NASCAR & Auto Racing

Biffle credits Johnson, sort of, but suggests other factors

Greg Biffle marvels, and laughs, at Jimmie Johnson.

And a 12-car accident with 16 laps to go at Talladega that took out several Chase competitors while Johnson skirted through without a problem only fueled Biffle's envy for the driver who has won two straight NASCAR titles and leads again with five races to go.

"He's living right," Biffle said at Martinsville on Friday. "Jimmie didn't make it through that wreck because of his skill. He made it through that wreck because he was at the right place at the right time and made the right decisions - turned the wheel the right way."

The accident was the kind that can kill a driver's chances, but not Johnson's.

"I'm not saying he just went through there blindfolded," Biffle said. "Certainly he had to maneuver around the cars, but it would have been easy for someone to come off the wall and clip him, but he made it through and that's just the luck of the draw."

Biffle, meanwhile, was in the middle of it. Teammate Carl Edwards tried to give him a shove to the front, but the bump caused Biffle to spin into Matt Kenseth, another teammate.

All three Roush Fenway Racing drivers were among the dozen damaged.