Greg Biffle took the lead with nine to go, bypassing teammate Carl Edwards and stuck the No. 16 Roush Ford out to an impressive lead. He lead the remaining laps unchallenged on his way to his 18th NASCAR Busch Series victory. The break of the...
Greg Biffle took the lead with nine to go, bypassing teammate Carl Edwards and stuck the No. 16 Roush Ford out to an impressive lead. He lead the remaining laps unchallenged on his way to his 18th NASCAR Busch Series victory.
The break of the race for Biffle was when he stayed out during a late race caution not because he wanted too but because his team was out of tires. Biffle led 51 of 150 laps to earn his first win of 2006 in any NASCAR series and the fifth straight Roush Racing win at California Speedway.
"We had to stay out, we didn't have any tires," said Biffle. "We didn't have the fastest car in the middle of the race, but in the end we were running right up there with the leaders. I thought we were going to be a sitting duck with everyone on fresh tires but we held them off. I am pretty excited."
Pole sitter Ryan Newman got around Edwards in the races closing laps for second, "We weren't as quick as Biffle and a couple others. But, we were really good on restarts and showed our strength there. I got by the 21 and thought I need a green/white/checker but it never came."
Edwards, who led 49 laps, was forced to settle for third.
"We felt like if everything went well and we got some lucky breaks and a caution at the end that we would be sitting good at the end of the race on fresh tires," explained Edwards. "I am telling you what the big win for the day was that we had a lot of fun. Racing with Jeff Burton and Greg Biffle that was great fun."
Jeff Burton and Jamie McMurray complete the top five.
"I was digging after the restart and it just turned sideways," explained Burton. "I am disappointed that we didn't win or do better than that in the end."
It was a clean sweep of the top-11 spots by full time Nextel Cup series drivers.
There were four cautions for 15 laps with only one multi-car incident. On lap three, Mark Green got turned around making contact with Elliott Sadler and Reed Sorenson. Sorenson sustained minimal damage and rallied back to an 11th place finish; Sadler was not so fortunate, he went a lap down and wound up two laps down in 32nd.
There were 10 lead changes among 23 drivers.
Kevin Harvick leads Busch series standings by nine points over JJ Yeley. Clint Bowyer, Jamie McMurray, Todd Kluever, Burney Lamar, Jon Wood, Reed Sorenson, Greg Biffle and Denny Hamlin complete the top ten.
Notably, the late race caution on lap 134 was for debris on the racetrack. After the race end it was discovered that the debris was a drivers' glove. NASCAR was looking into the possibility that someone intentionally caused the caution. The offending glove was taken to the Busch hauler for further analysis.