BROOKLYN, Mich. -- Roush Fenway Racing veteran Greg Biffle knows he is in a battle to make this year's NASCAR Sprint Cup Chase for the Championship.
Biffle is 16th in Cup series points headed to Indianapolis Motor Speedway this weekend and has yet to win a race in the No.16 Ford Fusion.
So he was driving hard at a Roush racing test Tuesday at Michigan International Speedway along with teammates Carl Edwards and Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
Biffle, a four-time Cup winner at MIS, was looking for more speed and said he had found some on the 2-mile oval in the Irish Hills.
All three drivers were searching for a few tenths here and there after a miserable race for Roush in June's Quicken Loans 400 at MIS. In that race, Biffle finished a team-high 20th on the lead lap to winner Jimmie Johnson, with Edwards a lap down at 23rd and Stenhouse two laps down at 27th.
It was the first time since 2000 that Roush failed to have a car in the top 10 at MIS in a Cup race.
Edwards, driver of the No.99 Ford, is sixth in points with two wins and appears assured of a Chase spot, while Stenhouse, who pilots the No.17 Ford, is 28th.
But Biffle would force his way into Chase contention with a victory in the Aug. 17 Pure Michigan 400 at MIS.
"We are not running good enough to be high enough in points to get there by the time the Chase gets here, so it's a relief to be (coming to Michigan)," Biffle said. "We are going to have to get a win."
A win might book a place in the Chase and two almost surely. So Biffle knows the importance of having a stout car at MIS.
"Michigan is such a good track and a track I like to drive," Biffle said during a break from testing. "I think we have learned some stuff and picked up some speed. We were further off in the spring (race). We were probably a half-second off the pace of the fast cars and since we showed up here have found three- or fourth-tenths of speed. I feel pretty good about that. I feel there's more to be had. I think we are gaining on it and that's the most important thing."
Biffle, 44, joined Roush in 2002. He is in a contract year with the team and knows a place in the Chase would make it easier to renegotiate terms with his boss Jack Roush.
"Any driver you ask will say exactly the same thing -- you want to be competitive and you want to win races, and that's what you really strive for," said Biffle, who finished runner-up in 2005 to Cup champion Tony Stewart. "It's tough we are in the position we are in. We aren't competing at the level (we need to be). We got to make a decision, can we right this thing -- and find our speed and get back going? We've been doing a tremendous amount of testing to find it."
Biffle said Roush is home and where he'd like to remain.
"I want to stay at Roush Fenway -- that's where I want to stay and drive," said Biffle before resuming the test at MIS. "I want to get these cars competitive and win races again. We know it's going to be hard work, but that's part of it. Nothing in life comes easy. We know our sponsors want to see results."
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