Brooklyn, Mich. (June 15, 2008) – Greg Biffle and the Dish Network team went to Michigan this weekend with what the felt would be a top-five car. With about 20 laps remaining, it appeared that they would be correct. A miscue during a green-flag pit stop on lap 185, however, led to a drive-through penalty. Biffle and the team were able to get a 20th place finish at the end of the day but that was far from what they were working for this Sunday in Michigan. The 20th place finish puts the team eighth in the point standings.
Biffle was fifth fastest in practice on Friday. He went out 11th for qualifying later that afternoon and had the pole-sitting time when the rain came. The rain set in and qualifying was soon cancelled. The field would be set by points on Sunday afternoon and Biffle would start on the inside of row eight beside Jeff Gordon. After two solid practices on Saturday, Biffle and the team had justifiable confidence heading into Sunday’s 200-lap event.
Shortly after the drop of the green flag Biffle lost a few positions but ensured the team that the car was handling pretty well, he was just being cautious. On lap five, Biffle began a climb through the field that saw him in the seventh position when a round of green flag stops began on lap 37. Biffle brought the Dish Network Ford to pit road on lap 39 for four tires, fuel, a track bar adjustment and an air pressure adjustment. He was eighth on the board when the round of green flag stops was complete on lap 43.
Biffle maintained the eighth position through another round of green flag stops on lap 77 until a caution finally came out on lap 92 for debris. Biffle had reported that he was losing grip so the team opted for four tires, fuel, a wedge adjustment and a spring rubber adjustment. He restarted 12th on lap 96 as spring rubber adjustments often take a little extra time. Biffle drove the Dish Network Ford up to the sixth position before dropping back to eighth with a loose racecar on lap 124.
When another round of green flag pit stops began on lap 137, Biffle was still in the eighth position. He pitted on lap 139 for four tires, fuel, a wedge adjustment and an air pressure adjustment. Ten laps later, there was a caution for debris and he brought the Dish Network Ford back in for two tires and further adjustments as he felt that the car was losing grip.
Another long green-flag run followed and Biffle drove his way up to the fourth position which is where he was when a final round of green flag stops for fuel began on lap 183. Biffle pitted on lap 185 for two tires and fuel. Unfortunately the air hose got caught under the splitter on the front of the car and Biffle ran over it when he exited the pit box. This resulted in a pass-through penalty for the team and Biffle returned to the track in the 25th position, one lap down.
Biffle was ahead of the leader and thereby back on the lead lap when a final caution came out on lap 197. He pitted for four tires and returned to the track in the 24th position for the green/white/checker restart. Biffle was able to pick up four positions in the closing laps for a 20th place finish.
“The tire changer got his air hose hung up, I think, and left it out on pit road, and we ran it over,” said Biffle. “Hindsight, we did the same thing at Pocono, but we gained a bunch of positions by staying out on the track. We had enough fuel; we should’ve stayed on the track. We would’ve been fourth or fifth. It’s unfortunate for the team, we worked hard all weekend. We had a decent race today and could have had a good points day.”
Greg Biffle and the team are currently eighth in the point standings. They are 329 points out of the lead currently held by Kyle Busch and 120 points ahead of Clint Bowyer in the 12th position. They are, however, only 75 points out of the fifth position. The team will return to the track on Sunday, June 22nd at Infineon 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.