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Biffle Outlasts All Obstacles To Win Sam's Town 300

Nationwide Series at Las Vegas
Saturday, February 28, 2009

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It took 76 starts in the NASCAR Nationwide Series, but Greg Biffle, driver of the No. 16 CitiFinancial Ford, won it Saturday and celebrated by posing with the trophies in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Nationwide Series Sam's Town 300 at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway
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It looked more like a demolition derby at Islip (N.Y.) Speedway than a marquee race in NASCAR's Nationwide Series.

With cars slipping, sliding, spinning and crashing, Greg Biffle won the Sam's Town 300 race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway for one primary reason: His No. 16 Ford survived the trouble that quashed the winning hopes of most other top contenders -- and survived his own misfortune.

Despite running out of fuel on Lap 147 and incurring a speeding penalty on pit road early in the race, Biffle crossed the finish line .391 seconds ahead of Roush Fenway Racing teammate Carl Edwards in a green-white-checkered-flag finish. Denny Hamlin cut a tire on Lap 197, smacked the outside wall and collected defenseless Mike Bliss in the process.

The two-lap dash to the finish took the race nine laps beyond its posted distance of 200. Brian Vickers ran third, followed by Jason Leffler and Dale Earnhardt Jr. Four rookies -- Michael McDowell, Brendan Gaughan, Justin Allgaier and Scott Lagasse Jr. -- and Jeff Burton completed the top 10 in a race that saw only 10 cars on the lead lap at the end.

So thorough was the destruction of the field that 18 of the 43 cars that started the race weren’t running at the finish, and another five were more than 26 laps down when the race finally ended more than three hours after it started, with the help of two stoppages totaling nearly 20 minutes.

After the 12th caution of the race, one short of the race record, Biffle's Ford sputtered on the restart on Lap 208.

"I ran out of gas on that restart going into (Turn) 1," said Biffle, who won his first Nationwide race since February 2006. "I kept it down on the bottom and the fuel pressure came back."

Just in time, as it turned out. Edwards nosed his No. 60 Ford under Biffle as the cars entered Turn 3 on Lap 208, but Biffle kept his teammate pinned to the inside through the corner, and Edwards had to back off.

"I drove it in there as deep as I thought was reasonable," said Edwards, who rallied from a pit road speeding penalty to take the series lead by 48 points over Vickers. "I wanted to keep my leg in, but I thought I'd wreck him.

"Great points day for us -- that's the only consolation."

Bliss, who joined previous points leader Kyle Busch, Hamlin and polesitter Scott Speed in the garage before the end of the race, had a different perspective.

"It's unbelievable," Bliss said. "I just want to go home."

Notes: The victory, Biffle's 19th in the 223 starts in the series, broke a 76-race drought dating to Feb. 25, 2006 at Fontana, Calif... Sixty of the 209 laps were run under caution, a race record. The previous mark was 58 laps in 2007.

Results

FIN ST CAR DRIVER MAKE SPONSOR PTS/BNS LAPS STATUS
1 6 16 Greg Biffle Ford CitiFinancial 195/10 209 Running
2 5 60 Carl Edwards Ford Save-A-Lot 175/5 209 Running
3 4 32 Brian Vickers Toyota Dollar General 170/5 209 Running
4 13 38 Jason Leffler Toyota Great Clips 160/0 209 Running
5 10 5 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet GoDaddy.com 155/0 209 Running
6 12 47 Michael McDowell * Toyota Kingsford / Smith's 150/0 209 Running
7 14 62 Brendan Gaughan * Chevrolet South Point Hotel & Casino 151/5 209 Running
8 11 12 Justin Allgaier * Dodge Verizon Wireless 147/5 209 Running
9 20 11 Scott Lagasse Jr. * Toyota America's Incredible Pizza Company 138/0 209 Running
10 8 29 Jeff Burton Chevrolet Holiday Inn / Holiday Inn Express 139/5 209 Running
11 17 40 Scott Wimmer Chevrolet Federated Auto Parts 130/0 208 Running
12 21 42 Kenny Hendrick Dodge "Real Deal" Holyfield / Smith Ironworks 127/0 208 Running
13 36 89 Morgan Shepherd Chevrolet Victory in Jesus / Eldora Speedway 124/0 207 Running
14 38 28 Kenny Wallace Chevrolet U.S. Border Patrol 121/0 207 Running
15 27 234 Tony Raines Chevrolet Long John Silver's 118/0 207 Running
16 39 24 Eric McClure Ford Hefty 115/0 207 Running
17 24 23 Ken Butler III * Chevrolet Aaron's Dream Machine 112/0 207 Running
18 28 01 Danny O'Quinn Jr. Chevrolet Station Casinos / Shaug Construction 109/0 206 Running
19 37 26 Brian Keselowski Dodge Schweitzer Title 106/0 205 Running
20 30 87 Joe Nemechek Chevrolet NEMCO Motorsports 103/0 205 Running
21 29 20 Denny Hamlin Toyota Interstate Batteries 105/5 196 Accident
22 40 1 Mike Bliss Chevrolet Miccosukee Resort & Gaming 102/5 194 Accident
23 34 102 Andy Ponstein Chevrolet Corrie Stott Racing.com 94/0 189 Engine
24 22 61 Brandon Whitt Ford Specialty Racing 91/0 182 Running
25 16 27 Jason Keller Ford Scott Tissue / Cottonelle / Smith's 88/0 177 Accident
26 7 6 David Ragan Ford Discount Tire 90/5 169 Accident
27 41 88 Brad Keselowski Chevrolet Klondike 82/0 165 Running
28 33 31 Stanton Barrett Chevrolet Zona Health 79/0 151 Running
29 1 33 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Rheem Tankless Water Heaters 81/5 146 Running
30 9 66 Steve Wallace Chevrolet US Fidelis 73/0 144 Running
31 15 07 David Green Toyota PMCLife.com 70/0 104 Accident
32 19 15 Michael Annett * Toyota Pilot Travel Centers 67/0 90 Accident
33 31 81 D.J. Kennington Dodge Red Bank Outfitters / Northern Provincial Pipelines 64/0 89 Accident
34 26 0 Robert Richardson Jr. Chevrolet SponsorDavis.com 61/0 89 Accident
35 18 05 Casey Atwood Ford MC2 Energy Drink / 31-W Insulation 58/0 76 Engine
36 32 52 Scott Gaylord Chevrolet Hooters Casino Hotel 55/0 65 Accident
37 23 10 Kelly Bires Toyota Braun Racing 57/5 32 Ignition
38 25 09 John Wes Townley * Ford Zaxby's 49/0 26 Accident
39 2 18 Kyle Busch Toyota Z-Line Designs 46/0 21 Accident
40 3 99 Scott Speed Toyota Red Bull 48/5 21 Accident
41 35 91 Terry Cook Chevrolet MSRP Motorsports 40/0 20 Electrical
42 42 90 Johnny Chapman Chevrolet MSRP Motorsports 37/0 12 Rear End
43 43 196 Dennis Setzer Dodge Dusty's Collision 34/0 3 Transmission

* Denotes Rookie

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