BIFFLE IN MIX FOR THE WIN BEFORE LATE LAP CRASH DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., February 13, 2010 -- Before strapping into the No. 27 Red Man Moist Snuff Ford Fusion for Saturday's DRIVE4COPD 300 at Daytona International Speedway, Greg Biffle ...
BIFFLE IN MIX FOR THE WIN BEFORE LATE LAP CRASH
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., February 13, 2010 -- Before strapping into the No. 27 Red Man Moist Snuff Ford Fusion for Saturday's DRIVE4COPD 300 at Daytona International Speedway, Greg Biffle decided that his approach during the early stages of the race would be to "wait and see." Having to start near the back of the field, he would evaluate what was happening in front of him before deciding to hang out in the back or make an early march forward. After leading nine laps and spending 73 laps in the top-15, the veteran driver was reminded that there is no safe place to be at the famed 2.5 mile superspeedway after getting caught up in a 10-car wreck on lap 92. Biffle spent the majority of the last 30 laps in the garage and wound up with a 26th-place finish.
"I'm so proud of all the guys at Baker Curb Racing," Biffle boasted after the race. "The Red Man Moist Snuff Ford was extremely fast from the time they unloaded it off the hauler. We had a solid, top-10 car and I was driving a smart race, just trying to keep the fenders and bumper straight because I knew it was going to be a fight at the end. I was ready to battle for the win. Unfortunately, I just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time before we got to the end."
With qualifying being washed out on Friday, Biffle started the race from 32nd position based on being a race winner in 2009. After two quick cautions involving ten cars occurred in the first 10 laps of the race, the veteran driver decided that the back of the pack wasn't the safest place to be. When the race went back to green flag conditions on lap 11, Biffle slowly marched from the 35th position, weaving in and out of both lines of the draft, into the top 10 on lap 20.
Despite advancing through the field Biffle communicated to his new crew chief, Rick Viers, that the Red Man Moist Snuff Ford Fusion was a little tight. On lap 43, the Vancouver, WA native followed the majority of the lead pack down pit road, where the Red Man Racing Crew put four fresh tires on, filled the car with fuel, made a trackbar adjustment and sent Biffle back to the track.
Once Biffle returned to the track, he quickly made his way to the front of the field. Shortly after he took the lead, the race's third caution occurred on lap 53. After the race restarted on lap 55, the No. 27 Red Man Moist Snuff Ford Fusion continued to set the pace until Biffle was shuffled out of the draft on lap 61. He made his way back in line in eighth position, where he settled in at the back of the lead-pack.
A 12-car crash on lap 69 brought out the red flag. When pit road opened Biffle brought the No. 27 Red Man Moist Snuff Ford down pit road for four tires and fuel. After the stop was completed, crew chief Rick Viers communicated to his driver that they were good to go the rest of the way on fuel.
As the race progressed, Biffle settled into ninth position. The veteran driver was waiting to make a late race move when several cars in front of him made contact and went spinning. The Red Man Moist Snuff Ford was collected in the wreck causing severe damage to the rear bumper and hood and a broken radiator, ending hopes of Biffle's first Nationwide win at Daytona.
Biffle will be back in the Red Man Moist Snuff Ford Fusion Saturday February 20th when the Nationwide Series takes to Auto Club Speedway for the Stater Bros. 300 on ESPN 2 at 5:00 p.m. ET.