Avondale, AZ. (November 11, 2012) – Greg Biffle started 20th today in Phoenix but had a top-five in his sights when he restarted seventh for the green/white/checker finish. Coming to the checkered flag, however, he got into oil that was leaking from Danica Patrick’s car and lost control of the Filtrete Ford. Despite severe damage to the car, Biffle was able to steer it to a seventh-place finish. He moved up three positions to seventh in the point standings with today’s top-10 result.
After turning in the 11th-fastest lap time early in the first practice, Biffle got loose and made contact with the wall late in the session. The crew worked hard to fix the damage before qualifying and succeeded with the repairs just in time. The Filtrete Ford was still a little too loose and Biffle’s lap time put him 20th on the starting grid.
Early in the race, Biffle reported that the car was too tight and “chattering” the front tires. The crew worked tirelessly along with Biffle throughout the first third of the race to correct the handling of the Filtrete Ford. Following a green-flag stop on lap 126, Biffle was running 24th and went one lap down.
By lap 273, Biffle had made his way up to 20th and capitalized on being in the Lucky Dog position when the caution came out. He pitted for four tires, fuel and a final air pressure adjustment. After the restart on lap 277, he reported that the car was handling pretty well. When the fight-inducing caution came out on lap 311 due to contact between the cars of Jeff Gordon and Clint Bowyer, Biffle was seventh on the board.
The red flag was put out but when the green flag finally dropped for a green/white/checker finish, Biffle had a top-five finish at his fingertips. Just before the white flag flew, however, Patrick had an issue with her car that caused it to leak oil onto the track. As Biffle and the remainder of the frontrunners made their final lap, many of them fell victim to the slick surface and lost control of their cars. Biffle made heavy contact with the wall, but managed to steer his mangled Filtrete Ford across the finish line. He was credited with a seventh-place finish.
“I took a pretty hard hit right there at the end but, other than that, it was actually a hard-fought day,” said Biffle. “We came back from not have a very good car to being really good. We kept working on it and working on it and I never thought we’d get that good. We probably had a car that could run with the leaders at the end. That’s remarkable. I don’t know what happened at the end but I think the 10 car blew up.”
Next up, the Sprint Cup Series will head to Homestead-Miami Speedway for the Ford EcoBoost 400. Coverage for the Ford EcoBoost 400 begins at 2:00 pm ET on Sunday, November 18th on ESPN.