FONTANA, Ca. (February 22, 2009) – For most of the weekend at Auto Club Speedway, Greg Biffle looked like he would be the man to beat. The three-time Nationwide Series winner at the speedway had the No. 16 CitiFinancial Ford Fusion toward the top of the speed charts in both practices and after qualifying fifth, the team was looking for a strong run Saturday night. Biffle was solidly in the top 10 until a late wreck ended his night early.
Biffle was holding his own in the top three during the early laps of the Stater Brothers 300, telling crew chief Eddie Pardue that the car was “pretty good,” The first caution came out on lap 51 and Biffle reported that the No. 16 CitiFinancial Ford Fusion was “really good now.” Pardue brought Biffle down pit road for four tires and decided against making any adjustments to the car. He restarted fourth and stayed there until the next caution came out on lap 90. Biffle said that he was “getting tighter” later in the run. Pardue called for four tires and an air pressure adjustment. The No. 16 CitiFinancial Ford Fusion restarted fifth but an incident on the following lap was the beginning of the end for Biffle.
On lap 96, Biffle got into the back of Brad Keselowski, damaging the nose of the No. 16 CitiFinancial Ford Fusion. The team was able to make repairs on pit road but the car’s handling quickly went downhill. Biffle said he was “not very good in traffic” and “unbelievably worse” than when the race began. He was running 14th on lap 128 when he lost control of the car and hit the wall in turn two. The CitiFinancial Ford Fusion suffered significant damage and the night quickly came to an end for the team. Biffle recorded a 34th place finish and the No. 16 team currently sits 11th in Owner Points, 139 behind the leader.
“I’m so disappointed,” said Biffle. “We definitely had a top-three car tonight but after I got into Keselowski the car was just terrible. I hate it for all of these guys, the CitiFinancial Ford Fusion was probably the best Nationwide Series car I’ve had in a year.”
Biffle and the No. 16 CitiFinancial team will return to action next weekend at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
About Roush Fenway Racing
Roush Fenway Racing is NASCAR’s largest team operating nine motorsports teams. Five in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series with drivers Matt Kenseth, Jamie McMurray, Greg Biffle, Carl Edwards and David Ragan; three in the Nationwide Series with Kenseth, Biffle, Edwards, McMurray, Ragan, Erik Darnell, Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. and Colin Braun; and one in the Camping World Truck Series with Braun.