Biffle gets his sixth win of the season

Greg Biffle will have to wait for a NASCAR championship, which should come one day for the tough, determined Roush Racing driver, who scored a Nextel Cup-leading six victories this season. So will Jimmie Johnson, a two-time Cup runner-up, and Roush's Carl Edwards.

Sunday belonged to Tony Stewart, who won his second Nextel Cup title with a clean, if unspectacular, 15th-place finish in the Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Stewart's steady effort clinched him the title by 35 points over Biffle, the Vancouver, Wash., native who won Sunday's thrilling season finale. Edwards, who finished fourth Sunday, ended up tied for second in points but will be third in the final standings because Biffle had more victories this season.

While Stewart did enough to win the championship at Homestead, it was Biffle and Roush teammate Mark Martin who had the crowd cheering as they fought for the lead over the final laps, with Biffle holding off the veteran at the line. Matt Kenseth, the 2003 champion and another Roush driver, was third.

Martin gave Biffle all he could handle over the last two laps, battling him door handle to door handle for the victory. Biffle won by 0.017 seconds.

"Man, it was close!" said Martin. "We were just inches short. I guess maybe we needed another lap, or maybe I would have crashed trying."

While Stewart was avoiding spinning cars and showing championship consistency down the stretch, each of the five Roush drivers who qualified for the Chase faltered at some point.

The biggest fumble came in Texas two weeks ago when Biffle had to pit under a green flag with a loose lugnut. He lost a lap and never regained it, finishing 20th.

There's no dought about one thing. Biffle has to be the hottest driver going into 2006.

 

Career Race Data   Top       Average     
 Year   Races   Wins   Poles   5   10   DNF   Finish   Start   Winnings 
 2002   7   0   0   0   0   1   27.4   17.4   $394,773 
 2003   35   1   0   3   6   6   19.8   20.1   $2,410,053 
 2004   36   2   1   4   8   5   19.2   14.2   $3,583,342 
 2005   36   6   0   15   21   1   11.9   13.2   $5,729,928 
 Totals   114   9   1   22   35   13   19.6   16.2   $12,118,096

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