"I know that a lot of people don't expect us to win the championship and don't expect us to compete for the title," said Biffle. "But I don't care what they say or who they want to talk about or what they want to talk about. We will be a factor when it comes down to Homestead, I promise you that."
Dale Earnhardt Jr. is in third place in the standings just ahead of Jimmie Johnson, and Brad Keselowski is also looking a sure thing for a Chase spot in fifth place. While he had also made the Chase in 2011 it had been through a "most wins" wild card, and he said that he was enjoying being a genuine top ten Chase qualifier this time around.
"I can taste the legitimacy of being a championship contender," he laughed. "We're going to keep them honest through this Chase. That's our goal."
The wildcard positions are currently held by Kasey Kahne and Ryan Newman. Newman finished the Pure Michigan 400 in a solid eighth place, no mean feat for a man suffering a severe bout of stomach 'flu and at one point looking like he might have to call in a replacement driver to pilot the #39.
Kahne and Newman could still be thwarted by one of the other drivers on the periphery of the top ten getting one or more wins at Bristol, Atlanta and Richmond: Carl Edwards, Kyle Busch, Jeff Gordon, Marcos Ambrose and Joey Logano are the big names amongst those still in with a chance of making it into the post-regular season fight for the Sprint Cup championship.
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