BUSCH: Biffle wins wild night in Phoenix

Greg Biffle and his Brewco Racing team survived the wild night at the Phoenix International Raceway to pull out the victory in the NASCAR Busch Series "under the lights" Bashas' Supermarkets 200. "I just can't be more excited for this Brewco...

Greg Biffle and his Brewco Racing team survived the wild night at the Phoenix International Raceway to pull out the victory in the NASCAR Busch Series "under the lights" Bashas' Supermarkets 200.

"I just can't be more excited for this Brewco team to get this Ford Taurus in Victory Lane," expressed Biffle. "Second last week and to win this week, and I just love Phoenix. I love this area and I love the fans out here and just hopefully have a good run tomorrow night, too."

Biffle ended up dominating the race on the mile oval after an earlier spin in his Ford Taurus brought out the first of 14 cautions. The field also saw two red flags due to multi-car crash fests.

"I just had the Henkel car a little bit too loose at the start of the race and it was my fault, and it's been a long time since I've spun out by myself," commented Biffle on his early race spin. "I jumped in the throttle down there trying to get a run underneath that car, I don't know who I was trying to get by, but it was just my fault."

PIR has been known for a caution-filled event; however the record of nine cautions was broken before the halfway mark was met.

The No. 66 team made a strategy call to keep Biffle out after the early pit stop until they had to bring him in for fuel. Biffle cut his way back to the top and led for a total of 112 laps on his way to his 17th career win.

"These guys in the pits really recovered well for me and they put some wedge in the car and worked on it all night and never gave up," said the race winner about his crew.

Elliott Sadler hopped into a Busch car ride in order to test out the early evening going into night event before he challenges for Saturday's race win when the Nextel Cup cars will do their inaugural night race at the challenging and tricky PIR oval.

Sadler not only came back with information for team owner Robert Yates, but he also clinched second in tonight's Busch race.

"Everybody on the CitiFinancial Ford Taurus did a great job," commented Sadler. "We worked our butts off this weekend. We brought a brand new car and to come home and finish second

David Stremme took the third finish position in the U.S. Navy Dodge.

Two Chevy's wrapped up the top five: Kevin Harvick and Tony Stewart. It was a good run for Stewart who is recovering from burns sustained in a crash last week in Texas. Stewart suffered first degree burns on his leg and arm after the No. 20 Chevy erupted into flames.

The injury didn't slow Stewart who enjoys night racing, "I like night racing anyway. I always have. The good thing about night races is that I get to sleep-in in the morning. But the challenge is the same for everybody as far as how the surface temperature of the race track will cool off.

"That's the good thing about it. It gives us a challenge that we don't normally have on a day when the sun is out all day and the track normally won't change a lot. So it just adds another variable that makes it more exciting for the fans."

Carl Edwards continues to lead Busch series points. Reed Sorenson (-156), Clint Bowyer (-189), Kenny Wallace (-330) and Martin Truex, Jr. (-348) complete the top five.

More cars were involved in wrecks than weren't in the 200-miler at PIR. There were a record 14 cautions for 67 laps and seven lead changes among six drivers.

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Tony Stewart , Kevin Harvick , Kenny Wallace , Greg Biffle , Martin Truex Jr. , Carl Edwards , David Stremme , Clint Bowyer , Robert Yates , Elliott Sadler , Reed Sorenson