NASCAR & Auto Racing

You can 'drive your butt off,' Biffle notes, still not gain ground

KANSAS CITY, Kansas - Greg Biffle has now finished first, first and third in the first three races in this year's Chase for the Sprint Cup and he still finds himself, well, chasing.

"I thought I was losing ground when I was winning because I never gained anything," Biffle said Sunday after passing Jeff Gordon off the final turn to finish third in the Camping World RV 400 at Kansas Speedway. "I won twice and I was still third, and now I finished third and I'm still third."

Biffle is still third in the standings, 30 points behind Jimmie Johnson and 20 behind Carl Edwards. He's actually scored more points than both of those guys he's chasing in the Chase - 30 more than Edwards and 10 more than Johnson - but he still hasn't made up the gap he had entering the Chase.

Regardless of that and the fact that he couldn't extend his two-race winning streak here, Biffle leaves Kansas with his title hopes still vibrant.

"It's going to be a tight points battle the whole way," Biffle said. "We know that. You just drive your butt off every weekend and you end up with what you end up with."

Biffle ended up with five more points than he would have Sunday if hadn't passed Gordon in the final few yards of the 400-mile race.

"It felt like Dover all over again," Biffle said, referring to three-way battle for the victory he had there with Edwards and Matt Kenseth. "It was a pretty hard-fought battle."

Biffle said his No. 16 Ford never was quite as good as he wanted it to be all weekend here. But he and crew chief Greg Erwin got it good enough to stay in the top five for much of the day Sunday.

He'd made a couple of attempts to take third from Gordon after the final round of pit stops, but couldn't get it done until the last try on the final lap.

"Once I got to him I moved up," Biffle said. "I couldn't catch him on the bottom. I was going to pass him, but he moved up and took my groove away.

"At the end I wasn't sure which way he was going to go. He went back to the bottom and I think he had a little more speed than he planned. He kind of slid up a little bit off the bottomn and I was able to get around him and get to the inside coming off Turn 4.

"It just worked out. I really wanted to get that five points, so I am excited about that."

Gordon said the lapped car driven by Joey Logano played a role.

"I came up on the No. 96 and he went high the lap before that," Gordon said. "I thought I should go to the middle and then (Logano) went to the middle and Biffle got a good run on me."