Biffle hopes to recapture past success at Kansas
Kansas Speedway might be the best place for Greg Biffle to cool
off after an extremely hot and miserable weekend in Charlotte.
Less than 20 laps into last week’s Coca Cola 600, Biffle
reported that his cooling system was malfunctioning – on a day when
temperatures approached 140 degrees on the track.
The system wasn’t just broken, either. It was pumping scalding
hot air into Biffle’s helmet and burning the side of his head, even
with his visor flipped up to provide ventilation.
Biffle’s crew eventually got his cooling system sorted out
during an extended stay in the pits, and he pushed his way back
from 34th to the front with 50 laps left. But what could have been
the best car in Charlotte finished 13th following a late pit
”We took a really, really fast car and finished 13th with it.
We got the wave around twice and the lucky dog once,” Biffle said
Friday in Kansas, where the Sprint Cup resumes Sunday. ”If we
would have had a mediocre car we would have finished about
If Biffle can bring another fast car to the 1.5-mile track
Sunday, history suggests the No. 16 Ford could be the among the
ones to beat.
Biffle, currently 11th in the Sprint Cup standings, sports the
top driver rating at Kansas of anyone in the field. Biffle, along
with Jeff Gordon and Tony Stewart, has won twice here, first in
2007 and in last fall’s race when he took first to pull himself out
of a deep hole in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship.
Biffle also has six top-five finishes in nine Kansas races and
has run nearly 93 percent of his laps here in the top 15, the most
of any driver.
”I really like this race track. This race track’s a lot of
fun,” Biffle said. ”There are a lot of options and it has a
little slower corner speeds and you have to be a little technical,
which plays into my hands over the years I guess.”
Biffle’s in the mix for a spot in the Chase with NASCAR’s
regular season reaching its midway point after Sunday’s race,
though his position in certainly precarious.
Biffle has yet to pick up a win this season and has just one
top-five finish in 12 starts. If he’s going to make a push up the
standings, Kansas would be appear to be a great place to start.
”It’s getting harder to sleep at night when you’re right there
on the verge of the points, especially when you have runs like you
did last week,” Biffle said. ”You’ve got to start having solid
top-fives every week. If you have a solid top-five every week, then
forget about it. We’re not there yet. We picked up another spot in
points but that didn’t really do a whole lot. We didn’t move very
Despite last week’s disappointment, it was far from a disaster
Biffle got a boost from how strong the No. 16 ran, and that he
and his crew were able to overcome the cooling fiasco, charge from
the back more than once and salvage a top-15 finish.
He even turned off his air conditioner during practice Friday, a
blazing hot day in the Midwest, just to prove a point.
As long as Biffle doesn’t have scalding hot air blowing in his
face, he said he’s fine.
”You don’t need it. What happened last week was really
unique,” Biffle said. ”The thing turned into a heater.”