Found April 12, 2013 on Fox Sports Southwest:
Gettyimage.ashx_url_http_3a_2f_2fcache.gettyimages.com_2fxc_2f92877350.jpg_3fv_3d1_26c_3dewsasset_26k_3d2_26d_3d77bfba49ef878921cc759df4ebac47d01b006242d46c5e2a950de5a04d7f1d59cfd1069ef535726d
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) -- Greg Biffle is looking forward to a do-over in the new Sprint Cup car. Texas Motor Speedway is an ideal spot since Biffle and the entire Roush Fenway Racing team have had so much success there. Biffle is the defending champion, too, and he can't wait for Saturday night. There is admittedly an extra emphasis and a different sense of urgency this weekend for Biffle, who struggled to a 17th-place finish last month at Las Vegas. That track is similar to Texas and the only 1 12-mile track NASCAR visited the first six races this season. "We plain and simply screwed up at Vegas and I take most of the blame for that. We were just way off with the new car," Biffle said. "This track feels good. I had really good speed here. ... I think we have a good chance at winning. Right place, right time." As surprising as the struggles at Las Vegas were for Biffle was his solid, ninth-place finish last week at Martinsville, the half-mile track that is the shortest on the circuit. "I just never thought that would happen to us, but that is just the way it works," Biffle said. The 25th Cup race at the Texas speedway, which opened in 1997 and started hosting two races a year in 2005, will be the first night race this season -- and for the new Gen-6 cars. While Biffle won at Texas last April, Jimmie Johnson held on off Brad Keselowski in a 1-2 white-knuckle finish last November. Johnson and Keselowski slammed together near the start-finish line after a late restart, but managed to maintain control in a wild few closing laps when they stayed in close proximity. "Yeah, it was awesome. I enjoyed it in the car. Thought I was going to get turned around in (turns) one and two one of the restarts we had, but we didn't," Johnson said Friday, recalling that race. "We raced right to that ragged edge and pulled it off. Of course I had a good perspective of it after the race when I watched the video and I smiled. That is just good hard racing." The fall victory kept Johnson ahead in points with two races to go, but Keselowski went on to win the championship. After winning last week at Martinsville and leading a career-high 346 laps, Johnson has the series points lead. Right behind him is Keselowski, who has five finishes in the top six this season. He was asked if the Texas race last fall was a defining moment. "Yes and no. I would say it would be a defining moment if we had won the race. I think it was a defining moment for me knowing that we could run competitively at tracks others didn't feel like we could I felt like we could," Keselowski said. "Coming back here, while we might not have gotten the win we wanted last fall, I feel like we can get it done this spring." Roush drivers certainly know how to get it done at on the high-banked Texas track, where Jack Roush's nine victories are the most by any owner. Johnson's victory last fall was the fourth for Rick Hendrick, the second-most among owners. Matt Kenseth, in his first season with Joe Gibbs Racing, has the track record of 772 laps led. All of those were for Roush, and 40 more than two-time Texas winner Biffle has. Biffle's other Texas win came in the spring race in 2005, with teammate Carl Edwards winning that fall. Edwards swept both races in 2008, and is the only three-time Cup winner there. "I think all of us look forward to coming here because of our past performances, and I know we expect a lot out of ourselves here," said Edwards, who at seventh in season points is a spot behind Biffle. Because of the new cars, there were two full-field testing sessions Thursday that gave teams more than three extra hours on the track. Although Edwards had a tough day in the testing, he got some notes from his teammate after Biffle had the fastest lap. They are side-by-side in the garage, and Edwards has spent a lot of time "walking over there" and asking a lot of questions. "He said something that kind of struck me," Edwards said. "He was describing his car and he said, But you know it's just like Texas normally is,' and I thought, Here's a guy who knows every nuance of this race track and he knows exactly what the car is going to do after five or six laps.' ... He's a motivator."
THE BACKYARD
BEST OF MAXIM
RELATED ARTICLES

Greg Biffle NRA 500 Race Preview

Team: No. 16 3M Ford Fusion Crew Chief: Matt Puccia Primary Chassis: RK-849 Brand new chassis Backup Chassis: RK-809 Last ran Texas – finished 10th Defending Winner: One year ago Biffle started third, led 90 laps and ultimately took home the checkered flag under the lights at Texas Motor Speedway. He’ll once again hit the track with a brand new 3M Ford Fusion at Texas to see...

Ford Racing NRA 500 Race Recap

GREG BIFFLE – No. 16 3M Ford Fusion ON HIS RACE: “It was a tough night. Our car definitely wasn’t as good as it was last year here in the spring, but we battled back. I got a pit road speeding penalty. I don’t know what happened there. I guess I must have looked up for a split-second or must have been so close to the number that I guess I just didn’t realize it.” DESCRIBE...

Roush Fenway Racing NRA 500 Race Recap

FT. WORTH, Texas – Roush Fenway drivers Carl Edwards and Greg Biffle battled back to third and fourth-place finishes in Saturday night’s 500-mile Sprint Cup race at Texas Motor Speedway. Both battled through numerous issues and obstacles throughout the weekend and during the race, but were able to battle back to the strong finishes. RFR rookie Ricky Stenhouse Jr. cut a right...
NASCAR News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.