Greg Biffle, No. 16 CitiFinancial Ford Fusion
BRISTOL, TN (March 16, 2008) – Greg Biffle and the No. 16 CitiFinancial team headed to Bristol Motor Speedway this weekend for what would turn out to be a rain-soaked and shortened Sharpie MINI 300. Rain washed out all on-track activity for the Nationwide cars on Friday. Qualifying was cancelled and the field was set according to owner’s points, lining Biffle up 12th. Rain showed up again on Saturday, first delaying the start of the race and then ending it after only 171 of 300 scheduled laps. When NASCAR called the race, Biffle was 13th.
Saturday morning the Nationwide cars got on track for the first time. During that session, Biffle said the CitiFinancial Ford Fusion was “effortless to drive.” Excited about their chances for the win, Biffle and the CitiFinancial team got ready for the race hoping the rain would hold off.
After a two hour rain delay, the Sharpie MINI finally got underway. Early in the race, Biffle said the CitiFinancial Ford Fusion was “not bad, just a little loose in.” Biffle was up to 10th when NASCAR threw a “competition caution” and the CitiFinancial Ford Fusion came down pit road for the first time. Biffle received four fresh tires and a track bar adjustment and restarted 10th on lap 51. After staying out under the next two cautions, Biffle was up to 3rd on lap 97. Off cycle on pit stops and running on old tires, Biffle had fallen to 9th when the next caution came out on lap 163. The CitiFinancial Ford Fusion visited pit road once more and the crew gave him four fresh tires and another track bar adjustment.
Shortly after the restart, rain set in and the race was red flagged. The track was almost dry when rain started up again. With no sign of the weather clearing up, NASCAR called the race official and Biffle finished 13th.
“I really hate that we couldn’t finish it,” said Biffle. “We had just pitted when the rain started. The CitiFinancial Ford Fusion is a lot better than 13th. We were setting ourselves up to be out front at the end after 300 laps, not 170. It’s frustrating but there’s nothing we can do about it. The guys worked really hard and built me a great car. It’s just too bad we didn’t get the chance to show it today.”
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