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In 2005, Biffle won six times, and had 15 top-five finishes. He tied for second in season points with teammate Carl Edwards, only 35 behind Tony Stewart.

Three years later, Biffle rebounded from missing the Chase two years in a row, and was third behind Jimmie Johnson and Edwards, who won nine races in 2008. Biffle became the first driver to win two of the 10 Chase races in the same season though those were his only victories.

For now, Biffle is enjoying being on top while realizing there are 19 more races before the final 10-race Chase starts in mid-September. He hopes to be in the same spot at the end of the season, no matter what happens before then.

“I know that we’re probably not going to lead the points the whole way. So I’m happy and proud of our team fighting to stay in the points lead running as good as we can every week,” Biffle said. “If and when that happens, certainly I’m not going to let that take the wind out of our sails. … We’re going to work as hard as we can to keep the points lead, keep in the top five, keep in the top three.

“If we continue to lead the points, that’s a bonus,” he said. “If we’re not leading the points, we still are going to have that positive attitude.”