NASCAR Cup: Greg Biffle makes 500th-straight start
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By AMANDA VINCENT
Nine races after Greg Biffle celebrated his 500th-career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start in September at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway, the driver is slated to make his 500th-consecutive start in the series Sunday at Phoenix International Raceway in Avondale, Ariz., when he takes the green flag for the Can-Am 500. He’ll start for the 24th position.
“I was really excited about making my 500th start at Richmond, and it’s pretty amazing to be reaching 500 in-a-row this weekend at Phoenix,” Biffle said. “There are a lot of great memories over the 400 starts, but one of my favorites was winning on Father’s Day in Michigan with my daughter there to celebrate with me. So far this season, we don’t have the results that we would have liked, but hopefully, we can finish up these final two races on a high note.”
After making seven series starts in 2002 for car owners including Jack Roush, Andy Petree and Petty Enterprises, Biffle went full-time Cup racing in 2003 for Roush Fenway Racing. He missed the third race of that season, but when he started at Atlanta Motor Speedway, the fourth race of the year, he began a string of consecutive starts that is expected to stretch to 500 Sunday.
When he takes the green flag at Phoenix, Biffle will become the 17th driver to make at least 500-straight NASCAR premier-level starts. Jeff Gordon holds the record for longest string of consecutive starts with 797.
Biffle’s 499-consecutive starts leading up to Sunday’s race at Phoenix include 19 wins, 92 top-fives and 175 top-10 finishes.