CONCORD, NC (May 25, 2008) – After a successful test session last weekend at their home track, Greg Biffle and the No. 16 CitiFinancial team had high hopes for Saturday’s Nationwide Series race at Lowe’s Motor Speedway. The car unloaded fast, posting the eighth fastest time in final practice. After qualifying third, the team felt that as long as they could stay ahead of the changing track conditions throughout the night, they should be contending for the win at the end.
Early in the race, Biffle radioed his crew and said the CitiFinancial Ford Fusion was “a little bit tight.” Running eighth when the caution fell on lap 26, Biffle said he needed the team to “free it up just a little bit.” Crew chief Eddie Pardue called him down pit road for four tires and wedge and track bar adjustments. Biffle restarted 13th and quickly said that the car was “getting pretty loose.” When the next caution came out, Pardue brought Biffle back in for another air pressure and wedge adjustment and a track bar adjustment. The CitiFinancial team picked up two spots on pit road and Biffle restarted 11th on lap 65.
Back up in the top 10 on lap 80, Biffle said the CitiFinancial Ford Fusion was “too tight but too loose trying to pass.” Despite the tight condition, Biffle slowly crept up through the top 10 and was running sixth when the caution came out on lap 123. At this point, Biffle said he wanted the crew to make the CitiFinancial Ford Fusion “just a tick freer.” Pardue called for four tires and a slight air pressure adjustment. The CitiFinancial team went to work and picked up three more spots on pit road, sending Biffle back on the track in third place with 73 laps remaining.
Biffle was second on lap 128 when he said he had a loose wheel and needed to come in. The team caught a lucky break when the caution came out on the next lap. Biffle brought the CitiFinancial Ford Fusion down pit road and the team tightened all four wheels and topped off the fuel. The stop pushed Biffle down to 24th but it looked like it would turn out to be a positive turn of events because that extra splash of fuel would allow Biffle to make it the rest of the race without stopping again. The rest of the field would have to come in one more time.
Just as they thought, when the caution came out on lap 159 the entire field came down pit road and Biffle had enough fuel to stay out. With only one other car on his same pit sequence, Biffle restarted second with 35 laps to go. Two laps later, Biffle voiced concern that there was something wrong with the motor. Four more cautions came out before the race ended. Unable to get going fast enough on restarts, Biffle struggled to hold onto position. After a hard night, Biffle crossed the stripe seventh when the checkered flag flew.
“That was a long night,” said Biffle. “The CitiFinancial Ford Fusion started off alright but then I couldn’t get it where I wanted. I was tight in traffic and loose trying to pass. It got better but then the motor fell off at the end and I didn’t have anything for the rest of those guys on restarts. It’s frustrating because the car was really good in practice. The team worked really hard and we had good pit stops tonight, just couldn’t stay up front at the end.”
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.