Biffle clinches the Busch Series Championship and Ford takes home the Manufacturer's Championship. It was a banner day for Ford Racing on Saturday at Phoenix International Raceway as Greg Biffle clinched the 2002 Busch Series...
Biffle clinches the Busch Series Championship and Ford takes home the Manufacturer's Championship.
It was a banner day for Ford Racing on Saturday at Phoenix International Raceway as Greg Biffle clinched the 2002 Busch Series driver's championship with his third-place finish in the Bashas' 200, and in the process delivered Ford Racing's it first driver's championship in series history. Biffle now holds an insurmountable 227-point lead over second-place Jason Keller with one race remaining.
Not only was the driver's championship decided on Saturday, but Ford Racing also earned its second manufacturer's championship in Busch Series history and holds an insurmountable seven-point lead over second-place Chevrolet with next week's season-finale in Homestead still pending.
Ford first captured the Bill France Performance Cup in 1995, a year in which Ford drivers posted a previous best 14 victories. So far this season, Ford drivers have posted 16 victories in 33 races. This is the first time that the Ford Taurus model has won the Busch Series manufacturer's championship in its five-year NASCAR history.
Introduced in 1991, the Bill France Performance Cup is awarded to the manufacturer with the most points and wins at the season's end. Points are awarded on a race-by-race basis and calculated throughout the season based on the following system: The winning car earns that manufacturer nine points. The second-highest manufacturer receives six points. The third-highest manufacturer receives four points. The fourth-highest manufacturer receives three points.
Manufacturer Championship Tidbits
* Ford has won the Bill France Performance Cup twice (1995, 2002).
* Ford has accumulated 233 points so far this season with six drivers contributing.
* Ford has captured 16 wins this season, compared to Chevrolet's 12, Pontiac's four and Dodge's one.
* Ford drivers who have won races in 2002: Burton (5), Biffle (4), Keller (4), Riggs (2), Hamilton, Jr. (1).
* Ford's 16 wins are the most in Ford's Busch Series history (previous best was 14 in 1995).
* Ford has had only one fourth-place finish among the four manufacturers in the season's first 33 races.
* Ford driver Greg Biffle won Ford's first Busch Series driver's championship.
* Ford leads the NASCAR Busch Series with 16 wins.
* Ford driver Jeff Burton leads all drivers with five wins in 13 starts this season.
* Ford full-time series drivers Biffle and Jason Keller follow with four wins apiece.
* Ford has had five drivers win races in 2002.
* Ford drivers Scott Riggs and Bobby Hamilton, Jr. registered their first series wins.
* Ford driver Riggs leads all rookies with two wins and two poles.
Ford drivers who scored manufacturer points this season:
Greg Biffle: 78 points (12 races)
Jeff Burton: 63 points (eight races)
Jason Keller: 43 points (six races)
Scott Riggs: 28 points (four races)
Bobby Hamilton, Jr.: 15 points (two races)
Matt Kenseth: 6 points (one race)