Biffle Going ‘Home’ To Michigan, Looking For His Own Rebound
In contrast to Earnhardt’s every move being under weekly examination, Greg Biffle (No. 16 3M Military Salute Ford) has largely toiled under the radar during his NASCAR Sprint Cup career. Even though he advanced to the top rung after winning championships in both the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and the NASCAR Nationwide Series, there was never an automatic expectation of Biffle completing an unprecedented sweep.
Thing is, also in contrast to Earnhardt, Biffle actually has come very close to winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship, finishing as the series’ runner-up (tied with Carl Edwards) in 2005, only 35 points behind champion Tony Stewart.
In recent seasons, though, Biffle’s own career momentum has slowed slightly, with a total of only three victories form 2011-13 and none so far this season.
Sunday’s Quicken Loans 400 at Michigan could be a breakthrough opportunity for the Roush Fenway Racing driver. Roush Industries’ headquarters are located near Michigan International Speedway, in Livonia, Michigan. So, it’s fitting that Roush Fenway Racing has more wins at MIS (13) than any other team in NASCAR history – and four of those have been by Biffle, including two of the last three MIS races.
A win at Michigan, his most prolific track, would virtually lock Biffle into the 2014 Chase, provided he also meets the criteria outlined above.