Biffle dressed to the nines By Brett Borden FONTANA, Calif. (Nov. 2, 1999) Greg Biffle won the most battles. He just didn't win the war. The driver of the No. 50 Grainger Ford experienced unprecedented success this year in the NASCAR Craftsman...
Biffle dressed to the nines By Brett Borden
FONTANA, Calif. (Nov. 2, 1999) Greg Biffle won the most battles. He just didn't win the war. The driver of the No. 50 Grainger Ford experienced unprecedented success this year in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, winning a series record nine times. He won on courses big (Michigan) and small (Richmond). He won on road courses (Portland). He won on course East, South, North and West. At one point, he won eight races in a 12-race span, numbers that would make even Jeff Gordon envious.
The 1998 Rookie of the Year became the 1999 Story of the Year, making the entire racing world sit up and take notice of the 29-year-old Vancouver, Wash., native.
Biffle won the most money ever in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. He led the series in percentage of miles completed at 98.8 percent. He won four Bud Poles for a second straight year.
"We had a great year," Biffle said. "There's no disputing that. We accomplished so much. The Grainger team has so much to be proud of. What happened to us leaves a bad taste in our mouths because we felt like we had a championship season. But all we can do is try to pick up the pieces and go win it next year."
Biffle was in control for seemingly most of the season, but it was something out of his control that ended up allowing Jack Sprague catch him for the title. An unapproved intake manifold found after his last victory - at Las Vegas Motor Speedway - cost him 120 points. He still had the lead following the penalty, but was unable to hold off the battle-tested Sprague.
In 1998, Sprague lost a heartbreaking title to Ron Hornaday by less than five points. In 1999, it was Biffle's turn, losing out by less than 10. Sprague bounced back to capture the title the next year. Perhaps Biffle will show the same resiliency next season. The championship was just about the only thing missing from his 1999 portfolio.