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Despite a dismal 2003 season, Biffle still managed to win at Daytona in July, the first career win for the Roush Racing rookie.
These days, Greg Biffle is considered a veteran contender for the championship, although he hasn't exactly made the strides needed to clinch such a title.
But once upon a time, he was just a rookie struggling to survive.
In 2003, Biffle was considered to be one of two legitimate contenders in the Winston Cup rookie class capable of clinching the RotY award, with the other being Jamie McMurray. But after failing to qualify for the season's third race at Las Vegas, it was looking like curtains for the driver of the No. 16 Ford.
Yet the team ended up making a few advances as the season wore on, and at Daytona in July, things were looking up for Biffle and his crew. They didn't have the car to beat, but they were looking to possibly capitalize on the attrition of others and maybe take a decent finish.
Instead, on the merits of superb pit strategy, Biffle inherited the lead late in the going as other pit for fuel. His biggest threat happened to be Bobby Labonte, who hung on Biffle's bumper all the way to the second turn of the last lap, but once he fell off the pace and ran out of gas, Biffle was home free and won his first career Cup race.
It was a bright moment in an otherwise troubling rookie season, but it was definitely a morale booster for the team. Two years later Biffle finished second in points to Tony Stewart for the NEXTEL Cup championship.