Homestead, Fla. (November 18, 2007) – Greg Biffle went to Homestead-Miami Speedway this weekend as the three-time defending race winner. He and the team both felt the excitement and pressure to make it four in a row. They turned in a 37th place qualifying effort on Friday, setting themselves up for a challenge on Sunday. Biffle picked up several positions quickly at the start of the race but ran right around the top 15 for most of the day as the team struggled with an ill-handling racecar. Biffle held on for a 13th place finish and ended the season 14th in the point standings.
While their practice results weren’t exactly what they were looking for, Biffle and the team were still optimistic as the green flag dropped on Sunday. By lap 10, Biffle had picked up 10 positions and seemed very happy with the Dish Network Ford Fusion. When a round of green flag pit stops began on lap 48, Biffle was 19th on the board. He pitted for four tires, fuel and a minor air pressure adjustment as he had reported that the car was a little loose.
Before the round of green flag stops was complete, a caution came out when Dale Earnhardt, Jr. spun on lap 51. Biffle and several other frontrunners were caught a lap down but would restart at the tail end of the lead lap in front of the leaders on lap 57. An immediate caution, however, when Earnhardt, Jr. spun shortly after the restart, put most of the field back on the lead lap.
Biffle restarted from the 18th position on lap 63 and picked up one position before falling back with an ill-handling racecar. He was running 22nd when a caution on lap 76 allowed him to bring the Dish Network Ford in for right-side tires, fuel and a wedge adjustment. The decision to take on only two tires put Biffle in the 10th position for the restart on lap 81. On lap 86, Biffle reported that the car’s handling had improved and he remained just outside of the top-10 despite several top competitors racing with four fresh tires.
On lap 126, another round of green flag stops began and Biffle brought the Dish Network Ford in for four tires, fuel, a wedge adjustment and an air pressure adjustment. When the round of green flag stops was complete on lap 134, Biffle was in the 15th position. He remained 15th until a caution on lap 148 allowed him to make another two-tire stop as well as take on another round of wedge and air pressure adjustments. The strategy allowed him to restart seventh on lap 152.
On lap 172, Biffle dropped out of the top 10 with an ill-handling racecar. He reported that the car just wouldn’t turn and was running 15th when a third round of green flag pit stops began on lap 238. Biffle brought the Dish Network Ford in for another wedge adjustment, tires and fuel on lap 240. He was running 13th when the green flag pit stops were complete on lap 249.
Biffle ran just inside the top 15 for the remainder of the race, pitting one final time for two tires, fuel, a wedge adjustment and an air pressure adjustment during a caution on lap 254. He restarted 11th on lap 258 and was credited with a 13th place finish as Jeff Burton and David Stremme got by in the closing laps.
“This isn’t exactly how I thought we would finish the season at Homestead,” said Biffle. “The Dish Network Ford was fast at the start of the race and I thought we had something but the handling just seemed to get worse no matter what we did to it. We’ve learned a lot this season and hopefully we can use it all to get a head start on 2008.”
With the 13th place finish at Homestead, Biffle and the team moved up to 14th in the Nextel Cup point standings. The completed the season only 55 points behind Ryan Newman in the 13th position after trailing 13th by as much as 143 points since the Chase began.
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