Dover, Del. (May 30, 2009) – For the second week in a row, Greg Biffle had a promising run cut short. Last week, rain at Lowe’s Motor Speedway ended Biffle’s night early. Saturday afternoon at Dover International Speedway debris cut both right side tires on the No. 16 CitiFinancial Ford Fusion, sending Biffle hard into the wall. He suffered extensive right side damage but was able to wrestle the ill-handling car to a 25th-place finish.
The CitiFinancial Ford Fusion qualified 11th and was looking strong in the early laps of the Heluva Good! 200. Biffle was running 10th and gaining ground when he quickly slowed on lap 17 reporting that both right side tires were flat and he had hit the wall. Biffle came down pit road for repairs. After inspecting the old tires, the team discovered that Biffle had run over debris on the track, likely left on the racing surface after an earlier caution. The CitiFinancial Ford Fusion came in two more times so the team could evaluate the damage. After fixing the car the best they could, the team sent Biffle back on the track three laps down in 33rd place.
Biffle was running top-15 lap times after the repairs, but was unable to advance more than a few positions because only a handful of cars were on the same lap as the CitiFinancial Ford Fusion. Slowly, as other competitors fell out of the race, Biffle was able to pick up spots. He had worked his way up to 27th on lap 140 when he hit the wall again, complaining that the car was “too loose.” The team again fixed what they were able to on pit road, but the damage was extensive. Biffle’s poise and experience proved vital as the Sprint Cup regular fought the CitiFinancial Ford Fusion for the remainder of the race. After a long, hard afternoon Biffle finally saw the checkered flag fall as he crossed the stripe in 25th position.
“We got pretty good by the end of practice yesterday and the car was just a little too loose in qualifying but I thought we’d be really good for the race,” said Biffle. “I’m not sure what I ran over, but both right sides went flat instantly and there was nothing I could do. The guys did a good job trying to fix the CitiFinancial Ford Fusion but it was pretty much a lost cause. I hate it for Eddie and everyone – it was a bad points day for sure.”
The No. 16 team is currently seventh in Owner Points, 183 behind the leader.
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