Daytona Beach, Fla. (February 12th, 2009) – Greg Biffle and the 3M team qualified 16th during time trials on Sunday night which gave them a starting position of eighth for the first of the two Gatorade 150’s. Biffle hung out around the middle of the pack for most of the race and seemed pretty happy with the performance of the 3M Ford Fusion. A tap from Brad Keselowski sent him into the grass and out of the race on lap 58. Biffle was credited with a 24th-place finish and will start 35th in the Daytona 500.
Biffle took the green flag from the outside of row four and was running 9th when Kurt Busch spun on lap three, bringing out the first caution of the day. Few teams opted to pit and the field restarted on lap six. Biffle lost the draft while running in the middle lane around lap 17 and fell back to 19th. He made his back way up to 12th before the next caution on lap 25.
On lap 26, Biffle brought the 3M Ford to pit road for four tires and fuel. No changes were made as he was happy with the handling of the car. After restarting 14th on lap 30, Biffle reported that the car was too tight on the bottom and picked up the draft in the outside line. He was running 17th when Martin Truex, Jr. spun on lap 49 and brought out the third caution of the day.
This caution brought most of the field to pit road for a pit stop and Biffle was no exception. He was still fairly content with the handling of the 3M for so it was just fuel and tires when he pitted. He came in 17th and went right back out 17th for the restart on lap 51. Biffle made his way up to 12th on lap 55 and was running 17th when Keselowski got into the right rear of the 3M Ford on lap 57. Biffle maintained control of the car but a spin through the grass caused significant damage to the left front splitter.
Crew chief Greg Erwin determined that it could not be repaired before the checkered flag and Biffle headed to the garage. At the conclusion of the race, Biffle was credited with a 24th place finish and will start 35th in the Daytona 500.
“I don’t know what happened to the 09 (Keselowski),” said Biffle. “I know he got into my right rear and I got down into the grass. It’s unfortunate. We know that the 3M Ford is fast and we had a good run going with Kasey (Kahne) there at the en before we got spun. I think we’d have had a top-10 finish. Looks like Kenseth will be back there in the back with us for the start of the 500, so maybe we can work together on Sunday.”
About Roush Fenway Racing
Roush Fenway Racing operates 9 full-time motorsports teams, five in NASCAR Sprint Cup with drivers Matt Kenseth, Jamie McMurray, Greg Biffle, Carl Edwards and David Ragan; Three in the Nationwide Series with Kenseth, Biffle, Edwards, McMurray, Ragan, Erik Darnell, Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. and Colin Braun; and one in the Camping World Truck Series with Braun.