LEBANON, TN (June 8, 2008) – Saturday’s Nationwide Series race from Nashville Superspeedway was the season’s first standalone event and for Greg Biffle that meant handing the CitiFinancial Ford Fusion over to Casey Atwood for practice while Biffle was with his Sprint Cup team in Pocono. Biffle arrived in Nashville just in time to qualify 15th, his first laps in the car all weekend. During the race, Biffle overcame two on-track incidents that left the CitiFinancial Ford Fusion with front and rear end body damage and battled back to finish 10th.
Early during the race Biffle reported that the CitiFinancial Ford Fusion was “a little bit loose,” a condition that he would end up fighting all night. Biffle was up to 12th when green flag pit stops began. Crew chief Eddie Pardue called for track bar and air pressure adjustments and brought Biffle down pit road on lap 60. After a solid pit stop by the CitiFinancial team, Biffle was back on the track and was up to ninth on lap 76.
The caution came out on lap 77 and Biffle told his team he was “still just a tiny bit loose.” The CitiFinancial Ford Fusion came down pit road for two tires and fuel and restarted eighth on lap 82. Biffle was running ninth when he found himself running three-wide on lap 87. After some shuffling around amongst the bunched up cars, contact was made resulting in a caution and the CitiFinancial Ford Fusion received minor right front damage. Pardue called Biffle down pit road so the CitiFinancial team could pull the fender out and check for further damage. The team fixed Biffle up the best they could and sent him back on the track in 16th place.
Up to 13th on lap 104 but still fighting very loose conditions, Biffle spun out on the frontstretch and the CitiFinancial Ford Fusion suffered rear end body damage. Biffle came down pit road twice under the caution so the team could make repairs and the CitiFinancial Ford Fusion was back to 18th when the race restarted on lap 108. Shortly after the restart, Biffle told his team the car was “so loose I can hardly drive it.”
Biffle was running 14th when the next caution came out on lap 144. With just one set of tires left, the team decided to gamble and stop for fuel only, saving the fresh tires for the end of the race. The CitiFinancial team gave Biffle a wedge adjustment to try to tighten up him and with most of the other cars taking tires, Biffle gained 11 spots on pit road and restarted second on lap 151.
Up against cars with fresh tires, Biffle fought to hold on to each position. The CitiFinancial Ford Fusion was seventh when a much-needed caution came out on lap 182. Pardue called for four tires and another wedge adjustment. Biffle restarted 10th with 38 laps remaining and that’s where he would stay for the rest of the race.
“I was just so loose all night,” said Biffle. “I hate that I couldn’t hold onto it when I spun. The damage definitely didn’t help the handling. But the CitiFinancial guys did an awesome job on pit road tonight and everyone worked really hard. This team proved they can overcome a lot and I’m proud of all of these guys.”
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.