Greg Biffle sat atop the Sprint Cup point standings for 11 consecutive races and now has been in third for two straight.
If Biffle is concerned about being knocked from the No. 1 perch, he’s not showing it. He said he’s looking for a top-five finish in Sunday’s Toyota/Save Mart 350 to stay firmly in the front pack.
Biffle owns no wins at Sonoma, with three top-10 runs in nine races.
“I think that I do pretty well or pretty decent on a road course,” Biffle said Friday. “The whole thing … is the restarts. How is that going to play into whether you have your fender beat in or stay on the race track as far as that goes.
“I think we have good cars and pretty good strategy and did a lot of brake testing, and they seem to be really good. I feel like I can come out of here with a top-five fairly easily. That being said, you can get off the race track, and something can happen, too. As long as we don’t run out of gas and keep on the course, I think we will come out of here with a decent finish.”
The most recent Sprint Cup road race – last August at Watkins Glen – featured a post-race encounter between Biffle and Boris Said after a late-race accident. Biffle approached Said’s car, and Said climbed out and chased Biffle, resulting in one of the most interesting quotes in recent NASCAR history by Said, as he called Biffle “the most unprofessional scaredy cat.”
Biffle’s answer to a Friday question about Said indicates that the two drivers still aren’t exactly best friends.
“We talked on the phone, and it is what it is,” Biffle said. “It is different when you come out and run one or two races a season than when you are running for the points. It is different. You have different goals in mind. If I was in his shoes, a 15th- place finish doesn’t matter. It is not even on the radar. They are just different goals.”
Mike Hembree is NASCAR Editor for SPEED.com and has been covering motorsports for 30 years. He is a six-time winner of the National Motorsports Press Association Writer of the Year Award.