JOLIET, IL (July 11, 2008) – Greg Biffle and the No. 16 CitiFinancial team headed to Chicagoland Speedway this weekend for the first night race at the 1.5 mile track. Rain washed out the only scheduled evening practice, so the teams weren’t sure what to expect of the track come race time. Biffle qualified 27th but the CitiFinancial Ford Fusion wouldn’t stay in the back of the field for long, quickly moving into the top 10 and crossing the stripe sixth when the checkered flag flew.
Early on in the Dollar General 300, Biffle said he was “just a little bit loose.” He was running hard with the No. 32 car of Denny Hamlin when Hamlin came up and made contact with Biffle, causing significant damage to the left front fender of the CitiFinancial Ford Fusion. Despite the body damage, Biffle continued to march through the field and broke into the top 15 on lap 49.
Green flag pit stops began and Biffle came down pit road on lap 53 for four tires and an air pressure adjustment. Two cautions quickly came out, but with fresh tires Biffle stayed out and picked up track position each time. The CitiFinancial Ford Fusion made it into the top 10 on lap 66 and Biffle was running eighth on lap 81 when he told the crew his car was “not bad.”
Up to sixth when the next caution came out on lap 88, Biffle said the CitiFinancial Ford Fusion was “pretty good there.” Crew chief Eddie Pardue called him down pit road for four tires and no adjustments. The No. 16 team knocked off a great pit stop and sent Biffle back on the track in fourth place.
A long green flag run set in and Biffle held onto fourth position. On lap 130 Biffle asked Pardue to “free it up just a little bit” on the next stop. Without a caution, green flag pit stops began on lap 146. Biffle was leading the race when Pardue called him down pit road on lap 141. After receiving four tires and a slight air pressure adjustment, the No. 16 CitiFinancial Ford Fusion was back on the track with 58 laps left.
Biffle ended up not liking the air pressure adjustment, saying that the car had gotten “so loose I can’t drive it.” Biffle fought hard for each position and brought the CitiFinancial Ford Fusion home in sixth place. After climbing out of the car and seeing the extent of the left front damage from the early race incident, Biffle said he couldn’t “believe how fast we were with it looking like that.”
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