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Greg Biffle has to win at Kansas Speedway

Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports

Greg Biffle held on last week at Dover International Speedway to a ninth place finish. Unfortunately for Biffle the top three drivers continued maintaining top five runs and are still pulling ahead in the points. This week NASCAR and Greg Biffle are at a much different race track. This week they are at the Kansas Speedway for the Hollywood Casino 400.

The Kansas Speedway is one of those 1.5 mile, “D” shaped, staple tracks of NASCAR. The exception is that as new paving is occurring they are becoming less and less like cookie cutters. This track has recently been repaved. It has progressive banking in the corners from 17 to 20 degrees. There is 10 degrees of banking on the front stretch or “D” side of the track. There is only 5 degrees of banking on the back stretch. Though this track used to be much like Chicagoland Speedway it is not now.

Like most tracks Jimmie Johnson has a commanding lead in the historical statistics at Kansas. His driver rating of 119.1 and his average finish at 7.6 far exceeds all other drivers. Greg Biffle is the only driver who comes close to Johnson.

Biffle’s driver rating of 110.1 and his average finish of 10.1 put him close to being able to contend with Johnson. The only thing that he has to fight is his record at this track has not been good since the repave. In the two races since he has finished 27th and 19th. In the last race a late caution during green flag pit stops lead to his bad finish. If he had done better his numbers would be more like Johnson’s are. Johnson finished ninth and third.

Greg Biffle and Jimmie Johnson both have to contend with the new apparent king of the repaved Kansas Speedway, current Chase leader Matt Kenseth who has won both races. Those three drivers, Jeff Gordon and Tony Stewart have all won two races here. Odds are good that someone will break that tie.

I feel really good about Kansas this weekend. We’ve got a lot of speed in our cars and 1.5-mile tracks are our favorite type of tracks.” Biffle added, “I like Kansas and have a couple of wins there. We’ve been running well and we have a strong opportunity to get our first win of the Chase. Even though the tire for this weekend is different than what we tested a little while back, I think we still learned a lot. We’ve got to get a win this weekend to get back in the Chase.

If Greg Biffle is to win the Championship he has to win at tracks he is good at. Kansas Speedway is one of them and time is running out.

If you can’t get to Kansas Speedway for the Hollywood Casino 400 it will be televised on ESPN starting at 1 PM ET on Sunday October 6th.

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

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Top 13 Driver Rating at Kansas
Jimmie Johnson…………….. 119.1
Greg Biffle…………………….. 110.1
Matt Kenseth…………………. 110.0
Ricky Stenhouse Jr………… 101.7
Jeff Gordon…………………….. 99.0
Tony Stewart…………………… 97.5
Carl Edwards………………….. 96.1
Martin Truex Jr……………….. 93.4
Kevin Harvick………………….. 92.0
Kasey Kahne…………………… 91.1
Mark Martin…………………….. 91.0
Clint Bowyer……………………. 91.0
Denny Hamlin………………….. 89.8
Note: Driver Ratings compiled from 2005-2013 races (11 total) among active drivers at Kansas Speedway.