Daytona Beach, Fla. (Feb. 16, 2013) – Roush Fenway’s Greg Biffle made a last- lap surge with his 3M Ford Fusion, but came up just short of victory in Saturday night’s Sprint Unlimited all-star race at Daytona International Speedway. The finish is RFR’s third runner-up finish in the event. Carl Edwards finished twelfth in the race, which marked the competitive debut of the new Gen6 car in NASCAR.
“I had a good run on the No. 29 at the end,” said Biffle. “He was able to close the door. Kevin (Harvick) did what he had to do to win the race. Joey (Lagono) gave me a big shove (from behind). I got a huge run and he (Harvick) was barely clear of me.
“I was pushing him hard when I slid to the top,” added Biffle. “He was moving up to the top to block and I’m 99 percent sure that there wasn’t enough room and if I tried it, we were going to end up in a pile of rubble in the garage. I tried to move to the bottom, but my help from behind was gone and we finished second. “
The 75-lap race was divided into three segments of 30, 25 and 20 laps. Biffle started the final segment in the second position, with Edwards beginning the last 20-lap dash in 11th.
Both Biffle and Edwards survived an early multi-car accident that saw six of the field’s 19 cars fall out of the race with severe damage.
Biffle made the last lap move to pass eventual winner Harvick, but came up short of getting around as the No. 29 car drove to victory.
Still Biffle was happy with the way the new Gen6 car performed.
“I like the (new) car,” said Biffle. “I like the way it drives. It has a lot of drag and stalls out fast. It’s harder to push someone and at a certain speed they pull away from you and drive away. They almost magically pull off your bumper. If you have someone behind you that’s the only way you can really get up and push someone.
“Still with 43 cars out there - it will be a lot different for the 500.
The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series returns to action tomorrow for Daytona 500 Pole Day. Qualifying is set for 1:10 p.m. EST and will be televised live on FOX. Roush Fenway’s Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Biffle and Edwards are slated to go out 19th, 21st and 44th in the order.