BUSCH: Biffle wins from pole at Atlanta

Winston Cup rookie Greg Biffle Busch-whacked his way to his second series victory in three races as he won the Aaron's 312 at the Atlanta Motor Speedway. Biffle, racing for NEMCO Motorsports started the weekend strong as he took the pole in...

Winston Cup rookie Greg Biffle Busch-whacked his way to his second series victory in three races as he won the Aaron's 312 at the Atlanta Motor Speedway.

Biffle, racing for NEMCO Motorsports started the weekend strong as he took the pole in record time battled through with the field and himself as several team mis-cues nearly cost the driver with the fastest car the victory.

Biffle's troubles began when he had a flat tire while waiting on the starting the starting grid, this was an ominous warning as the race progressed he ran up front, only to lose track position as he ran out of gas on a green flag run. The attempt to stretch the fuel took away about thirty seconds on the track, and regulating the team to the back of the pack.

Battling back, Biffle was again returned to the rear of the field after he was given a drive through penalty for speeding on pit road on lap 115 stop.

Biffle made it clear he believed he did not exceed the speed limit, however he kept his focus and returned to the top five.

In the end it was a call from the pits that sealed the victory. The team opting to take four fresh Goodyear's with eighteen laps remaining, while race leader Michael Waltrip stayed out on old tires. The new rubber made all the difference as that gave the Kleenex Chevy the grip it needed to take the lead with thirteen laps remaining.

"This Kleenex Winn Dixie Chevy was awesome today". On four tires these Chevrolets are hard to beat, the other guys have some homework to do", noted the race winner.

The win marked Biffle's eleventh series victory, and the first Atlanta in from the pole sine 1992.

Finishing behind Biffle were Matt Kenseth, Bobby Hamilton Jr, Michael Waltrip, and Hank Parker Jr.

None of the series regulars battling for the point championship finished in the top five.

The points race remains tight with David Green resuming the lead by a margin of thirteen points over Scott Riggs, followed by a tied for third between Jason Keller and Ron Hornaday, with Brian Vickers in fifth trailing by 49 points.

Vickers, who entered Atlanta in the lead, ran into early trouble shredding a tire and fender, and finishing thirty-first, fourteen laps down.

"Seems like all year long, who ever is in the points lead has horrible luck" said Vickers, who is still very much in contention was quick to point out "We lost the lead in Kansas, and had it back three races later"

Appropriate, with three races remaining, the Championship is still very much undecided, and will likely gone down to the final race.

Next week the series heads west to Phoenix for the BASHAS 200.

-thomas chemris

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