Greg Biffle

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Greg Biffle
GregBiffle.jpg
Biffle in 2004
Born (1969-12-23) December 23, 1969 (age 44)
Vancouver, Washington, U.S.
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Weight 170 lb (77 kg)
Achievements

2002 Busch Series Champion
2000 Craftsman Truck Series Champion

2005, 2006 Southern 500 Winner
Awards

2001 Busch Series Rookie of the Year
1998 Craftsman Truck Series Rookie of the Year

2002 Busch Series Most Popular Driver
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series career
426 race(s) run over 13 year(s)
Car no., team No. 16 (Roush Fenway Racing)
2013 position 9th
Best champ.
finish
2nd (2005)
First race 2002 NAPA Auto Parts 500 (Fontana)
Last race 2014 Irwin Tools Night Race (Bristol)
First win 2003 Pepsi 400 (Daytona)
Last win 2013 Quicken Loans 400 (Michigan)
Wins Top tens Poles
19 166 12
NASCAR Nationwide Series career
244 race(s) run over 11 year(s)
Best champ.
finish
1st (2002)
First race 1996 AC-Delco 200 (Rockingham)
Last race 2010 Tech-Net Auto Service 300 (Charlotte)
First win 2001 Pepsi 300 (Nashville)
Last win 2009 Bashas' Supermarkets 200 (Phoenix)
Wins Top tens Poles
20 149 14
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series career
81 race(s) run over 5 year(s)
Best champ.
finish
1st (2000)
First race 1998 Chevy Trucks Challenge (Orlando)
Last race 2004 Ford 200 (Homestead)
First win 1999 Memphis 200 (Memphis)
Last win 2001 Chevy Silverado 150 (Phoenix)
Wins Top tens Poles
16 54 12
Statistics current as of August 23, 2014.

Gregory Jack "Greg" Biffle (born December 23, 1969) is a NASCAR driver who drives the No. 16 Ford Fusion for Roush Fenway Racing in the Sprint Cup Series. After racing in the NASCAR Winter Heat Series in the mid-90s, he was recommended to Jack Roush by former announcer Benny Parsons. He has won championships in both the Nationwide Series and the Camping World Truck Series.

Racing career[edit]

Biffle was born in Vancouver, Washington.[1] He grew up in Camas, Washington and began his racing career driving on short tracks around the Pacific Northwest. He first gained attention as a driver when he raced in the nationally televised Winter Heat Series in the winter of 1995–1996. Biffle dominated the series championship that winter, leading former ESPN announcer and NASCAR champion, Benny Parsons, to recommend the driver to Jack Roush.[2]

Biffle entered the first two races of the 1996 Winston West Series, finishing 30th at Tucson and 4th at Altamont. His debut in one of NASCAR's national divisions came later that year when he ran the final two Busch Series races of the season. Driving a Chevrolet for Dick Bown, he finished 23rd at Rockingham but lost an engine the following race at Homestead and finished 36th.

In 1997, Biffle competed in the now-defunct NASCAR Northwest Series and won the Most Popular Driver Award.[3]

Truck Series[edit]

Roush Racing promoted Biffle to a full-time driver in the Craftsman Truck Series in 1998. Despite not winning a race that season, Biffle's four pole positions are the most by a Truck Series rookie to date and they helped him earn an 8th place finish in the final standings and the Rookie of the Year Award. He followed it up with a stellar 1999 season in which he recorded nine wins, a single-season Truck Series record that still stands as of 2009. He finished second in the final standings, just eight points behind champion Jack Sprague.

In 2000, Biffle won the Truck Series title with another five-win season, beating his Roush teammate Kurt Busch by 230 points. It was Biffle's first championship in one of NASCAR's three major series. It was announced that Biffle would move up to the Busch Series for 2001; however, he ran four more Truck races for Roush that season and won at Phoenix. Biffle's last Truck Series start was in 2004 for another long-time Ford team, Circle Bar Racing, at Homestead.

Busch/Nationwide Series[edit]

Biffle joined the Busch Series full-time in 2001 and won the Rookie of the Year Award with five wins a fourth-place finish in the final standings. The following season, he won another four races and earned 20 top-five finishes out of 34 races en route to his first Busch Series title and the second NASCAR national championship of his career.

He ran only part-time in 2003 as Roush moved him up to a full-time ride in the Winston Cup Series for that season, but he returned to contend for the Busch Series championship again in 2004. He placed third in the standings behind Martin Truex, Jr. and Kyle Busch. From 2005 to 2009, Biffle raced part-time for Roush Fenway Racing in the Busch (now Nationwide Series) every year. He won twice in 2009, at Las Vegas and Phoenix, after going winless the previous two seasons. Biffle returned to the Nationwide Series in 2010, driving the #27 Ford for Baker Curb Racing.[4]

Cup Series[edit]

2008 Cup racecar

Biffle attempted his Cup Series debut by trying to qualify a Roush Ford for the 2002 Daytona 500 but failed to make the race. He would make his first Cup start for Roush nine races later at California and he scored 13th place finish in that race was his best finish in seven 2002 races as he also drove four races in a Chevrolet for Andy Petree Racing and two in a Dodge for Petty Enterprises.

Biffle began competing full-time in NASCAR's top division in 2003, with sponsorship from W. W. Grainger, who had previously sponsored him in his Busch and Truck Series rides. He earned his first win in the Pepsi 400 at Daytona that season and finished second to Jamie McMurray (who would later join him as a teammate at Roush) for Raybestos Rookie of the Year. Biffle placed 20th in the final points standings.

Biffle made an immediate impact in his sophomore season in 2004, earning the pole in the Daytona 500. Despite missing NASCAR's first-ever Chase for the NEXTEL Cup, Biffle won twice that season, at Michigan and Homestead en route to a 17th place finish in the final points standings.

2005 was Biffle's breakout season. He won six races, the most of any driver that year, and qualified for the Chase for the first time in his career. He won at California Speedway, Texas, Darlington, Dover and Michigan along with the season finale at Homestead to finish second in the standings, 35 points behind champion Tony Stewart (Biffle tied with teammate Carl Edwards in points but won the tie-breaker based on race wins).

Biffle regressed in 2006, missing the Chase for the Cup despite winning twice, at Darlington Raceway and Homestead-Miami Speedway (both of which were tracks at which he had also won in the previous season). He finished 13th in the standings, third-best of the drivers not to qualify for the Chase. He also missed the Chase the following year, in a season marred by the #16 team's new primary sponsor Ameriquest Mortgage suffering financial difficulty and having to sell off a number of its race sponsorships. Biffle won just once in 2007, at Kansas Speedway. As Biffle was doing burnouts on the track, third place Jimmie Johnson accused Biffle of not maintaining speed under a final lap caution but this was denied by NASCAR who said Biffle had pace car speed.

For 2007 Biffle finished 14th in the standings, second-best of the non-Chase drivers as the Chase expanded to a 12-driver format that year.

In June 2008, Biffle signed a 3-year contract extension with Roush Fenway Racing.[5] Despite going winless during the 26-race regular season, Biffle made for the Chase for the Sprint Cup that year and won the first two Chase races, at New Hampshire and Dover. In doing so, he became the first driver to win the first two Chase races in a season.

Biffle qualified for the Chase for the second year in a row in 2009 but, for the first time since 2002 (when he ran a limited schedule), failed to record a win. During a test in January 2009 Biffle managed to reach 218 miles per hour (351 km/h) in a test for Roush Fenway Racing as part of evading NASCAR's testing ban. This became the fastest time ever achieved on this track by any competitor (amateur or professional).

In 2010 Biffle qualified for the third year in a row for the Chase despite spotty performance in the regular season. He won twice at Pocono and Kansas. For 2011, Biffle's season improved, thanks in part to the implementation of Ford's new FR9 engine. However, crew chief Greg Erwin was replaced after Kentucky by Matt Puccia. The addition of Puccia helped Biffle's performance late in the season, despite the team missing the Chase and finishing 16th in points. Biffle missed the Chase in 2011 for the first time since 2007.[citation needed]

Biffle competes in the 2013 STP Gas Booster 500

In 2012 Biffle and Puccia remained at RFR, and gained the points lead after Las Vegas after three consecutive third place finishes. At the 2012 Daytona 500, Biffle found himself second coming to the white flag for the third time in two years and again finished third. Eerily, the third place at Vegas came in Biffle's 333rd Cup start. Biffle's first win of the 2012 season came at Texas Motor Speedway in the Samsung Mobile 500 after passing Jimmie Johnson with 30 laps left in the race.[6] Biffle won at Michigan holding off Brad Keselowski after Jimmie Johnson blew an engine.[7]

Biffle started off 2013 by being in the same position for the third time in four years; in second place coming to the white flag in the 2013 Daytona 500 but this time ended up sixth. In the 2013 Quicken Loans 400 at Michigan, Biffle won his fourth race at the track and the 1,000th victory for Ford.[8][9]

At the 2014 Coca-Cola 600, Biffle surpassed Clint Bowyer's record for most consecutive races without failing to finish with 84, tying Herman Beam's record, dating back to the 2011 Ford 400. The following week at the FedEx 400, he broke Beam's record by finishing the race 108 laps down in 38th.[10] Later in the season, he finished with a DNF for the first time in 89 races after a wreck in the Coke Zero 400, finishing 29th.

Personal life[edit]

Greg Biffle signs autographs along pit lane at Pocono Raceway

Biffle has been married to Nicole (née Lunders) since October 17, 2007.[11] The couple were married in South Carolina and now live in Mooresville, North Carolina. Their daughter, Emma Elizabeth, was born on July 6, 2011. At birth, she weighed 7 lbs and 6 oz.[citation needed]

Biffle is a fan of fishing and enjoys deep sea fishing in Mexico, where he keeps a factory sponsored Luhrs fishing boat. He formerly owned a pub in his hometown of Vancouver called "Biffle's Pub and Grill" located at 11500 NE 76th St. He is also a private pilot and owns a Cessna 210, along with a Dassault Falcon 50 with the tail number N116GB, a Dassault Falcon 10 with the tail number N316GB, and a Bell 206 with tail number N216GB.[12] Greg owns an 2007 Ford GT and an 2007 Shelby Mustang GT500. The Shelby Mustang engine was rebuilt in 2013 and has 983 horsepower and 799 lb-ft of torque.[13]

Appearances in media[edit]

Biffle guest starred in a 2005 episode of CBS's situational comedy Yes, Dear entitled "On Your Marks, Get Set, Mow". He portrayed himself as a NASCAR racer moonlighting in a small-time lawnmower racing series.[citation needed]

Biffle appeared on a special features scene of the 2006 NASCAR-themed comedy film, Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, but was not credited with appearing in the film itself.[citation needed]

On December 22, 2007, Biffle appeared on the Food Network show Paula's Party with cook Paula Deen to cook steak,[14] and took Paula for a ride in his 2007 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500.[15]

Biffle was a regular panelist on the Speed program This Week in NASCAR.[16] He also appeared on an episode of Speed Network TV's show "Pass Time" filmed in 2009, he ran his Mustang GT500 in 10.11 seconds.[citation needed]

Biffle appeared in the 22nd episode of season 3 of American Restoration (entitled "Dirt Bike Duel"), where he brought in a 1970s Montessa off-road motorcycle.[17]

Greg Biffle Foundation[edit]

Biffle also has a foundation in his name that he and Nicole, his wife, manage. Their primary goal is to create awareness and serve as an advocate to improve the well-being of animals by engaging the power and passion of the motorsports industry. The foundation donates to local Humane Societies, no-kill animal shelters, spay and neuter clinics and the Animal Adoption League.[18]

Motorsports career results[edit]

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series[edit]

Year Races Wins Poles Top 5 Top 10 DNF Finish Start Winnings Position Team(s)
2002 4 0 1 27.4 17.4 $394,773 48th Andy Petree Racing
2 Petty Enterprises
4 Roush Racing
2003 35 1 0 3 6 6 19.8 20.1 $2,805,673 20th
2004 36 2 1 4 8 5 19.2 14.2 $4,092,877 17th
2005 36 6 0 15 21 1 11.9 13.2 $8,354,052 2nd
2006 36 2 2 8 15 6 18.8 14.4 $5,347,623 13th
2007 36 1 1 5 11 5 18.5 19.3 $5,178,489 14th Roush Fenway Racing
2008 36 2 2 12 17 1 14.4 14.2 $7,244,488 3rd
2009 36 0 0 10 16 2 14.0 13.9 $6,245,882 7th
2010 36 2 0 9 19 2 13.8 17.1 $4,966,010 6th
2011 36 0 3 3 10 2 15.0 16.8 $4,318,050 16th
2012 36 2 3 12 21 0 10.2 9.9 $5,561,538 5th
2013 36 1 0 4 13 0 14.9 14.4 $2,292,849 9th
2014* 21 0 0 3 6 1 16.3** 18.3** 3,303,324 13th
Totals 423 19 12 87 156 32 15.9 15.0 $63,8423,823
Sources:[19]

* Season in progress.

** Not factored into total

24 Hours of Daytona[edit]

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See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://nationwide.nascar.com/nationwide-series/drivers/dps/gbiffle00
  2. ^ "Greg Biffle". Archived from the original on September 27, 2007. Retrieved June 21, 2013. 
  3. ^ "– Greg Biffle Profile". Racingone.com. Retrieved June 21, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Biffle back at Baker Curb, will drive No. 27 Ford". NASCAR.com. January 9, 2010. Archived from the original on January 12, 2010. Retrieved June 21, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Biffle signs 3-year extension with Roush Fenway". Gnextinc.com. Retrieved June 21, 2013. 
  6. ^ Jensen, Tom (April 14, 2012). "CUP: Biffle Makes Late Charge To Victory". Speedtv.com. Retrieved April 14, 2012. 
  7. ^ "Greg Biffle captures win at Michigan". ESPN. August 21, 2012. Retrieved 2013-08-29. 
  8. ^ Held, Scott (June 16, 2013). "Biffle emerges late, lands Michigan victory". NASCAR. Retrieved June 16, 2013. 
  9. ^ Ryan, Nate (June 16, 2013). "Greg Biffle wins in Michigan, balance of power shifting". USA Today. Retrieved June 20, 2013. 
  10. ^ Long, Dustin (May 27, 2014). "NASCAR Notebook: A Look At Who Is Testing Where". Motor Racing Network. Retrieved May 29, 2014. 
  11. ^ "Michigan Ann Arbor Bay City Detroit Flint Grand Rapids Jackson Kalamazoo Lansing Muskegon Saginaw All Michigan". Mlive.com. November 1, 2011. Retrieved June 21, 2013. 
  12. ^ Marsh, Alton K. (March 1, 2009). "NASCAR drivers fly, too — Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association". Aopa.org. Retrieved June 21, 2013. 
  13. ^ "Greg Biffle's 2008 SHELBY Mustang GT500". December 31, 2013. Retrieved December 31, 2013. 
  14. ^ Greg Biffle cooks steak with Paula Deen.
  15. ^ Greg Biffle doing donuts with Paula Deen
  16. ^ Arneson, Erik (February 8, 2008). "SPEED Puts Familiar Faces in New Places". Speed. Retrieved June 20, 2013. 
  17. ^ Hoppes, Lynn (June 6, 2012). "Greg Biffle is on 'American Restoration'". ESPN. Retrieved June 20, 2013. 
  18. ^ "About the Greg Biffle Foundation". Greg Biffle Foundation. Retrieved June 20, 2013. 
  19. ^ "Greg Biffle Career Statistics". Racing-reference.info. Retrieved June 21, 2013. 

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Kevin Harvick
NASCAR Busch Series Champion
2002
Succeeded by
Brian Vickers
Preceded by
Jack Sprague
NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Champion
2000
Succeeded by
Jack Sprague
Achievements
Preceded by
Kevin Harvick
NASCAR Busch Series Rookie of the Year
2001
Succeeded by
Scott Riggs
Preceded by
Kenny Irwin, Jr.
Craftsman Truck Series Rookie of the Year
1998
Succeeded by
Mike Stefanik