Denton, Texas – If you've ever had a day when it seemed that everything that could go wrong did, then you have an idea of how the Samsung 500 went for the No. 16 Dish Network team. After encountering an ill-handling racecar, a failing engine and a loose lugnut, the team finished the race in the 39th position. The 39th place finished dropped the team to ninth in the point standings where the hold the same amount of points as the 12 team of Ryan Newman. As Newman has one win, however, he takes the eighth spot.
Biffle qualified 16th and was a top-five driver in practice on Saturday which made the events that unfolded on Sunday even more unpredictable. Biffle and the team seemed confident on Sunday morning that they would be top contenders for a set of cowboy hats. Shortly after the drop of the green flag, however, Biffle reported that the car was aero-tight. Despite the ill-handling car, he picked up nine positions before the first caution on lap 28.
The team opted for four tires and fuel with no adjustments to the No. 16 Dish Network Ford Fusion. Biffle restarted sixth on lap 33 and drove up to the fourth position before a round of green flag stops began on lap 79. He and the team decided to pit on lap 83 for four tires, fuel, a wedge adjustment and an air pressure adjustment. Biffle was in the sixth position when the round of green flag stops was complete on lap 87.
It was at this point in the race that handling really became an issue and Biffle thought they may even have to make an unscheduled pit stop to make further adjustments on the car. A caution on lap 108, however, prevented the team from having to do that and Biffle pitted for four tires, fuel and another round of wedge and air pressure adjustments. He entered the pits in the seventh position and the team sent him right back out in seventh for the restart on lap 113.
Biffle and the team struggled with the handling of the car for the next 120 laps and four additional sets of adjustments with little progress. Following a stop on lap 231, Biffle reported a loose wheel and pitted for four tires. The stop put Biffle two laps down in the 27th position but that was the least of their worries. On lap 253, Biffle reported that he thought the engine was failing and he would need to take the car to the garage for repair.
Despite the failing engine, Biffle stayed on the track for 43 more laps to try to maintain a top-30 position. On lap 296, however, Biffle took the Dish Network Ford to the garage for engine repair where he remained for the next 23 laps. The crew worked diligently and sent Biffle back onto the track on lap 319 in the 39th position. Biffle rode out the rest of the laps as he and crew chief Greg Erwin went over the events of the day on the radio. As Biffle was the only driver on his particular lap, no positions were to be gained and he was credited with a 39th place finish.
Greg Biffle and the 3M/Dish Network team moved to eighth in the point standings following their 39th place finish. They are 164 points out of the lead currently held by Jeff Burton and 27 points ahead of Kasey Kahne in the 12th position. The team will return to the track on Saturday, April 12th at Phoenix International Raceway.
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.