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Biffle out for one spot better this time at Pocono

Aug 1, 2013, 3:00 PM EDT

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Back in early June at Pocono Raceway, Greg Biffle collected a solid second-place result but admitted that his and the rest of Roush Fenway Racing’s race cars still needed some tweaking to become consistent front-runners.

WIth the Sprint Cup Series returning to the “Tricky Triangle” this weekend for the 400, Biffle, driver of the No. 16 Ford Fusion, believes that this time around, he’ll be in better shape car-wise with a brand new chassis.

“We are working hard on our race cars – we’ve got more down-force than we did last time we were there,” said Biffle. “We know Turn 3 [at Pocono] is where they are beating us, so we are going to concentrate on that and get us another Top-5 finish.”

Biffle comes to Pocono looking to stop a recent slide that has seen him finish outside the Top-10 in the last four races: 34th at Kentucky, 17th at Daytona, 15th at New Hampshire, and 24th last weekend at the Brickyard 400 in Indianapolis.

Furthermore, while Biffle sits eighth in the championship and has one win to his credit this year, he’s barely leading a logjam of drivers trying to race their way into the Top 10 or a Chase wild card spot. Only 12 points separate him from defending Cup champion Brad Keselowski (no wins) in 13th place. Going deeper into the standings, Biffle is just one point up on ninth-place Kasey Kahne (one win), and six points up on 10th-place Jeff Gordon (no wins).

The battle to make the Chase has gotten tighter and tighter. We’ll see if Pocono helps Biffle stay ahead of a very hungry pack.

  1. bmcgrath2 - Aug 2, 2013 at 1:20 AM

    Until Biffle puts up some W’s and makes a serious run at a championship, I will never understand this guy and his 3M team. They are always lightning fast in practice, usually qualify decently, but they have rarely put a full race together in the past few years. Personally, I believe that Biffle and Puccia are seldom on the same page when it comes to pit strategy and adjustments. You have to wonder how long 3M will commit full sponsorship to a team that is under-performing. Gloom and doom aside, its not to say that he cannot turn this season around. Pocono carries some pretty short odds for Biffle, and with the slew of intermediates on the horizon, the Biff has a decent shot of gaining some ground in the points race.

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