It took Greg Biffle a little over one season to figure out how to reach victory lane in NASCAR's Craftman Truck Series.
Now, it's hard to keep him out.
Biffle held off several challenges late in yesterday's goracing.com 200 at Brooklyn's Michigan Speedway, picking up his second straight victory, third in the last four races and fourth in his last six.
The 29-year-old driver, last year's top rookie, didn't win his first truck race until May. Now, he has won five of the last 11 and has moved within 89 points of series leader Jack Sprague, who finished fourth but lost 25 points yesterday.
It wasn't easy for Biffle though, with Jay Sauter's Chevrolet finishing just 0.153-seconds--less than a car-length--behind the winning Roush Racing Ford. Jimmy Hensley was third in a Dodge.
Biffle started 11th and was working his way toward the top five before he slid in the first turn and nearly hit the wall. He fell to 15th before beginning to work his way back toward the leaders, finally taking the top spot on lap 67.
"There's no reason why I didn't wreck today," Biffle said. "There were two or three times I was out of shape. Somebody was looking out for us today. We adjusted everything you could except for the springs."
Meanwhile, Andy Santerre, last season's rookie of the year, got his first NASCAR Grand National victory, holding off Tim Fedewa by less than a second to win the NAPA AutoCare 250 at Pikes Peak International Speedway in Colorado Springs.
* WINSTON CUP: Rookie Elliott Sadler was involved in a practice-session accident at Pocono Raceway. He hit the Turn 1 wall, causing severe damage to the No. 21 Ford and injuring his left foot. He was taken to the hospital, but an orthopedic specialist said Sadler suffered no fractures in his foot and he was released.
* FORMULA ONE: Mika Hakkinen, the defending Formula One champion, had to switch to a spare McLaren-Mercedes in qualifying, but still captured the pole position for today's Austrian Grand Prix in Spielberg, a race he won last year.
* CART: The fastest drivers in a very fast field expect today's U.S. 500 to be a lot like the race that produced a CART Series record 62 lead changes last July, when the race was marred by the death of three spectators.
"I'll be surprised if I lead the first lap," said Jimmy Vasser, who won the pole at Michigan Speedway with a lap of 229.606 mph.