BRISTOL, TN (August 23, 2008) – Greg Biffle and the No. 16 CitiFinancial team headed to Bristol Motor Speedway this weekend for one of the longest days in the Nationwide Series schedule and one of the busiest days for Sprint Cup drivers pulling double duty. Friday’s Food City 250 was a “one-day show” with practice, qualifying and the race all in the same day. Add in Biffle’s Sprint Cup responsibilities and the driver of the No. 16 CitiFinancial Ford Fusion had his hands full.
The No. 16 CitiFinancial Ford Fusion unloaded fast with Biffle posting the fifth fastest time in the first practice session. After qualifying third, the team thought they would have a car capable of fighting for the win.
Biffle held onto third place for the first 93 laps of the Food City 250. He was quiet over the radio during the early laps, eventually telling crew chief Eddie Pardue under caution on lap 86 that the car was “pretty darn good.” Pardue brought Biffle down pit road for four tires and a slight wedge adjustment. The CitiFinancial crew knocked off a strong stop and sent Biffle back on the track in third place.
Shortly after the restart Biffle began losing ground, saying the No. 16 CitiFinancial Ford Fusion was “too loose in.” A long green flag run set in and the next chance to adjust on the car came when the caution fell on lap 186. With Biffle running sixth, Pardue called for two tires to help with track position. The No. 16 CitiFinancial Ford Fusion restarted second with 57 laps remaining. He fell to third five laps later, saying he was “loose in and tight in the middle.” With the laps winding down, Biffle fought off the charging field and brought the No. 16 CitiFinancial Ford Fusion home in third place, his second straight top-five finish and fourth of the season.
“We didn’t quite have the fastest car,” said Biffle. “We took two tires at the end and tried to get out front. I don’t think it would have made a difference, but we just tried something a little bit different. We knew there was going to be some cautions late in this race and figured we’d be able to hang on for maybe a second-place finish or something or get a chance to race with the leader, but we just weren’t quite fast enough tonight. We had a pretty good night – uneventful – the guys did a great job in the pits and Eddie did a good job with the car, I just had it probably a little bit too loose to run with Clint and Brad and all the 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.