WATKINS GLEN, NY -- Greg Biffle tied a NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series record by capturing his third consecutive race in the Bully Hill Vineyards 150 at Watkins Glen International today. Biffle held off his teammate Kurt Busch and hard charging road...
WATKINS GLEN, NY -- Greg Biffle tied a NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series record by capturing his third consecutive race in the Bully Hill Vineyards 150 at Watkins Glen International today. Biffle held off his teammate Kurt Busch and hard charging road course ace Ron Fellows for the win at the historic 2.45-mile road course.
Biffle (#50 Grainger Ford) can make series history next week by winning at Milwaukee. Biffle's victory was his fourth of the season and he extended his points lead over Jack Sprague to 54 points. Sprague finished fifth.
Perhaps the most compelling story of the day was that of Fellows, who was forced to start at the back of the field after he switched trucks. Fellows (#87 Bully Hill Vineyards Chevrolet) broke a brake pedal during qualifying yesterday and missed the show, but made a last-minute arrangement with team owner John Conely to drive his truck.
Despite starting at the back of the field, Fellows methodically moved his way through the field and probably would have won the race if not for a pit stop mishap on lap 53. Fellows had trouble with radio communication and entered the pits before they were open. "Our biggest problem was mostly driver mistakes," Fellows admitted. "We came into the pits twice when we shouldn't have. The crew did an awesome job of getting me a truck to drive in the race. It was better than I thought it would be, particularly."
But the day belonged to Biffle, who also won the Bud pole award. "It's really exciting to get the Grainger Ford into victory circle for the third week in a row," Biffle said. "I can't say enough about what a great job the guys back at the shop have been doing building these trucks. We just unload them and they are incredibly quick. All we have to do at the racetrack is make some minor adjustments and it just gets faster."
Busch (#99 Exide Batteries Ford) also had an impressive day. "We had a great truck. There was no catching the #50 team. Hats off to them. I have to thank my crew. We had the best strategy out there."
Meanwhile, qualifying for tomorrow's Lysol 200 NASCAR Busch Series race was completed today. Fellows (#87 Bully Hill Vineyards Chevrolet) won the Bud Pole with a lap of 1:13:805 seconds (119.504 mph), shattering the track record set by Boris Said in 1998 (1:14:952 seconds, 117.875 mph). Tim Fedewa (#36 Stanley Chevrolet) will start along side Fellows on the front row. Points leader Jeff Green will start 10th.
Tickets are still available for tomorrow's Lysol 200 by calling the Watkins Glen ticket office at 607-535-2481 or by visiting www.theglen.com Pit passes are also available for a special price of $25.