By Thomas Chemris - Motorsport.com Nazareth, PA Rookie Greg Biffle, used pit strategy to win his second race of the season. Leading by a run away margin of 8.574 over series points leader Kevin Harvick. Biffle, who has won a Craftsman...
By Thomas Chemris - Motorsport.com
Rookie Greg Biffle, used pit strategy to win his second race of the season.
Leading by a run away margin of 8.574 over series points leader Kevin Harvick.
Biffle, who has won a Craftsman Truck event at the Speedway, joins Danny Sullivan, and Ron Hornaday as the only drivers to win events in different series at the track.
"It was a great race for us. The track conditions today were quite a bit different than yesterday. So, there was quite a bit of adjusting we had to do throughout the race.
"It is really a tough racetrack to keep the car turning. The way I had my car set up, anytime I chopped the wheel down the back end would slide out, I had to be real careful," notes the race winner.
Biffle took the lead on lap 118, two laps after the caution flag flew for debris, and the call was to keep him on the track while the leaders pitted. Biffle, who stopped on lap 96, gambled, feeling they could make it on fuel.
"I thought we were sitting ducks with Harvick and Green back there with four new tires, I almost made some pretty severe mistakes."
Biffle was surprised by the call, "We always say that you can't come to a fight without any bullets, Usually tires make it go. With these new, harder tires, that is not always the case".
Kevin Harvick, Jeff Green, Jason Keller, and Tim Feedewa rounded out the top five.
Harvick, who led the race from laps 14-95, appeared to have the dominant car, but was never able to return to the front.
Harvick who raced in both Charlotte and Nazareth this weekend felt that the team missed adjustments in the Pits. "I knew I couldn't run happy hour, we ran as much as we could in the practice yesterday morning, and we thought we had the car pretty close. I should have made an adjustment on the second pit stop, the car was tight, and as good as it was on the first run, I said leave it, I made a mistake."
Defending Champion Jeff Green felt that the varied pace of the field affected the competition.
"There were so many cars that were off, it was ridiculous, and I do not know what we can do about it".
Green indicated he felt the team could have changed the races outcome with a varied pit strategy.
"I never dreamed that we would have twenty laps of caution, it seemed like fifty to me. We would have never pitted if we knew that was the case. Gregg took a gamble. I do not know his fuel mileage but we run the same motor, supposedly, and I know what gas mileage we were getting".
During the event, there were eight lead changes among seven drivers; other drivers to lead laps included Fedewa, Grubb, Purvis, Randy Lajoie, and Pole sitter Tony Raines.
There were three caution periods for a total of twenty laps.
On track incidents included spins by Bill Hoff, Kelly Denton, and wall contact, by Scott Wimmer, and Kenny Wallace.
Wallace had the hard hit of the day, making strong contact with the wall on lap 123, following contact with Jamie McMurray.
Wallace was one of several drivers who raced at Charlotte the night before the event.
Kevin Harvick and Bobby Hamilton Jr also pulled double duty. Each stated that they only received about four hours sleep between the two events.
NASCAR President Mike Helton was on hand, noting, "I only got about two and a half hour sleep, but this is a real special weekend".
The rain at the Winston raised questions of competing in two divisions. The AC Delco team was prepared for the worst, and had veteran Mike Bliss standing by to jump in the car if a conflict presented itself.
The time of the race was one hour fifty-five minutes, and twenty five seconds, with an average speed of 103.971mph.
Kevin Harvick remains the point's leader, followed by Jeff Green, and race winner Greg Biffle. The three are separated by a total of 145 points.
The series heads to Charlotte for competition in the Car Quest 300 on May 26th.