Originally created 11/22/04

Biffle captures second victory



HOMESTEAD, Fla. -The adversity seems pretty far away now for Greg Biffle.

Struggling the past two years with unrealized potential, Biffle came through with a big win in Sunday's Ford 400, NASCAR's season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Appropriately, it was a comeback win.

"This just goes to show everybody what this 16 team is capable of doing," Biffle said. "We had an awesome car all day long. We just lost the track position because of fuel mileage and we just fought back and fought back. These guys had great pit stops."

The win was the second this season for Biffle, who also won at Michigan in August.

But he's still looking to establish consistency heading into next season, his third in the Nextel Cup series with car owner Jack Roush. Part of a successful organization, Biffle was the one driver not meeting his goals as teammates Matt Kenseth, Kurt Busch and Mark Martin battled for championships.

Kenseth won the title last year, Busch won his first championship Sunday, and Martin has been in two of the past three title races.

"When our program was looking dismal, I went to Jack and told him I was unhappy and was not happy driving the (No.) 16 car," Biffle said. "I felt like we weren't getting the opportunities to be as competitive as we needed to be and he helped us get that program turned around some."

The team has since staged a turnaround. After the win at Michigan, Biffle posted three top-10 finishes heading into Homestead.

"The reason why I'm still there is because (Roush) knows that what happened (Sunday) is what I'm capable of as a driver and what Doug (Richert ) is capable of as a crew chief," Biffle said.

Biffle led for 117 of the 271 laps at Homestead, but found himself in the middle of the pack with less than 40 laps to go.

HENDRICK HONORED: Car owner Rick Hendrick was honored by NASCAR drivers and officials one day after he returned to the track for the first time since four family members and several employees were killed in a plane crash.

NASCAR president Mike Helton stopped the pre-race meeting to welcome Hendrick, who received a standing ovation from drivers, pit crew members and others.

"We love you, it's great to have you back," Helton said.

STERN WARNING: NASCAR issued a stern warning against foolish or reckless actions on the track, particularly those that could effect the outcome of the championship race.

"Let the championship unfold on its own and leave it on the track," Helton said at the driver meeting. "NASCAR does not want to change the outcome, but we will not be shy (to do so)."

Helton also cautioned drivers about their "vocabulary" following Sunday's race. Dale Earnhardt Jr. was penalized 25 points at Talladega for using an expletive.