Talladega, Ala. (April 27, 2008) – For Greg Biffle, who hasn’t completed all of the laps in a Sprint Cup race in Talladega since May of 2004, a 18th place finish with his American Red Cross/3M Ford Fusion was not terribly disappointing. He hung out around the back where he hoped to be safe from the big wreck for most of the race. Biffle was as high on the board as second at one point but eventually took home a 18th place finish. He moved up one position in the points to eighth where he is 97 points out of fifth and 199 points behind the leader.
After starting from the 31st position, Biffle fell back into a pack of five cars led by Jimmie Johnson in the rear of the field. He hung out there until the first caution on lap 19 and pitted for four tires and fuel. No adjustments were made as he was happy with the handling of the American Red Cross/3M Ford Fusion. He restarted 32nd on lap 23 and remained just outside of the top 30 for the next 38 laps until a round of green flag stops began on lap 61.
Biffle pitted for a green-flag stop on lap 61 and again ran just outside of the top 30 with another group of five cars until a second round of green flag stops began on lap 102. Biffle pitted for four tires, fuel and a wedge adjustment. The American Red Cross/3M Ford was listed 28th on the board when the green flag pit cycle was complete on lap 107 and was in the same position when a caution came out on lap 116.
The caution allowed Biffle to restart with the lead pack on lap 121 and he raced his way up to the 14th position before the next caution flag flew on lap 144. This time Biffle and the team opted for only right-side tires for the American Red Cross/3M Ford Fusion. The decision allowed Biffle to restart from the fourth position on lap 148. He immediately moved up to the second position behind Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and remained in the top 10 for the next eight laps.
Biffle unfortunately got shuffled out of the draft on the high side and was in the 23rd position when the next caution came out on lap 160. With few positions to lose, the team opted to pit for four fresh tires and additional tape on the grill. Biffle restarted from the 30th position on lap 163. He had made his way back into the top 20 just before a caution on lap 180 and restarted 20th with only five laps remaining. He again chose the outside line and was able to pick up four positions with the American Red Cross/3M Ford Fusion before the checkered flag dropped for a 16th place finish.
“Well, I’m just excited to finish a race here in Talladega,” said Biffle. “It’s been a few years since I’ve been able to say that and it feels pretty good to get out of a racecar that’s pretty much undamaged here in the garage. The American Red Cross Ford Fusion was decent all day and we were able to stay out of the wrecks, which is the most important thing. We survived Talladega and I think it might even be a good points day for us but I’m ready to go on to Richmond and Darlington.”
Greg Biffle and the 3M team moved to eighth in the point standings following their 18th place finish. They are 199 points out of the lead currently held by Jeff Burton and 119 points ahead of Juan Pablo Montoya in the 12th position. The team will return to the track on Saturday, May 3rd at Richmond International 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.