Biffle Forced To Back
February 14, 2004 | 4:30 P.M. EST
"It's a two-fold thing; we're glad we found something to cause it not to blow up, but the bad thing is we'll be at the back of the pack," crew chief Doug Richert said. "North pole, South pole, we've got them both covered."
The problem was found during Saturday morning's final Nextel Cup Series practice session.
Biffle's lone Nextel Cup victory came last July at Daytona in the Pepsi 400, a race he started in 30th position.
Ryan Newman, Ricky Craven and Derrike Cope also will drop to the rear of the field on Sunday after making engine changes.
Newman blew a left rear tire in Saturday's morning practice on first lap.
"When we cut the tire down, the motor spun backward," said Newman. "We've got to change it. It could have hurt it and it might not have hurt it, but we can't take the chance going into the Daytona 500. You can break stuff when you spin it backwards, and some of the things you might not see for the first 10 laps or 30 laps. We were starting 20th, but this is really no big deal. The biggest thing is unfortunately the new motor probably won't be as good as the one we're replacing but hopefully it'll finish."