In advance of this weekend’s opening race in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup and the Sept. 28 “AAA 400” NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway, Chase driver Greg Biffle visited Nemours/A.I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Del. to visit with patients as part of NASCAR’s Chase Across North America program.
Biffle met with patients at Nemours for a question-and-answer session, fielding tough inquiries such as, “What advice would you give to someone interested in racing?” “What color is your car?” and “Who is your favorite superhero?” The answer to the last question was the DC Comics character, The Flash, who was featured on Biffle’s paint scheme when he won at Michigan International Speedway in 2004.
Getting to share some lighthearted moments with the children, as well as take photographs and sign autographs for them, made for a good visit, Biffle said.
“It’s really nice to get to see the smiles on the children’s faces,” he said.
In addition, Biffle was able to get a look at the hospital’s new expansion, a 450,000 square foot area that will feature single-patient rooms with enough space for patients and their families; a five-story atrium with a skylight that provides easy access to all areas; a healing garden; Discovery Zone with interactive games for kids; and much more.
“They’ve been working on it for three years, and to be three or four weeks away from it opening, it has to be exciting for those folks,” he said.
Biffle discussed the upcoming Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup during the day as well, as he comes into the first race this weekend as the 15th of 16 seeds, earning a berth to the playoffs by a slim, six-point margin.
Noting that his team has not run at the level it expects to this season, and going so far as to call himself and teammate Carl Edwards the “underdogs of the Chase,” Biffle said his team will have its work cut out for it to make a run at a championship.
He did, however, find some silver linings, noting that under the new Chase format implemented this year, he would have actually won the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series titles in 2004 and 2005, so he knows he could create success in the elimination format. On top of that, he said discounting last weekend’s race at Richmond International Raceway, his team has started to perform better, posting five straight top-10 finishes in the races before that.
“Those five weeks were crucial for us, and now we have 10 more weeks of that,” he said. “Top-10 finishes aren’t going to win you the championship, but they will help you move to the next round.”
Biffle, his fellow Chase drivers and the rest of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will return to Dover International Speedway for the Sunday, Sept. 28 “AAA 400.” The race weekend will also include the Friday, Sept. 26 “Drive Sober 150” presented by the Delaware Office of Highway Safety NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race and Sept. 27 NASCAR Nationwide Series race.
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