Greg Biffle earned his second Busch victory in his last three attempts, Saturday at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Biffle overtook Michael Waltrip with ten laps to go, to earn his 11th career victory. "It's pretty much not fair when we bring that race...
Greg Biffle earned his second Busch victory in his last three attempts, Saturday at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Biffle overtook Michael Waltrip with ten laps to go, to earn his 11th career victory.
"It's pretty much not fair when we bring that race car," Biffle said. "It's just an awesome car."
Biffle has to overcome a flat tire, which his crew fixed on the starting grid, to become the first driver since Jeff Gordon in 1992 to win an AMS race from the pole position. He also had to rebound from a miscue on pit road, when a speeding penalty forced him to repit and fall twenty second behind the lead car.
A late race yellow, helped Biffle surge past Waltrip. Biffle on fresher tires was a rocketship compared to Waltrip on older tires.
"The Kleenex guys brought the same car we won with in Chalotte," Biffle said. "We worked it on it some in the pits. We were good on the short runs. I was excited to see that caution come with a short run. We were passing for the lead in three and four. I was real fortunate to drive this racecar. This is a good race team."
Winston Cup point leader Matt Kenseth was second. Kenseth had to motor from the rear of the field, after starting 42nd due to an engine change.
"Just speed," said Kenseth on what his car was lacking in the final laps. "I was handling awesome. I don't think I could have had my car any better. On short runs I would just get eaten up with everyone on new tires; they would just kill me. Once the tires would get warm, we were real competitive. I'm happy how competitive we were. We were much better than we were all weekend, but we've just got to upgrade our stuff and get some stuff that will run with all of the rest of the guys that have all of the backing out here. We're just a little bit short. We're close, but if we would have had a little more power I think we might have been able to win today, but we just couldn't quite get it done."
Bobby Hamilton, Jr. was third, followed by Michael Waltrip and Hank Parker, Jr.
David Green's eighth place result propels him back to the top position in Busch series points, 13 points ahead of the field. Brian Vickers who entered AMS in the lead, had problems and finished 31rst.
Vickers encountered troubles early in the race, after making contact with the race car of Hank Parker, Jr. Parker's car was not adversely affected, but the incident caused race long traumas for Vickers. The blows just kept coming for Vickers, as he made contact with the wall on lap 47, and later had to enter the garage to fix a fender brace.
"I don't know what Hank Parker, Jr. was doing. Maybe that's why he's not racing full-time this year," commented a frustrated Vickers.
The poor finish knocks Vickers four spots to fifth in championship points, 49 markers out of first.
Scott Riggs climbs back to second in the championship hunt, while Jason Keller and Ron Hornaday round out the top five.
The 49 point separation between positions one through five in rankings, is the tightest margin in series history with just three events left to be completed.