Biffle Rises as Busch Falls

Greg Biffle sure picked a good time to get hot.  He took the victory at the Dover 400 Sunday afternoon, taking the first two Chase races.  Meanwhile, Kyle Busch picked a bad time to have a slump.  After two bad finishes, the driver who's won more races than anyone this year might very well be out of the running for the championship.

After the first two races in The Chase, two big stories are emerging.  One of them is Greg Biffle.  He made it two for two in Chase races, taking the win at the Dover 400 Sunday afternoon.  He led 29 of the race's 400 laps. Biffle is tied for second in the points with Jimmie Johnson, ten points behind leader Carl Edwards.

There were ten cautions in the race for 45 laps.  Only one of the cautions involved championship contenders.  Dale Earnhardt Jr. brought out the day's fourth yellow flag on lap 144.  He lost control of his car going out of turn four because of a blown tire.  He finished 24th Sunday.  It dealt his title hopes a major blow, falling five spots to 9th, 129 points behind Edwards.

Besides Biffle, the other major story was Kyle Busch.  He's been the story all season, but now he is for the wrong reasons.  After finishing 34th at New Hampshire, engine failure ended his day at Dover after completing 172 laps.  He finished last in the 43 car field.  In the standings, Busch fell four spots back to 12th in the points.  He is now 210 points behind Carl Edwards.  His once bright championship hopes are now very dim.

Sunday was a great day for Roush-Fenway Racing.  After race winner Greg Biffle, Matt Kenseth (who's 136 laps led was the most of any driver) finished second with points leader Carl Edwards third.  Former Roush driver Mark Martin placed fourth.  Chase drivers finished fifth through ninth, led by Jimmie Johnson.  Kevin Harvick finished sixth, which helped him move five spots in the points to fifth (101 behind Edwards).  Jeff Gordon finished seventh, Clint Bowyer eighth with Jeff Burton ninthMichael Waltrip finished tenth.  Other Chase driver finishes were Tony Stewart in 11th and Denny Hamlin in 38th.

The Chase standings with eight races remaining:  Leader remains Carl Edwards.  Greg Biffle and Jimmie Johnson are second (-10), Jeff Burton 4th, (-82), Kevin Harvick 5th (-101), Clint Bowyer 6th (-106), Tony Stewart 7th (-113), Jeff Gordon 8th (-118), Dale Earnhardt Jr. 9th (-129), Matt Kenseth 10th (-167), Denny Hamlin 11th (-193), Kyle Busch 12th (-210).

NASCAR will spend the coming weekend at the Kansas Speedway.  The Nationwide Series will race Saturday in the Kansas Lottery 300 with the Sprint Cup racing Sunday in the Camping World RV 400.

By:  CrimsonCowboy

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