Concord, N.C. (May 17, 2008) – While Greg Biffle and the Dish Network Ford completed the race in the second position Biffle did take home two wins on Saturday night. Biffle’s first competition of the day was the burnout competition which he won and earned $10,000 for the Greg Biffle Foundation. He also won the third segment of the All-Star Challenge and gave Kasey Kahne a run for his money before ending the night with a second place finish.
Biffle was strong in practice on Friday afternoon and then Friday night he and his pit crew earned a fifth-place starting position for the All-Star Challenge. He seemed to be one of the favorites heading into the segmented 100-lap event. The race format this year was four 25-lap segments with the winner of each segment receiving extra prize money.
So with a year’s worth of bragging rights and a large amount of cash on the line, 24 drivers took the green flag on a brisk Saturday night in Concord, North Carolina. Biffle was on the inside of row three and seemed to like the low line. By lap five, he was running in the second position behind Kyle Busch and remained there until the end of the segment on lap 25. He brought the Dish Network Ford to the pits for four tires, fuel, a wedge adjustment and an air pressure adjustment. He returned to the track in the seventh position as several teams opted for a two-tire stop.
Shortly after the field restarted for the second 25-lap segment Biffle reported that the car was a little tight. He was able to pick up two positions before the end of the segment despite reporting that the car continued to get tighter throughout the run. During the break between the second and third segments the teams were allowed 10 minutes for changes and the Dish Network team took advantage of their time. The made two spring rubber adjustments to try to loosen the car up as well as a minor air pressure adjustment.
With a full tank of gas and four fresh tires, Biffle started the third segment in the fifth position. By lap 59, he was running third and on lap 64 he passed teammate Matt Kenseth for second. One lap later, he overtook Dale Earnhardt, Jr. for the lead. Biffle reported that the car was “pretty good” and kept the lead until the end of the segment. On lap 75, Biffle brought the Dish Network Ford to pit road for right-side tires and fuel. No adjustments were made and he returned to the track in the fourth position as three teams opted for fuel only.
By lap 85, Biffle had made his way to the second position and it seemed that he would soon take the lead from Kasey Kahne until he reported that the Dish Network Fusion was just too tight. Biffle got close to Kahne but just wasn’t able to complete the pass with a tight racecar. He held off Kenseth in the closing laps for a second-place finish.
“At the end of the race, I thought it was going to be just easy,” said Biffle. “I thought it was going to be a Saturday night drive and I just went down into turn one after the restart and the tires just chattered – just way, way too tight like I was at the beginning of the race. Then it got good and I chased him (Kasey Kahne) down. I had one opportunity and he kind of closed the door on me a little bit and I figured, ‘No sense pressing it right now. I’ve got plenty more laps to go,’ and then it just got tighter and tighter as it went and never got a chance to get back at him again. It’s kind of crazy to think if I would have just stayed out that I would have kept my balance and probably would have been able to win, but thought for sure two tires was the right call. I’m just excited that we ran that good and really excited for next week for the 600. This was a big confidence boost for our team. After the Darlington race, this is a big comeback for us.”
As the All-Star challenge is not a points race, Greg Biffle and the team remain 11th in the point standings. They are 382 points out of the lead currently held by Kyle Busch and 42 points ahead of David Ragan in the 12th position. The team will return to the track on Sunday, May 25th at Lowe’s Motor Speedway for the Coca-Cola 600.
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.