Brooklyn, Mich. (June 12, 2010) – As Michigan is a place where Greg Biffle and the Roush Fenway organization as a whole have had success, it is a bright spot in the schedule. The No. 16 3M team needed a bright spot after taking home wrecked racecars two weeks in a row. Biffle started 16th in Michigan and was in the top 10 by lap 34. He made his way into the top five during a round of green-flag pit stops on lap 141 and remained there until the closing laps. A caution came out with 19 laps remaining and Biffle opted to stay out to retain track position. He restarted fifth but several of the drivers behind him pitted for fresh tires. Four of them were able to get by before the checkered flag, and Biffle was credited with a ninth-place finish. He moved up one position to ninth in the point standings.
Biffle started on the outside of row eight and picked up five positions before the first caution on lap 18. He had reported that the car was a little too loose so crew chief Greg Erwin opted for a track bar adjustment. Biffle restarted 13th on lap 22 but was in the top 10 only 12 laps later. A caution on lap 47 allowed him to pit for another round of adjustments as the car had become too tight.
When the field restarted on lap 51, Biffle was back in the 10th position. Unfortunately, the last adjustment had made the car too loose again but he was able to hold his position for several laps and through a round of green-flag pit stops. The car, however, was still too loose and it wasn’t until a caution on lap 98 that the 3M team was able to make the necessary adjustments.
At some point in the race, damage had been done to the nose of the 3M Ford and the team was able to fix it during the yellow-flag pit stop on lap 100. Shortly after Biffle restarted 19th on lap 103, it was clear the handling of the car had improved. He was back in the top 10 on lap 119 and had made his way up to seventh when a second round of green-flag pit stops began on lap 135.
Biffle pitted on lap 139 for four tires, fuel, a track bar adjustment and an air pressure adjustment. He was fifth when the green-flag stops were complete on lap 143 and maintained that position until a third and final round of green-flag pit stops began on lap 165. Biffle reported that the car had gotten too loose again, so another set of track bar and air pressure adjustments were made on lap 176.
The report for the 3M Ford was that the car was now too tight. On lap 181 a caution came out for debris and a decision had to be made. To pit or not to pit, that was the question. The leaders stayed out and Biffle opted not to pit at the last minute as four other drivers stayed out behind him. The field restarted with 14 laps remaining and Biffle dropped back to 10th before coming back to pass Joey Logano on the final lap for a ninth-place finish.
“I felt comfortable with the car and I felt that if I could get out front then I could run with the leader,” said Biffle. “I know we can just from looking at the lap times. When you aren’t fast enough you can’t get track position and you can’t get there. We definitely have the power now. The power is there, we just need to work and get the car handling better. If we do that we should be able to get things figured out.”
Biffle and the 3M team are now ninth in the point standings and are currently 304 points behind Harvick who retained the lead (a gain of 32 points from last week). They have an 82-point advantage on Clint Bowyer in 13th place (a gain of 40 points from last week). The team will return to the track on Sunday, June 20th at Infineon Raceway.
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