Richmond, Va. (May 3, 2008) – Greg Biffle felt he had a top-10 car heading into the Saturday night race at Richmond International Raceway and at the halfway point of the 400-lap event it looked like he just might. Biffle started 23rd, made his way into the top 10 on lap 197 but had to settle for a 14th place finish in the end as his brakes were failing. The 14th place finish puts Biffle ninth in the point standings.
Although Biffle was not at the top of the speed chart following the weekend’s only practice session on Friday afternoon, he and the team still felt they would be a top-10 competitor. An early qualifying draw put them at a bit of a disadvantage, however, and Biffle turned in the 23rd fastest lap in time trials on Friday evening. As it was an impound race, no major adjustments could be made before the start of the race and the team was prepared to work with what they had.
Biffle started on the inside of row 11 next to teammate Matt Kenseth. By the time the first caution flag flew on lap 64, Biffle had made his way to the 19th position. He radioed the team to let them know that the Dish Network Ford was tight through the center of the corners and loose on exit. They decided to go with a wedge adjustment, an air pressure adjustment and four fresh tires. The crew picked up four positions in the pits, sending Biffle out 15th for the restart on lap 70.
It was becoming clear that Biffle’s car would improve throughout a green flag run but that he struggled a little after the restarts. He was able to pick up two positions, however, before the next caution on lap 128. He reported that the Dish Network Ford was loose in turns one and two, tight through the middle and that the brakes were starting to vibrate a little. He pitted for four tires, fuel, a track bar adjustment and an air pressure adjustment. The team picked up two positions in the pits and Biffle restarted 11th on lap 133.
Biffle got by Tony Stewart for 10th on lap 197 and remained in the top 10 until lap 243 when he lost several positions to drivers who had opted to pit during a caution on lap 234. Biffle and the team had decided to stay out and dropped to 13th before a caution on lap 260 allowed them to pit for four fresh tires and a wedge adjustment. Biffle returned to the track in the 13th position for the restart on lap 266.
Shortly after the restart Biffle lost a couple more positions but had driven back up to 13th when an incident involving Casey Mears and Michael Waltrip brought out a caution on lap 351. Biffle brought the Dish Network Ford in for four tires and fuel but a stray lugnut kept him in the pits for and extended stop. He restarted 16th on lap 370 and began reporting that the brake vibration was now becoming the beginnings of a brake failure. He was able to hold on, however, and pick up two positions on the final lap for a 14th place finish.
“It was a long night,” said Biffle. “I had a really good car. I probably had a top-five car, but I lost my brakes. About halfway through they started fading and then three-quarters of the way – the last 50 laps – I had no brakes. I just got back off the gas, coasted in the corner and that’s all I could do. I just ended up where I did and ended up 14th, so I can’t complain.”
Greg Biffle and the team moved to ninth in the point standings following their 14th place finish. They are 226 points out of the lead currently held by Kyle Busch and 107 points ahead of Kasey Kahne in the 12th position. The team will return to the track on Saturday, May 10th at Darlington Raceway.
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.