LOUDON, NH (June 29, 2008) – The NASCAR Nationwide Series headed north to New Hampshire Motor Speedway this weekend, statistically not one of Greg Biffle’s best tracks. Biffle looked poised to turn history around as he qualified the No.16 CitiFinancial Ford Fusion third and ran in the top 10 for most of the race. A solid finish looked likely until contact on the final lap of the race turned Biffle around and forced him to limp across the finish line in 19th place.
The CitiFinancial Ford Fusion was “real loose” at the beginning of the Camping World 300, causing Biffle to drop from his third place starting position down to seventh on lap 13. The first pit stop of the night came under caution on lap 47. Biffle said the car was “loose to start with” but added that the track had “really come to us.” Crew chief Eddie Pardue called for four tires and no adjustments. Biffle restarted seventh and quickly fell to ninth. When the next caution came out on lap 100, Biffle told the crew his car was “loose at the beginning and late at the end of the run.” Pardue brought Biffle back down pit road for four fresh tires. The CitiFinancial team knocked off a solid pit stop and sent Biffle back out in eighth place.
Biffle raced hard to stay in the top 10. The next caution flew on lap 127 with Biffle running ninth. He again said that the CitiFinancial Ford Fusion was loose at the beginning of a run and tight at the end. With the laps winding down and needing to pick up track position, Biffle asked for fuel only on the next pit stop. With enough fuel to make it to the end of the race without stopping again, Biffle restarted second with 68 laps remaining.
The CitiFinancial Ford Fusion was quickly overtaken by cars on fresh tires, falling back to 10th on lap 150. “I don’t know what happened to it, it’s just awful now,” Biffle told his crew. Despite the ill-handling car, Biffle held strongly onto 10th place. Pressure from 11th place came strong in the closing laps of the race and contact was made in turn two on the final lap of the race. The CitiFinancial Ford Fusion suffered significant left side damage and Biffle crawled across the finish line in 19th place.
“What a disappointing day,” said Biffle. “I don’t know what happened. The CitiFinancial Ford Fusion was pretty good for most of the day but it was terrible on that last run. I thought we’d be able to hold on for a top-10 finish but that didn’t happen. I hate it for these guys and everyone at CitiFinancial. We just can’t catch a break.”
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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.