KANSAS CITY, Kan. (Sept. 29, 2002) -- Schneider Electric interim driver Greg Biffle had unfortunate luck in today's Protection One 400 when he spun on lap 76 racing door-to-door with Jimmy Spencer. The Schneider Electric Racing Team finished in...
KANSAS CITY, Kan. (Sept. 29, 2002) -- Schneider Electric interim driver Greg Biffle had unfortunate luck in today's Protection One 400 when he spun on lap 76 racing door-to-door with Jimmy Spencer. The Schneider Electric Racing Team finished in 36th position and was unable to fix the damage to the No. 55 Chevrolet to get back in the race at Kansas Speedway.
"I had been working on Jimmy Spencer for a bunch of laps," Biffle said as he sat on the back of the hauler watching the team assess the damage. "He was falling back and was running on the bottom of the race track to protect his line. I finally got a run on him coming off of turn two. He came back on the outside and drove in turn three about one-quarter inch off my door. It took the air off of my spoiler and I spun. I was down as close to the apron as I could get and that's all the racing room there is out there.
"It's pretty tough racing side-by-side here," Biffle continued. "I did it for several laps and left the guys down there on the bottom a bunch of room. (Jeff) Gordon, Sterling (Marlin) and all of us raced clean side-by-side for several laps, but not Jimmy Spencer.
"When you get that tight on a track like this, with the outside groove just starting to come in, it's going to be a disaster. The race track is good as long as everybody leaves a tiny bit of room for the people they're racing. There are a lot of battles going on out there. I saw several people make passes on the outside without any problems. But when you get the air taken off of you and are that close together, it's hard to get the car to stick with no downforce at 180 mph.
"On a track like this there has to be a lot of give and take," Biffle said. "If you are racing a guy for position, you have to think about if I run in a corner on the outside of another competitor about one inch off his door, get him loose and he wrecks me, then where are we at? You are not racing for position anymore, you are in the pits working on your stuff."
Unfortunately the crewmembers were not able to get the car fixed and back out on the 1.5-mile oval. The members cut off pieces of sheet metal to load the No. 55 Chevy on the truck. The team left Kansas City looking forward to a test session at Greenville-Pickens (S.C.) this week with regular driver Bobby Hamilton.