Back-To-Back For Biffle

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DARLINGTON, S.C. - Slowly but surely, Greg Biffle is turning his season around.

One week after scoring his first top-five finish of the season at Richmond, Biffle found his way back into Victory Lane.

Biffle held off a hard charging Jeff Gordon to score his first victory of the season, and 10th of his career, in Saturday night's NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Dodge Charger 500 at Darlington Raceway.

It was Biffle's second straight win in the event and it helped him climb his way up to 14th in the point standings.

Biffle led seven times for 170 of the 367-lap chase on the historic 1.33-mile track.

But his last pit stop on lap 315, while running in the top five, proved to be the winning move when he ducked in a lap earlier than leaders Jimmie Johnson, Matt Kenseth and Gordon and was able to take the lead when the final stops cycled around.

Gordon did his best to try and rundown Biffle in the closing laps as the leaders sliced their way through slower traffic, but Biffle was able to keep his Roush racing National Guard Ford in front to take the checkered flag.

"I was praying for help, I was begging, `Let them give me a lane,'" Biffle said. "A lot of guys just showed respect out there."

Gordon tried to make one last ditch effort to get around Biffle as the duo raced through turns three and four, but lost his momentum working around the slower car of Ken Schrader.

"The two leaders are battling and we've got a lane out of him, and you would just expect like the other lapped cars for him to give more room," Gordon said. "I felt like a little bit of extra room there, it killed all of my momentum and made the car push into the wall and I lost any chance I had."

Kenseth, Johnson and Dale Earnhardt, Jr. rounded out the top five.

Ryan Newman, Kyle Busch, Mark Martin, Jeff Burton and last night's Busch winner Denny Hamlin completed the first ten finishers.

Polesitter Kasey Kahne's bid to win three-straight races this season from the pole faded away at the halfway point of the race.

"The car was pretty good the first 100 laps, and then I couldn't get it to turn in and off the corner," Kahne said after finishing 21st. "We stayed in the top 15 and thought we would get things sorted out the last 100 laps. I brushed the wall (lap 272) and that didn’t help the handling."

Johnson stretched his lead in the standings to 93 over Tony Stewart, who finished 12th. Kenseth, Martin and Earnhardt, Jr. round out the top five.

The NEXTEL Cup Series now heads to Charlotte's Lowe's Motor Speedway for next Saturday night's NEXTEL All-Star Challenge.

        

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