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2009 Stats: Points Finish 7th, 0 Wins, 10 Top Fives, 16 Top Tens, Average Finish 14.0, Average Position 14.7, Laps Led 551, Driver Rating 88.5
Greg Biffle was the highest finishing Roush Fenway driver in 2009. Last year was a big disappointment for the Blue Oval name brand. He came close to winning a couple times last season, but for the first year since jumping to Cup Biffle was kept out of the winners circle.
Roush Fenway Racing had a down year in performance in 2009. In 2010 the new Ford motor will finally come into play. The only problem here is that it really hasn’t been tested on the track, and when exactly will they start to utilize it? Roush Fenway Racing also successfully tested a new race Chassis by Matt Kenseth at Lowes and Texas. Matt finished 2nd at Lowes and 3rd at Texas. Things may certainly be looking up for Biffle and the other Roush drivers in 2010.
Strengths- Biffle will be at his best on the intermediate tracks. Look for him to have his best races be at the big 2.0 mile intermediates and the smaller intermediates like Darlington and Dover.
Weaknesses- Despite scoring the 4th most points in the series at the restrictor plate tracks last season I’m still not going to pick him anytime soon at these tracks.
Intermediate Track Grade- A-, If Roush is going to have any success in 2010 they will really need to improve at these tracks. The new chassis should go a long towards helping them and when the new motor comes along who knows how good they might be at these tracks.
Flat Track Grade- B+, Overall Biffle was pretty good on the flat tracks in 2009. The only problem was predicting when he was a top ten car and when he wasn’t. He was pretty consistent on these tracks and the worst he finished last season was 18th.
Short Track Grade- B-, When it comes to short tracks in my book Greg Biffle is a one trick pony. I would only recommend him at Bristol where he has an 11.5 finish average. At Martinsville he only has one career top ten in 14 starts and he’s a so-so pick at Richmond.
Restrictor Plate Track Grade- B-, Last year was arguably the best year of his career on these tracks (when compared to other drivers). Despite this don’t get suckered into picking Biffle. His career finishing averages at both tracks are below 20th.
Road Course Track Grade- B-, In his 7 year career Biffle has finished in the top 10 twice at each road course. That’s only about a 29% chance that he’ll get a top ten on these serpentine tracks. That doesn’t sound like a winning bet to me.
How to use Greg Biffle from a fantasy prospective in 2010?
I would focus on using Biffle solely at the intermediate tracks. There’s plenty of them on the schedule and he’s good at them.
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