</pre> FORT WORTH-DALLAS (Oct. 3, 2000) - NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series points leader Greg Biffle was at Texas Motor Speedway Tuesday previewing the Oct. 13 O'Reilly 400 for local media. One thing seems certain - Biffle has this truck...
</pre> FORT WORTH-DALLAS (Oct. 3, 2000) - NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series points leader Greg Biffle was at Texas Motor Speedway Tuesday previewing the Oct. 13 O'Reilly 400 for local media. One thing seems certain - Biffle has this truck racing figured out. Finishing his third season in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, the native of Vancouver, Wash., has been dominant the past two years. Cool, calm, collected. That best describes this calculating driver of the #50 Grainger Ford who has had his fellow drivers in his rearview mirror for the better part of the 2000 season.
Biffle fell just eight points short of the series championship in 1999, but he wasted little time in 2000 making it clear he plans to be on top come the end of October. In fact, he will most likely clinch the championship at the Oct. 13 O'Reilly 400.
"We're really looking forward to coming back to Texas and wrapping up the championship here," said Biffle. "The fans are always great here and the track has always been good to us.
"It means a lot to me to have a chance to win the season championship," Biffle said, "but it means even more for our team to win it. We have made very few changes on our team over the past three years. A lot of people have worked hard to make this happen. No one has been able to beat Chevrolet, and I am excited to have the chance to put Ford and Roush Racing in the championship ring."
To further exhibit Biffle's overpowering performance in the first 22 starts this season, consider the fact he leads the truck series in wins (5), top-ten finishes (17), top-five finishes (17), and money earned ($610,565). With his second place finish last month at Dover, Del., Biffle has a string of 14 consecutive top-five finishes. That streak includes his win in Texas in June, a race in which he started on the pole.
"Texas Motor Speedway scared me the first time I was here," Biffle admitted. "It is really fast. We tried a lot of different things in June to set the truck up and it handled perfectly. We ran that truck in Michigan and won and then set it aside waiting to bring it back to Texas. It is in the same condition as when we left in June."
TEXAS DRIVERS KEEP ON TRUCKIN' - B.A. Wilson and David Starr were also on hand at the speedway Tuesday and both are ready to run in front of the hometown crowd at the O'Reilly 400.
Wilson, who drives the #73 Berryman Chevrolet for Sonntag Racing of Little Elm, Texas, finished ninth at the June Texas truck race, one of his best this year.
"We ran really well here in June and I hope we can do that again," said Wilson. "It would be nice to get a top-ten or top-five finish.
"I always love driving here and feel comfortable on the track. It's a bigger track than some of the others and that makes it real good for the trucks to draft and race. This is a special race every time I come here because of all the family and friends who come out to cheer for me. I am hoping for some great weather and some great racing."
David Starr has had a rocky road this year, but the Houston native has landed on his feet once again. TKO Motorsports, based in Saginaw, Texas, today announced Starr will drive the #41 Farris Concrete Dodge for the last two races this season.
"It's a great opportunity to be part of TKO Motorsports," said Starr. "I really believe this is one of the top-five caliber teams in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. I'm just happy to be a small part of this team."
Starr had a career-best starting position of eighth (Oct. 14, 1999) and finish of 11th (June 9, 2000) at Texas Motor Speedway.
"I look forward to having my first race with TKO right here at Texas Motor Speedway. I always thought it would be great to get my first truck win right here at home, and to be able to do it with a local team would be even better."