RED MAN RACING LEAVES WEST COAST SWING WITH A PAIR OF TOP-10 FINISHES LAS VEGAS, Nev., (February 28, 2010) -- After turning in the fastest lap in final practice on Friday, defending Sam's Town 300 winner Greg Biffle had high expectations of ...
RED MAN RACING LEAVES WEST COAST SWING WITH A PAIR OF TOP-10 FINISHES
LAS VEGAS, Nev., (February 28, 2010) -- After turning in the fastest lap in final practice on Friday, defending Sam's Town 300 winner Greg Biffle had high expectations of bringing home back-to-back NASCAR Nationwide Series wins at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Biffle ran in the top 10 for the majority of the race but despite numerous adjustments to the Red Man Moist Snuff Ford Fusion was unable to find the necessary speed to challenge for the win in Saturday's race. With a ninth-place finish, the Red Man Racing team registered top-10 finishes in both of the February west coast races and also led at least one lap in each race.
"The Red Man Moist Snuff Ford Fusion was pretty good today," said Biffle. "It was hard to pass out there because everyone seemed to be running about the same speed. We made a lot of adjustments near the end of the race trying to find some speed. We got a little better but needed more to get to the front. I thought we would have a better finish, but we ended up with another top 10 and that's something to build on."
The Vancouver, WA native started the race from the ninth position and made his way into the top 5 by lap 40. Biffle communicated to crew chief Rick Viers that the Red Man Moist Snuff Ford Fusion was a little tight as he continued to run fifth in the early stages of the race. As the leaders began to make their first pit stops of the day under green-flag conditions around lap 55, Biffle remained on the track and led a lap before coming down pit road on lap 60. The Red Man Racing crew put four fresh tires on the car, filled it with fuel and returned the No. 27 Ford Fusion to the track in 12th position.
Biffle had made his way back into fifth position when a caution occurred on lap 84. He communicated that the car was still tight and needed the crew to make an adjustment to free the car. He brought the Red Man Moist Snuff Ford down pit road where the crew put on four fresh tires, filled it with fuel and took a half-round of wedge out.
As the race progressed, the defending race winner continued to communicate to his crew chief that the car was too tight. Each pit stop the Red Man Racing crew continued to make adjustments on the car as the temperatures continued to decrease and threat of rain increased.
After a caution occurred on lap 165, Biffle brought the Red Man Moist Snuff Ford down pit road where the crew made a final attempt to free the car by moving the trackbar up two rounds and taking two rounds of wedge out of the right rear.
When the race restarted on lap 170 Biffle was scored in the 16th position. Over the last 30 laps of the race the veteran managed to maneuver his way past seven cars and finished in ninth place. The top-10 finish was his eighth career in nine NASCAR Nationwide Series starts at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Biffle, who is eighth in the NASCAR Nationwide Series point standings, will be back in the Red Man Moist Snuff Ford Fusion Saturday, March 20th, when the Nationwide Series takes to Bristol Motor Speedway.
-source: baker curb racing