BUSCH: Biffle holds off Mears for Fontana win

BUSCH: Biffle holds off Mears for Fontana win

It was a tough duel to the end, but Greg Biffle won it to take the NASCAR Busch Series win at California Speedway in Fontana. On a restart with four laps to go, it looked as if Biffle, the race leader at the time, was going to be hunted down by ...

It was a tough duel to the end, but Greg Biffle won it to take the NASCAR Busch Series win at California Speedway in Fontana. On a restart with four laps to go, it looked as if Biffle, the race leader at the time, was going to be hunted down by number two man Casey Mears. Biffle, however, fought off the hard-charging Mears to earn his fifth win of the season and 16th of his career.

Greg Biffle smokes the tires.
Photo by Kurt Dahlstrom.
"I tell you what," commented Biffle. "That 41 car sure has some motor in it. He really beat me down the straightaway. My car just handled better in the corners, my guys really gave me a great car today."

The duo dueled back and forth within the races last ten circuits, swapping the lead five times before Biffle finally put the hammer down and pulled away from the No. 41 Dodge of Mears.

"He gave us a run for our money," said Biffle. "I wasn't sure we could hold him (Mears) off at the end, but we just kept digging. What a great day."

Mears and Biffle were clearly the key racers of the event, Biffle leading eight times for 72 laps, and Mears leading six times for 46 laps. Mears got around Biffle briefly inside the closing laps of the race; but Biffle had the best car of the event, and easily sailed back around Mears for the victory.

With the win, Biffle completes a season sweep of the Busch series events at California Speedway. Biffle ties Kyle Busch for the series lead in the most wins of the season.

Mears, the polesitter, held on for second to score his best career finish in a Busch series event.

"We would have liked to win," said Mears. "But we just didn't have enough for Biffle at the end, no matter what line I tried, I just couldn't get around him."

Kevin Harvick finished third.

"I was hoping I could get up there and mix it up with them," Harvick said. "I was glad to see Casey have a chance to win. That's a lot of fun for everybody."

Kasey Kahne and Jamie McMurray complete the top five; making it a top five sweep for Cup series regulars sitting in on the Busch series event at Fontana.

"The track changed so much," said Kahne. "We could never get the car good enough to run with the 41 and the 60 up front. Hopefully we learned something for tomorrow.

"I'll tell you what though, I am sick off all these top fives, I want to win a race."

Point leader Martin Truex, Jr. finished sixth, maintaining his series lead over Kyle Busch by 95 points. Jason Leffler (-452), Greg Biffle (-483) and David Green (-578) round out the top five in series standings.

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