NASCAR News: Top 5 favorites to win the Pure Michigan 400

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Jun 14, 2014; Brooklyn, MI, USA; The cat of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Greg Biffle in the garage during practice for the Quicken Loans 400 at Michigan International Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

 5) Greg Biffle (No. 16 Roush Performance Ford)

  • Four wins, 10 top fives, 14 top 10s; one pole
  •  Average finish of 11.6

     Series-best Average Running Position of 8.9

     Series-best Driver Rating of 107.8

    311 Fastest Laps Run, second-most

    Series-high 3,085 Laps in the Top 15 (82.5%)

    Series-high 864 Quality Passes (passes of cars in the top 15 under green)

    The Biff once owned Michigan International Speedway, but that hasn’t been the case as of late. In fact Roush Fenway Racing as a whole has struggled in 2014 despite two victories by the soon to depart, Carl Edwards.

    Biffle’s lack of wins or even consistent good showings may have been a factor in his long-time sponsor, 3M announcing that they were jumping ship and aligning themselves with Jeff Gordon and Hendrick Motorsports starting in 2015.

    Biffle’s best chance to make the chase for the Sprint Cup this season may very well be in Sunday’s Pure Michigan 400.

    "“I’m really excited about going to Michigan,” Biffle said. “We’ve been doing a tremendous amount of testing and working very hard at Roush Fenway to catch up with some of the other teams, so our most recent week off we tested at Michigan and felt like we found a lot of speed that we were missing.”"

    Due to Biffle’s struggles in the spring, but keeping his former dominance in mind — I’m putting him at No. 5 on my top 5 favorites to win the Pure Michigan 400.