Greg Biffle goes for Three in a Row at Michigan International Speedway

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Last week NASCAR Sprint Cup Series was at the last road course of the season, Watkins Glen International. Greg Biffle, who is not known as a road course racer, driving the No. 16 3M Ford, finished an ironic 16th. He gave up some points in the Chase but it doesn’t matter because Greg and NASCAR are going to one of his best tracks. This week racing resumes at Michigan International Speedway for the Pure Michigan 400.

The Michigan International Speedway (MIS) is a 2 mile “D” shaped oval.  It has 18 degrees of banking in the corners, 12 degrees in the frontstretch, and 5 degrees in the backstretch.  Although this is a two mile speedway it is very much like the 1.5 mile “D” shaped tracks that dominate the NASCAR Sprint Cup schedule.  The major difference is that this track is faster and wider.  They can and do race five wide here at times on restarts.

Greg Biffle won this race last August and the race here this past June. He is going for an unprecedented three wins in a row at Michigan. Greg also happens to be the driver with the best driver rating at this track at 110.0. If that is not enough, his team—Roush Fenway Racing—has the most wins at Michigan in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series than any other team with 13 wins. That is why this track is sometimes referred to as the House of Roush.

Greg Biffle and Mark Martin lead all active drivers with four wins at Michigan. There is some irony in that statistic since Mark Martin’s last win here came at the expense of Biffle dominating the race but running out of fuel on the last lap. That’s Michigan though; fuel mileage can come into play at any time if there is a lack of caution flags.

I’m looking forward to Michigan; it would be three in a row if I can pull off another win. I feel like one more win would lock us into the Chase.” Biffle added, “Michigan is one of my favorite tracks; it’s a big fast place and has lots of room to race. There is always a lot of strategy going on. Fuel mileage and pit stops are very important. We ran better at Pocono and we think we have a chance to win three in a row.

Greg Biffle is currently ninth in the standings for the Chase for the Sprint Cup but he cannot rest on that because there is only seven points separating him from 12th place. Although this is his best track, he has to be careful; but then again as he says one more win will seal the deal. He will make the Chase for the Sprint Cup.

If you can’t get to Michigan International Speedway to watch the race it will be broadcast on ESPN on Sunday, August 18th at 12 PM ET.

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

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Top 12 Driver Rating at Michigan
Greg Biffle………………………….. 110.0
Matt Kenseth………………………. 106.0
Carl Edwards………………………. 105.1
Jimmie Johnson…………………… 104.0
Dale Earnhardt Jr………………….. 97.5
Tony Stewart………………………… 95.9
Kyle Busch…………………………… 93.1
Brian Vickers………………………… 91.5
Denny Hamlin……………………….. 91.1
Jeff Gordon………………………….. 90.7
Kasey Kahne………………………… 89.0
Kurt Busch…………………………… 87.7
Note: Driver Ratings compiled from 2005-2013 races (17 total) among active drivers at Michigan International Speedway.


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