DOB: 12/23/1969 (42)
POB: Vancouver, Washington
Achievement: 2002 Busch Series Champion
Greg Biffle grew up just east of Vancouver Washington in Camas Washington where started racing on Short tracks around the region. Greg was impressive in the Winston Racing Series at Portland Speedway and Tri-Cities Raceway before joining the NASCAR Winter Series and winning the series Championship during the 1995-96 season.Truck Racing
Biffle won the NASCAR Winter Series in convincing fashion, catching the eye of NASCAR legend/NASCAR announcer Benny Parson. Benny, a very respected figure in NASCAR (National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing), contact his friend Jack “The cat in the hat” Roush who was the owner of Roush Racing.
Jack liked what he saw and gave Greg Biffle a seat in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series (now known as the Camping World Truck Series) and Greg made the most of his opportunity by becoming the series rookie of the year in 1998 and setting the rookie record for poles in a season (4).
In 1999 Biffle set a Camping World Truck Series record with 9 wins on his way to finishing second in overall points that season. The next year Greg Biffle won the Camping World Truck Series Championship (Roush Racings first NASCAR Championship) and proved he was ready for the next level, The Busch Series (now known as the Nationwide Series).Nation Wide Racing
In 2001 Biffle hit the Busch scene in similar fashion to how he came on to the Truck series a few years earlier. In 33 races he recorded 21 top 10 finishes, 16 of which were top 5 and 5 of those were wins.
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He also won 2 poles and the Raybestos Rookie-of-the-Year award after setting 8 rookie records.
The following season Biffle won the Championship and then moved on to NASCAR’s elite level, Winston Cup (now know as Sprint Cup).NASCAR Elite
At the highest level of NASCAR racing Biffle drives the number 16 for Roush Fenway Racing. Greg finished second to Jaimie McMurry in the Rookie-of-the-Year award in 2003.
In 2005 Greg won 6 Nextel Races which was more then any other driver that season. This helped propel him to the Chase for the Cup (NASCAR’s playoff) for the first time in his career.
Biffle finished the Chase in a second place tie with teammate Carl Edwards but won the tie breaker by having more wins that season giving him the runner up position to Tony Stewart.
Greg Biffle has made the Chase 3 times in his career but has yet to grab the Championship. This season he is 4th in points behind Jimmie Johnson, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Matt Kennseth.
There are still 9 races to go before the Chase for the Cup starts but he is in good position to make it this season despite only having 1 win.
He has recorded 17 wins, 133 top tens and 11 poles in his 11 year, 347 race career (winning 5% of races entered and finishing in the top ten 38% of the time).Driving Style
Biffle is anything but a finesse driver. He likes to have his car set up to be on the loose side. “Loose is fast” but the driver must spend more effort driving the car when it is set up this way and risks losing control.
When a car is loose the rear end has a tendency to want to jump out from under the car and careen towards the wall.
You may hear terms like “He’s up on the wheel” or “he’s chopping wood” because instead of just turning his wheel left to make the corner he must turn both left and right to chase his rear end “up the hill” (the banking in the corners at the tracks makes them similar to a steep hill) towards the wall.
At 200 miles per hour most people would need a new fire suit after that experience but for Greg its another day at the office.Personal Life
Greg Biffle no longer resides in Washington because NASCAR Teams and tracks are mostly located in the South. He lives in Mooresville North Carolina with Wife Nicole and their baby daughter Emma Elizabeth.
He is an animal advocate and runs the Greg Biffle Foundation with his wife to advocate for animals. Greg is also an avid fisherman and a private pilot.
Though at 42 years of age he is still chasing his first Sprint Cup Championship he has had a very successful racing career and I am proud to say he is from the Pacific North West and the great State of Washington.
He is one of two Washingtonian currently racing in the Sprint Cup.
The other is Kasey Kahne out of Enumclaw, the driver of the #5 car for my favorite racing team (Hendrick Motorsports).
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