Greg Biffle Upset With 7th In Points, But Why?

Misan AkuyaCorrespondent IDecember 5, 2009

LAS VEGAS - DECEMBER 04:  Driver Greg Biffle speaks during the 2009 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series awards banquet during the final day of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champions Week on December 4, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images for NASCAR)
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Greg Biffle had a solid season in his number 16 3M ford.  He had no wins yet 10 top fives, 16 top tens, an average finish of 13.97, led 551 laps, and finished 7th in points.

But somehow Biffle is very disappointed and discouraged by the effort put fort by the 16 despite a very tough season for Roush racing where they only grabbed 3 wins, 2 with Matt Kenseth, 1 with Jamie McMurray, and Biffle was the only Roush driver to finish in the top ten in points while the others finished 11th, 14th, 22nd, and 27th in points.

"Looking back on our season, to be honest, it wasn't as good as I hoped it would be".  Said Biffle.  "But we did make the Chase, which is every driver's goal. "I feel like we have one of the best, if not the best, pit crews on pit road and that is a good feeling. "I think that we're obviously off as an organization."

Yes Biffle did finish 3rd in points to teammate Carl Edwards and Jimmie Johnson.  Yes Biffle did expect to be a serious championship contender in 2009. And yes Biffle is the 2000 Camping World series champion, and 2002 Nationwide series champion.  But his cup credentials do not give him the right to be disappointed with 7th.

2003 was Biffle's rookie season in cup.  But he was beat by now former teammate McMurray.  He finished 20th in points with with his win which came on fuel at Daytona, 3 top fives, 6 top tens, an average finish of 19.77, and 136 laps led.

In 2004 Biffle won 2 races but finished 18th in points with 4 top fives, 8 top tens, an average finish of 19.19, but 356 laps led.

in 2005 Biffle did have a breakout season with a series high 6 wins, 15 top fives, 21 top tens, an average finish of 11.89, and 1,322 laps led.  He also finished 2nd to Tony Stewart in points.

In 2006 Biffle won 2 races but finished 13th in points wih 8 top fives, 15 top tens, an average finish of 18.78, but 993 laps led.

In 2007 Biffle won 1 race but finished 14th in points with 5 top fives, 11 top tens, an average finish of 18.50, and just 78 laps led.

There is nothing wrong with wanting more with bigger expectations.  But he should be quite happy with his season considering how his teammate ended up and how his organization was the whole 2009 season.

Biffle is not Stewart, Jeff Gordon, or Johnson who can be disappointed with a 7th place season.

So instead of be disappointed, perhaps he should give thanks hope for even better things in 2010.

Could be worse:You should have finished 25th in points with 0 wins, 2 top fives, 5 top tens, an average finish of 23.25 and 146 laps led on the best team in NASCAR.  But who has those stats?