KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Greg Biffle leads the Sprint Cup standings. He's coming off a late pass of Jimmie Johnson to win at Texas and is now headed to Kansas Speedway, where he's won twice.
Everything seems to indicate that Biffle is on top of his game.
He's not so sure he's even tops on his team.
The often-overlooked driver at Roush-Fenway Racing still believes that title belongs to Carl Edwards, who became the poster boy for the organization during a dream 2008 season. But it's the former Trucks and Nationwide champion who has dominated this year, with top-3 finishes the first three races and a sixth-place run at California a few weeks ago.
"I still think the 99 is the No. 1 team at Roush. I'm the underdog," Biffle said, his face not for a moment giving the impression that he's kidding.
Edwards, who is 11th in points, had a different opinion.
"Right now, Greg is the No. 1 team — the 16 team is," Edwards said, "because they're leading the points and winning races."
Biffle, who qualified 17th for Sunday's race, has finished no worse than 13th this season. He has a 19-point lead in the standings over teammate Matt Kenseth and Dale Earnhardt Jr.
The strong showings early in the season seem to validate a number of changes to the No. 16 team that owner Jack Roush made after last season. Biffle finished 16th in the points and went the entire year without a Sprint Cup win for only the second time in his career.
"We've run competitively at every venue," Biffle said. "The short tracks we've been pretty respectable. At this point I feel good about improving on all those fronts, just getting a little better than we are now."
BUESCHER WINS TRUCKS RACE: James Buescher finally got a chance to drive his truck into Victory Lane. Those second-place finishes were getting a little old. The 22-year-old Buescher passed Brad Keselowski with 10 laps remaining Saturday at Kansas Speedway, and then pulled away to win for the first time in 76 tries in the Trucks series.
VETTEL TAKES POLE AMONG UNREST: At Sakhir, Bahrain, two-time world champion Sebastian Vettel claimed pole position for the first time this season on Saturday at the Bahrain Grand Prix, where security remains tight amid expectations of anti-government protests. Vettel, whose best finish this year was second place at the season-opening Australian Grand Prix, clocked 1 minute, 32.422 seconds in his Red Bull.