Pocono, Penn. (June 8, 2008) – As Pocono is not historically one of Greg Biffle’s best tracks, the 3M team went there this weekend hoping to come home simply with a solid finish and to maintain their points position. At one point in the race it seemed they would easily claim a top-five finish and hold on to their top-five position in the points. A late- race pit road speeding penalty prevented that but Biffle was able to hang on to a 15th place finish in the end. The 15th place finish moves the 3M team to seventh in the point standings.
After running 37th in the first practice session and qualifying 33rd that afternoon, the 3M team rebounded on Saturday with two solid practices sessions to make them one of the favorites in Sunday’s race. Biffle actually took the green flag from the 31st position as two cars ahead of him had to start in the rear of the field. He immediately began a steady climb through the field that saw him in the 33rd position when the first caution flag flew on lap 26.
Biffle brought the 3M Ford Fusion in for four tires, fuel, a wedge adjustment and an air pressure adjustment. The crew picked up five positions in the pits, sending Biffle out 28th for the restart on lap 31. Before the second caution came out on lap 39, Biffle had made his way to the 22nd position. This time the crew made a strategic move for only two tires, fuel and a wedge adjustment. By doing so, they picked up 10 positions and sent Biffle out 12th for the restart on lap 43.
On lap 50, Biffle made his way into the top 10 for the first time of the day. He dropped back to 14th after a pit stop on lap 58 for four tires and fuel as some teams opted not to pit but was back in the top 10 by lap 67. For nearly the next 100 laps Biffle would not be seen outside of the top 10 until he thought he had a tire going down on lap 164. He drove the 3M Ford Fusion into the top five on lap 100 and took the second position from Elliott Sadler on lap 116.
Biffle reported that he was a little tight in traffic and a little loose by himself but that he was pretty happy with the overall handling of the car. He pitted on lap 156 for four tires and fuel during a round of green flag stops and was running ninth eight laps later when he reported that he thought he had a flat tire. Biffle brought the 3M Ford Fusion to pit road for right-side tires and a splash of fuel. It was determined that the tire was not flat and unfortunately Biffle was penalized for being too fast while exiting pit road. The penalty was a drive down pit road at pit road speed which put Biffle one lap down in the 36th position.
Fortunately another round of green flag stops soon began and he was back on the lead lap when a caution came out on lap 177. This would be the final caution of the night and after some deliberation Biffle opted not to pit in order to gain track position. He restarted 15th on lap 181 and ran as high as 12th before taking a 15th place finish.
“Yeah, I had probably a third-place car,” said Biffle. “I couldn’t catch the 9. I couldn’t do anything with the 9, but I was a little better than the 20. I think the 3M Ford was a top-three car or a top-four car. I just screwed it up on pit road. I don’t know, something’s not right with the car. I don’t know what happens, we get close to the end of the race and it’s like something changes, either bump stops or something. But, it just got so loose I couldn’t drive it. I think a bump stop broke, maybe. But, we’ll get back and diagnose it, see why it got so loose, and then we’ll go to Michigan and see what we can do.”
Greg Biffle and the team are currently seventh in the point standings. They are 303 points out of the lead currently held by Kyle Busch and 167 points ahead of Tony Stewart in the 12th position. They are, however, only 19 points out of the fifth position. The team will return to the track on Sunday, June 15th at Michigan International 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.