Darlington, S.C. (May 10, 2008) – Greg Biffle, two-time winner at Darlington Raceway, sat on the pole for Saturday night’s 367-lap main event. He led 95 laps and was not seen outside of the top three other than during green flag pit cycles throughout his time in the race. On lap 235 Biffle reported that there was and engine problem and came to pit road. It was determined that the problem could not be remedied at the racetrack and Biffle was officially out of the race. In the end, he was credited with a 43rd place finish. The 43rd place finish puts Biffle 11th in the point standings.
After turning in solid practice times in all four sessions leading up to qualifying, Biffle ran the fastest lap in time trials. The pole in Darlington would be his first of the 2008 season and put him on the inside of row one for the drop of the green flag. He would lead lap one in the 3M Ford before Dale Earnhardt, Jr. made a pass heading in to turn one on lap two.
Biffle remained second until Kyle Busch passed him and Earnhardt on lap 17. Biffle, however, overtook Earnhardt on the next lap and drove by Busch for the lead on lap 40. He held the lead until a round of green flag stops began on lap 57 and then brought the 3M Ford to pit road on lap 60 for four tires, fuel and a wedge adjustment. Biffle was second behind Busch when the round of green flag stops was complete on lap 71.
On lap 110, Biffle reclaimed the lead from Busch and kept it until another round of green flag stops began on lap 114. He had reported that the car was a little tight so when he brought the 3M Ford to pit road, it was four tires, fuel, a spring rubber adjustment. Biffle was back in the lead at the conclusion of green flag stops on lap 127. On lap 128, Busch took the lead and Biffle held on to second until a caution on lap 139.
Biffle brought the 3M Ford in for four tires, fuel and a wedge adjustment as the car had become a little loose. He returned to the track in the second position for the restart on lap 144. On lap 160, Biffle overtook Earnhardt, Jr. for the lead again and kept it until lap 195 when he pitted under green for a loose wheel that he had reported on lap 163. The team gave Biffle four fresh tires and sent him back out on the track in the 28th position, one lap down.
A third round of green flag stops began on lap 200 and Biffle took the lead for the fourth time of the night on lap 219. Unfortunately, the loose wheel returned and engine and transmission troubles shortly followed. Biffle brought the 3M Ford to the pits for the final time on lap 235 and would not return to the track. Biffle was credited with a 43rd place finish but lost only two positions in the points.
“I know everybody is trying their hardest on this 3M team,” said Biffle. “The guys are digging their hearts out, but the fact of the matter is in this sport – in this day and age – you cannot leave the wheels loose – not at a place this fast. Somebody is going to get hurt. I’m not sure what happened yet, but it seems like it’s in the carburetor to me because it doesn’t want to run. They said there’s oil underneath it, so I’m not sure what happened. It’s just real frustrating. I give it 110 percent as a driver all the time and you just want your equipment to last and be able to win these races. They’re so hard to win these days. You can deal with a flat tire or something like that, but when it’s self-induced it makes it even harder.”
Greg Biffle and the team moved to 11th in the point standings following their 43rd place finish. They are 382 points out of the lead currently held by Kyle Busch and 42 points ahead of David Ragan in the 12th position. The team will return to the track on Saturday, May 17th at Lowe’s Motor Speedway for the Sprint All-Star Challenge.
About Roush Fenway Racing
Roush Fenway Racing is NASCAR’s largest team operating 13 motorsports teams. Five in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series with drivers Matt Kenseth, Jamie McMurray, Greg Biffle, Carl Edwards and David Ragan; four in the Nationwide Series with Kenseth, Biffle, Edwards, McMurray, Ragan, Erik Darnell and Colin Braun; and three in the Craftsman Truck Series with Darnell, Braun, Kvapil, John Wes Townley and Bobby East; and one in the ARCA RE/MAX Series with Ricky Stenhouse Jr.