Fountain: Greg Biffle having sponsors on hand pays off

By: Owen Kearns Jr. FOUNTAIN, Colo. - Having his sponsors on hand paid off Sunday for Greg Biffle - for the second time since he joined the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. In fact, Biffle now stands two-for-two in races that Grainger has...


By: Owen Kearns Jr.

FOUNTAIN, Colo. - Having his sponsors on hand paid off Sunday for Greg Biffle - for the second time since he joined the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. In fact, Biffle now stands two-for-two in races that Grainger has backed, pairing the Pikes Peak International Raceway victory with his 1999 hometown triumph at Portland International Raceway. Crew chief Randy Goss, meanwhile, joined three other series chief mechanics - Dennis Connor, Tim Kohuth and Rick Ren with victories in three or more seasons on the tour. The win was the 18th for a Jack Roush-owned truck in four of the six years the series has been in existence. Kurt Busch's third second-place finish bettered, by one, the 1998 rookie record of teammate Biffle. He couldn't catch Roush's senior driver on Sunday but warned that his day is coming. "They have the experienced crew and we have a very young crew so I think we're in it for the long haul," said Busch. "Biffle's a tough guy. He's the man." - Jack Sprague didn't think much of his fourth-place finish but, paired with Mike Wallace's first DNF of 2000, it was more than enough to vault the defending series champion into the point lead for a record fifth consecutive season. A top-five finish in the June 3 Sears 200 at Evergreen Speedway would be a season record as Sprague matched Ron Hornaday's 1997 streak of eight straight in Colorado. What a difference a year makes. In 1999, when Wallace bested Sprague, the margin of victory was the third closest in NCTS history. This time around, Biffle's 4.281-second advantage represented the eighth widest. Ren spoke for just about every crew chief on pit road in describing two hours of tire management strategy. "All the guys back in the garage were pulling their hair out trying to get these things to work on this tire/track combination," said the Addington Racing boss whose driver, Andy Houston, finished third after winning his first Bud Pole of 2000. Sunday was Armed Forces Appreciation Day in appreciation of the adjacent Fort Carson, a sprawling U.S. Army reservation. A number of Fort Carson servicemen work as volunteers at PPIR. The base commander, Major General Edward Soriano, was the event's grand marshal. Bryan Reffner's eighth-place finish was his 25th top-10 on the series. - The ninth-place finish by interim driver Scott Riggs was the best for Impact Motorsports' Royal Crown Cola Dodge since Stacy Compton ran third in last season's finale at California Speedway. Riggs and crew chief Charlie Long, who operates a successful North Carolina engine building shop specializing in Late Model Stock Car powerplants, reportedly have been extended for the tour's next event in Washington. Daredevil Robbie Knievel helped lure a large crowd to PPIR, leaping his motorcycle over several soft drink trucks and a number of the track's fire trucks. Virtually all of the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series competitors stayed in their seats to witness the jump following the conclusion of their drivers meeting.

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Greg Biffle , Mike Wallace , Andy Houston , Kurt Busch , Stacy Compton , Ron Hornaday Jr. , Jack Sprague , Robbie Knievel , Scott Riggs , Bryan Reffner , Jack Roush