Loudon, N.H. (September 23, 2013) – Greg Biffle drove his No. 16 3M Ford Fusion to a third-place finish at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, moving up to fifth in the Championship standings. Biffle started the second race of the Chase 10th, but in the warmer temperatures of the race he struggled with handling. As the race progressed the temperature dropped and the 3M Ford came alive.
“We didn’t pass anybody in the pits, we passed them all on the race track,” said Biffle. “I feel really good about how far the team has come. We had great pit stops, but we just got good at the end and our car really, really took off. We were able to drive by those guys and get up to third. We probably reeled in the No. 20 a full straightaway almost and the No. 18 – catching them – so it was the most fun I’ve had in a long time even though we finished third.”
Rain early Sunday morning passed through New Hampshire, but cleared and turned into a perfect afternoon for racing. Biffle started 10th and had fallen back one position when the competition caution was called. Crew chief Matt Puccia called for a two-tire stop in an effort to tighten up the 3M Ford.
The loose in handling concerns continued throughout most of the race. Track bar and air pressure adjustments seemed to do the trick and on the final stop Biffle wanted only two tires and no adjustments.
As the afternoon went on the sun went away and the temperature noticeably dropped. Biffle’s Ford seemed to come alive. Biffle was eighth after his final pit stop and had worked his way up to sixth when the final caution of the race was displayed on lap 253 when the No. 5 of Kasey Kahne made contact with the inside wall.
The field restarted for the final time on lap 257. Biffle took the final green flag sixth and two laps later was third. The No. 16 3M Ford was one of the fastest cars on the track and if the race was a little longer Biffle could have challenged for the win. The third-place finish moved Biffle from 11th to fifth in the Chase standings.
Matt Kenseth followed up his Chicago win with another win at Loudon, bumping his season total to seven. Kyle Busch finished just ahead of Biffle in second, while Jimmie Johnson tried to pass Biffle for third, but was never able to and had to settle for fourth. Jamie McMurray rounded out the top five. Next up, the Sprint Cup Series tackles the “Monster Mile” of Dover International Speedway.
1.0-mile Dover International Speedway
Sunday, September 29, 2013