Greg Biffle needs to make a little history if he's going to catch Jimmie Johnson for the NASCAR Sprint Cup title. He's not about to say it can't be done.
"I promise you it's not over," Biffle said Friday at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
Biffle starts second, 149 points behind Johnson, in today's Pep Boys Auto 500. No driver has made up such a deficit under the current system, but Biffle said he believes he and his Roush Fenway Racing team can do it.
"We're going to have to have four flawless races," said Biffle, 38. "It could be a little bit each race for him. If you do the math, 149 points divided by four, that's what we need to pick up per race. We know if he slips, we have to capitalize."
If Johnson slips, no driver is more poised to pounce than Biffle. That's a far cry from the past two years, when he missed the Chase and finished 13th (2006) and 14th (2007) in points.
But Biffle made himself an immediate contender once this year's Chase began. He won at New Hampshire and Dover to vault from ninth to third, and moved to second after finishing 12th last week at Martinsville.
Johnson is chasing history - trying to become the second driver with three straight titles - but Biffle is too. He's the only driver to win both Nationwide and NASCAR truck series titles.
"You have to be good and lucky in this sport for the right things to happen," said Biffle, who has 14 Sprint Cup wins. "I feel like we're going to be both in the next four races. We'll just have to wait and see if his luck continues."