BIFFLE LEADS 44 LAPS; FINISHES 6TH AT BRISTOL BRISTOL, Tenn., (March 20, 2010) - Greg Biffle continued his strong start to the 2010 NASCAR Nationwide Series with a sixth-place finish Saturday in the Scotts Turf Builder 300 at Bristol Motor ...
BIFFLE LEADS 44 LAPS; FINISHES 6TH AT BRISTOL
BRISTOL, Tenn., (March 20, 2010) - Greg Biffle continued his strong start to the 2010 NASCAR Nationwide Series with a sixth-place finish Saturday in the Scotts Turf Builder 300 at Bristol Motor Speedway. Biffle ran in the top 10 all race long and paced the field for 44 laps en route to his third top-10 finish of the season. After leaving Daytona 26th in the NASCAR Nationwide Series point standings, Biffle has climbed all the up to sixth place.
"We had a top three car but in the middle of the race I got run up into the wall and I think that hurt us," said Biffle. "It caused some damage to the fender and really threw off our chassis adjustments. In the end it was still another good day for the Red Man Racing team."
The No. 27 Red Man Moist Snuff Ford started the race from the fifth position. During the early stages of the race, Biffle communicated to crew chief Rick Viers that the car was just a little too loose. When a debris caution occurred on lap 53, the veteran driver brought the car down pit road where the Red Man Racing crew put four fresh tires on, filled it with fuel and made a trackbar adjustment.
Biffle had settled into the third position when a four-car accident brought out the red flag on lap 90. After a routine pit stop, the Red Man Moist Snuff Ford got cut-off trying to exit the pits and returned to the track scored in the ninth position.
During the next long green-flag run, rookie Trevor Bayne slid up the track causing Biffle to make contact with the wall. As the race progressed, Biffle communicated to crew chief Rick Viers that the car had became really tight since the incident, but continued to run in the top 10.
Biffle was running in the third position when a caution occurred on lap 147. When pit road opened race leader Carl Edwards and second-place Kyle Busch both made their way down pit road but Biffle kept the Red Man Moist Snuff Ford on the track and assumed the lead.
When the race went back to green-flag conditions on lap 150, Biffle maintained his lead and would continue to pace the field until another caution occurred on lap 187. When pit road opened on lap 192, Biffle brought his No. 27 to the Red Man Racing Crew and they pulled the right front fender away from the tire, put on four fresh tires, filled it with fuel and returned him to the track in the sixth position.
The Vancouver, WA native continued to run in the top 10 during the races final 100 laps. He communicated to Viers that his Ford continued to get tighter as the race went along. With track position being critical at the half-mile track, Viers elected to keep Biffle on the track during each of the race's last three cautions.
The No. 27 team will be back in action when the NASCAR Nationwide Series heads to Nashville Superspeedway for the Nashville 300, Saturday, April 3.
-source: baker curb racing