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Greg Biffle is Ready to Defend His Texas Motor Speedway Win

Sam Sharpe-USA TODAY Sports

Last week at Martinsville Speedway Greg Biffle was able to finish ninth. This week Greg Biffle and NASCAR goes to a much different speedway. This week NASCAR is at Texas Motor Speedway for the NRA 500.

The Texas Motor Speedway is another one of those 1.5 mile staples of NASCAR. Texas is a D shaped oval with 24 degrees of banking in all four turns and fife degrees on the front and back stretch.  It looks almost identical to Atlanta Motor Speedway and Charlotte Motor Speedway but all three race a little differently because the pavement is not the same. This race is a night race so the track should be faster than when the race was run during the day. The race is 334 laps or 501 miles.

Each week we dial into those drivers who have done well at each track using driver ratings. This week is no exception. This week the top three drivers are pretty close. Matt Kenseth (106.6), Jimmie Johnson (103.5) and Greg Biffle (103.4). All three happen to have two wins each at Texas and one within the last two years.

When driver ratings alone don’t point to an obvious favorite we move onto average finish. In this case that statistic doesn’t help much. Matt Kenseth (8.3) and Jimmie Johnson (9.3) have impressive average finishes which statistically are the same. Greg Biffle on the other hand has an average finish of 15.9 but going back to the fall race of 2008 his average finish is an impressive 5.7. Matt Kenseth (11.7) and Jimmie Johnson (8.6) are not as good.

“We are really excited to go back to Texas as the defending race winner. It takes a good balanced car to be able to win at Texas.” Greg said, “We test Thursday afternoon which will help get us dialed in. Our team is excited; the car we are taking just came out of the wind tunnel with really good numbers. I’m ready to get on the track and defend our win.

If that isn’t enough Roush Fenway Racing has won more than double any other team owner with nine victories.

I [attribute] it to good teams, good drivers and communication with equipment,” Biffle said. “Teams will get on to setups; maybe their race cars cater to this type of race track a little bit better. I’ve had a lot of success here. We are sharing that information so Carl [Edwards] has that setup.

If you cannot get to Texas Motor Speedway the race will be shown on Fox Saturday night starting at 7 PM ET.

Brian Berg Jr. is a NASCAR writer for RantSports.com.

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Top 12 Driver Rating at Texas
Matt Kenseth……………………….. 106.6
Jimmie Johnson…………………… 103.5
Greg Biffle………………………….. 103.4
Tony Stewart……………………….. 101.4
Kyle Busch…………………………… 98.7
Carl Edwards………………………… 98.3
Denny Hamlin……………………….. 93.3
Dale Earnhardt Jr…………………… 92.7
Clint Bowyer…………………………. 92.5
Jeff Gordon………………………….. 91.9
Kurt Busch……………………………. 89.0
Mark Martin…………………………… 88.6
Note: Driver Ratings compiled from 2005-2012 races (16 total) among active drivers at Texas Motor Speedway