BIFFLE FLIRTS WITH VICTORY IN RED MAN RACING'S BACKYARD RICHMOND, Virg. (April 30, 2010) -- Greg Biffle was running ninth when a caution occurred on lap 246 setting up a green-white-checker finish to Friday night's Bubba Burger 250 at Richmond...
BIFFLE FLIRTS WITH VICTORY IN RED MAN RACING'S BACKYARD
RICHMOND, Virg. (April 30, 2010) -- Greg Biffle was running ninth when a caution occurred on lap 246 setting up a green-white-checker finish to Friday night's Bubba Burger 250 at Richmond International Raceway. Crew chief Rick Viers made the call to bring the No. 27 Red Man Moist Snuff Ford down pit road for two tires and returned his veteran driver to the track in fifth position for the final restart. After the green flag dropped, Biffle dove three-wide to the inside of Kyle Busch and Jamie McMurray and came out of Turn 3 with the lead. After leading the field to the white flag, Biffle was unable to hold off a hard-charging Brad Keselowski on the last lap and had to settle for a second-place finish.
"With Red Man Moist Snuff being based here in Richmond, it would've been extra special to put the Red Man Moist Snuff Ford in victory lane tonight but we came up just short," said Biffle. "Rick made a good call taking two tires, and put us in a good spot for the final restart. Kyle (Busch) and Jamie (McMurray) were battling side-by-side, which allowed me to get to the inside of both of them and take the lead with one to go. I was trying to hold Brad (Keselowski) to the bottom in Turns 3 and 4, but I had to go into the turn so hard that I couldn't keep it down and he got by me on the inside. We've been so close to a win this year and it is only a matter of time before we get one!"
Biffle started the race from the seventh position and communicated to Viers in the early stages of the race that the Red Man Moist Snuff Ford was loose into the corners. When a debris caution occurred on lap 97, he brought his No. 27 down pit road where the Red Man Racing crew put on four fresh tires, made a trackbar adjustment and filled it with fuel.
As the race progressed Biffle continued to run in the top 10 but communicated to Viers that he was still too loose into the corners. Another debris caution occurred on lap 188 and the Red Man Racing crew once again went to work on Biffle's Ford Fusion. The crew pulled a spring rubber from the right rear, put a round of wedge into the left rear, put four fresh tires on, filled it with fuel and he returned to the track scored in the tenth position.
The Vancouver, WA native had settled into the ninth position as the race moved into the final 50 laps. Paul Menard's accident in Turn 2 on lap 246 set up the green-white-checker finished that put Biffle in a position to make a run at the win. Biffle's runner up finish was his second in the NASCAR Nationwide Series this season and his 11th career second-place finish in 50 career starts for Baker Curb Racing.
Biffle, who currently ranks eighth in the NASCAR Nationwide Series point standings, and the Red Man Racing team return to action next Friday, May 7th, when the series heads to Darlington Raceway for the Royal Purple 200.