LAS VEGAS, NV (March 1, 2008) – The NASCAR Nationwide Series visited Las Vegas Motor Speedway this weekend and Greg Biffle showed what hard work, solid pit stops and a little luck can bring as he drove the No. 16 CitiFinancial Ford Fusion from 23rd to 2nd for his second-straight top-10 finish.
The No. 16 CitiFinancial Ford Fusion unloaded strong and Biffle finished first practice 12th on the chart. He begun reporting loose conditions during second practice, but the team still believed they had the car to beat. Following his qualifying lap, Biffle radioed crew chief Eddie Pardue and said the car was “perfect, just perfect!” Biffle lined up 23rd but he wouldn’t stay there for long.
It didn’t take long for the cautions to start, as the yellow flag flew twice in the first 10 laps. Early in the race, Biffle was happy with the CitiFinancial Ford Fusion, telling Pardue “it’s pretty decent” on lap 10. Biffle was running 17th when he made his first trip down pit road on lap 24 for four tires and fuel. The CitiFinancial Ford Fusion was 16th when Biffle told Pardue the car was “so loose I can’t drive it.” The next caution flew on lap 44 but with only a few laps on the current set of tires, Pardue elected to keep Biffle out on the track. He restarted 13th on lap 49 and broke into the top-10 just 10 laps later.
When the next caution came out on lap 61, the CitiFinancial crew went to work, giving Biffle four tires and a track bar adjustment. The team knocked out a 14.28 second pit stop and picked up five spots, sending Biffle back on the track in 5th place. Biffle held steady in the top-5 and was running 4th when the caution flew on lap 100. The CitiFinancial Ford Fusion stopped for four tires and after another solid pit stop, Biffle restarted 2nd on lap 107.
Biffle reported that the car was “starting to free up” on lap 124. The CitiFinancial Ford Fusion came down pit road for fuel only on the same lap and restarted 3rd. A long green flag run set in during the closing laps of the race. The team was poised for a green flag pit stop when the caution fell with just 15 laps remaining. With Biffle running 2nd, the CitiFinancial crew gave him two tires.
The CitiFinancial Ford Fusion was 2nd when another caution came out on lap 195. Biffle settled in for a green-white-checkered finish but couldn’t catch eventual race-winner Mark Martin. The CitiFinancial Ford Fusion came home 2nd, Biffle’s second top-10 in as many Nationwide Series starts this season.
“The CitiFinancial Ford Fusion was really good most of the day,” said Biffle. “I just didn’t have anything for Mark at the end. It was a good day for us though. The guys did an awesome job in the pits and Eddie made all the right calls. We did everything we could to win but we came up a little short.”
Biffle will return to the No. 16 CitFinancial Ford Fusion March 15th for the Sharpie MINI 300 at Bristol Motor Speedway.
About Roush Fenway Racing
Roush Fenway Racing is NASCAR’s largest team operating 13 motorsports teams. Five in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 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; and three in the Craftsman Truck Series with Darnell, Braun and Joey Clanton; and one in the ARCA RE/MAX Series with Ricky Stenhouse Jr.