LAST-LAP INCIDENT RUINS TOP-FIVE RUN IN BIFFLE'S RED MAN FINALE CHARLOTTE, N.C. (May 30, 2010) -- Running his final race behind the wheel of the Red Man Moist Snuff Ford Fusion, Greg Biffle had the No. 27 in line for another top-5 finish before...
LAST-LAP INCIDENT RUINS TOP-FIVE RUN IN BIFFLE'S RED MAN FINALE
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (May 30, 2010) -- Running his final race behind the wheel of the Red Man Moist Snuff Ford Fusion, Greg Biffle had the No. 27 in line for another top-5 finish before being sent into the wall on the final lap of the Tech-Net Auto Service 300 Saturday at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Biffle, who led four laps during the race and spent over half of the race's 200 laps running in the top three, limped across the line for a 13th-place finish.
"The Red Man Moist Snuff Ford Fusion was super fast running the top line and we had a legitimate shot at winning today," said Biffle. "Unfortunately we got pushed up into the wall on the last lap and didn't end up with the finish we deserved. Once again Baker Curb Racing supplied me with a great car, Rick (Viers) made great calls all day and the pit crew did a nice job all day. I know that they are working hard to find sponsors and hopefully I'll be back in the No. 27 for some more races this season because it has been a lot of fun!"
"I can't thank Greg enough for his commitment to Baker Curb and the Red Man Racing program," Baker Curb Racing president Matt Crews said. "His level of professionalism is second-to-non and he gives you everything he has during every minute of practice and every lap of the race. That commitment has paid off and put us back in a position where we are running up front competing for the win every week. With Greg behind the wheel of the No. 27 it has showed that a small independent team can compete with the powerful Sprint Cup affiliated teams. We are doing everything we can to find more sponsors so that we can get Greg back in our car for more races this year."
The Vancouver, WA native started the race from the 16th position and made his way into the top 10 on lap 12. Biffle communicated to crew chief Rick Viers that the Red Man Moist Snuff Ford Fusion was a little too tight as he slowly marched toward the top 5. Shortly after moving into the third position on lap 55, the two cars in front of the No. 27 pitted and Biffle assumed the lead for one lap before making his way down pit road under green-flag conditions.
The Red Man Racing crew put on four fresh tires, filled the Red Man Moist Snuff Ford Fusion with fuel and made a trackbar adjustment and returned the No. 27 back to the track in the sixth position. On lap 70 the defending Nationwide Series champion had made his way back to third but communicated that the adjustments had made the car too loose.
On lap 95 Biffle brushed the wall while running the top line of the track, but suffered minimal damage. A debris caution occurred on lap 102 and when pit road opened, Biffle brought his Ford Fusion down pit road. The Red Man Racing crew pulled out the right side fenders, put four fresh tires on, filled the Red Man Moist Snuff Ford with fuel and returned the veteran driver to the track in the fourth spot.
In the middle of the race Biffle continued to run in the top three and the Red Man Moist Snuff Ford Fusion turned the fastest laps on anyone in the top 5 as the race continued under green flag conditions. Biffle closed the gap on the top two cars and went to the front for laps 127 through 129 before settling into the second spot.
As the race entered the last 50 laps, Biffle ran in the fifth position as he communicated to Viers that the Red Man Moist Snuff Ford Fusion was too tight. When a caution occurred on lap 188, the veteran driver brought his No. 27 down pit road for two fresh tires and a trackbar adjustment and returned him to the track in the fifth spot.
Shortly after the race went back to green flag conditions another caution occurred setting up a green-white-checker finish. On the final lap of the race, Biffle had a strong run on the outside line and looked destined for a third-place finish when another car made things three-wide and pushed Biffle up the track into the wall.
Scott Wimmer will take over the seat of the No. 27 for the next two races for Biffle, who ranks eighth in the NASCAR Nationwide Series point standings, as the series comes to Baker Curb Racing's backyard, the Nashville Superspeedway.