Greg Biffle had not competed in a national NASCAR series race since 2016 and his last Truck Series race was in 2004. None of that mattered Friday night at Texas Motor Speedway, where Biffle won the SpeedyCash.com 400 in his return to NASCAR.
The 49-year-old driver — who raced in the NASCAR Cup Series for 14 full-time seasons — now has 56 wins across all three national NASCAR series and 17 in the Truck Series.
Biffle was the Truck Series champ in 2000 and was grateful to the team, Kyle Busch Motorsports, for the chance to drive the No. 51 Toyota.
“I am just excited to be here. I don’t even know what to say,” Biffle said, via ESPN. “I am so thankful for all the opportunities I have had to drive great trucks. This thing was really fast. It was hard to figure out how to pass here. It was my first time with this [aerodynamic] package, so it took me a little bit, but I got used to it in the end.”
Hilariously, Busch took a bit of credit for Biffle’s victory too. He tweeted this after the race:
Friday’s Truck was was the first in the “Triple Truck Challenge,” which is a three-race competition where the winner of one, two or three designated races will get a winning bonus of $50,000, $150,000 or $500,000, respectively. The other races are at Iowa Speedway next weekend and Gateway Motorsports Park the following weekend.
While the Truck Series was at Texas on Friday, the Cup and XFINITY series are at Michigan International Speedway this weekend. During his press conference Friday, Busch explained what he expects of his full-time KBM drivers:
“There is opportunity there for these guys, if they’re going to be good and they’re going to be successful and they’re going to have an opportunity to move up the ladder, they need to be able to show it. [William] Byron won seven times, [Erik] Jones won five times, Christopher Bell won five or six times – the guys that are moving up and doing what they’re supposed to be doing are successful and they can have success and have shown success in Xfinity and Cup, we’ll see. …
“If you win and you win a lot in KBM trucks, then you’re going to be a better driver. If you can’t get it done in a KBM truck, might as well go home.”
Busch ran five Truck Series races himself already this season in the No. 51 Toyota, and he won all five. His most recent win was at Charlotte Motor Speedway, and it was his final Truck event of the season because NASCAR permits drivers with more than five years of full-time Cup Series experience to compete in five Truck Series events at most.
Biffle and Busch are now the only two KBM Truck Series race winners this season.