Greg Biffle's season hasn't been characterized by a lack of speed, just by a lack of luck.
He had one of the fastest cars at Las Vegas, but there was a problem with the fueling connection to the car, so it never got full of fuel. At Martinsville, he had a chance at a top 10, but thanks to the caution coming out during the last cycle of pit stops, he was shuffled back in the pack.
"The one thing that we've got right now is good," Biffle said Wednesday at Kansas Speedway. "Our cars are fast, we're competitive and we're capable of winning. You can't get that; that is harder to get.
"Being lucky? Right place, right time? Well, things are going to go your way. Eventually the caution is going to come out, it's going to be a no-brainer, everybody has to stop for four [tires]. Eventually, the stars will line up. Everybody will have to do the same thing and you'll have the fastest car and you're going to win races."
And Biffle's counting on that luck to flip at Texas Motor Speedway on Saturday. He had the speed there last season, he just didn't have the luck, so maybe, just maybe, the luck owes him one. In the fall race at Texas, Biffle led 234 laps but then had a transmission problem that took away his first and second gear. He still finished fifth.
He's the all-time laps leader at TMS, despite not running in all of the races since the track opened in 1997. And he needs luck to be on his side soon, as he's 20th in the standings with just one top 10 through the first six races.
But he knows that no matter the points system, he'll start to climb soon if he starts accruing top fives.
"It's different when you're going to a racetrack and you go, 'Oh, I've got a top five there, easy,'" Biffle said.
"If you have that mindset or mentality and the team does and your cars run good, that is a huge deal going to a racetrack for a weekend rather than wondering, 'Gosh, how's it going to unfold.' ... We've got a bunch of racetracks coming up like [the former] for us."
- Greg Biffle