It’s not too often that we, as an action motorsports-oriented media entity, turn our attention to a racer whose primary claim to fame is NASCAR.
It’s not too often that a big-name NASCAR driver makes a move to Stadium Super Trucks, though, either.
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After earning Craftsman Truck Series and Busch Series titles in the early 2000s, Greg Biffle came within 35 points of becoming the first driver to earn championships in all three NASCAR national series when he finished second to Tony Stewart in the 2005 Chase for the NEXTEL Cup. Biffle spent 15 seasons at NASCAR’s highest level, adding 19 Cup Series wins to 20 in what is now the Xfinity Series and 16 more in Truck Series competition for a grand total of 55.
The Washington native made his name in the 1995-96 offseason when he dominated the Winter Heat Series for late models at Tucson Raceway Park. His performance in the nationally broadcast races led the late Benny Parsons to recommend Biffle to Jack Roush, and so began an association that wouldn’t end until 2016.
Biffle got into a truck full-time in 1998 and by the end of his third season was the series champion. He’d spend only two full years as a Busch driver before taking that title, and moved up to the Cup level full-time in 2003, taking his first victory at Daytona in July. In 2005, his best statistical season to date, he’d win six races. He’d crack the top 10 in points six times, including finishes of third in 2008 and fifth in 2012.
Since leaving NASCAR, Biffle has taken some time away from the track, but finally looks ready to get back behind the wheel. Most of what we’ve seen from him has been focused on his efforts to compete in the 24 Hours of LeMons or the Triple B 100, a dirt track race at his own Triple B Ranch. He’s also served as a TV analyst for NASCAR America, and has joined General Tire’s roster of athletes, appearing on air with Jim Beaver during the ARCA Racing Series General Tire 150 weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway this May.
More than a year and a half since leaving Roush Fenway Racing, this weekend’s SST action at Road America will represent his first major competitive race since the 2016 Cup finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. He’ll be filling in for Arie Luyendyk Jr. in the #25 United Fiber and Data truck, but no matter where the points are going, rest assured: Biffle’s there to win.