Biffle Strikes First In Loudon

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Greg Biffle kicked off the 2008 NASCAR Chase for the Sprint Cup championship in a big way ending a 33-race winless streak and taking the checkered flag in the Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

Biffle was able to move around Jimmie Johnson with 11 laps-to-go on Sunday to score his first career Sprint Cup Series win at New Hampshire.

The win was the first for Biffle since his victory Sept. 30, 2007, at Kansas and the 13th of his Cup career. Biffle also ended Johnson's two-race winning streak.

"I was holding back at the end there, and then we got those cautions there and it closed me up to Jimmie Johnson and gave me a shot at him,” Biffle said

The win moved Biffle to within 30 points of new series co-leaders Johnson and Carl Edwards.

“The horse rode today, didn’t it?” Biffle said.

Johnson was looking for his third straight series win and led a race-high 96 laps.

But in the end Biffle was able to drive his Roush Racing Ford around Johnson's Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet.

“Short runs is what hurt me the most,” Johnson said, “I felt a little vulnerable, and sure enough he got by.”

Edwards, Jeff Burton and Dale Earnhardt Jr. rounded out the first five as Chase contenders swept the top five.

June Loudon winner Kurt Busch, Martin Truex Jr., Tony Stewart, Denny Hamlin and Kevin Harvick completed the first ten finishers.

It wasn't a good day for a pair of Chase contenders including Kyle Busch, who came into the race as the number one seed on the srength of his eight regular season victories.

A sway bar problem on his Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota early in the race knocked him from the top spot in the points.

He fell two laps off the pace and was never in contention, being caught up in an accident later in the race.

Busch finished 34th and fell to eighth in the standings.

Matt Kenseth was involved in a wreck for the second straight week. Sunday the 2003 champion got swept up in a five-car melee that included Kyle Busch, Casey Mears and David Gilliland on lap 228. Kenseth was credited with a 40th-place finish.

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series now heads to Dover International Speedway for next Sunday's Camping World RV 400.

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