Tag Archives: Greg Biffle

Team Orders, Be Damned

So much bad press has come out this year surrounding the consolidation of power within Sprint Cup. The Big Four of Jack Roush, Richard Childress, Joe Gibbs, and Rick Hendrick own three cars apiece in this year’s Chase, the only ones capable of making noise at the top during a year in which the focus was supposed to be on leveling the playing field. Instead, the chances of two cars within the same organization battling tooth and nail for the title – ala Jimmie Johnson and Jeff Gordon from ’07 – are higher than they’ve ever been. You don’t need me to list the concerns that type of scenario brings up; after all, we’ve been through it within the last 12 months. But on this fateful Sunday at Dover, it was nice to be reminded that no matter how much teamwork is preached off the race track, you still can’t stop a racer’s mentality on it heading to the checkered flag.

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Ten Points To Ponder… After the 2008 Camping World RV 400 at Dover

*Every Man For Himself!* - Roush drivers Greg Biffle, Matt Kenseth, and Carl Edwards put on one heck of a good show Sunday over the last 20 or so laps of the Camping World RV 400 from Dover, Delaware. The three Roush Fenway stablemates battled one another for the win like three drivers intent on winning the 2008 Sprint Cup -- but not so much like teammates. As a result, the Ford drivers provided some of the best racing for the win we've seen all season, bumping, banging, and rubbing one another before sweeping the Top 3 spots. No "team orders" rock!

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From 207 Points Up To 74 Points Down; What’s Wrong With This Picture?

Twenty laps into the 27th race this season, an enigmatic driver, who had been wiping up the floor with most of the competition for 26 races, had his season more or less destroyed. Eight wins in 26 races meant only that he’s eligible for the title--one faulty sway bar bolt in one race has effectively negated even that. It would have been rough enough to take the slam of a 34th place finish because of a 50-cent part, but combined with the Big Points Giveaway, that part resulted in a shift of 281 points and seven positions in the standings in one week. OK, I’ve read all about how Jimmie Johnson finished 39th in the first Chase race in 2006, and how 74 points can be made up in one race. Of course it’s not technically over for Kyle Busch. But even as great as he is and has been all season, would you bet on him now?

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Matt McLaughlin Mouths Off: Predicting 12 Drivers’ Chances With Nine Left To Go In The Chase

For better or worse, the Chase is now one week old, meaning one of 12 drivers will be anointed Cup champion in just nine weeks' time. So, let's put aside for a moment the continuing debate surrounding the validity of the format, and take a look at what each contender brings to the table -- along with what liabilities dog him as we begin this unholy pilgrimage towards Homestead... *Kyle Busch* *Pros* -- OK, he’s not going to win the Most Popular Driver award this year or anytime in the foreseeable future. Busch is young, he’s brash, and he looks like Ichabod Crane -- but never mind that. This young man has proven he can win on any sort of track the schedule throws at him in any sort of vehicle he drives.

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Fantasy Picks ‘N’ Pans: Dodging Trouble During The Monster Mile’s Playoff Push

The Chase is now officially underway, and the wild position swings that accompany the first few weeks of the sprint to the finish were very evident this past weekend. The biggest mover -- in the wrong direction -- was Kyle Busch, who went from the dominant driver in the points to eighth place while taking down several fantasy teams in his wake. But the thing gamers have to remember is that what made drivers Chase worthy all season hasn’t been lost in the last week or two. While Busch and Matt Kenseth might have had trouble at Loudon, they’re still among the Top 12 drivers for this season; so, you'd be well served to not bail on some strong performers who had an off week to start the Chase. In the meantime, Jimmie Johnson and Carl Edwards have now climbed atop the rankings. Can they avoid other drivers’ troubles this weekend and stay ahead of the pack? Or will Kyle Busch be able to shake off the horrific luck of Loudon and turn the lemons into lemonade this weekend? Read on for this week’s Picks ‘N’ Pans to see which drivers should be started this week -- and which ones would rather be anywhere but the first state.

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Mirror Driving: Biffle Breaks Out, Is Busch A Bust?, And The Trucks Brawl

*Sunday's New Hampshire race featured a variety of incidents that relegated Chase contenders to poor finishes. Can Kyle Busch and Matt Kenseth overcome their lackluster showings and contend -- or are they NHMS' annual victims who will never recover?* Amy: Busch will recover. Kenseth… I just don't see him as a serious contender this year. Tom: I think those predicting Kyle Busch's demise need to calm the heck down. He's only 74 points out. As for Kenseth ... he's done. But he never put himself in position to have a chance anyways, so I doubt he's bummed about it. Bryan: A poor finish at Loudon hurts Kenseth way more than Busch. Kyle and his team have proven capable of going on a tear and winning multiple races -- Kenseth has not. Plus, Loudon was going to be among Kenseth's stronger tracks in the Chase.

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Who’s Hot/Who’s Not in Sprint Cup: 2008 Sylvania 300 at Loudon Edition

*HOT* *Jimmie Johnson:* With a third consecutive win in sight, Johnson was passed in the closing laps by a hard charging Greg Biffle -- the eventual race winner. But while Johnson didn’t make it to Victory Lane, he and the No. 48 team seem poised to start the Chase exactly the way the regular season ended -- on top. With Busch's disappointing 34th place run, both Johnson and Carl Edwards were pushed to a tie at the top of the standings. But with three Top 2 finishes in his last three starts, the momentum may still clearly be in favor of the two-time defending champ.

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One Down, Nine To Go: 2008 Chase for the Championship Raises Interesting Questions At The Mystery Mile

The 2008 Championship Chase began in earnest this past Sunday with the Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Greg Biffle’s lights out performance (pun obviously intended) passing race leader Jimmie Johnson with 11 laps to go served notice that there are more title contenders in this fight than just The Three Amigos of Johnson, Kyle Busch and Carl Edwards. Biffle did not seem as if he was going to be able to mount much of a charge after the previous three restarts had the No. 48 riding off into the sunset, but the darkhorse that Greg Biffle was cracking the whip on got to steppin’ on lap 289, when it powered by Johnson rather unexpectedly at the exit of Turn 2.

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Running Their Mouth: 2008 Sylvania 300 at Loudon

_Each week, we’ll go through media reports, interviews, PR, and all our own stuff to find the best quotes from the Sprint Cup race, capturing the story of how the weekend unfolded. It’s the most original commentary you’ll ever find: the truth, coming straight out of the mouths of the drivers, crew members, and the car owners themselves. This week, here’s a sneak peek at what a select few were thinking following the Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway:_ "This Turbo HD Ford really wanted to go, but I was holding back at the end there – at the middle part of that run – and then we got those cautions thankfully. That’s what my plan was inside the car – close us up to Jimmie Johnson and get me a shot at him. I can’t describe it. I needed a lot of help to get here and all these guys behind me and the engine department, everybody has just given me so much help and support. All of my friends and family at home just keep telling us we can do it." _Greg Biffle_

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