Kansas City, K.S. (October 22, 2012) – With a newly repaved track surface at Kansas, teams headed out for two days of testing before kicking off the official race weekend. Biffle was one of the fastest cars in testing and carried over that momentum into race practice. Biffle qualified his Sherwin Williams Ford 11th and spent the first half of the race solidly in the top five. Even a pit road speeding penalty couldn’t slow him down. While running third, and turning out some of the fastest lap times, Biffle lost control and slapped the wall. After extensive repairs in the garage he returned to the track to earn a 27th-place finish.
Kansas Speedway repaved and added additional banking to the 1.5-mile track surface, opening a big unknown to teams. NASCAR held an open test on Wednesday and Thursday prior to the race weekend so everyone could get a feel for the new track surface. On day one Biffle turned out the fastest lap time and seemed to take a liking to the new track surface. On Friday Biffle qualified his Sherwin Williams Ford 11th and was ready for 400 miles on Sunday.
From the drop of the green flag Biffle reported his was a little bit free but by lap 25 was running inside the top five on the track. By the third caution of the day Biffle was up to third and came down pit road for two right side tires and fuel. Unfortunately, he was a little too fast exiting and received a penalty. With nothing to lose, crew chief Matt Puccia called him back down pit road for left side tires and a splash of fuel. Biffle started at the back of the pack, but by lap 121 he was back up in the top 10.
The race was caution-filled as seemly everyone was making contact with the outside wall, and the same came true for the No. 16 team. Without warning on lap 176 Biffle hit the wall off of turn four. The damage was too severe to fix on pit road, so Biffle was forced to take his Sherwin Williams Ford to the garage. The 3M Pit Bulls were able to make the necessary repairs to get Biffle back out on the track. Biffle was able to pick up a few spots in the closing laps to cross the finish line 27th, 40 laps down to his race winning teammate Matt Kenseth.
“I lost it man,” said Biffle after the race. “It got away from me off of four there and we wrecked it. The hard tires contribute and the new pavement contributed to the amount of cautions today. I knew it was going to be like that and the Nationwide race was kind of like that but I didn’t plan on it being me. I don’t know what happened. That is the thing; they get away from you so quick. I had no indication, no little wiggle, no sideways anything. It just took off. It just got away from me and it killed our day.”
Next up, the Sprint Cup Series will head to Martinsville Speedway for the Tums Fast Relief 500. Coverage begins at 1:00pm ET on Sunday, October 28th on ESPN.