By admin | January 12, 2009
By Richard Allen
Over the next few days and weeks I will be presenting a review of 2008 and a preview of 2009 for each of the drivers and teams who appear to be set for a full time run in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. For the most part these pieces will run in order by car number. If you should miss out on your favorite driver simply type his name into the search box at the upper right hand portion of the website.
#16- Greg Biffle
Greg Biffle put all the pieces for success together last year. He re-signed with Roush Fenway Racing. His car will be sponsored for the 2009 season. And most importantly, he proved he can win and be a serious contender in the Chase for the Championship.
After a sub par 2007, this team rebounded and improved in every statistical category in 2008. After qualifying for the Chase, Biffle started out the playoff on a role. He won in New Hampshire and Dover to place himself firmly near the front of the pack, where he stayed throughout the ten race shootout.
Biffle won two races, had 12 Top 5s and 17 Top 10s last season. He wound up with a 3rd place showing in the final point standings.
At 38 years of age, Biffle has reached an “It’s now or never” stage of his career. If he is to ever win a championship or is to pile up a big career win total he will need to do so soon.
He has a newly signed three year contract extension in place with one of the top teams in NASCAR.
Look for Biffle to again win multiple races this season and contend for the championship. His team seemed to really come together in the last third of the season in 2008. If they can keep that momentum going into 2009 they should be right there at season’s end.
Driver: Greg Biffle
Owner: Roush Fenway Racing
Crew Chief: Greg Erwin
Scanner Frequencies(?): 469.4500 & 465.0250
Chances of making the Chase for the Championship: Likely
Richard Allen is a member of the National Motorsports Press Association. His weekly column appears in The Mountain Press every Wednesday.
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