No. 16 POST-IT FORD FUSION
1.5-mile Chicagoland Speedway
Sunday, September 15th, 2013
- Matt Kenseth, Toyota
- Kyle Busch, Toyota
- Kevin Harvick, Chevrolet
- Kurt Busch, Chevrolet
- Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet
Complete Race Results:
Points in Race: 29
2013 Season Total: 2032 – currently 11th in points, 31 points behind the leader
2013 SEASON SUMMARY
No.16 POST-IT FORD FUSION RECAP:
Biffle Drives the 3M Post-It Ford to a 16th-Place Finish in Chicago
JOLIET, Ill. (September 15, 2013) – The Chase for the Championship kicked off the final 10-race run to crown a Champion Sunday in Chicago. Rain plagued the race, delaying the start and causing a five hour red flag shortly after 100 laps of racing. Biffle started the race seventh in his No. 16 Post-it Ford, but a miscue in the pits cost him valuable track position. The pit road incident resulted in Biffle being on a different pit cycle and ultimately crossing the finish line 16th.
“That was a rough night,” said Biffle. “We had major issues in the pits. I don’t know what happened. We started from the back a few times and it is really hard to get track position to pass. Our car was pretty good but every time we got ourselves worked up there, something happened. Something broke. I thought the motor broke but it must have been something on the exhaust system. We were down quite a bit of power the last 100 laps. We just tried to keep our momentum up. The restarts just killed me. I just didn’t have the power on the restarts. Once it stretched out a little we were pretty good and could keep up. It was really tough. We were hit and miss a little bit tonight. This wasn’t our best night but we pulled off a 16th place finish. Everybody kept working hard. That isn’t the way we wanted to start but we had a pretty fast car at times.”
The weight of making the 2013 Chase field was lifted with Biffle’s 12th-place finish at Richmond, but the relief was short-lived knowing 10 more races lay ahead to crown a Champion. Biffle had a fast Post-it Ford in practice and was able to earn the seventh starting position for Sunday’s first race of the Chase.
On the first lap Biffle maneuvered his way to fifth, then 10 laps in reported his Ford was a little bit tight. NASCAR called for a competition caution on lap 30 since rain had delayed the race start and washed off the track surface. Biffle pitted for four tires, fuel and a left-rear wedge adjustment. The team made one more routine stop on the long green flag run before the caution came out on lap 109 for rain.
After a five hour delay the rains cleared and the track was ready to race on. Biffle came in 12th under caution, but a lugnut fell off on a routine four-tire stop, resulting in a 19th-place restart position. Biffle continued to lack front turn, but was able to make up a few positions on the track.
Trouble struck on lap 149. Under caution Biffle came down pit road for a two-tire stop, unfortunately the jack was dropped before the front changer was around the nose of the car, causing Greg to drive over the air hose. The penalty was to come back down pit road. Making the best out of a bad situation, the 3M Pit Bulls put four tires on the Post-it Ford, pulled a right-front shim and filled it up with fuel.
With no grip in traffic, Biffle opted to stay out while the rest of the field pitted on lap 168. Biffle restarted in the lead, but was now on a different pit strategy than the field. With not enough cautions to conserve enough fuel till the end, Biffle had to make an extra pit stop. Despite the setback, the team never gave up and Biffle crossed the finish line 16th. The finish leaves Biffle tied for 10th in the point standings, 31 points behind the leader.
Matt Kenseth won the first race of the Chase, while Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick, Kurt Busch and Jimmie Johnson rounded out the top five. Next up, the Sprint Cup Series heads to New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
1.058-mile New Hampshire Motor Speedway
Sunday, September 22, 2013