BUSCH: Charlotte II: Greg Biffle - NASCAR spotlight

Biffle looking for first "double-double" in NASCAR's national series DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Oct. 13, 2004) -- With each race he runs, Greg Biffle (No. 60 Charter Communications Ford) is moving closer to quite an accomplishment. After 30 NASCAR...

Biffle looking for first "double-double" in NASCAR's national series

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Oct. 13, 2004) -- With each race he runs, Greg Biffle (No. 60 Charter Communications Ford) is moving closer to quite an accomplishment.

After 30 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup and 28 NASCAR Busch Series races this season, Biffle finds himself 12 races away from becoming the first driver in NASCAR history to run a full season in both series. Kevin Harvick (No. 21 Reese's Peanut Butter Cups Chevrolet), who won the 2001 NASCAR Busch Series title, ran 35 of 36 NASCAR premier series races that season.

Biffle, the 2002 NASCAR Busch Series champion, is one of the hottest drivers in the series. Currently third in the NASCAR Busch Series point standings -- his best ranking since Daytona in July when he was also third -- Biffle is tied for the series lead in victories (five). He has 12 top fives and 17 top-10 finishes, including an exciting .041-second runner-up finish to Joe Nemechek (No. 87 Cellular One Chevrolet) last Saturday at Kansas.

On the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup side, Biffle has moved into 18th in the points and captured third place Sunday at Kansas, his seventh top-11 finish in his last 11 races. He recorded his first NASCAR NEXTEL Cup win of the season during that span at Michigan, his second overall career victory.

The defending champion of the fall race at Lowe's Motor Speedway, Biffle has two NASCAR Busch Series wins at Charlotte. He also has a runner-up performance and three sixth-place finishes in his seven previous races at the 1.5-mile venue.

Biffle has required assistance during qualifying in two races this year at stand-alone events while the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series was at another venue, precluding his participation. Regan Smith will serve in a similar capacity for Biffle at Memphis next week while the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series is at Martinsville. "There have been a couple of weekends that have been flat-out exhausting, like the Sonoma-to-Milwaukee-and-back trip and Pocono-to-Pikes Peak," Biffle said of the dual travel schedule. "Other than that, though, the logistics and the physical and mental strain haven't been that bad.

"Overall, it's been a good year for us," he said. "Early on, we had a few problems under the hood that took us out of a few races, but (team owner) Jack (Roush) stepped in and fixed the problem. We kind of took ourselves out of the hunt, but I couldn't be happier with where our team is." Biffle fell out of three of the season's first seven races due to engine woes.

"I'd say we're too far out to win the thing this year, but you never know what can happen.

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Kevin Harvick , Greg Biffle , Regan Smith