Although Chase contenders Greg Biffle and Carl Edwards are only 58 and 76 points behind co-leaders Matt Kenseth and Jimmie Johnson in the standings, there are multiple drivers they would have to surpass in order to win the championship given their respective positions (eighth and 10th). Therefore, instead of being a frontrunner for the 2013 title, Biffle and Edwards can arrive in Texas as the likely favorites to play spoiler in Sunday’s AAA Texas 500.
Since the 1.5-mile track started hosting NASCAR Sprint Cup Series events in 1997, Roush Fenway Racing has dominated, winning nine times. The next closest organizations are Hendrick Motorsports and Joe Gibbs Racing with four apiece.
Edwards leads all drivers with three wins at Texas. He won the Chase race in 2005, and then swept both events in 2008. In 17 starts at the track, he’s compiled six top fives and eight top 10s. In the 2013 April race he placed third.
Biffle is one of six drivers who have visited Victory Lane at Texas twice. He did so in Spring 2007 and Spring 2012. Having collected eight top fives, 12 top 10s and one pole in 19 starts, it wouldn’t surprise anyone to see Biffle add to his stats. In the April race, he finished fourth. He’s led more laps at Texas (732) than at any other track on the circuit.
Other drivers who have crossed the final line first driving for Roush Fenway are Jeff Burton (once), Mark Martin (once) and Matt Kenseth (twice).