By admin | March 29, 2010
By Richard Allen
In 2010 there is only one NASCAR Sprint Cup driver who is a perfect six for six in the category of top-10 finishes. Who is it?
Jimmie Johnson? Jeff Gordon? Matt Kenseth? Mark Martin?
Each of those drivers is noted for piecing together stings of consistent finishes, but neither is the correct answer.
Greg Biffle is actually the driver to have put together the most consistent season of all so far. He has finished inside the top-10 in all six Sprint Cup races. Those results are good enough to have placed the #16 Roush Fenway Racing driver in the second spot of the overall standings.
Biffle has not always been known for his consistency. He has qualified for the Chase for the Championship in only three of the six seasons since the playoff has been in existence. In 264 career starts ‘The Biff’ has managed 100 top-10s. That equates to 38% of his starts ending in a top-10 finish.
For the sake of comparison, Biffle’s RFR teammate Matt Kenseth has scored 179 top-10s in 370 career starts. That’s 48% of his starts to have ended in a top-10.
Opening the season with a perfect top-10 rating is quite an achievement for a driver who only does so at a normal rate of 3/8 of the time.
Perhaps even more surprising than Biffle’s run is that his team, RFR, has scored 14 total top-10 results with all four of its teams while powerful Hendrick Motorsports has managed only ten such finishes with its four rides.
What does all of this indicate? Well, it certainly appears as though the Roush Fords have stepped up their game in 2010. Despite winning the first two races of the year in 2009, RFR only took one more victory over the course of the final 34 races last season. While they have no wins so far, it does look like the team is more competitive than a year ago.
These numbers also indicate that Greg Biffle has to this point turned in a very solid season. Let’s just see how far the Washington native can go in 2010.
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Richard Allen is a member of the National Motorsports Press Association. His weekly columns appear in The Mountain Press and The Knoxville Journal.
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