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NASCAR Chase for the Sprint Cup Preview: Greg Biffle

RICHMOND, VA - SEPTEMBER 07:  Greg Biffle, driver of the #16 3M/Owens & Minor Ford, looks on from in the garage during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway on September 7, 2012 in Richmond, Virginia.  (Photo by Jerry Markland/Getty Images for NASCAR)
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Christopher LeoneSenior Analyst ISeptember 13, 2012

Every day here at Bleacher Report, we'll be counting down the 12 drivers in this year's Chase for the Sprint Cup by posting two driver previews, breaking down how they got in and what they're going to do with their berth. Our first preview of the day, featuring sixth-place Clint Bowyer, has been posted, meaning it's time to talk about fifth-place driver and regular season champion, Greg Biffle.

GREG BIFFLE, #16 3M Ford, Roush Fenway Racing

CHASE POSITION: 5th, 2006 points (2 wins)

MAKING THE CHASE: Biffle was the first driver to clinch a Chase position, doing so with a 19th place finish at Bristol after leading 41 laps. He took the points lead for the second time at Michigan after previously leading from Las Vegas to Dover.

LAST 10 RACES: Biffle's best finish came at Michigan, when he scored his second victory of the season. Biffle only finished outside of the top 20 twice, both times placing 21st, and his average finish of 11.9 in the Race to the Chase was enough to give him the points lead before the Chase reset.

LAST YEAR'S CHASE: Biffle missed last year's Chase, finishing 16th in points. The best finish of his Chase last year came at Loudon, where he placed third. Other than that, he had three finishes of 26th or worse, posting an average finish of 16.1.

AT CHASE TRACKS: Kansas is Biffle's best Chase track, as he holds an 8.0 average finish on the strength of two wins in 12 starts. His worst track is Martinsville, where two top-10s in 19 starts add up to a pedestrian 21.9 average finish.

OUTLOOK: Biffle may have lost his points lead in the shuffle before the Chase, but that doesn't mean it's time to write him off.

He's very confident in his team and crew chief Matt Puccia, and he's been strong at many Chase tracks this year, posting top fives at Phoenix (third), Texas (first), Kansas (fifth), Talladega (fifth) and Charlotte (fourth). If he manages to repeat all of those finishes, he'll either be in the points lead coming into Homestead, or pretty close to it.

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