Tag Archives: Greg Biffle

10 Points To Ponder… After the 2008 Camping World RV 400 at Kansas

4. Like A Swiss Watch? - Non-Chase eligible driver Martin Truex Jr. led 29 laps at the Kansas Speedway, and spent a large segment of the event battling for positions within the top 10 before a broken transmission on lap 231 of the 267-lap race relegated the driver of the Dale Earnhardt Inc. No. 1 Chevrolet to a 43rd-place finish. Truex was the ONLY DNF on the day. Since its inception, NASCAR has held exceptionally long races to test the limits of not only the drivers, but the machines as well. Apparently, 400 miles of high RPM racing is “no sweat” for today’s precision engineered racecars... how about 800 miles?

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Happy Hour: Should The Fans Stick Around?

The Dover race caused me to do something I hadn’t done for quite some time. I dropped everything I was doing and tuned out the conversations around me, captivated by what was taking place. Probably much to NASCAR’s surprise, the Chase had nothing to do with the great racing. You could argue that the new car played a part--it is visibly much more difficult to pass with it--keeping Greg Biffle, Matt Kenseth and Carl Edwards close to each other for many laps. I won’t speculate further on that. And the close quarters at a shorter track makes the argument against the cookie-cutter speedways’ prevalence in NASCAR, as if it needed to be made. But what was most responsible for such a quality show, one that is the exception rather than the rule?

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Fanning the Flames: Advantage Greg Biffle? Slow Down There, Cowboy

After watching Greg Biffle put a hurtin’ on the field at both Loudon and Dover, that got me thinking: How has the top Chase finisher in each season’s first two playoff events fared in the final standings? It’s been widely reported since Biffle’s New Hampshire triumph that Kurt Busch, in 2004, is the only driver to win the first Chase race and go on to win the Cup. However, had any driver claimed top fives in the first two events (sans a win at Loudon, of course) and still gone on to take the big prize?

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Fantasy Picks ‘N’ Pans: Getting Your Cookie-Cutter Lineup Set At Kansas

The Chase heads to the Midwest this weekend for its eighth visit to Kansas Speedway. The teams will once again be trying to make the boxier new car go through the air quickly and still turn once it gets to the corners. As this is our first and only visit to the track this season, gamers will need to look at the previous 1.5-milers to get an idea of how their drivers have handled the cookie-cutter tracks earlier this year. There are some lower echelon drivers that seem to excel on the 1.5-mile tracks -- as well as some higher priced competitors who have struggled on this style of facility. Read this week’s Picks ‘N’ Pans to see which drivers should be running for your team -- and which ones would be better off driving a combine through a wheat field this Sunday.

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Mirror Driving: Playing It Unsafe, Saving Small-Time Teams, And The Cookie-Cutter Conundrum

This weekend at Dover produced some great racing at the finish. But now, two of the next three tracks are at mile and a half cookie cutters. Was success at the Monster Mile a sign NASCAR should have a better variety of tracks in the playoffs, or are five 1.5-milers in 10 races a fair representation of what the entire circuit runs?

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Frontstretch Power Rankings: Top 15 After the 2008 Camping World RV 400 at Dover

The Chase may only be 20% done, but so far, it's been the Greg Biffle show 100% of the time. Two races and two wins have the six-year veteran on the verge of the championship lead, gunning hard to become the first driver to win the title in all three national touring series. But could the Biff's recent streak in Victory Lane be enough to put him on the top of our Power Rankings -- or would his Roush Fenway teammate Carl Edwards be the one to take control? On the flip side, Kyle Busch tumbled down the charts with his second straight mechanical problem... but which one of his Joe Gibbs Racing teammates found himself slipping even further? For the answers to these questions and more, read below to find out just how much the Monster Mile made our writers change the course of our top 15.

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The Yellow Stripe: The Power of 3 – Why Kansas, Talladega, and Lowe’s Can Make Or Break The Chase

It’s an intriguing stretch of three races that follow the unique challenge of the Monster Mile. First up, it’s a trip to Kansas City and the archetypal 1.5-mile circuit of Kansas Speedway. Then, it’s on to Talladega (which really needs no explanation) and finally, to the Saturday night lights in Charlotte at Lowe’s Motor Speedway. While history has shown the leader after five races is not always the leader after 10, it’s a key trio of races that can break Chase hopefuls and set others up perfectly for the stretch run. So, without further ado, let’s look at the three upcoming tracks and why they'll make or break this year's title...

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Who’s Hot/Who’s Not in Sprint Cup: 2008 Camping World RV 400 at Dover Edition

If you rewind three weeks with me, you'll notice the Chase for the Sprint Cup title had a discernably different look to it. After Richmond, Kyle Busch led the point standings heading into the Chase, holding a 30-point lead after flat out dominating the first 26 races. Far down the list, Greg Biffle sat ninth, 80 points back, along with four other drivers who failed to earn a win in the regular season. Now, just two races later, Biffle is the hottest driver in the Chase so far, Busch is the coldest, and Carl Edwards continues to lead the points. But how about the other nine drivers? Who still has a chance to contend for the title, and who, like Busch, is all but eliminated from the championship picture? Check out this week's Who's Hot/Who's Not in Sprint Cup: Chase Edition to find out.

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Running Their Mouth: 2008 Camping World RV 400 at Dover

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 Camping World RV 400 at Dover International Speedway.

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