Dover, Del (September 21, 2008) – Greg Biffle drove what he described as “the loosest car he’s ever had” to his second win of the 2008 Sprint Cup season on Sunday afternoon. He had to battle to the end in the 3M Ford Fusion with teammates Matt Kenseth and Carl Edwards but when the checkered flag dropped, Biffle was the Roush Fenway Racing driver in victory lane. By taking the win for the second week in a row, Biffle maintains the third position in the point standings but reduced the point spread between himself and the leader from 30 points to a mere 10 points.
Biffle started the weekend with very impressive practice times and qualified fifth for the 400-lap race on Friday afternoon. He went out early for time trials and held the pole for the majority of the session but four drivers were able to turn in faster speeds as qualifying wound down. The starting position on the inside of row three seemed okay with Biffle and the team because they felt confident the 3M Ford would find its way to the front of the pack.
Shortly after the start of the race, however, it was clear that the 3M Ford might not be in the lead quite as quickly as the team has hoped. Biffle immediately reported that the car was extremely loose and brought the 3M Ford to pit road for four tires, fuel, a track bar adjustment and a wedge adjustment during the second caution of the day on lap 11. As most of the frontrunners decided to stay out, Biffle restarted on lap 16 in the 27th position.
By the time the next caution came out on lap 64, Biffle had picked up 16 positions and was running 11th. He pitted for four tires, fuel, a track bar adjustment and a spring rubber adjustment. The 3M pit crew sent Biffle out 10th for the restart on lap 69. Biffle began to make his way through the field and was running seventh on lap 100 when he reported that the car was now just a little too tight.
Crew chief Greg Erwin and the team began to calculate the next round of adjustments while Biffle picked up two more positions on the track. With the 3M Ford back in the top five, Erwin opted for four tires, fuel and another wedge adjustment when Biffle pitted during another caution on lap 142. Biffle maintained the fifth position for several laps and several cautions but eventually brought the 3M Ford in for four fresh tires and fuel while running fourth during a caution on lap 188.
The car’s handling seemed to have balanced out a little and despite restarting 14th because several cars were on different pit cycles, Biffle found himself back in the top five by lap 240. A round of green flag pit stops had just begun but because the pit cycles were so spread out, Biffle didn’t bring the 3M Ford to pit road until lap 268. This time it would be four tires, fuel and another wedge adjustment as the car had become a little loose again.
A caution for debris on lap 291 slowed the field again as Biffle was running in the fourth position. This time it was just four tires and fuel from the 3M pit crew and Biffle restarted third on lap 298. Four laps later, Biffle passed both Carl Edwards and Jimmie Johnson with one quick move and took the lead for the first time of the day.
Biffle maintained the lead until lap 321 when Edwards made his way by as Biffle radioed the team to let them know that the car was just way too loose. He began to slowly lose positions and was running fourth when the final caution of the day came out on lap 350. Biffle took the opportunity to pit for four fresh tires, fuel and a wedge adjustment to try to tighten the car up a little. The 3M pit crew picked up one position in the pits, sending Biffle out third for the restart on lap 356.
Kenseth was able to get by the 3M Ford on lap 358 but Biffle reclaimed the position when he passed Mark Martin for third on lap 362. On lap 367, Biffle overtook Edwards for second and after a long battle, stripped Kenseth of the lead with less than 10 laps remaining. Biffle held off his hard-charging teammates in the closing laps for his second win in a row and his second win of the season.
“It was an exciting day for the 3M team, to say the least,” said Biffle. “A lot of people got to see great racing. Dover always puts on a great race. This place is so tough. I have to say that I thought I was going to let these guys down. I got the car too loose on Saturday, yesterday, for the race today. I guess misjudged the weather and how sunny it was going to be and how slick the track was. So, I had to pit only eight laps in the race and give up all my track position to tighten my car up. I didn’t know it was going to continue to be looser as the day went on and the sun went down some. That was what we really fought. Once I was able to get the track position and get near the front, it really worked out and obviously a hell of a race, my teammates and the 48 and everybody.”
Greg Biffle and the No. 16 team are now third in the point standings. They are only 10 points out of the lead which is currently held by Carl Edwards. The team will return to the track on Sunday, September 28th at Kansas Speedway.
About Roush Fenway Racing
Roush Fenway Racing operates 13 full-time motorsports teams, five in NASCAR Sprint Cup 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; three in the Craftsman Truck Series with Darnell, Braun, Kvapil, Bobby East and John Wes Townley; and one in the ARCA RE/MAX Series with Ricky Stenhouse, Jr.