Daytona Beach, Fla. (July 5, 2008) – Greg Biffle and the No. 16 3M team came to Daytona this weekend hoping to bring home a solid finish that would help them maintain their position in the point standings. From the time they unloaded, it was clear they had an uphill battle ahead of them but as always, they were up for the challenge. Only 11 laps short of the halfway mark, Biffle tangled with Juan Pablo Montoya and made contact with the outside wall. The incident resulted in severe damage to the front end of the 3M Ford and Biffle did not return to the track. The 43rd place finish moves Biffle to 11th in the point standings.
Biffle was 25th fastest in the first practice session of the weekend on Thursday afternoon. Due to rain, that first session would be the only practice time the teams would get before qualifying on Friday and racing on Saturday night. Biffle turned in the 35th fastest lap in time trials for a starting position on the inside of row 18. He and the 3M team, however, remained optimistic about their chances in Saturday night’s race.
Shortly after the drop of the green flag, Biffle reported that the car felt like it had a lot of drag and was loose off of turn four. He remained near the rear of the field and was running 31st when the first caution of the day came out on lap 20. Biffle took the opportunity to pit for four tires, fuel, a wedge adjustment and tape on the grill to try to help reduce the drag. The crew sent him out 29th for the restart on lap 24.
Biffle hung right around the top-30 until the next caution on lap 44 when Ryan Newman spun. According to Biffle, the 3M Ford was loose everywhere on the track so the team added a little more tape to the grill to try to continue to reduce the drag. After four fresh tires and fuel, Biffle returned to the track in the 30th position for the restart on lap 47.
Just after the restart, Biffle began a steady climb through the field, racing as high as the 23rd position on lap 66. He was running 24th when he and Montoya made contact coming off of turn four on lap 69. Montoya caught Biffle’s right rear, sending him into the outside wall. Crew chief Greg Erwin instructed Biffle to take the 3M Ford to the garage for damage assessment. It was quickly determined that the damage could not be repaired at the track and the team prepared to load the car back onto the transporter. As Biffle was the first driver out of the race, he was credited with a 43rd place finish.
“I was just too tight coming off the corner,” said Biffle. “The 42 had a run on the outside of me and there was nothing I could do. I tried to keep the car down, but it just kept sliding up there. But, you know, it happens. It’s racing. He was up beside me and I just pushed up there. There was nothing I could do. I figured he’d give me a little break there, but we’re racing for last position back there, and he wants to go like heck every lap.”
Greg Biffle and the team are currently 11th in the point standings. They are 533 points out of the lead currently held by Kyle Busch and eight points ahead of Tony Stewart in the 12th position. They are, however, only 96 points out of the sixth position. The team will return to the track on Saturday, July 12th at Chicagoland Speedway.
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