Talladega, Ala. (April 26th, 2009) – After successfully making his way through or around every wreck, Greg Biffle drove the 3M Ford Fusion to a seventh-place finish. Biffle started on the outside of the front row and ran a safe race by doing everything he could to keep his car out of harm’s way. He restarted 19th with only four laps remaining and avoided the spinning machine of Carl Edwards on the final lap for a top-10 finish. The seventh-place finish moved Biffle up four positions in the point standings to 10th.
After running competitive lap times in Friday’s practice sessions, Biffle was able to put the 3M Ford Fusion on the outside pole Saturday afternoon in Talladega. The second-place qualifying effort gave Biffle his best-ever starting position at Alabama’s superspeedway. With Juan Pablo Montoya to his inside, Biffle took the green flag on Sunday afternoon.
Biffle had dropped back to 14th when the first multi-car incident of the day unfolded right in front of him on lap six. He dodged the incident and brought the 3M Ford to the pits on lap 11 after staying out to lead one lap. He took four tires and fuel and restarted 16th on lap 12. When racing got a little dicey around him, Biffle opted to drop back and hang out near the rear of the pack. This proved to be a successful plan throughout the race as most of the on-track incidents occurred at the front or middle of the pack.
Over the next 130 laps, Biffle pitted five more times but was so happy with the handling of the 3M Ford that only one minor wedge adjustment was made during those pit stops. He was running 13th when a caution for debris on lap 146 allowed him to make a strategic two-tire pit stop. When green-flag racing resumed on lap 150, Biffle was fifth on the board.
Biffle initially took off with the lead pack but again dropped back when the racing at the front of the pack got a little too hectic. The decision again paid off when he was able to avoid another mulit-car incident that occurred near the front of the field on lap 179 as he was running 19th. Biffle did, however, skid the tires on the 3M Ford in order to avoid the wreckage resulting in a necessary trip to pit road for four fresh Goodyears.
Unfortunately, NASCAR ruled that Biffle was too fast exiting pit road and he would have to restart at the end of the field. With several of the lapped cars letting him by and several cars out of the race, Biffle was still able to restart for the final four laps from the 19th position. In the closing laps Biffle made a strong run for the front and narrowly avoided contact with an out-of-control Carl Edwards for a seventh-place finish.
“This feels like a victory,” said Biffle. “A seventh-place finish, we did what we planned. We stayed out of the wrecks all day and kept the 3M Ford Fusion car looking clean. There isn’t a scratch on that thing other than other people’s metal flying through the air. We had a good car to run at the end and we finished seventh.”
Following their seventh-place finish in Talladega, Greg Biffle and the 3M team moved up to 10th in the Sprint Cup point standings. They are 218 points behind leader Kurt Busch but 48 points ahead of 13th. The 3M team will return to the track on Saturday, May 2nd at Richmond International Raceway.
About Roush Fenway Racing
Roush Fenway Racing operates 9 full-time motorsports teams, five in NASCAR Sprint Cup with drivers Matt Kenseth, Jamie McMurray, Greg Biffle, Carl Edwards and David Ragan; Three in the Nationwide Series with Kenseth, Biffle, Edwards, McMurray, Ragan, Erik Darnell, Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. and Colin Braun; and one in the Camping World Truck Series with Braun.