By admin | February 23, 2013
By Richard Allen
The 2013 version of the Daytona 500 could be one of the most difficult to predict in years. The new Gen-6 racecar being used at the Sprint Cup level of NASCAR is definitely taking some time for the teams and drivers to get used to. However, there are some who seem to have gotten a better feel for things than others.
One of thoseÂ crews who look as if they have a grasp on the new car is the #16 Roush Fenway Racing team of Greg Biffle. So far during SpeedWeeks, Biffle has finished 2nd twice to Kevin Harvick. In the Sprint Unlimited last Saturday and the Budweiser Duel race on Thursday the Vancouver, Washington native trailed just behind at the finish. Sunday’s main event will be the time forÂ ’The Biff’ to get around his old nemesis and drive to victory.
Aside from his solid finishes so far in Daytona, another reasonÂ I have for choosing Biffle is the restrictor plate performance of the Roush Yates Engines under the hood of his Ford. While the bodies of the cars have changed since last year, the power plants have remained largely the same. And in 2012, RYE provided the horsepower for Matt Kenseth to win the Daytona 500 and another plate race in Talladega. Biffle scored three top-10s in the four plate races last season.
Biffle has won at the Daytona International Speedway once in his career when he drove to victory in July of 2003. However, some criticized the driver after last year’s Daytona 500 for not being more aggressive in the late laps. Many thought he seemed too content to simply push teammate Kenseth to the win. Biffle eventually finished 3rd as Dale Earnhardt, Jr. got around him coming to the checkered flag.
I predict this will be the year Greg Biffle finally makes it to victory lane in the sport’s biggest event.
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