Biffle Inherits Busch Win

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CONCORD, N.C. – Either in dominating fashion or coming from behind to win, it doesn’t matter how Greg Biffle gets to victory lane, just as long as he gets there.

The rookie driver did it for the fourth time this season in the NASCAR Busch Series Saturday, taking advantage of a slip by leader Matt Kenseth with two laps to go to win the Little Trees 300 at Lowe’s Motor Speedway.

It was Kenseth who dominated the race, leading 97 of the 200 laps at the 1.5-mile track near Charlotte. Biffle was closing in the latter stages, getting to Kenseth’s rear bumper.

Coming off Turn 4 on Lap 198, Biffle tried to go to the outside. Kenseth moved up the track to block him, but Kenseth’s car slipped and spun out of the lead.

Biffle easily got past and took the yellow and white flags to get his first victory since July 21 at Gateway International Raceway.

“We got so aero tight anytime we got close to him,” Biffle said. “We couldn’t wiggle him, couldn’t loosen him up…I had to go to the high groove, and my car stuck like a bandit. When he peeled off to the bottom, I stayed up to the top. He got loose in the bottom. He came right up in front of me and I got off the throttle. I was just thankful I didn’t touch him.

“It was a great run. The top was going to work for me. It would have been an exciting race the last two laps if he hadn’t have spun, that’s for sure.”

It was pretty thrilling as it was.

“I was excited with eight, 10 laps to go to have a chance to run (Kenseth) down,” Biffle said. “It’s a lot more fun to chase that guy down and work on passing him. It’s no fun for the guy out front. It’s fun when you have a good car.

“A win’s a win. It’s easier when you run away with it, but this makes it exciting for everyone.”

Kenseth ended up 16th in his bid for a second Busch Series victory in 2001.

“Really, I just lost it,” Kenseth said. “I didn’t do a good job driving today. The guys did a great job on their pit stops, and we had a car that was really good on long runs.

“(Joe Nemechek) was in front of me, and he was a ways in front of me, doing what he needed to do to get his lap back. It was kind of upsetting my car. Greg was pretty good on that last run, and I was way too loose. I was overdriving the car, doing everything I cold to win. I just lost control.”

Jason Keller ended up second and moved up to second in the points, with Jeff Burton third, Busch Series points leader Kevin Harvick fourth and Ashton Lewis Jr. fifth. Jimmy Spencer was sixth, followed by Hank Parker Jr., Ward Burton, Elton Sawyer and Jeff Green.

Keller is now 186 points behind Harvick in the Busch Series championship chase.

“When I buy a lottery ticket, I always think I’ve got a chance, and that’s where we’re at right now,” Keller said. “I think I’ve got a chance, and I’m just gonna stay with that. We’ve got to have some help on Harvick’s part to get up there and to contend for the championship, but I think these four race tracks we’re going to suit my style pretty good and I’m looking forward to it.

Harvick arrested a four-week stretch that saw his points lead shrink to 187 over Green. Harvick was never a contender for the victory Saturday, but he ran much better than a struggling Green on Saturday.

“They can put me down, but they can’t keep us down very long,” Harvick said. “We needed a solid top-10 run, and we came out of it with a Top 5. If we can see ‘em, we figured we haven’t lost too much to ‘em. We did what we needed to do this weekend.”

Green had made substantial gains on Harvick the last several weeks, cutting a 419-point deficit to 187 points headed to LMS. But a bad pit stop late in the race cost Green a higher finish Saturday.

“We had a lot better car than that in Happy Hour,” Green said. “We had an equalized tire on the first run there. We adjusted our car to make it better. We kept adjusting on it, but we kept losing track position.

“We got up to seventh or eighth on the last caution, but the guys dropped some spots on pit road. I can’t complain about because they do a great job every week. But when you work as hard as I did today, it’s disappointing that you can’t at least come out the same. If we had come out seventh or eighth on the last stop, we could have (finished) in the top three or four. We had a good enough car to do that.”

Burton led 81 of the first 89 laps but couldn’t race with the first two in the closing laps.

“It was a good run,” Burton said. “We just didn’t make the right adjustments at the end. We got it too loose and didn’t tighten it up enough. We were afraid the track would get tighter and tighter but it never did. At the end, I made a really big adjustment to tighten it up, and I got it pushing.”

Kenseth got around Joe Nemechek – who had changed only right-side tires on his previous pit stop – on Lap 101 and stayed out front until he spun.

The next race is the Sam’s Town 250 at Memphis Motorsports Park on Saturday.

Race Center

Lilly Diabetes 250

@ Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Saturday, July 26, 2014
Radio Start:
IMS Network
TV Start:
ESPN, 4 p.m. (ET)

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