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June 2, 2008 8:42 AM

Biffle Takes Third-Place Finish after Dominating First Half of Dover Race; Moves to Fifth in Point Standings

Dover, Del. (June 1, 2008) – Greg Biffle and the 3M team went to Dover this weekend expecting a top-five performance and that’s exactly what they gave. After taking the pole by almost two-tenths of a second over Kurt Busch on Friday afternoon, their confidence seemed justified. Following the start of the race, Biffle led 164 laps before he thought he had an engine failure on lap 171 and lost the lead to Carl Edwards. Fortunately it was just a battery and once Biffle switched to the second battery, he was running solid lap times again. Kyle Busch got by on lap 186 and Biffle retained the third position until the checkered flag. The third-place finish puts Biffle fifth in the point standings.

Biffle and the 3M Ford Fusion were listed third in the first practice of the weekend on Friday. Later that afternoon in qualifying Biffle claimed his second pole of the season when he turned in a 23.19-second lap time with Kurt Busch second-fastest at a 23.38-second lap time. The 3M team was fifth in the first practice of the day and then 17th in a rain-shortened Happy Hour that afternoon.

After starting from the pole, Biffle easily maintained the lead and kept it until the first caution on lap 17 for a multi-car incident. The red flag was eventually put out on lap 22 and Biffle took the opportunity to pit when the pits were opened on lap 23. He brought the 3M Ford Fusion in for right-side tires, fuel and an air pressure adjustment. The 3M pit crew sent him right back out in the lead which he again maintained until the next caution on lap 66.

Biffle had reported that the car was a little too tight so crew chief Greg Erwin opted for four tires, a wedge adjustment and an air pressure adjustment. The 3M crew again sent Biffle out in the lead as the field restarted on lap 72. Several laps into the green-flag run Biffle reported that the car was still a little too tight. He was, however, able to hold onto the lead until a round of green-flag stops began on lap 147.

On lap 148, Biffle pitted for four tires, fuel and a wedge adjustment. He was back in the lead when the green-flag pit cycle was complete and a caution flag flew on lap 153. The 3M team opted not to pit and Biffle restarted at the front of the pack again on lap 159. On lap 171, Biffle reported that he thought the engine was failing. He quickly discovered, however, that it was just a failing battery and quickly switched to the back-up battery.

In the process of switching batteries, Edwards was able to make the pass on Biffle for the lead. On lap 186, Kyle Busch got by, putting Biffle in the third position. Biffle kept the third position for the remainder of the race other than during the shuffle of two more green-flag pit stops. With only one caution during the second half of the race, the field was extremely spread out and only six cars finished on the lead lap. Biffle’s third place finish moved the 3M team up six positions in the points.

"We were pretty good," said Biffle. "I don’t know what happened but the engine started missing there early in the race and the battery was going dead, so we switched batteries and it came back on line. But we had to shut everything off and we were just a little bit too tight all day. We couldn’t get it to rotate in the center of the corner and that’s probably what our biggest thing was – we just needed to turn a little bit more in the middle. The lap traffic was really, really tough today. We just had a really tough time with these cars. You get about 20 car lengths behind a car and you can’t pass them even though you’re faster than them. It was a real tough day for us but the 3M team pulled together again and we got a top-five finish out of it."

Greg Biffle and the team are currently fifth in the point standings. They are 392 points out of the lead currently held by Kyle Busch and 134 points ahead of Kasey Kahne in the 12th position. The team will return to the track on Sunday, June 8th at Pocono Raceway.

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