Las Vegas, Nev. (March 1st, 2009) – Early in the 285-lap event, it appeared that Greg Biffle and the 3M Ford Fusion were the ones to beat. Biffle took the lead on lap 85 and retained it for 40 laps. He remained in the top 10 until a caution came out while he was in the pits for a green flag stop on lap 220. Biffle started at the tail end of the lead lap in front of the leaders and stayed ahead of the leaders to remain on the lead lap. When a caution finally came out, there were 25 laps remaining. Biffle was able to pick up eight spots in the closing laps for a seventh place finish. Biffle and the 3M team remain fourth in the point standings after their Vegas finish.
After turning in the 10th-fastest practice time on Friday, Biffle qualified 24th for the race during time trials that afternoon. On Saturday, Biffle was second in the first practice and 12th in Happy Hour. He and the team seemed confident that they had a top-five car and began final preparations for Sunday’s main event.
Biffle quickly began his ascension through the field after the drop of the green flag. He was 22nd when his teammate Matt Kenseth had an engine failure on lap six and brought out the second caution of the day. Biffle and the rest of the front runners opted not to pit and remained on the track for the restart on lap 10. A long green-flag run ensued and Biffle finally pitted for the first time under green on lap 52 while running seventh
Biffle was happy with the car so it was just four tires and fuel for the 3M Ford Fusion. He was fifth on the board when the round of green flag stops was complete on lap 58. Biffle remained in the top five through another pit stop on lap 75 and took the lead from Kevin Harvick on lap 85. He was able to keep the lead until a pit stop following a caution on lap 123. Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson beat him out by taking only two tires. Biffle opted for four tires, fuel and a track bar adjustment as he had reported that the car was a tiny bit loose.
Green-flag racing resumed on lap 131 and Biffle was in the third position. He remained third until a caution on lap 163 allowed him to pit for four tires and fuel. The 3M crew sent him back out ahead of Gordon and Johnson but fourth in line as three teams took only two tires. The field restarted on lap 175 and Biffle reported that the engine was sputtering a little in the corners. As Kenseth and David Ragan had both had engine failures, Biffle knew he would have to take care of his engine as much as possible throughout the remaining laps.
Biffle fell back a little and was running sixth when a second round of green-flag stops began on lap 219. He brought the 3M Ford to pit road for four tires, fuel, a track bar adjustment and an air pressure adjustment on lap 220. The caution came out while he was on pit road which put him 15th at the tail end of the lead lap in front of the leader for the restart on lap 225. He was able to stay in front of the leader until a caution on lap 259 allowed him to pit and restart in the 13th position near the end of the lead lap cars.
Following that restart on lap 262, Biffle was able to pick up six positions before the checkered flag dropped for a seventh place finish.
“Well, I know the 3M Ford Fusion was the fastest car out there today,” said Biffle. “It’s unfortunate that the caution came out while we were in the pits but we can leave knowing that we had the best car out there. This one got away from us and so did last week’s race in California. One of these days the chips are going to fall our way and we’re going to bring home a trophy. I think that will be sooner than later and I’m excited for this team and the way we are running.”
Following their seventh place finish in Vegas, Greg Biffle and the 3M team remain fourth in the Sprint Cup point standings. They are 40 points behind points-leader Jeff Gordon. The 3M team will return to the track next Sunday, March 8th at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
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.