RICHMOND, Va. (September 8, 2008) – The NASCAR Nationwide Series headed to Richmond International Raceway this weekend but before the race began, Tropical Storm Hanna paid the Richmond area a visit. Heavy rain and winds cancelled qualifying and postponed the Emerson Radio 250 until Sunday night. With the lineup set by points, Greg Biffle and the No. 16 CitiFinancial Ford Fusion started 23rd. Biffle worked his way to the front and when the checkered flag flew, he crossed the stripe sixth.
Early in the race, Biffle said the No. 16 CitiFinancial Ford Fusion was “pretty good, just a tiny bit tight.” Crew chief Eddie Pardue called for four tires and a wedge adjustment on the first stop. Biffle was running 17th when the first caution fell on lap 28 and Pardue called his driver down pit road. Biffle restarted 24th and began working his way through the field. The CitiFinancial Ford Fusion broke into the top 15 on lap 77. Biffle said he was “still a little bit tight in the middle” under caution on lap 96. Pardue brought Biffle in for the second stop of the night and the CitiFinancial team went to work changing four tires and picking up three spots on pit road. The CitiFinancial Ford Fusion restarted 13th and Biffle quickly said the car was “turning pretty good.”
Eyeing the top 10, Biffle told Pardue that the CitiFinancial Ford Fusion was “a little bit loose now” on lap 121. He was up to ninth when the next caution came out on lap 160. Biffle said he was still “a tiny bit loose” and Pardue called for four tires and a slight wedge adjustment.
The CitiFinancial Ford Fusion was still ninth when another caution fell on lap 203. With just 47 laps left in the race, Pardue brought Biffle in for the last stop of the night. The CitiFinancial team stepped up when it mattered most, giving Biffle four tires and another wedge adjustment and picking up another three spots on pit road. The CitiFinancial Ford Fusion restarted sixth with 33 laps remaining.
Biffle dropped to eighth shortly after the restart but made it back up to sixth when the checkered flag flew.
“The CitiFinancial Ford Fusion was pretty good tonight,” said Biffle. “With qualifying rained out, having to start back in 23rd, that put us in a little hole from the beginning. These Nationwide races are so short, it doesn’t leave you a whole lot of time to work on your car and get to the front, but Eddie made the right calls and we were able to get up there.”
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.