This Is A Test
November 6, 2005 | 12:28 A.M. EST
He demonstrated that trait again on Saturday.
Biffle launched a salvo against Hendrick Motorsports and particularly Jimmie Johnson regarding what he perceives to be testing violations.
The Roush Racing driver accused Johnson of testing the car of teammate Brian Vickers recently, a violation of the seven test per team rule NASCAR dictates.
"Johnson was driving the 25 car," Biffle said. "Does he race the 25 car? Why was he driving the 25 car?"
"Vickers wasn't even there," Biffle continued. "And this isn't the first time. Everybody knows that they do it. I watched Chad Knaus on TV brag about they saved all their tests for the Chase. It's not his test."
Johnson responded that he and the Hendrick team worked within the boundaries set forth by NASCAR.
"We went out and did a test, and everything was cleared with NASCAR and fine," Johnson said. "I find it interesting how people choose to use the media to file a complaint rather than going into the truck and talking to NASCAR. With that in mind, I think he is barking up the wrong tree and if he has a problem, go to NASCAR and let them take care of it."
Jim Hunter, NASCAR's vice president of communications, said that while Hendrick may have stretched the "spirit of the rules," nothing was violated.
"We're addressing that in our new testing policy," Hunter said. "We just don't know where we're going to land with that, yet. In the past, we've tried to take into account the possibility of a driver being sick or injured or having a sponsor obligation, so we wanted to give them latitude to put another driver in the car.
"We're trying to address all the issues so, when we announce a new test policy, we can eliminate some of the loopholes and gray areas we've had in the past. But these teams are pretty shrewd and they'll find a way to make it work to their advantage within the rules."