If you were explaining Greg Biffle's 2011 to someone who had missed the first 30 races of the season, all you need to do is show him or her tape of Saturday night's Bank of America 500.
Biffle had one of the fastest cars on the track from the drop of the green flag and chased down Tony Stewart for the lead 50 laps into the race.
But alas, that didn't last long. A missing lugnut on a green flag stop on lap 125 necessitated a second trip down pit road. That meant Biffle lost a lap.
He quickly got it back -- the car was that good -- but when racing with Stewart for eighth place, he brushed the wall off of turn four. Unhappy with the perceived lack of room he received from Stewart, Biffle nudged Stewart's right rear quarterpanel as the two raced down the frontstretch. Yes, the impact rumpled up Stewart's fender, but it also cut down Biffle's left front tire and sent him into the wall.
Biffle's led laps in 12 races this season, yet he's got just two top fives and nine top 10s to show for it. At Michigan, he started from the pole and led 86 laps. He finished 20th. At Texas, he had a problem with the air hose in his helmet. At Las Vegas, there was a problem with the fuel can engaging fully.
You get the picture.
At 16th in the standings, Biffle and the No. 16 team are in a position to be aggressive going after wins over the last five races. They'll likely have one of the fastest cars at Texas and Homestead. But considering the way things have gone this year, a pterodactyl could pluck Biffle out of the top five during a race before the year is over and it'd be par for the course.
- Greg Biffle
- Tony Stewart