DOVER, DE (June 1, 2008) – For much of Saturday afternoon, it appeared as if the Heluva Good! 200 Nationwide Series race was not going to happen. With severe storms pounding Dover International Raceway with rain and afternoon turning to evening, Greg Biffle and the CitiFinancial team thought they were headed for the second postponed race of the Nationwide Series season. That was not to be, however, as Mother Nature cooperated just in time and the skies cleared. After a two hour delay, the team readied for the start.
Biffle rolled off 10th and quickly told crew chief Eddie Pardue that the CitiFinancial Ford Fusion was “a little tight.” The first chance to adjust on the car came under caution on lap 21. Pardue called for four tires, a track bar adjustment and an air pressure adjustment. Shortly after the following restart, Biffle said the car had gone to the loose side.
A long green flag run set in and Biffle was running 12th when he voiced concern about the throttle sticking to the floor. The team caught a lucky break when the caution flew on lap 102 and Biffle came down pit road so the CitiFinancial crew could look everything over. The team found a broken throttle return spring. Biffle had to come down pit road twice for repairs, dropping him to the end of the line of lead lap cars. The CitiFinancial Ford Fusion restarted 19th with 92 laps remaining.
Up to 15th on lap 134, Biffle said he thought the throttle problem was fixed, but he was “too loose to do anything.” Despite the ill-handling CitiFinancial Ford Fusion, Biffle continued picking up spots and was 13th when the next caution flew on lap 153. With laps winding down, Pardue called for a two tire stop to help Biffle pick up track position. After a solid stop, Biffle was back on the track in fourth place with 43 laps left.
Two more cautions came out before the end of the race. Without any good green flag runs to work with, Biffle was unable to do much with the cars ahead of him. Running sixth on the final restart, Biffle raced hard to the end and crossed the stripe fifth when the checkered flag flew. It was his second top-five finish in seven Nationwide Series starts this season.
“The throttle issue was unfortunate,” said Biffle. “We had a throttle return spring break. This of all places is kind of a scary place, we go fast here at Dover and it broke going into one. The throttle stuck to the floor and I hit the brake. I’m glad the caution came out when it did and we were able to fix it. The guys did a great job on pit road today and got me fixed up. I was a little bit tight there at the end – I just couldn’t find any grip. I think I could’ve gotten a few more of these guys if we had some more laps, but overall it was a good day for the CitiFinancial team.”
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.