Greg Biffle is the defending champion of the Sam’s Town 300 NASCAR Nationwide Series race, and he’s coming off a near-victory last week at Auto Club Speedway.
Biffle won last year at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in a Roush Fenway Racing Ford, but he’s now driving for the independent Baker Curb Racing team. Still, Biffle has been solid in the No. 27 Ford, leading nine laps before getting caught up in a wreck at Daytona and then coming up 0.052 seconds short of winning at California.
"I’ve been very successful at Las Vegas in the past and I look forward to going there in the No. 27 Red Man Moist Snuff Ford Fusion this week," Biffle said. "We were so close to going to victory lane last week and I think we’ve proved over the first two races that we have a very competitive team.
"The car drove great last week and we’re bringing that same car, so I expect that we’ll have a fast car right out of the gates. Hopefully this week we’ll be able to finish one spot higher."
The finish at California was the 10th-closest in Nationwide Series history. And it was also Biffle’s 10th runner-up finish in his 45 starts for Baker Curb.
Baker Curb had a decent season in 2009, finishing eighth in the drivers standings with Jason Keller. The team switched drivers and crew chiefs, but Brad Parrott decided to leave two weeks before the season started, so Ricky Viers was hired as Biffle’s crew chief.
"We’re looking forward to carry the momentum of a great run last week into this week’s race at Las Vegas," Viers said. "We are going to run the same car as we did in the race last week, car 85, so that will give us a good starting point when we unloaded it off the hauler.
"Greg has had a lot of success at Las Vegas in the past and knows the track well. We just need to keep improving every week as an organization. Scott (Lagasse Jr.) had a strong run last week in the 43 car and I think this week we have a great chance of having both cars in the top 10."