Biffle notches Darlington victory

Biffle notches Darlington victory

Greg Biffle sailed past Ryan Newman with two laps to go under a green/white/checker condition to earn the win tonight at the Darlington Raceway. Biffle was the class of the field all day, leading a race-high 176 laps but faltered with 45 laps to...

Greg Biffle sailed past Ryan Newman with two laps to go under a green/white/checker condition to earn the win tonight at the Darlington Raceway. Biffle was the class of the field all day, leading a race-high 176 laps but faltered with 45 laps to go.

Greg Biffle.
Photo by Autostock.
After a round of pit stops, Biffle's No. 16 Ford developed a loose condition which dropped Biffle from first to fourth. Biffle hung out in the top five for the rest of the run but a spin by teammate Mark Martin with four to go gave Biffle the chance for victory.

Biffle pitted when leader Ryan Newman stayed out. On the restart, with two to go on fresher tires, Biffle easily sailed past Newman to score his third win of the season and sixth of his career.

"We had a great car all night," said Biffle. "Track position is so tough, I was too loose so we tried some air pressure on that one run in the end, and we fell back to third. But, these guys, they just never give up. Great race car tonight."

Jeff Gordon followed up his win last weekend at Talladega with second place.

"We were lucky just to get to the start/finish line," said Gordon. "We got it all going again and we got into turn one and man it was just wide open. I knew the 16 was the guy to get by, he was the first guy on four tires.I am real proud of these guys that was not our best effort at Darlington.but somehow we pulled off a second place finish."

The hopes of the No. 9 Dodge team to grab a win for Kasey Kahne Saturday night did not materialize. Kahne led at times, but lady luck was just not on his side tonight to break his winless streak.

"We'll take that," said Kahne. "It's a little disappointing we had a good car."

Despite a late race spin Mark Martin finished fourth followed by Ryan Newman.

"You'd think with 20 some cars on the lead lap that at least three of the guys running last would stay out," said Newman. "But they didn't. And we had those lapped cars between us. I can't say that was a bad call by anybody. But we had a car that should have won this race tonight."

Jimmie Johnson continues to lead Nextel Cup series point's standings. Jeff Gordon (-127), Greg Biffle (-148), Kurt Busch (-229), Elliott Sadler (-252), Mark Martin (-293), Tony Stewart (-297), Jamie McMurray (-302), Dale Earnhardt, Jr. (-307) and Ryan Newman (-314) complete the top ten.

There were 12 cautions for 48 laps and a race record 14 lead changes. Three of those cautions were caused by the ongoing feud between Jeff Green and Michael Waltrip that reached a head this evening. NASCAR called both drivers into the trailer post race to discuss the matter.

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt , Jeff Gordon , Tony Stewart , Michael Waltrip , Greg Biffle , Jeff Green , Kurt Busch , Ryan Newman , Jimmie Johnson , Jamie McMurray , Kasey Kahne , Elliott Sadler , Mark Martin