October 1, 2012 8:08 AM

Despite Loose Wheel, Biffle Salvages a 16th-Place Finish at Dover

Dover, Del. (September 30, 2012) – Dover International Speedway is nicknamed “The Monster Mile” and it seemed as if it lived up to the name for Biffle and his team.  The caution came out after Biffle made his first pit stop, trapping him two laps down to the field.  Then a loose wheel under green set Biffle behind again.  Despite the setbacks, Biffle drove his No. 16 Scotch-Brite Ford to a 16th-place finish, finishing three laps down to race winner Brad Keselowski.  

Biffle started the race from the sixth position, and in the opening laps, worked his way up to fourth, before developing a loose-handling condition.  Crew chief Matt Puccia called Biffle down pit road on lap 66 for four tires, fuel and a left-rear wedge adjustment.  Three laps after pitting, the caution came out putting Biffle two laps down to those who had not pitted yet.  The team opted to take the “wave around” and get back one of their lost laps. 

The handling kept improving on the Scotch-Brite Ford over the next green-flag run.  Biffle was up to 11th when he made another green-flag stop for four tires, fuel and another left-rear wedge adjustment on lap 146.  The second caution of the day came out for debris on lap 179.  Biffle pitted for just four tires and fuel under caution and restarted 11th on lap 185. 

A few laps into the run, Biffle informed the team he had a loose front wheel.  There was no choice but to come down pit road under green to change tires.  Biffle returned to the track three laps down in the 26th position, with half of the 400-mile race left to run.  The 3M Pit Bulls hung in there, hoping to make the best of the bad situation.

Biffle continued to turn fast lap times and made up a few positions as the race went on.  With the long green-flag runs, the race looked as if it was going to come down to fuel mileage.  Biffle topped off with fuel under caution on lap 320, then restarted 19th on lap 322.  Others had to top off under green in the closing laps, so Biffle was able to work his way forward to a 16th-place finish.  Biffle now sits 11th in the Chase standings, 51 points behind the leader.     

“We were off a little bit, but we were definitely a top-10 car, probably top-eight, especially with the way it ended up,” said Biffle.  “We were in great position, so to finish where we did and have that happen is pretty remarkable, but that really kind of takes us out of the title hunt.  We really needed to finish in the top three here to really be a factor, but now we’ll just work on being in the top 10.” 

Next up, the Sprint Cup Series will head to Talladega Superspeedway for the Good Sam Roadside Assistance 500, the fourth race in the Chase.  Coverage begins at 1:00pm ET on Sunday, October 7th on ESPN.


Good Sam Roadside Assistance 500

2.66-mile Talladega Superspeedway

Talladega, Ala.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

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