Greg Biffle enters 2014 looking to become the first driver in NASCAR history to capture the championship in all three of NASCAR’s premier series. Biffle won NASCAR truck and Nationwide Series championships in 2000 and 2002, and needs only a coveted Sprint Cup title to post the first triple-crown in the long history of the sport.
Since joining Roush Fenway Racing in 1998, Greg Biffle has clearly shown that NASCAR racing is his forte. Even before becoming a member of the Roush stable, Biffle was recording impressive statistics in other racing series, including NASCAR Winston Racing Series Championships at Portland Speedway and Tri-Cities Raceway. Biffle caught the eye of NASCAR Hall-of-Famer Benny Parsons during the 1995/96 NASCAR Winter Heat Series, which proved to be the key that opened the door to what has been a remarkable career to date. Parsons told Jack Roush that there was no way he could pass up the chance to hire Biffle, and that if he did, he would regret it while watching Biffle win races for another team owner.
Biffle quickly made a name for himself when he took the 1998 Rookie of the Year Award in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. He went on to win the Truck Series championship two years later and captured the Nationwide Series Rookie of the Year honor in 2001. In 2002, Biffle became the first driver to win both the Camping World Truck and Nationwide Series Championships. He accomplished a life-long goal in 2002 at Daytona with his first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victory. In 2003, Biffle added two more wins to his Cup record but nothing would compare to the 2005 season when he ran away with five wins in the first 15 races. Biffle added one more victory at Homestead to become the winningest driver of the 2005 NASCAR Sprint Cup season. He finished second in the points to Tony Stewart, missing his third NASCAR Championship by only 35 points.
As the 2006 season began, rather than being the dark horse for the championship, Biffle was now a favorite to take the title. The season got off to a shaky start but picked up about midway through the season as Biffle climbed his way back into the top 10 in points with seven top-10 finishes in a row including a win at Darlington. The bad luck, however, could not be shaken and Biffle spent the second half of the season slowly losing ground on the Chase contenders. The team finished strong with their third win in a row in the season finale Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Biffle took 13th in the 2006 NASCAR Nextel Cup Series points battle.
Greg Erwin took over as crew chief in 2007, leading the team to five wins over the course of the next four seasons and earning a spot in the Chase for three consecutive seasons (2008, 2009 and 2010).
The 2010 season got off to a solid start when Biffle racked up six top-10 finishes in a row starting with a third-place finish at Daytona. Following that streak, however, the season got a little rocky before picking up again in late July. Biffle brought Roush Fenway and Ford their first Sprint Cup win in over a year when he drove the 3M Ford to victory lane in Pocono and then followed that up with a win later in the season at Kansas. The 2010 season concluded with Biffle moving up five positions in the final three races to finish sixth in the point standings.
The 2011 season brought challenges with a new fueling system and the team struggled through the first few races to overcome the obstacle. Midway through the season, a decision was made to bring Matt Puccia on board as the crew chief to try to rejuvenate the team with a new perspective. Biffle and Puccia picked up three poles during the second half of the season along with two top-five finishes and five top-10 finishes before taking 16th in the final standings.
Biffle and Puccia carried their momentum into 2012 and turned it into one of Biffle’s most successful seasons on the track. Biffle led the point standings for 14 of 26 weeks leading up to the Chase and earned victories at Texas and Michigan. Under Puccia’s guidance Biffle earned a career-best average start of 9.9 and career-best average finish of 10.2, while also completing a career-best 99.6 percent of laps attempted. Over the season Biffle earned three poles, 12 top-five and 21 top-10 finishes, and finished out the season fifth in the Championship point standings.
With a Michigan victory on June 16, 2013 Biffle claimed the 1,000th win for Ford in NASCAR. From there Biffle went on to make the Chase for the fifth time in the last six years, finishing up the season ninth in the point standings, while also earning four top-five and 13 top-10 finishes in addition to the Michigan victory.
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