Owner: Geoff Smith • Team: Roush Racing • Crew Chief: Doug Richert
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Final Points Standing
After First 26 Races
Lead Lap Finishes
Below is the ranking of the team on each type of
track along with the driver's best finish.
Greg Biffle is a racer. There are plenty of drivers on the circuit, but only a handful of true racers. We see Biffle as a diamond in the rough who gets better every year. We’re not bashful about saying that Biffle can win; we just wonder how many times he can win. If he stays out of trouble and his Fords are more reliable, he could win three or four races this season.
One sure measure of a young and talented driver is the number of veterans who complain about his aggressive driving style. Biffle has ruffled the feathers of several, but they all agree — he can drive a race car. That might be the best endorsement a driver can have.
The weak point on his résumé is his performance on road courses. However, he qualified on the front row and led 23 laps at Watkins Glen in ’03 and finished a respectable 13th at Infineon last season, so there might be hope.
Watch Biffle at Bristol and at the intermediate tracks. His ability to drive a loose race car is second to none, so on tracks that allow passing and have two racing grooves, he is a cut above most.
Greg Biffle was the focus of many rumors about a driver change at the end of the 2002 season. Insiders painted Biffle as unhappy and wanting to jump to another ship. My, how things have changed.
Biffle won the July Daytona event in ’03 and followed that up with two wins (Michigan and Homestead) in ’04. Although the team had little to show in the first half of ’04, they had some great runs in the second. He had a fast enough car to win at least 10 races and was the best Roush Racing had to offer in a handful of events. Even with too many mechanical failures and a handful of crashes, Biffle managed to finish 17th in the final point standings.
It was a frequent flyer season for Biffle as well, as he raced a full Busch schedule to go along with his full season in the Cup car. The grueling schedule could have worn him down, but Biffle seemed to handle the pressure well.
• The Good: The two wins are obviously good, but his performance at Kansas tops the chart. After leading 64 laps, he blew a tire and had to come from the rear of the field to finish third.
• The Bad:In the Nextel All-Star Race, Biffle harshly criticized teammate Kurt Busch for a crash that took out several cars. It’s not nice to hammer your teammate, even if you’re justified in doing so.
• The Ugly: The ’04 season was full of mechanical failures and at least three blown motors. The team was fast at most tracks, but if you can’t finish, fast doesn’t matter.