Biffle Claims Victory in Pikes Peak. By Thomas Chemris 2002 NASCAR Busch Champion Greg Biffle used tire management and solid strategy to claim his fourth victory of the season. Divided between two race tracks, Biffle did not turn a lap in the...
Biffle Claims Victory in Pikes Peak.
By Thomas Chemris
2002 NASCAR Busch Champion Greg Biffle used tire management and solid strategy to claim his fourth victory of the season.
Divided between two race tracks, Biffle did not turn a lap in the car until the green flag fell.
The Roush driver has been competing in both the Busch and Nextel Cup has had little scheduling conflict between the two series, however, this weekend presented many logistical problems. While Biffle's Busch team was in Colorado, his Nextel Cup team was in Pocono PA.
Biffle enlisted the services of Mike McLaughlin to practice and qualify his car, and then took over. NASCAR rules allow a driver change, however it requires that the car move from its qualifying position to the tail end of the pack.
Starting forty-third, Biffle made up track position by making a fuel only stop early on. A move that not only moved him through the pack but left the team a valuable set of fresh tires that would eventually take him to victory lane.
The opportunity to play the strategy out came on lap 215 of the 250 lap event. Biffle took fresh rubber under caution. NASCAR limits the amount of tires a team can use under yellow and Biffle's team utilized there Goodyear's while his competitors were out of there allotted sets and had to settle for fuel only.
Biffle came out of the pits eleventh, and when the green flag dropped he was the class of the field, easily moving his way to the point and the eventual win.
"I just had to wait for a caution, and then I was going to race hard. We played strategy today", said Biffle who scored his fifteenth career win in the series.
Finishing behind Biffle were Stacy Compton, Jason Leffler, and Martin Truex Jr.
Truex maintains the number one spot in the Championship standing 142 markers ahead of rookie Kyle Busch.
Next the series heads to Indianapolis Raceway Park for the Kroger 200.