TALLADEGA, AL (April 27, 2008) – Greg Biffle and the No. 16 CitiFinancial team headed to Talladega Superspeedway this weekend hoping to avoid the inevitable multi-car cautions, find strong drafting partners and keep the CitiFinancial Ford Fusion running up front at the end; and they did just that. With Roush-Yates horsepower under the hood and Biffle’s restrictor plate experience behind the wheel, the CitiFinancial Ford Fusion charged to the front and stayed out of trouble, crossing the stripe in 11th place when the checkered flag flew.
The CitiFinancial Ford Fusion was strong all weekend, posting top-15 times in both practice sessions and qualifying 15th.
Early in the race, Biffle was quiet on the radio. The first report of how the car was handling came under caution on lap 11. The CitiFinancial Ford Fusion was running eighth and Biffle said the car was “pretty good.” Crew chief Eddie Pardue decided to bring Biffle down pit road under the caution for fuel only. With multiple teams taking tires, Biffle gained five spots during the stop and restarted third on lap 16.
Biffle stayed in the top-five and was running fifth when the caution flew on lap 43 and the CitiFinancial Ford Fusion hit pit road for four tires and fuel. Biffle restarted fifth on lap 46. The CitiFinancial Ford Fusion had dropped back to 15th when the next caution flew. Pardue called Biffle down pit road for right side tires and a splash of fuel. After restarting 12th on lap 66, Biffle was up to ninth when “The Big One” hit and collected 15 cars. The CitiFinancial Ford Fusion managed to get through without major damage, but the left rear fender was knocked in and the crew readied for repairs.
When Biffle hit pit road, the crew meticulously looked over the left rear to make sure there wasn’t any serious damage. After pulling the fender out, the CitiFinancial team sent Biffle back on the track with four fresh tires and enough fuel to make it to the end of the race. The CitiFinancial Ford Fusion restarted 12th on lap 74 and quickly made his way toward the front. Biffle stayed on the track during multiple late race cautions and was in the top-five by lap 104. Biffle was third when the caution fell with only five laps remaining. With a green-white-checkered finish looming, Biffle was debating which drafting partners to use. When the field restarted, Biffle found himself hung out without strong drafting help. After running in the top-five for most of the day, Biffle crossed the stripe 11th when the checkered flag flew.
“I just picked the wrong line at the end, I guess,” said Biffle. “It happens. I had a pretty good car, I just got hung out at the end. I was exactly where I wanted to be. They got to swapping lanes in front of us and the guys in the back just stayed straight and got a lot of momentum. There was nothing we could do about it. The CitiFinancial Ford Fusion was pretty good and had a ton of power, we were just in the wrong place at the wrong time at the end. 11th isn’t terrible but we deserved better.”
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.