Car number: 16 • Manufacturer: Ford • Sponsor: Ameriquest
Owner: Jack Roush
• Team: Roush Racing
• Crew Chief: Pat Tryson
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Final Points Standing
After First 26 Races
Lead Lap Finishes
2007 Spin Greg Biffle will look to rebound from what has to be considered a disappointing 2006 campaign. Although he earned two race wins, it was a far cry from his six-win, 21-top 10 performance of '05. He came up 35 points shy of winning the Nextel Cup championship that season, and expectations were high entering '06.
The team started out in a hole, with a crash at Daytona and a blown engine - in a race he was thoroughly dominating - at California. The season wouldn't get much better for a few weeks, as another crash at Texas, via Kurt Busch, and another engine loss, this time at Talladega, kept the team in a points hole.
A hot streak ensued thereafter - Biffle scored seven consecutive top 10s, winning Darlington during that stretch. Reaching as high as ninth in points, he seemed ready to once again challenge for a Cup. It was not to be, though, as he scored only six top 10s through the remainder of the season.
We expect a strong recovery this year. Biffle will likely welcome the Car of Tomorrow. He can wheel whatever they put underneath him, and Jack Roush will undoubtedly pour in whatever resources are needed to find success.
One slight concern centers around Biffle losing his crew chief. Doug Richert was shown the door after the season concluded. He and Biffle had a good relationship, and that will be hard to replace.
In Richert's spot will be Pat Tryson, who led Mark Martin to three consecutive Chase appearances from 2004-06. Whether these two will hit it off is the big question. Martin only won two races under Tryson's leadership, and Biffle is a go-for-broke-type driver. If this relationship jells, they could have a big year; if not, Tryson may be gone quickly, as Roush does not hesitate to pull the trigger.
2006 Recap After a stellar 2005 performance, Greg Biffle was the vogue pick for most preseason prognosticators to win last season's Cup. From the drop of the green at Daytona, however, the prognosticators were proved wrong. A last-lap crash at Daytona followed by a blown engine at Fontana - in a race he dominated - left the team in a hole it could not dig itself out of.
Things got worse before they got better. He averaged a 25.5-place finish in the season's first nine races. Mechanical woes and accidents robbed him of good finishes.
A turnaround looked to be in the works after a fourth at Richmond in May. Biffle went on a seven-race tear, winning Darlington and averaging a 4.85-place finish, which vaulted him into ninth in the point standings.
It all went south from there, however. From the Pepsi 400 through the final race of the season - which Biffle won - the team averaged a 20.6-place finish, costing crew chief Doug Richert his job.
• The Good: Greg Biffle's third consecutive Homestead win showed the team still had the desire long after a championship, or even an 11th-place points finish, was out of reach.
• The Bad: After leading a race-high 151 laps in the spring Phoenix event, Biffle ran out of fuel with two laps to go. The team missed on the calculation by less than one gallon of gas.
• The Ugly: Biffle's girlfriend, Nicole Lunders, confronted Kurt Busch's fiancee, Eva, on pit road after Busch wrecked Biffle at Texas. While not necessarily ugly, we had to mention it for the comedic value alone.