Sonoma, Cal.(June 22, 2008) – This weekend the 3M team prepared for one of the two road course races on the schedule. Driver Greg Biffle’s two most recent finishes at Infineon were fourth in 2006 and fifth in 2007 so the team knew a top-five finish was not an unreasonable goal. Biffle qualified 10th and took the lead on lap 32 when he pitted just before the caution came out. Unfortunately, he spun off of the track just after the restart and was 30th as the field completed lap 33. He and the team fought their way back into the top-15 on lap 100 and picked up four spots in the closing laps for an 11th place finish. The 11th place finish moves Biffle and the 3M team up to seventh in the point standings.
Biffle, crew chief Greg Erwin and the team had tested the Infineon car at Road Atlanta earlier this year and felt they were ready for the northern California road course. Biffle was solid in practice and qualified 10th on Friday afternoon. Happy with their starting position, the team fine-tuned the car on Saturday and felt a top-10 finish was easily within reach.
Shortly after the drop of the green flag, Biffle made his way to the eighth position but dropped back a little after reporting to the team that he wanted to take it easy on the brakes. He was running ninth when a round of green flag stops began on lap 25. Biffle brought the 3M Ford to pit road on lap 25 for four tires and fuel. No adjustments were made as he seemed happy with the car’s handling.
The first caution of the day came out on lap 30 and as Biffle had just pitted, he stayed out and restarted in the lead on lap 32. Shortly after the restart, however, Biffle spun between turns one and two. When he got back on track, he was in the 30th position. He was able to drive up to the 25th position before another round of green flag stops began on lap 66. Biffle brought the 3M Ford to the pits for four tires, fuel and an air pressure adjustment as he had reported that the car was lacking overall grip.
The 3M pit crew sent Biffle back out onto the track where he began to make his way through the field. The second caution of the day came out on lap 69 allowing Biffle to again stay out to gain track position. He restarted 17th on lap 74 and made his way into the top 15 on lap 100. He would not go to pit road again despite three more cautions in the final 12 laps. He restarted 12th after the final caution for a green/white/checker finish on lap 110 and got by Dale Earnhardt, Jr. for 11th on the final lap.
“I had a good car,” said Biffle. “I probably stood a chance at winning if I could’ve gotten out front. But, I just screwed up. That’s all there is too it. I feel bad for the guys, real bad for 3M, and everybody who works so hard on these cars. We did our pit strategy right, we got the lead, and I just drove off the track on the green flag.”
Greg Biffle and the team are currently seventh in the point standings. They are 389 points out of the lead currently held by Kyle Busch and 127 points ahead of Matt Kenseth in the 12th position. They are, however, only 63 points out of the fifth position. The team will return to the track on Sunday, June 29th at New Hampshire Motor 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.