Biffle and Bliss swing and miss By Brett Borden PHOENIX (March 27, 1999) It was a noble quest. Greg Biffle and Mike Bliss, the two NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series drivers working for Jack Roush, were out to give their boss his 200th career...
Biffle and Bliss swing and miss By Brett Borden
PHOENIX (March 27, 1999) It was a noble quest. Greg Biffle and Mike Bliss, the two NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series drivers working for Jack Roush, were out to give their boss his 200th career victory as a car owner. Each was looking for that home run that would be a memorable day for both the boss and themselves. Despite their 1-2 finish in last fall's race at Phoenix International Raceway, neither could do it this time around.
As it turns out, it didn't matter much, as Mark Martin won the NASCAR Busch Series Grand National Division's Coca-Cola 300 at Texas Motor Speedway, giving Roush his 200th win. So Bliss and Biffle will have to be happy with 10th- and 11th-place finishes, respectively.
"We banked on the race track being tight and it wasn't," said Bliss, who won last October's race at PIR. "I was loose at the start and spun out (rear contact with the wall). I really lucked out on that deal. We were loose all day and chased our tail all day. It was one of those days that we couldn't stay out of harm's way. I'm proud of the Exide Ford guys. They did an excellent job all day long. At the end of the race I think we had the fastest truck out there."
Biffle's story was a little different, though the result was almost the same.
"We started out the race a little too free," he said. "The track started to get loose as the afternoon went on. We didn't adjust for it and it cost us. We need to work on our pit strategy and get better at it. It's tough on the team. The guys are doing a good job but we need some work on our stops. We need to make the right changes at the right time. And a lot of that is me afraid of adjusting myself out of the race. Maybe we need to take a few more risks to get this turned around. It's frustrating but we'll keep working on it."
Source: NASCAR Online