BIFFLE NETS TOP-10 IN SEASON OPENER AT DAYTONA INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY
DAYTONA, FL (February 16, 2008) – Greg Biffle and the No. 16 CitiFinancial team had high hopes heading into the season opening Camping World 300. After posting 13 top-10s in 2007, Biffle and crew chief Eddie Pardue looked to continue their track record of success in 2008. They did just that as Biffle finished 7th Saturday at Daytona International Speedway.
The CitiFinancial Ford Fusion unloaded strong, posting the fifth fastest lap in first practice and the fourth fastest in final practice. Biffle qualified 25th and thought he had a car to beat come race time. “We’re not very fast by ourselves but the CitiFinancial Ford Fusion drafts really well. We knew we weren’t going to contend for the pole – we’re focused on the race,” said Biffle.
Early in the race, Biffle said the CitiFinancial Ford Fusion was “driving pretty good.” Tight conditions soon set in and Biffle began falling through the field. Running 30th on lap 12, Biffle told the CitiFinancial team he was “a little tight on the bottom.” As the laps ran on, the car got worse and on lap 27, Biffle told Pardue, “I can’t drive it Eddie.”
Without a caution, green flag pit stops began. Biffle brought the CitiFinancial Ford Fusion down pit road on lap 37 and the crew gave him four fresh Goodyear tires, an air pressure adjustment and a track bar adjustment. The entire field circled through and when everything cycled out on lap 40, Biffle was shown in 20th. Biffle said the car was “a little better” as he slowly made his way through the field.
He was running 18th when the CitiFinancial Ford Fusion was caught in an incident on lap 53. After looking the car over, the CitiFinancial team learned there was minor body damage to the right rear. Biffle came down pit road twice under the caution period. After having the right rear quarter panel taped up and receiving four fresh tires, Biffle was back on the track. The CitiFinancial Ford Fusion restarted 23rd on lap 58. Up to 20th on lap 65, Biffle reported he was “just a little bit tight.”
The next chance to adjust on the car came when the caution flew on lap 78. Running 19th and still reporting tight conditions, Biffle and Pardue decided on four tires and a wedge adjustment. Biffle restarted 18th and quickly made his way toward the top 10. Final adjustments were made under caution on lap 96. Still just a little tight, Pardue called for four tires and another wedge adjustment. After a solid pit stop, the CitiFinancial Ford Fusion restarted 10th with just 20 laps to go. Biffle charged through the field and when the checkered flag flew, the No. 16 CitiFinancial Ford Fusion finished 7th.
"We knew our CitiFinancial Ford Fusion was not the best race car out there, but my crew guys did an awesome job making adjustments to keep us near the top,” said Biffle. “They worked real hard and the car was starting to come around near the end and we just ran out of time. I brushed the wall on the one caution that caused some damage to the right rear, but it wasn't enough damage to take us out of the race. The guys fixed it and we didn't have any problems after that. We had a good top 10 run and that's a good way to start the year."
Biffle and the No. 16 CitiFinancial Ford Fusion will be back on track March 1 for the Sam’s Town 300 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
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 and Joey Clanton; and one in the ARCA RE/MAX Series with Ricky Stenhouse Jr.