Monster Win For Biffle

DOVER, Del. - Greg Biffle notched his fourth NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series won of the season on Sunday afternoon with a trip to victory lane in the MBNA Race Points 400 at Dover International Speedway.

Biffle took the lead on lap 241 and never looked back on his way to becoming the 27th NEXTEL Cup Series driver to win at "The Monster Mile." It was Biffle's fifth win in his last 14 NEXTEL Cup Series starts and it moved the Roush racing pilot only 46 points behind Jimmie Johnson for the series point lead.

"My race car was terrible at the beginning, but it was perfect when we got all of the adjustments made," said Biffle. "I'm probably going to be in a little trouble with the guys in the fab shop for backing it into the fence doing burnouts, but I was so excited I didn't care."

Rookie Kyle Busch, fresh off his win in Saturday's Craftsman Truck Series race, scored a second place finish in the Hendrick Motorsports Kellogg's Chevrolet. It was the freshman driver's second career runnerup run, who also led 90 laps.

The top two represented Roush racing and Hendrick Motorsports, which have now combined to win eleven of the season's first thirteen races.

Mark Martin, Jimmie Johnson and Rusty Wallace rounded out the Top 5.

Brian Vickers, Matt Kenseth, Ryan Newman, Kurt Busch and Elliott Sadler completed the first ten finishers.

The race was slowed seven times for 33 of its 400 laps with the day's most controversial caution coming on lap 41. Tony Stewart got into the rear of Jeff Gordon, sending Gordon's DuPont Chevrolet around and into the wall. Ricky Rudd's Motorcraft Ford was caught up in the melee.

"I wasn't that great on the restarts and there's no doubt I was holding Tony up a little bit," said Gordon, who wound up 39th and fell out of the top 10 in the standings. "In one more lap I was probably going to let him go. But he flat out hit me. I think that's uncalled for this early.

"I'll guarantee you the next time Tony Stewart is in my way it won't be but about a half a lap until he's out of my way."

The winner averaged 122.626 mph. There were nine lead changes among five drivers.

Johnson's lead in the standings shrunk to 46 over Biffle with Sadler, Stewart and Newman rounding out the Top 5.

The NEXTEL Cup Series now travels to Pocono International Raceway next Sunday afternoon.

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