FORT WORTH, Texas — Last spring’s Sprint Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway featured two cautions and the race winner finished more than three seconds ahead of his nearest competitor.
That’s not the ingredients of a memorable race.
Greg Biffle would be fine with a repeat performance in Victory Lane following tonight’s NRA 500.
Anyone driving a Ford would be likely ecstatic following last weekend’s race at Martinsville, Va., where a Ford hasn’t won in more than a decade.
Not so at TMS, where Jack Roush-owned Fords account for nine victories since the track opened in 1997. Fords have won a manufacturer-best 11 times at Texas, three more than rival Chevrolet.
“This track feels good. I have really good speed here and (on) the lap tracker our laps look fairly good,” said Biffle, who is looking for his first win of the season.
“I think we have a good chance at winning. Right place, right time, two tires, four tires, make it on gas — whatever it comes down to.”
Biffle, who will start 35th tonight, was skeptical coming into this race.
When teams tested the new model Cup cars at Texas last fall, Biffle was unsure of how the car would perform.
At Las Vegas earlier this season — a track similar to TMS — Roush Fenway Racing cars struggled, with Biffle finishing an uncharacteristic 17th.
“The last time I drove this car was last year here (at the test) and it has come so far since then. It was definitely a handful then to drive and now the first few laps on the race track it has a lot of grip and is really fun to drive,” Biffle said.
“You know, it is the same old Texas. We are sliding and a little loose and then tight and it is going to be a fun race.”
Since Vegas, Biffle has posted finishes of 11th, sixth and ninth last weekend at Martinsville, which leaves him fifth in the series standings.
Biffle has led 39 laps this season — all at Phoenix — but as an organization, Biffle, Carl Edwards and rookie Ricky Stenhouse Jr. appear headed in the right direction after veteran Matt Kenseth left for Joe Gibbs Racing in the offseason.