Back-To-Back For Biffle
September 21, 2008 | 5:59 P.M. EST
Biffle out battled his Roush-Fenway Racing teammates Carl Edwards and Matt Kenseth in a final 45 lap duel to score his second win of the season and open up the Chase with back-to-back victories.
Kenseth had the top spot as the laps were winding down and after a side-by-side duel that had the crowd of more than 120,000 on its feet, Biffle slide by with seven to go and went on to take the checkered flag.
"I got up beside him and he tried to pinch me off and we got together a little bit," Biffle said. "But I got my nose out there and I couldn't give up."
“I got to keep doing this,” Biffle said. “I knew these guys were going to be tough.”
Kenseth, who rebounded from his 40th place finish in New Hampshire last week, was able to hang on for a solid second-place finish.
"And it was intense," Kenseth said. "We all wanted to win."
Edwards and crew chief Bob Osborne rolled the dice on a late pit stop when they elected to take only two tires for track position while the rest of the leaders went with four.
That move appeared to bite the No. 99 team as Edwards lost the lead and slide back. But he was still able to hang on for the third-place finish.
"That's the most fun you can have right there," Edwards said who completed the 1-2-3 finish for Roush. "That was a blast. I could do that all night."
Mark Martin turned in a strong run in the DEI U.S. Army Chevrolet and after starting from the front row finished fourth. Jimmie Johnson rounded out the top five.
"I knew deep down inside the Roush cars had something special and were going to be tough to beat,” Johnson said.
Kevin Harvick, polesitter Jeff Gordon, Clint Bowyer, Jeff Burton and Michael Waltrip completed the first ten finishers.
The day was disastrous for Kyle Busch who for the second straight week was sidelined early by a mechanical problem.
After a broken swaybar led to his 34th-place finish last weekend in Loudon, an engine failure in Dover doomed Busch to a 43rd place finish.
After leading the regular season with eight wins and starting the Chase with 80 bonus points, Busch has tumbled to the 12th and final Chase spot after only two races.
"We’re out of the title hunt, that’s for sure,” Busch said.
Other notable Chase finishers included Tony Stewart in 11th, Dale Earnhardt Jr. in 24th, and Denny Hamlin in 38th.
The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series now heads to Kansas Speedway next Sunday afternoon.