Biffle wins Stater Bros. 300
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"Brad (Parrot) and all the guys did a really good job on this car," said Biffle, who has suffered three DNFs in the first eight races. "We had an extremely fast race car. We are still overcoming a little bit of stuff, we have a new program under the hood and it's really working out."
At the halfway mark, the top-five was:
Biffle, who started 15th on the starting grid, was able to race in the top-10 for 110 of the 150-lap race. He was able to hang around in the top-five, despite a number of early race problems. Early on he had a run-in with
"Something happened with the oil, maybe overheated the oil, but we bounced back and did a good job in the pits," said Biffle.
A perfect four-second pit stop on lap 140 for fuel and one round of wedge in the right-rear, propelled him into first as the rest of the top-10 drivers, including leader
Stewart, who started the race in sixth, raced well all day long, he was in the top-10 for all of the 150 laps, but stalled his No.29 Chevrolet on the final stop and struggled to get it going again.
Kenseth, who started the race 20th on the grid, had an adventurous day despite his fourth-place finish. Early in the race Kenseth took the lead, but a mistake by his crew, getting only four lugnuts on the left-front tire, forced him to return to pit lane. quickly dropping Kenseth to 25th.
A caution on lap 65 was caused by Stan Boyd as he went flying into the pits backward skidding up against the wall. In the process Boyd hit the tires laying on the wall in preparation for his stop and he sent them flying into his own crew. Some of his crew members were hit by the tires, fortunately no one was seriously hurt.
This caution was exactly what Kenseth needed to stay in contention. Kenseth got the free pass as he was the first driver one lap down. He took advantage of the free pass to take the lead. With less than five laps to go and still out front, Kenseth stalled his Ford exit pit road costing himself the win.
Jason Leffler, who won the pole, had problems with his car all day and ended up in 34th.
Waltrip (1,335), who finished sixth, expanded his lead in the standings.
The next race in the Busch championship is set for Saturday, May 8th for the Charter 250 at the Gateway International Raceway.