Michigan International Speedway is Chase for The Sprint Cup contender Greg Biffle’s favorite track. After having won earlier this year at the two-mile track 100 miles from Roush Racing’s headquarters, Biffle finds himself currently ninth in the standings. With Tony Stewart now officially out of the Chase contention, Biffle only has to worry about the drivers behind him.
Both Martin Truex Jr. and Kasey Kahne have the wins necessary to currently capture wild card spots if needed. However, both Kurt Busch and Jeff Gordon are needing to either get into victory lane or push for the no. 10 spot.
Only five points separate ninth and 12th position with four races remaining in the regular season. Considering the momentum he has and the track he will be visiting, Biffle is in the driver’s seat with a great opportunity to pull away from the pack. Statistically, there’s no reason to believe Biffle wouldn’t continue to drive his way up the standings, despite having only one win.
Ford has 33 victories at the track, 13 of which belong to Roush Racing. Roush also holds two of the top three average finishing positions at the track, with Biffle being outdone by his teammate Carl Edwards. Biffle also has a top-10 in over 50 percent of the races at Michigan (13 for 21) to go along with a driver rating of 110.0, which is the best in NASCAR. Biffle, astonishingly, also has no DNFs in 21 races.
All in all, the momentum and the numbers add up to show that this week in Michigan, Biffle is due for a climb in the standings. The race to the chase is the closest it has been in a long time, but if everything plays out in Michigan, expect Greg Biffle to not be a part of it.
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