Greg Biffle tops Homestead mark

GREG BIFFLE TAKES NEW TEAMMATE'S ADVICE, UNOFFICIALLY SHATTERS HOMESTEAD TRUCK RECORD HOMESTEAD, Fla. (Jan. 26, 1999) - Having a new teammate is already paying dividends for second-year NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series driver Greg Biffle.

GREG BIFFLE TAKES NEW TEAMMATE'S ADVICE, UNOFFICIALLY SHATTERS HOMESTEAD TRUCK RECORD

HOMESTEAD, Fla. (Jan. 26, 1999) - Having a new teammate is already paying dividends for second-year NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series driver Greg Biffle. After a few words of encouragement from Mike Bliss, Biffle ran a fast lap of 36.02 seconds (149.9 mph) Tuesday to unofficially shatter the track record at the Miami-Dade Homestead Motorsports Complex. Roush Racing Biffle and Bliss were among 10 Ford drivers completing the two-day test, preparing for the March 20 season-opening Florida Dodge Dealers 400. Also testing were defending Florida Dodge Dealers 400 winner Rick Crawford, Ron Barfield, Mike Wallace, Rob Morgan, Kevin Cywinski, Kevin Harvick, Mike Stefanik and Tim Steele. Biffle and the remainder of the NASCAR Craftsman Truck competitors will be looking to officially better Jack Sprague's track record of 36.173 seconds (149.283 mph) in time trials on Friday, March 19. "Having Mike here really helped a lot," explained, a 29-year-old native of Vancouver, Wash. "It helped me on that (simulated) qualifying lap, the 36.02. I asked Mike how it was when he did a 36.44, and he said it stuck real good, so I took what he said to heart and really drove it down in there. I probably wouldn't have done that if I didn't have advice. It worked, it stuck in there." Biffle won four pole positions and scored a pair of second-place finishes to highlight his rookie of the year season. He scored a fourth place finish at Homestead in the Grainger Ford F-150, his second of eight top-five finishes. Prior to joining the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, he competed in several late model stock car divisions in NASCAR's Winston Racing Series on the West Coast. He caught the attention of ESPN commentator Benny Parsons while running in the 1995-96 Winter Heat series, causing the 1973 NASCAR Winston Cup champion to recommend the young driver to truck owner Jack Roush. While Biffle was encouraged with his simulated qualifying run, he was very pleased with work on the race setup. "The truck's running good, and it's great on long runs, too, even with 60-lap tires. We tried a lot of changes during the test so that when we come back here in March, if the weather's different we'll have an idea of what to expect. Qualifying's important, but I think if you start in the top six rows you'll be OK in the race. The Florida Dodge Dealers 400 joins the CART FedEx Championship Series in the Speedway's season-opening March 19-21 weekend. Sunday's event schedule features the Marlboro Grand Prix of Miami Presented by Toyota, plus the PPG-Dayton Indy Lights Series. For ticket orders, call (305) 230-7223. For additional information, visit the Speedway's official website, www.racemiami.com.

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Kevin Harvick , Greg Biffle , Mike Wallace , Jack Sprague , Rick Crawford , Tim Steele , Mike Bliss , Rob Morgan , Benny Parsons , Ron Barfield , Jack Roush