Bristol, Tenn. (March 16, 2008) – Greg Biffle and the No. 16 3M/Jackson Hewitt team captured their third top-five finish in a row this weekend when Biffle drove the Jackson Hewitt Ford to a fourth place finish. With qualifying rained out, the field started by points for the second time this season. This put Biffle on the outside of row seven for the green flag. He broke into the top 10 just before the first caution on lap 51 and did not drop out of the top 10 from that point forward. Patience and perseverance by the driver and the team allowed them to finish fourth with all four fenders in what is characteristically a treacherous race. Biffle and the team remain second in the point standings but gained 43 points on leader Kyle Busch.
Biffle and the team seemed happy with their practice times and worked on fine-tuning the Jackson Hewitt Ford Fusion in happy hour. Qualifying was rained out on Friday afternoon causing the field to start by the 2007 final point standings. Biffle took the green flag from the 14th position on a brisk Sunday afternoon in Bristol, Tennessee. He had driven to the 10th position when the first caution came out on lap 51.
Although the car was a little loose, the team opted to make no changes and sent Biffle out with four fresh tires and fuel in the ninth position for the restart on lap 58. He picked up one position before a caution for debris on lap 93 allowed him to pit for a minor track bar adjustment. The adjustment didn’t seem to help the handling much as Biffle soon reported that the car was still a little to loose entering the corners. He was able to grab the seventh position from Kyle Busch on lap 148 and keep it until the next caution on lap 190.
Over the course of the long green flag run, Biffle seemed happier with the handling of the Jackson Hewitt Ford and opted for no changes during the pit stop on lap 193. The team sent him right back out in the seventh position for the restart on lap 197. Biffle lost a couple of positions during the long green flag run that followed and radioed the team to let them know the loose condition entering the corners had worsened.
Biffle was running ninth when Dario Franchitti spun and brought out a caution on lap 279. This time Biffle pitted for four tires, fuel, a wedge adjustment and an air pressure adjustment. These adjustments seemed to do the trick because after restarting eighth on lap 287 Biffle gradually drove his way up to the fourth position.
The team made one more four-tire pit stop on lap 378, sending the Jackson Hewitt Ford out fifth for the restart on lap 381. Biffle reported that the car was a little loose and fell back to the seventh position before taking on only two tires during the team’s final pit stop of the day. The strategic move sent Biffle out fifth where he lost only one position on lap 497 to Jeff Burton who had four fresh tires. This put Biffle in the sixth position when the final caution flag of the day flew on lap 499.
The field restarted on lap 504 and Biffle was able to get by Denny Hamlin and Dale Earnhardt, Jr. in the final two laps for a fourth place finish.
“Taking two tires on that last stop helped us a tremendous amount,” said Biffle. “We knew track position is everything at Bristol. If those cautions wouldn’t have come out at the end, we certainly would have been a couple of spots better, but it was a great day for the Jackson Hewitt Ford Fusion. We just used our heads. We were real smart on pit road and had great pit stops today. We just hung in there, but I kind of waited too long, I think, to put the pressure on.”
Greg Biffle and the 3M/Jackson Hewitt team remain second in the point standings. They are only 30 points out of the lead currently held by Kyle Busch and 157 points ahead of Martin Truex, Jr. in the 12th position. The team will return to the track on Sunday, March 30th at Martinsville Speedway.
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.