Greg Biffle – Texas Advance
Team: No. 16 3M ESPE Dental Give Kids A Smile Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Matt Puccia
Primary Chassis: RK-896 Brand new chassis
Backup Chassis: RK-879 Last ran Las Vegas – finished 22nd
· Biffle at Texas
o Biffle has led a total of 733 laps at Texas Motor Speedway, making Texas his best track for laps led. He ranks second overall in laps led at Texas Motor Speedway.
o In his 20 career Cup Series starts at the 1.5-mile track, Biffle has two wins, eight top-five and 12 top-10 finishes. His average starting position is 12.7 with an average finishing position of 15.1.
· The Car
o The primary chassis RK-896 is a brand new chassis.
o The backup chassis RK-879 was new when it first hit the track earlier this season at Vegas.
· Winning Smile?
o This is the fourth year that Give Kids a Smile has been on the hood of Greg’s No. 16 Ford and they were on the hood last year for his win at Michigan.
· Give Kids a Smile
o The No. 16 team is excited to be teaming up again with the American Dental Association’s (ADA) Give Kids A Smile program, the ADA Foundation, Henry Schein, Inc., CareCredit, Oral Health America and 3M ESPE Dental Products to put good oral health on the fast track for young fans of NASCAR. Across the country, we will help deliver the message to children about healthy habits like brushing, flossing, visiting the dentist, and making smart food choices.
· Race Around America
o Be sure to check out www.racearoundamerica.com to see Greg’s installment of the Walgreen’s Race Around America promotion. You can see Greg enjoying some time at the sand dunes of Glamis.
Biffle on Texas:
“I really, really like Texas and I’m excited about going there this weekend. I feel like even though California didn’t turn out good, we were running in the top five before we had a tire problem, and then consequentially overheated. As a team we are looking to gain momentum, get back on track and get a good run at Texas. A win is important for us at this stage in the game, but so is a top-five finish and to run competitively. I feel really good where we are at; leading laps at Martinsville was great for us. We just need to close the deal and this is one of our best tracks.”
Puccia on Texas:
“Texas has always been a good track for us. We got our first win as a team back in 2012 at Texas, so it is a very special place for me. It was my first Cup win, so it’s always a little more special going back to that race track. The track its self is starting to show its age. As a crew chief you have to deal with bumps and mechanical grip, while maintaining a good aero platform. It’s a challenge we are looking forward to tackling this weekend.”