Only three days left in my 35-Day venture around the world of NASCAR’s top-35 teams.
Today, we take a look at a driver who appeared ready to de-throne Jimmie Johnson from his pedestal, opening the 2008 Chase with two straight wins.
Unfortunately for Greg Biffle fans, he fizzled, and finished third in the points.
Biffle burst onto the national scene in 2005 when he finished second in the championship hunt by less than 20 points.
Since then, he hadn’t done much, until the 2008 season.
Biffle is another member of the five-team "Roush-kateers," but one of the five will have to shift to another team in 2010.
Not that I think Biffle is the odd-man out of the situation, but all five drivers will be racing hard this year to ensure their place in the Roush Fenway stable.
Here is a look at today’s team.
Today’s Spotlight: No. 16
Team: Roush Fenway Racing
Driver: Greg Biffle
2008 Driver Stats: Biffle visited Victory Lane twice in 2008 en route to a third-place finish in points. He finished in the top-five 12 times and had 17 top-10 finishes. During the 2008 season, Biffle averaged a 13th-place finish.
News: There wasn’t much news out of the Roush Fenway stable this offseason, except that the team had very few major layoffs while other teams across the sport were dropping employees like crazy.
Roush has built his empire up, and appears to be one of the few teams that haven't been affected by the downfall in the economy.
The team did petition NASCAR to reconsider the limit of four cars per team, as they already have full sponsorship and drivers on hand, but NASCAR appears to be set on keeping the cap.
My Prediction for 2009: With the exception of 2008 and 2005, Biffle has finished 13th or worse in each of his seasons at the Cup level. I predict Biffle will return to his normal days, and fail to make the Chase in 2009. I expect a finish between 13th and 18th.
Will this team remain in top-35: Yes.
Up Tomorrow: No. 99 Carl Edwards
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