NASCAR’s 2009 Top 12

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Welcome NASCAR race fans to my NASCAR blog. I have already covered ending spots in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup points 12-8. Today is finishing in seventh place, #16 Greg Biffle.

Greg is another Roush Fenway driver that had no wins going into the Chase. I have to wonder why Matt Kenseth, with his two opening season wins didn’t make the Chase, while Carl Edwards and Greg Biffle, with no wins got in. Somehow this looks wrong to me. Race winners should be included in the chase, not just those who were consistent. But that’s just my opinion. In other play-offs, the winners went on to the play-offs.

Anyway, Greg started the chase in twelfth place, having no wins, and everyone else ahead of him in points after 26 races.  He normally does well on the Chase tracks, winning the first two races at New Hampshire and Dover last year. But this year he is ranked as a sleeper to win the NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship.

Sadly, this year, he just didn’t do it. Starting out ninth at New Hampshire and thirteenth at Dover, where he won last year, Greg did manage to come n third at Kansas. His best finish after that was only a fourth at Talladega. He only recorded four top 10’s in the chase, two of them top fives.

Greg didn’t do any worse than 25th at Martinsville, but he didn’t do any better than third. He has three wins at the season finale in Homestead-Miami, but this year he could only muster up a 14th place finish.

Greg Biffle started his NASCAR career with Jack Roush, racing in the Craftsman Truck Series. When he was crowned Champion, he moved on to the Busch Series, where he was Rookie of the year. In two years he won the Busch Series Title and moved on to Cup racing. There he was also Rookie of the year. Greg has 14 wins and has made the Chase three times, finishing second and third, and this year in seventh. Hopefully, Roush-Fenway will figure something out in the off-season so his drivers will, once again, be contenders for the championship.

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