DOVER, Del. --- So far, Greg Biffle's season has been defined by loose wheels, contract negotiations and a Darlington meltdown. A victory would change all that.
Biffle, whose Ford Fusion is on the pole for today's Best Buy 400 (1:30 p.m., Fox-Ch. 54), knows how quickly fortunes change in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. In fact, he's counting on it.
A win not only would help his chances to qualify for the Chase for the Championship, it might also be the springboard for a turnaround.
"What we need to do as a team is me not make any mistakes as a driver on Sunday and have good pit stops -- keep our track position," Biffle said. "I think we have a fast enough car to win here on Sunday, but it takes a lot of luck in this sport. You've got to be in the right place at the right time, not make any mistakes to win these races. They're very hard to win. They're real easy sometimes to finish in the top 5, but it's really difficult to win in this series."
Biffle hasn't won this year, but he's come close. He finished second to Kasey Kahne two weekends ago in the Sprint All-Star Race, then finished second -- again to Kahne -- in last week's Coca-Cola 600 at Concord, N.C.
Weather permitting -- there's a chance for scattered thunderstorms today -- he'll try to catch his own lightning in a bottle at Dover International Speedway.
"Running like we are is already a huge boost for us -- running up front like we did at Darlington and Charlotte, but, yeah, definitely winning would certainly do a lot for the team and myself. As we know, the wins seed you in the Chase, so certainly that would help us to get a few wins."
Biffle admitted the team still has a little more work to do to catch the Toyotas at Joe Gibbs Racing.
The Gibbs cars have won four times this year, and Tony Stewart was a quarter-mile ahead of Kahne with less than three laps to go last week when he cut a tire.
"Certainly, we've closed the gap on a lot of our competition," Biffle said. "Arguably, we feel like we had the fastest race car the last couple of races, and that's exciting for us. We know now we just need to put the whole thing together to be able to win with it."
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