Biffle totaled? So what By Marty Smith DOVER, Del. (Sept. 21, 2000) Greg Biffle qualified on the outside pole for Friday's MBNA e-commerece 200 despite running his backup truck. Just a few laps into the first ever NASCAR Craftsman Truck...
Biffle totaled? So what
By Marty Smith
DOVER, Del. (Sept. 21, 2000) Greg Biffle qualified on the outside pole for Friday's MBNA e-commerece 200 despite running his backup truck. Just a few laps into the first ever NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series practice at Dover Downs International Speedway on Wednesday, Greg Biffle effectively totaled the best truck in his arsenal. So what. That's kind of like Mark McGwire breaking at bat. All he has to do is get another one, and -- BAM! -- another home run.
The No. 50 Grainger Ford team pulled out the backup, and Biffle immediately turned the quickest lap of the day. He nearly did it again Thursday, when he qualified on the outside pole for Friday's MBNA e-commerce 200 with a 23.821-second lap at 151.127 mph.
However, Bud Pole-sitter Kurt Busch wrecked his truck in Thursday's final "Happy Hour" practice. Busch will be forced to use a backup ride, and will start from the rear of the field. That means Biffle will take the green flag first.
"It was a decent run I think," Biffle said. "We got it pretty decent, good enough for second-quick, but it still slipped the whole way. I didn't think it was going to be that free. Still, not too bad for a backup truck, I guess.
"That truck was a decent amount better than this one. We haven't run as good with this truck, but we've gotten way more than we expected from the backup truck."
Biffle can mathematically lock up the 2000 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series championship this weekend. If he's able to gain 118 points on Mike Wallace, 38 on teammate Busch and 18 on Andy Houston. This would be quite a feat, as the past five season championships haven't been decided until the last race of the season. Biffle's lead is currently set at 252 points.
"We've had a spectacular run, set a new record with 13 top-5s in a row," Biffle said. "We've really had a great year overall. We're pretty excited about where we're going. Hopefully, we can win a championship here in the next couple races. That'll be something to really celebrate for us."
Biffle has had more to celebrate than any other driver in NASCAR 2000 has. His five victories lead the series. He's led more laps than anyone else, more miles and more money, too. Simply, this season has been dominance personified for the third-year Roush Racing driver.
"This was a real goal for me this year," Biffle said. "We just need to get to the end tomorrow, take care of our equipment and finish the race. If I finish up front, or win the race, and Mike (Wallace) doesn't have a good day, it'll clinch the title for us. I don't suspect that'll happen. Mike's been running real well. It'd be nice leaving here knowing we left with the title, though."