Biffle Wins Third Straight Truck Race
June 24, 2000 | 12:00 A.M. EST
WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. -- Greg Biffle became the third driver in NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series history to win three consecutive races Saturday, leading a one-two Roush Racing sweep of the Bully Hill Vineyards 150 at Watkins Glen International.
Biffle, who started from the pole, passed Marty Houston on the 49th of 62 laps around the 2.45-mile road course, then drew away from teammate Kurt Busch to win by 1.498 seconds.
The victory, Biffle's fourth in the last five races, was worth $44,590 and enabled the third-year competitor to pad his series lead to 54 points over 1999 champion Jack Sprague, who finished fifth in the season's 13th of 24 races.
Biffle's Ford led four times for 36 laps, falling back only during a green-flag pit stop on lap 35 for tires and fuel when he surrendered first-place to Houston's Chevy.
"I think that when you win like this everyone expects you to go out and win every race," Biffle said.
He will attempt to become the first driver to win four straight races next weekend when he defends his title in the Sears DieHard 200 in Milwaukee.
"Of course, that's what we'd like to do," Biffle said. "I think that actually makes me a little nervous at times just because of the added pressure, but it also is very exciting to be able to continue running well."
Busch, also driving a Ford, settled for his fourth second-place finish of his rookie season -- two of them behind Biffle.
Ron Fellows, who started last in a hastily arranged ride after his Chevrolet failed to qualify for the race, charged back to finish third and was challenging Busch at the finish.
Fellows, a two-time series winner at Watkins Glen, overcame a penalty on an early pit stop and a later pit-road miscue to remain in contention in the closing laps. The Canadian road-racing specialist passed Mike Wallace on the next-to-final lap to take third, but ran out of time.
"I used up the brakes pretty good at the end, trying to get to the front," Fellows said.
Wallace finished fourth in his Ford, followed by Sprague, whose afternoon was marred by a first-lap spin when his Chevrolet was hit from behind and dropped to 36th in the running order.
Biffle averaged 85.244 mph in the race slowed by five caution periods for 10 laps.