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Biffle revels in his Sprint Cup reversal

Greg Biffle enjoys a win for the second week in a row. He’s tied for second in the Chase with Jimmie Johnson, 10 points back.

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Greg Biffle enjoys a win for the second week in a row. He’s tied for second in the Chase with Jimmie Johnson, 10 points back.

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Chase standings

After Race 2 of 10 in the Chase for the Championship. Only these drivers are eligible for the title:

Driver Pts. Back

Carl Edwards 5,390—

J. Johnson 5,380 10

Greg Biffle 5,380 10

Jeff Burton 5,308 82

Kevin Harvick 5,289 101

Clint Bowyer 5,284 106

Tony Stewart 5,277 113

Jeff Gordon 5,272 118

D. Earnhardt Jr. 5,261 129

Matt Kenseth 5,223 167

Denny Hamlin 5,197 193

Kyle Busch 5,180 210

Note: Points unofficial; NASCAR posts official standings today

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DOVER, Del. — Greg Biffle finished a middling regular season as a driver who just couldn't win. Now, he's the one who simply can't lose.

Biffle traded a lengthy winless streak for a winning one when it mattered most. He made it 2-for-2 in the Chase for the Championship on Sunday, using another late pass — this time with nine laps to go — to hold off Matt Ken­seth and Carl Edwards and bolster his bid for the Sprint Cup title.

"I feel like this has been coming for a while," Biffle said after winning the Camping World RV 400. "There's a lot of concentration right now. It doesn't get more important than this."

Up ahead for Biffle is a trip to Kansas City, Kan., a track where he won last season before starting a 33-race winless streak. That skid seems as much behind him as his Roush Fenway Racing teammates Kenseth and Edwards were over the final, thrilling laps at Dover International Speedway.

While Biffle has been able to drive that No. 16 Ford into Victory Lane, he still can't maneuver into first place in the Chase points standings. Biffle and two-time defending Cup champion Jimmie Johnson are both 10 points behind Edwards for the overall lead, but Johnson holds the tiebreaker.

Biffle knows the only way to catch Edwards is to keep winning races.

"We've got to beat the 99 car somehow," Biffle said. "We've got to start stretching it out."

That's exactly what he did with the lead once he caught Kenseth and put away Edwards. The trio engaged in a battle over the final 20 laps that had to have tugged at owner Jack Roush's loyalties. Biffle, the winner last week at New Hampshire after passing Johnson with 12 laps left, made another textbook move to the outside past Kenseth.

"I thought I might be able to hang on, but I wasn't sure," Ken­seth said.

Kenseth was second, and Edwards third in a good day for Roush Fenway. Kenseth had a difficult Chase opener when an accident forced him out of the race and he entered 12th in the standings. He moved to 10th.

"The championship isn't really on my mind at this moment," Kenseth said.

Kyle Busch, the regular-season points winner, had another poor race and a blown engine knocked him out early. He finished 43rd in the 400-mile race to drop to 12th and last in the Chase field.

Mark Martin was fourth and Chase drivers filled the next five spots. Johnson was fifth, followed by Kevin Harvick, Jeff Gordon, Clint Bowyer and Jeff Burton.

Michael Waltrip finished 10th.

Chase driver Tony Stewart was 11th and Dale Earnhardt Jr. 24th.

Burton moved up a spot and is fourth in the standings. Harvick made the biggest jump, going from 10th to fifth.

"It's hard to tell (Busch) to keep his head up," Stewart said. "There's nobody who's going to make him feel better right now and rightfully so."

Edwards' crew gambled on his final pit spot and took two tires while the other drivers took four. Kenseth took the lead on Lap 377, then the three teammates drove hard toward the finish.

Edwards said he understood crew chief Bob Osborne's decision to go with two tires.

"That was a 50-50 call," Edwards said. "I thought we were doing what we needed to do considering how we ran on two tires earlier."

Biffle nipped at Kenseth's bumper and kept inching his way past his teammate. Then Biffle pinched off Kenseth and got his nose out there to pass down the backstretch.

"I couldn't give up. It was my last chance to get him," Biffle said.

>>fast facts

Gearhead stats

Average speed of race winner: 114.168 mph.

Time of race: 3 hours, 30 minutes, 13 seconds.

Margin of victory: 0.934 seconds.

Caution flags: 10 for 45 laps.

Lead changes: 15 among nine drivers.

Lap leaders: Jeff Gordon 1-30; Jamie McMurray 31-65; Matt Kenseth 66-187; Jimmie Johnson 188-239; Carl Edwards 240-266; Greg Biffle 267; Kevin Harvick 268; Clint Bowyer 269-270; Johnson 271-292; Edwards 293; Michael Waltrip 294; Johnson 295-301; Biffle 302-320; Edwards 321-377; Kenseth 378-391; Biffle 392-400.

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