Pions leader Greg Biffle hopes for a change of luck at Martinsville
By Steve Pouliot - 31 March 2012:
"I want a grandfather clock so bad, I got a spot picked out for it."
So says the NASCAR point leader, Greg Biffle. To say that The Biffer has struggled at Martinsville is an understatement. He's been downright bad. In 18 races at the flat half mile, Biffle has just two top tens. Two. Yuck. His average finish is 22.4. More yuck.
|Point leader Greg Biffle has struggled at Martinsville|
" Let's face it. You look at the stats, Martinsville hasn't been our best place as a company, let alone me as a driver of the 16 team." Biffle admitted this week. "Although I've run very well there in the Trucks and Nationwide, qualified third, ran good. So if the car's right, we have a light weight car we're bringing, we've been working on brakes extensively, if all the stars line up, we've led some laps there, too. So I think in all situations right, we have a chance. Not sure if we have a chance of winning, but we have a solid chance of running in the top five. I feel a lot more confident about Texas or Kansas, Talladega, of going out and dominating or running like Tony's ran than Martinsville. But I'm not saying we can't get it done there either. We feel like we can as a team, and I can't wait to go there. I'm excited. I like challenges, and Martinsville is going to be a challenge for us. I'm ready to go there today."
Whoa, bud. Light weight cars? Doesn't NASCAR regulate the wight so the cars are all the same. "Yes, they are. I guess what I mean by 'light weight car' is we try to get the center of gravity -- obviously, when you drive a car in a circle, the lower center of gravity you can get the vehicle, the faster it will go in a circle. Just like when you take the off-ramp in an SUV versus a passenger car, the lower that vehicle, the weight, the lower the weight is to the ground, the quicker it will go around that corner. So we build the cars ultralight, then they have ballast, tungsten or lead in the frame rails. You're able to put more weight in the bottom of it which in turn makes the car go faster."
If you're a betting man, and the 22.4 finish is the over/under, but the under. Biffle will find a way to improve the average finish position. As far as a podium finish...I can tell you my money is staying in my pocket.