A Dark Horse Emerges For The 2013 Chase

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A three horse race for the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup championship? Not so fast. A lot can happen in eight races. Heck, a lot happened in one race last Sunday at New Hampshire.

Greg Biffle- who has scored championships in NASCAR’s Truck Series and in the Nationwide Series- has emerged as a dark horse contender. By finishing third at Loudon, the Vancouver, Washington native hurdled five contenders to fifth in the season’s standings. Trailing former Roush Fenway stable mate Matt Kenseth by 38 points, Biffle is poised to put his name among the likes of Jimmie Johnson, Kyle Busch and Matt Kenseth.

An excellent is in store for Biffle to take another leap forward at Dover. You may recall the hard-charging veteran opened the 2008 Chase with a pair of wins, a la Kenseth, and Dover was one of those tracks. In 22 Cup starts at DIS, he has two wins, six tope fives and 10 top 10s for an average finish of 12.5.

Beyond Dover, Biffle is also stout at Kansas, where he has two wins and an average finish of 10.0. He has also logged two wins at Texas, where his fellow Fords have also performed well. At Homestead- Miami- home to the season finale- Biffle is a three-time winner. He’s never won at Phoenix, but like teammate Carl Edwards, Biffle has performed quite well, with five top fives and seven top tens in 19 starts.

Of course, there are places that haven’t always been kind to the Biff. There’s always the ever-unpredictable race at Talladega, where he’s never won, and hey, even a blind squirrel can find a nut. Martinsville, also known as Jimmie Johnson’s personal playground, is one of those tracks where you think Biffle would be strong, however he’s never so much as scored a top five at the paper clip shaped short track.

Kenseth, the younger Busch and Johnson have been so dominant in the first two races of the Chase, it’s hard to imagine anyone else posing threats. By the same token, bad luck is no respecter of persons, and the top three (with perhaps Johnson excepted) are due for slip up. Let’s not forget Kenseth limped home a 40th place finish here in June.

With all of that being said, Greg Biffle has all he needs to step into a competitive position for the coming stretch. The Chase encompasses ten races, not three. With a fast mount, there’s plenty of track ahead for Biffle to be more than a long shot.