Biffle Gains Ground with Kansas Win

Greg Biffle

Sunday’s win was the shot in the arm Biffle and his team needed to keep their championship hopes alive. (Photo: Getty Images)

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KANSAS CITY, Kan. – Greg Biffle gained ground in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup after he claimed the win in Sunday's Price Chopper 400 at Kansas Speedway.

Biffle took the lead from Paul Menard on lap 208 and then sailed to a convincing win in the third race of the Chase for the Sprint Cup in front of a near sell-out crowd on a picture perfect fall afternoon.

"This was a big win for us," Biffle said. "The car ran flawless. The car just kept getting better and better."

The win was especially lucrative for Biffle who collected a $100,000 bonus for his Roush team after Ford Racing announced before the race that it would pay the bonus to any Ford driver that won a race during the Chase.

After getting off to a disappointing start with poor finishes in the first two races of the Chase, Sunday’s win was the shot in the arm Biffle and his team needed to keep their championship hopes alive.

"That's exactly what we needed," crew chief Greg Irwin said. "We had two unacceptable races to start the Chase."

Biffle led 60 laps on the day and was able to move up to eighth in the standings 85 behind Jimmie Johnson who wrestled away the point lead.

“Everybody asked me if we were out of it, and I said we’re going to do the best we can,” Biffle said. “If we win them all, we win them all.”

Johnson finished second Sunday after his victory a week ago in Dover, good enough to take over the Sprint Cup Series point lead by eight over Denny Hamlin.

“We didn’t have a great car today but certainly we worked at it and got a really good finish that was obviously huge to us in the standings,” said Johnson.

Kevin Harvick, Tony Stewart and Jeff Gordon rounded out the top five.

Carl Edwards, Matt Kenseth, Paul Menard, Ryan Newman and A.J. Allmendinger completed the first ten finishers.

Chase drivers finished in the top seven positions on Sunday.

The biggest fireworks of the afternoon came between Kyle Busch and David Reutimann, who were involved in a pair of incidents that touched off a strong war of words between the two drivers and their crews.

The two made contact early in the race with Busch hitting the rear of Reutimann’s car as they raced through turns one and two. The impact sent Reutimann sliding into the infield and then to pit road with damage to the back of his Toyota.

Reutimann came back on track and with 112 laps to go caught Busch and made hard contact racing down the backstretch. This time it was Busch’s Toyota that suffered damage after he made significant contact with the retaining wall.

Busch was furious on his radio communication and demanded that NASCAR take some kind of action toward Reutimann for the incident, which the sanctioning body did not. Team owner Joe Gibbs made his way to Reutimann’s pits and shared words with the Michael Waltrip Racing crew.

Afterward the twosome did not meet face to face but Busch shared his view on what turned out to be a damaging day to his title hopes.

“Whatever. It’s just really unfortunate,” said Busch who dropped from third to seventh in the point standings. “The guy was loose, said it on the radio, he slid up off the bottom and I got into him unintentionally and just spun him out. My fault, 100 percent. But then the retaliation? For a guy that’s in the Chase, that’s racing for something, he’ll be here next year. He could have wrecked me in any of the first 26 races next year. That would have been fine.

“It’s just hard to swallow something, a day like today, where we had a top-five car going.”

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series now heads to Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California for next Sunday’s Pepsi Max 400.

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