I am thrilled with they way we've started this season," said Biffle. "This team is incredible in every aspect. They are building fast racecars, they have some of the most consistently fast pit stops in the series and we are all determined to get the best finish we can week in and week out. I really think that a win for the 16 3M team is right around the corner."
Despite all of their success, Biffle and his team seem to be sneaking up on the points lead fairly unnoticed. Perhaps that is because they have yet to put that "W" up on the board or maybe because they have sidestepped all of the drama that has unfolded on the track so far this season. Either way, the team plans to just keep performing at their highest level and let the heads turn when they will.
In that 1992 season, Labonte actually went on to make it eight consecutive top-10 finishes to start the year. That is what Biffle and the team are focused on now and they are determined to get to victory lane along the way. History shows that each of the eight drivers before Biffle who started the season with six top-10 finishes ended the season no further back than 10th in the point standings.
For Biffle and his team, of course, anything less than a championship trophy would be a disappointment. Having come so close in 2005 and then taking third in 2008, they know what it feels like to get within reach of the title -- a title that would put Biffle in the history books as the first driver every to win the championship in all three of NASCAR's elite racing series.