Bristol, Tenn. (August 23, 2008) – With three races remaining until the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, Greg Biffle and the No. 16 team were looking for a solid finish at Bristol. The 11th place finish that they left Tennessee with at the end of the night was just enough to help them keep their points position. After a long night of working on the Dish Turbo HD Ford and avoiding accidents, the team took home a solid 11th place finish and remains seventh in the point standings.
Biffle was fourth in the first practice on Friday and turned in the 14th fastest lap time in qualifying for a starting position on the outside of row seven. After the green flag dropped, Biffle fell back a little with a loose racecar and was running 14th when the first caution of the night came out on lap 97. Biffle brought the Dish Turbo HD Ford in for four tires, fuel, a wedge adjustment and an air pressure adjustment on lap 99.
The crew sent Biffle right back out in the 14th position for the restart on lap 104. He made a steady climb to the 11th position before the next caution on lap 196. Biffle let the team know that the Dish Turbo HD Ford was still just a little too loose and they made the necessary adjustments during a pit stop on lap 202. The crew picked up one position in the pits and sent Biffle out 10th for the restart on lap 206. A multi-car incident brought out the yellow and eventually the red flag on lap 217.
A few of the teams who were still on the lead lap opted to pit before green-flag racing resumed on lap 222 but Biffle stayed out and restarted eighth. A few of the drivers with fresher tires began to make their way by and Biffle found himself back in the 15th position when the next caution came out on lap 281. This time he took the opportunity to pit for four tires, fuel, a wedge adjustment and an air pressure adjustment.
Biffle restarted 12th on lap 294 which was a gain of three positions by the crew in the pits. After another pit stop on lap 345 for four fresh tires, fuel and another air pressure adjustment Biffle made his way to the 11th position. During the next stop on lap 366, however, the team opted for only right-side tires and Biffle began to lose ground on the teams with four fresh tires. He was running in the 13th position when a caution on lap 451 allowed him to make his final pit stop for four fresh tires and a wedge adjustment.
The pit crew picked up two positions in the pits as Biffle restarted 11th on lap 458. He was able to maintain the 11th position throughout the closing laps and finished alongside three of his teammates when the checkered flag dropped. Matt Kenseth took ninth, David Ragan finished 10th and Jamie McMurray took home a 12th-place finish.
“We had a decent car tonight,” said Biffle. “The Dish Turbo HD Ford Fusion probably wasn’t quite good enough for the win but we were able to get a solid finish and maintain our points position. We’ve got two good tracks ahead of us before the Chase starts and I really feel confident that this team can secure our position before we get to Richmond.”
Greg Biffle and the 3M/Dish Network team are currently seventh in the point standings. They are 625 points out of the lead currently held by Kyle Busch and 141 points ahead of David Ragan in the 13th position. They are only 29 points behind Tony Stewart in the sixth position. The team will return to the track on Sunday, August 31st at Auto Club 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, Kvapil, John Wes Townley and Bobby East; and one in the ARCA RE/MAX Series with Ricky Stenhouse Jr.