Biffle, a former Truck along with Xfinity series champion who also gathered 1-9 wins in the Cup Series throughout his livelihood, will drive KBM’s No. 51 Toyota at the June 7 race at Texas Motor Speedway.
Ahead of his first Truck beginning in 15 seasons, Biffle, 49, did have time on Thursday running some laps in the No. 51 and also scuffing tires for Kyle Busch, who is entered in Friday night’s race.
“It was a bit intimidating becoming in there to the first time in a few years and get back to the race track. The program was that I was going to really go out possibly in the conclusion of their first practice session and also the conclusion of the second practice session and then about eight minutes before practice started, they chose I’d go and scuff four or five sets of tires,” Biffle said Thursday.
I felt good in the vehicle. It’s been a very long time since I had been in these but it seems similar to a Cup car. Part of the matter is (Turns) 1 and 2 are quite a bit different and then all the PJ1 on the racetrack kind of looks like the groove.
“Once a course takes rubber you’re able to view where everyone is running. So, when I come down the frontstretch I see that black lineup and I believe it’s the groove and then all of a sudden I realize that the corner is around. It took me a lap or 2 to get my bearings.
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Biffle, who has not competed in a NASCAR event since the Cup Series finale in 2016, has 16 wins, 1 2 sticks, 42 top-five along with 54 top-10 finishes in 81 career Truck Series starts. He caught string rookie of the year honors in 1998, finished second in the tournament standings in 1999 and then won the series championship in 2000.
“I’ve been friends with Greg for quite a while and we’ve always joked about how it could be cool for him to drive trucks again,” Busch said. “When this opportunity came on the discussions got acute and we both decided it was smart decision.
“Not only is he capable of stepping right in and becoming yet another win to get the No. 51 team as we work at the operator ’s tournament, he’ll likeWISe be an experienced team mate for Harrison (Burton) and Todd (Gilliland) to lean on such a weekend as they make an effort to secure a spot in the playoffs.
Biffle said it was good to find some laps in the vehicle so he doesn’t need to appear in June “coldturkey.
“The trucks seems good, drives good. I was attempting to be quite conservative. I didn’t desire to move around and transform it all around and do such a thing to accomplish it. I was relatively cautious,” he explained.
“Section of coming here was I’d mentioned it to Kyle, should you want me to run in June what exactly are the chances that I could possibly get at the vehicle in April for 10 laps therefore that I get an idea exactly what this thing looks like?
Asked if he’d do greater Truck races later on when he might, Biffle said: “I’ll observe June goes. I could be talked into a longer — maybe.