David Reininger - motorsport.com Brooklyn, Mich. (July 22, 2000) - Greg Biffle won his fifth Craftsman Truck Series race of the season after leading 90 of 100 laps in the Michigan 200. It was his second consecutive win at the 2-mile ...
David Reininger - motorsport.com
Brooklyn, Mich. (July 22, 2000) - Greg Biffle won his fifth Craftsman Truck Series race of the season after leading 90 of 100 laps in the Michigan 200. It was his second consecutive win at the 2-mile high-banked superspeedway. There were 14 lead changes among five drivers. Biffle led seven different times including the first 39 and last six laps.
The first caution flag, for debris in turn one, occurred on lap 57, erasing a five second lead by Biffle. "When the yellow flags came out, they could bunch up behind me. But when they were not running like that I could get away."
"They could drag with me down the straights, but I could get away through the corners."
"For the fans, it was a great race. From my seat, it was the toughest win I ever had. At the end I had to go for all it was worth. In the battle behind me both drivers had to drive defensively and that helped me to get away a little bit."
Biffle's margin of victory was 1.324 seconds over Roush Racing teammate Kurt Busch in the Exide Batteries Ford. It was the third time this season the pair has finished 1-2. Busch is the leading rookie in the championship standings with two wins this season, at Milwaukee and New Hampshire.
"This is a big aerodynamic day for us. We learned a lot and finished all the laps," said Busch. "I learned a lot about the draft at Daytona and Texas and it helped today at Michigan Speedway."
"We had a tough truck. It started a little tight, we had a little trouble in the pit stops, but we worked it out. I couldn't catch (Biffle)."
Mike Wallace finished third in the Team ASE Ford, nearly half a second behind Busch. With teammates Biffle and Busch working together to seal the victory, Wallace was left to fend for himself. "It was a little difficult - I couldn't battle both the No. 50 and the No. 99 by myself," said Wallace, who still retains second place in the championship point standings.
Although Wallace remained in the top-five during the entire race, he was never able to seriously challenge Biffle's Grainger Ford. "The truck was grippy," said Wallace, "and I thought we had a shot, but we were a little tight. It was a good race though."
Andy Houston finished fourth in the CAT Rental Stores Chevrolet with Dennis Setzer rounding out the top-five in the Mopar Performance Parts Dodge.
With a 193 point lead in the championship standings, Biffle can go to cruise mode for the rest of the season. "I can assure you we're not giving up," said Wallace. We'll keep digging every week. Not that we wish any bad luck on Greg, but that's about the only way we're going to beat him on points."
Seven races remain in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. The next race is August 3 at Indianapolis Raceway Park in Clermont, Indiana.