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February 9, 2008 2:54 PM

Late-Race Incident Leaves Biffle with 19th Place Finish in Bud Shootout

Greg Biffle and the #16 3M Ford Racing Team
Daytona International Speedway/February 9, 2008

Daytona Beach, Fla. (February 9, 2008) – In his third appearance in the Bud Shootout, Greg Biffle drew a 17th place starting position. Shortly after the green flag dropped, he began to report that the was just too tight. He struggled with the handling for several laps and the adjustments during the two pit stops he made didn’t seem to help. He had just made his way into the top 15 when David Gilliland cut a tire, causing an incident that sent Biffle into the outside wall and out of the race. Biffle and the No. 16 3M team were credited with a 19th place finish.

Biffle was one of the first ten drivers to draw for a starting position at Thursday night’s Bud Shootout draw party. Several of the early draws were for starting positions near the rear of the field, so with several of those spots taken things looked good for Biffle as he selected the bottle that would reveal his place on the starting grid. He pulled the flag numbered 17 from the bottle and it was set, he would start on the inside of row nine.

The green flag dropped shortly after 8:30 p.m. on Saturday night and the first race of the 2008 NASCAR Sprint Cup season was under way. Before lap one was complete, Biffle reported that the 3M Ford Fusion was tight and was drifting up the track in the turns. He held on until the first caution on lap 15 and brought the car to pit road during the mandatory pit stop on lap 20. The team made several adjustments including a wedge adjustment and more tape on the grill. He came in 15th and as the field was frozen for the mandatory stop, he restarted 15th when green flag racing resumed.

He made his way to the 13th position before he radioed the team to let them know that the handling had not improved. He was running 19th when Jamie McMurray cut a tire and brought out the second caution of the day. Biffle pitted for four tires, fuel, a wedge adjustment and a track bar adjustment. The team sent him out in the 19th position for the restart on lap 27.

Biffle began to draft with the outside line and was running 16th when he nearly lost control of the car and dropped back to 21st. He was able to hold onto the draft and made his way up to the 15th position before David Gilliland cut a tire on lap 48, causing an incident that sent Biffle into the outside wall. The team determined that the damage could not be repaired before the end of the race and sent Biffle to the garage. Biffle was credited with a 19th place finish.

“Our car wasn’t that good tonight,” said Biffle. “We tried kind of a little out of the ordinary setup and it didn’t work. I wish we wouldn’t have done that. I wish we would have stuck with the old faithful setup, which we had run in both Shootout practices. We just ran something there we had never run before on the race track completely. It’s what other guys were doing and it’s towards our qualifying setup to have some speed. We were a little slow so we tried it and it didn’t work out. I was just riding around in the back kind of at the top and waiting until some of these guys got in an accident to gain some spots because business was starting to pick up. Guys were sliding around and starting to lose grip and my car wasn’t losing any grip, but I never got a chance.”

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