Biffle: being under radar ‘keeps the pressure off of me’

MOTOR SPORTS: Native of Vancouver, Wash., out of spotlight despite being No. 2 in Sprint Cup points race

McClatchy news servicesAugust 19, 2012 

When drivers discuss the contenders for the NASCAR Sprint Cup championship, not many mention Greg Biffle. And that’s OK with him.

“That’s good,” said Biffle, a native of Vancouver, Wash. “We’ll just do the best we can and we’ll see what happens when we get (to the Chase).”

Biffle, who is just one point behind points leader Jimmie Johnson, said it’s not a sign of disrespect among his fellow drivers.

“It just keeps people from asking me questions,” he said. “Go talk to them about it. It keeps the pressure off of me. We don’t like pressure.”

The Roush Fenway driver has been out of the spotlight this season despite compiling impressive results, including one win, nine top-five finishes and 13 top-10 finishes.

Biffle is optimistic he can bolster those statistics today at Michigan International Speedway, a track where he has had a number of recent miscues, such as running out of fuel twice and a botched pit stop.

“That was the old 16 team,” he said. “Now we don’t make those kinds of mistakes anymore. We’re definitely due. We’ll see (today).”

Biffle qualified 13th for the Pure Michigan 400 in Brooklyn, Mich.

Enumclaw’s Kasey Kahne, who is 11th in the points standings, will start fifth.

ALLGAIER SNAGS NATIONWIDE WIN

Justin Allgaier passed Jacques Villeneuve on the final lap during a green-white-checkered finish and won the NASCAR Nationwide race at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal.

Villeneuve, who started third, survived three late restarts, but he slowed briefly on the final one, and Allgaier slid past for his second win of the season and third of his career.

Sam Hornish Jr. finished second, and Villeneuve was third.

PIT STOPS

Tony Schumacher raced to the No. 1 qualifying position in Top Fuel at the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals in Brainerd, Minn. … Nelson Piquet Jr. won the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series VFW 200 in Brooklyn, Mich.

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