Daytona Beach, Fla. (February 15, 2008) – Greg Biffle and the No. 16 3M team qualified 24th in Sunday’s time trials for a 15th place starting position in the second of the Gatorade 150’s on Thursday afternoon. Biffle got off to a good start drafting with the outside line early in the race. He linked up with teammates Matt Kenseth and David Ragan for much of the middle portion of the event and ended up with an eighth place finish after a late-race caution allowed him to take on fresh right side tires.
Biffle got an early draw for qualifying and went out 12th turning in what would be the 24th fastest time of the day. The 24th place effort allowed him to start on the inside of row eight in the second of the Gatorade 150’s. Shortly after the drop of the green flag, however, he took the 3M Ford Fusion to the outside line which was also his preferred line in the Bud Shootout.
The first caution flag of the day flew on lap 16 as Biffle was running in the 11th position. He reported to the team that the car was tight on the bottom of the track and they made a plan for four tires, fuel and a wedge adjustment. Biffle restarted 10th on lap 23 and opted to stay out when another caution immediately followed on lap 24. Green flag racing resumed on lap 29 with a single-file restart and Biffle began to pull away with the lead pack.
Biffle made his way to the fifth position on lap 34 before the inside line gained momentum and overtook those running the outside groove. At that point, he hooked up with Kenseth and Ragan and they began gaining a little ground on the outside. Biffle had made his way up to seventh after doing a little drafting with Mark Martin when a caution came out on lap 57. After quite a bit of discussion Biffle and crew chief Greg Erwin opted for a splash of fuel and right side tires.
The green flag fell for a green/white/checker finish on lap 62 and Biffle was in the 13th position. He was able to gain five spots in the final two laps for an eighth place finish.
The eighth place finish will put Biffle on the outside of row nine for the start of the Daytona 500.
“I think we learned a little bit,” said Biffle. “The 3M Ford Fusion ran pretty well. It was just a little too tight, but I think we definitely learned something for Sunday. I’m excited. I think I’ve got a pretty good car.”
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 and Joey Clanton; and one in the ARCA RE/MAX Series with Ricky Stenhouse Jr.