BIFFLE EDGED AT STRIPE BY BUSCH IN FANTASTIC FONTANA FINISH FONTANA, Calif., (February 21, 2010) --Greg Biffle dove to the inside of Kyle Busch and Joey Logano on the final restart of the Stater Bros. 300 at Auto Club Speedway on Saturday and ...
BIFFLE EDGED AT STRIPE BY BUSCH IN FANTASTIC FONTANA FINISH
FONTANA, Calif., (February 21, 2010) --Greg Biffle dove to the inside of Kyle Busch and Joey Logano on the final restart of the Stater Bros. 300 at Auto Club Speedway on Saturday and managed to lead the last lap and three quarters of the race before being overtaken by Busch down the front stretch on the final lap. Biffle finished .052 seconds behind Busch in the 10th closest finish in the history of the NASCAR Nationwide Series.
"I got a great run off the corner but Kyle just side-drafted me to the line," said Biffle. "It was quite interesting down the front stretch. He had my tires off the ground most of the way down. It was a great finish. I think the fans really got to see an exciting finish today. The guys at Baker Curb Racing built a great car and I want to thank them for giving me the opportunity to drive the Red Man Moist Snuff Ford Fusion."
Biffle started the race from the fifth position and despite battling a tight race car, made his way into the second spot on lap 20. The Red Man Moist Snuff Ford Fusion had fallen back to the fifth position when the first caution of the race occurred on lap 33. The Vancouver, WA native brought his No. 27 down pit road where the Red Man Racing crew put four fresh tires on, filled it with fuel and took a round of wedge out of the right rear.
When the race went back to green flag conditions, Biffle continued to communicate to crew chief Rick Viers that the Red Man Moist Snuff Ford Fusion was very tight but he continued to run in the top 10. Shortly after making a green flag pit stop on lap 81, a debris caution occurred on lap 86. When pit road opened on lap 88, the top five cars elected to pit but Viers opted to save his last set of stickers for later in the race and Biffle took the lead. The three-time Nationwide winner at Auto Club Speedway paced the field until lap 99 then settled back into the top 5.
For most of the last 50 laps Joe Gibbs Racing teammates Joey Logano and Kyle Busch paced the field with Biffle a quarter of a straightaway behind. On lap 146 Brendan Gaughan spun off turn 4 bringing out the caution, setting up the historic green-white-checkered finish.
Biffle's second-place finish was the first for Baker Curb Racing (formerly Brewco Motorsports) since Jason Keller finished fifth in the June Milwaukee race in 2007.
"It is a real pleasure to work with Greg and he did an awesome job all day," said crew chief Rick Viers. "I'm real proud of the entire Red Man Racing team. The car was well prepared and we had great pit stops all day. We have a great group of guys on this team and have a lot to look forward to the rest of the year."
Biffle will be back in the Red Man Moist Snuff Ford Fusion Saturday, February 27th, when the Nationwide Series takes to Las Vegas Motor Speedway for the Sam's Town 300.
-source: baker curb racing