Entering Saturday's race in Atlanta, the Busch Series championship leader Greg Biffle had a 105-point cushion over Jason Keller. After leading a lap, and finishing 5th to Keller's 7th, Biffle now heads to Rockingham 119 points in the lead. With...
Entering Saturday's race in Atlanta, the Busch Series championship leader Greg Biffle had a 105-point cushion over Jason Keller. After leading a lap, and finishing 5th to Keller's 7th, Biffle now heads to Rockingham 119 points in the lead.
With three races to go, Biffle is confident in his abilities and those of the Roush Racing Ford Grainger team, "These last three races, I feel that if I would choose any of them for the last three to be, it would be those with the exception of Rockingham.
"Just survival there for me. I can't stay in the top ten pretty easily even if I have a conservative day; I can stay in the top ten. That's what I really need to do. We want to win every race if we can. Certainly we're going to run the best we can there, but in the worst-case scenario, hopefully a top ten run at Rockingham."
Biffle would like nothing more than to add the Busch Series title to his NASCAR resume. He already holds the 1998 Craftsman Truck Series Rookie of the Year title, 2000 Craftsman Truck Series Champion, and the 2001 Busch series Rookie of the Year title. Biffle and sponsor Grainger are moving to Winston Cup competition full time next year leaving this year his opportunity to win the Busch championship.
NASCAR statistic junkies are predicting that the end of the race in Phoenix will settle the title. Phoenix is the track where Biffle shines the brightest; he wowed the fans last year by dominating and winning the Truck race, as well as the Busch race. If there had been a Winston Cup car for Biffle to drive last year, he probably would have swept the weekend.
Biffle feels good about his chances of winning the championship, "The last three tracks on the schedule, I feel pretty good about. I predominately run fair to mid at Rockingham. This spring, we went a lap down about middle way through the race, got our lap back and finished second to Keller, so we're decent there."
The man looking to spoil Biffle's title hunt, Keller, seems to be approaching his chances with new vigor. Suddenly, the championship that looked to be slipping from his fingers is a possibility again. While he lost 14-points in Atlanta, mathematically he is still in contention.
Keller recognizes that Rockingham will be his best chance to gain momentum on Biffle, "I'm really excited about going back to Rockingham after what we did last spring. Hopefully we can do that again and run good."
To stay in the game he needs to post a great finish, especially with Phoenix being the next stop on the schedule. "We're going to Greg's playground Phoenix; he always runs good there.
"But who knows? Some of these places we go back with a new tire and it changes, so you try to go with what you had in the past and it doesn't work. I think the ball is still in his court, but I think we still have a good chance, but he needs to make another mistake and we'll just run the best we can."
Whoever ends up standing at the podium as the champion, Biffle and Keller can both congratulate themselves on a hard fought battle, raced admirably to the end.