One of the bigger surprises of the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season was veteran stars Greg Biffle and Kasey Kahne failing to make the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.
This year, the two experienced wheelmen find themselves in a similar predicament.
With just two races remaining until NASCAR’s playoffs, Kahne (52 points below the final Chase spot) and Biffle (-144) both need a win to get in.
They get their first of two chances at a final triumph in Sunday’s Bojangles’ Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway (6 p.m. ET on NBC) where both have experienced past success.
Biffle has won at Darlington twice (2005-06) and claims three top-five and six top-10 finishes in 15 starts there.
“I’m really looking forward to Darlington,” Biffle said. “It’s my second best track, second favorite track to race at. We ran well there last year and I’m looking forward to going back, especially with Hooters on the car. This weekend is a good opportunity to get a solid finish and race for the win. I think we are capable of it.”
Kahne has never won at the track known as “The Lady in Black,” but has shown he can get around it fast. He has earned the pole position at Darlington four times and has three top-five, as well as four top-10 finishes there in 13 starts. In 2014, Kahne found himself outside of the Chase on Labor Day Weekend at Atlanta, but won the race to make the playoffs.
“Darlington has a great history and since I’ve been in the sport, I look forward to it every time because of how difficult it is to race there,” Kahne said. “I haven’t won there yet, but we’ve been close at times, and it would be great to do it this trip and in the LiftMaster throwback car. I think Darlington is the perfect track to race the throwback cars at and I’ve enjoyed it.”
July 1, 2016
By Reid Spencer
NASCAR Wire Service
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Winless since 2013 and without a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series pole since the fall Charlotte race in 2012, the driver of the No. 16 Roush Fenway Racing Ford scorched Daytona International Speedway on Friday to claim the top starting spot for Saturday night’s Coke Zero 400 (at 7:45 p.m. ET on NBC). Continue reading “Greg Biffle breaks four-year pole drought at Daytona”
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Sept. 3, 2015
NASCAR Wire Service
In basketball terms, Kasey Kahne and Greg Biffle must hit a buzzer beater to make the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.
With just two races remaining in the regular season, Kahne (-37 points) and Biffle (-83 points) are virtually too far below the points cutoff line to get into NASCAR’s playoffs without a victory.
The two veteran drivers will get the first of their final two chances to take a checkered flag in Sunday’s Bojangles’ Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway (7 p.m. ET on NBC).
Kahne is no stranger to the pressure of his current “win or go home” situation. Winless heading into Atlanta on Labor Day weekend last season, he piloted his car to Victory Lane in a last-ditch effort to secure a spot in the Chase.
Kahne has never won at Darlington, but does lead active drivers there with four poles and ranks fourth in laps led in the past 10 races at the South Carolina track (327).
“It would mean a ton to win the Southern 500,” Kahne said. “It’s always been one of the races that I’ve wanted to win. We’ve come close but haven’t been able to do it, so to do it in this car that time of the year right before the Chase would be a perfect time.”
Biffle has struggled this season with just two top-five and three top-10 finishes in 24 starts, but he has been successful at Darlington throughout his career. The Roush Fenway Racing driver boasts two wins at the track “Too Tough to Tame” and leads all drivers in laps led there over the last 10 races (637).
“Darlington is a fun place. It’s one of the toughest places that we race,” said Biffle of the 1.366-mile egg-shaped oval. “Driving into the corner at 190-plus MPH and sliding up about three or four inches from the fence, or at least you hope that’s where it stops sliding and riding the fence all the way around. It’s a demanding, tough, fast race track and I look forward to going back there with the new package and tires. I’m pretty excited about it.”