Fort Worth, T.X. (November 5, 2012) – Greg Biffle came back to Texas Motor Speedway with his race-winning 3M Ford from the spring, hoping for a repeat performance. Biffle qualified second, barely missing the pole, but as the race went from day to evening, the team just couldn’t seem to stay ahead of the changing conditions. Biffle crossed the finish line 10th in the 3M Ford, while Jimmie Johnson won the AAA Texas 500.
Just a few laps into the race, Biffle reported back to crew chief Matt Puccia he was a little loose. A long green flag opening run led to green-flag stops for the field. Biffle pitted on lap 43 while running third for four tires, fuel and one round of wedge in the left rear. The changes helped, but he needed more. On the next round of green flag stops, he received the same adjustments and he maintained third on the track.
The first caution came out on lap 100 for debris. Biffle came down for what he thought was a two-tire stop, but what actually was a four-tire call by Puccia. The miscue cost time on pit road, dropping Biffle from third to ninth on the restart. Being back in some traffic, the 3M Ford started to be a little snug handling.
Biffle received four tires, fuel, air pressure and another left rear wedge adjustment under green on lap 162. Less than 10 laps later, Biffle was on the radio telling his team he was super loose and could hardly drive. Another debris caution came on lap 185 allowing the team to make some adjustments. This time around it was four tires, fuel, right front air pressure and one round down on the track bar.
As the sun continued to set, the 3M Ford continued to free up on the track. Wedge, track bar and some extra tape on the grille were given to Biffle, and all seemed to help, just a little too late. The caution came out on lap 321 when the No. 24 of Jeff Gordon and the No. 5 of Kasey Kahne made contact on the track, which caused Biffle to brush the wall. Biffle pitted for four tires to make sure he was all set to the end.
Biffle was 17th with eight to go when the field took the green, but another caution came at the end setting the field up for a green-white-checkered finish. Biffle took the green in 14th and moved up to 10th by the time the checkered flag waved.
“It was a pretty good night,” said Biffle. “I don’t know if I got behind on my adjustments or what. I didn’t quite have my car how I needed it. I was pretty good there at the end but it was kind of a weird deal. I would tighten it up and it would drive better for a little bit but then it would be looser later on. It was kind of hard to tell. It could have been better. We had a lot better car than that.”
Next up, the Sprint Cup Series will head to Phoenix International Raceway for the AdvoCare 500. Coverage for the AdvoCare 500 begins at 2:00 pm ET on Sunday, November 11th on ESPN.