By admin | August 17, 2011
By Richard Allen
Roush Fenway Racing driver Greg Biffle has very much been a part of the NASCAR news cycle this week after a post race scuffle and name calling jab session with so called road course ringer Boris Said. However, the Washington native needs to quickly redirect his focus this Sunday in Michigan if he is to have any chance of making the Chase for the Championship playoff.
In another piece I posted at almost the same time as this one I pointed out that Ford seems to have lost its edge in Michigan in that one of those cars has not been to victory lane at the two mile track since 2008. But at the same, that piece explains that Ford has shown strength at the facility although circumstances have kept the drivers of those cars from winning.
This RFR driver embodies that claim. In each of the two most recent races at Michigan International Speedway the #16 Ford has led more than 60 laps only to fall short of victory each time. So obviously, this car and driver have the speed to win here. The question at the this critical juncture of the 2011 season is can Biffle find his way to the promised land to give himself a chance at the playoff?
Currently, Biffle sits 13th in the overall Sprint Cup standings. After the season’s 26th race in Richmond the top-10 in those standings will make the Chase playoff along with two wildcard drivers who will get in based on their number of wins. Should there be a tie in the number of wins, the drivers highest in the standings will advance.
Biffle has not won a race so his 13th place spot will not get him into the Chase. And, it is unlikely that ‘The Biff’ can make it into the top-10 without a win being that he is 49 points behind 10th place Tony Stewart. So, his only real chance to make the playoff is to win. And it would seem as though his best chance to do that comes this week in Michigan.
A win would allow Biffle to close in on or even pass Denny Hamlin in the race for the second wildcard spot. Each of those drivers would have one win while Brad Keselowski sits in the best wildcard position with two victories.
Biffle and his Roush Fenway Racing team need to find a way to do more than just lead laps at MIS. They need to win at this track in order to get themselves into the hunt for the Chase.
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