Brooklyn, Mich. (June 14, 2009) – When asked which is his favorite track on the circuit, Biffle often replies that it is Michigan and then attributes that to the success he has had at the two-mile oval. He and the 3M team nearly added another win to those impressive stats this Sunday but ran less than one lap short on fuel. Biffle ran second to Jimmie Johnson for most of the race but had the lead with less than 10 laps remaining. Johnson got by with five laps to go but ran out of fuel just before the white flag. Biffle then had the lead but also came up short of fuel on the final lap. He was, however, able to coast to a fifth-place finish and remain seventh in the point standings.
Biffle was in the top 10 in every practice session over the course of the weekend and seemed very happy with the car in race trim. He qualified 20th during time trials on Friday, which was not where the 3M team had expected but they got back to work on preparations for Sunday’s race. Following Happy Hour on Saturday, Biffle and the team knew they had a top-five car and they would prove to be correct.
When the green flag dropped on Sunday, Biffle was on the outside of row 10 and began a rapid climb through the field. He had picked up 14 positions by the time the first round of green-flag pit stops began on lap 36. Biffle was running in the fifth position when the green flag stops were complete on lap 42 and then continued his climb through the field. He took over the second position around lap 50 and kept it for the next 100 laps other than during another round of green-flag pit stops.
Biffle had reported that the car was a little loose while maintaining the second spot behind Johnson. On lap 150, the third and final caution of the day came out allowing Biffle to pit for four tires, fuel and a track bar adjustment. The 3M pit crew knocked out the stop in 12.88 seconds and sent Biffle out in the lead. The field restarted with 44 laps remaining and crew chief Greg Erwin informed Biffle that he was a little short on fuel and would need to conserve as much as he could.
Over the next 35 laps Biffle maintained the lead while still conserving as much fuel as possible. On lap 195, however, Johnson claimed the lead. Three laps later Johnson ran out of fuel and Biffle was out in front again. Unfortunately, the battle with Johnson for the lead left Biffle just a little short on fuel and he informed the team that he was out of gas as he was making his final lap of the race. Four drivers were able to get by Biffle before he took the checkered flag and he was credited with a fifth place finish.
“We had to save that whole round,” said Biffle. “We were a couple of laps short. We would’ve made it, but the 48 came up there and put pressure on us. I felt like I had a faster car than the 48, but I knew running that pace we weren’t going to make it, so I backed it off a little bit and I saw the 48 was a little loose, and I asked [Greg] Erwin if I could run him down, because I think I can beat him, and he said, ‘Go for it.’ There were only three laps left, but if I would’ve let the 48 go – if I would’ve stayed with my program, I would’ve made it, no problem. I don’t know if I would’ve beat the 5, though, because I would’ve had to pick it up when he came along. But, overall, it was a good run for us. I’m really excited about how our 3M Ford car ran up here at Michigan. It’s unfortunate that it came down to that; I think we had a really good car for today.”
Greg Biffle and the 3M team remain seventh in the Sprint Cup point standings following their fifth-place finish in Michigan. They are 276 points behind leader Tony Stewart but 106 points ahead of 13th. The 3M team will return to the track on Sunday, June 21st at Infineon Raceway.
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