Greg Biffle came away victorious on Friday at Texas Motor Speedway in his first NASCAR National Series start since Homestead-Miami Speedway in 2016. Biffle passed Tyler Ankrum for the lead with 13 circuits remaining to score his 17th career truck Series victory. The driver of the No. 51 Toyota started the night sixth on the leaderboard.
“It means a lot to me that Kyle gave me this opportunity to come back and drive this truck. Thanks to everyone that stood behind Kyle Busch Motorsports, Mobil 1,” said Biffle after the race. “This Gander Outdoors Truck Series has a lot of competitive trucks, and these guys make the difference. These guys are a great group of guys that Kyle put assembled. I am just excited to be here. I don’t even know what to say. I am so thankful for all the opportunities I have had to drive great trucks. This thing was really fast. It was hard to figure out how to pass here. It was my first time with this package, so it took me a little bit, but I got used to it in the end.”
The Vancouver, Washington, native sat 16th in stage one and sixth at the end of stage two. Biffle, who made numerous starts in the upper ranks of NASCAR since 1996, saw the lead two different times throughout the 167-lap event.
“It was not easy. I had my work cut out for me,” said Biffle. “At the beginning of the race, so much odd stuff happened. We ran five laps at a time and then the caution would come out. There was a lot of people wrecking in front of me and behind me. I was just trying to keep the truck clean and stay out of trouble. Then we got four-wide off of turn 2, and I didn’t know you could do that here. We beat the fenders in a bit, but the Mobil 1 Toyota ran really good tonight. I want to thank those guys for coming on board and helping us.”
Biffle entered Texas Motor Speedway on a one-race deal with Kyle Busch Motorsports. It is unknown at this time whether the NASCAR veteran racer will enter anymore races this year despite winning the first race of the Triple Truck Challenge.
“I don’t know. I think they have a plan together for all of trucks to run, but we will just have to wait and see what happens.”
Matt Crafton will leave with the runner-up spot in the No. 88 Ford F-150. Crafton, with six top five and eight top 10 finishes in 2019, finished stage one sitting fifth and stage two sitting eighth on the leaderboard.
The driver of the No. 88 Menards Ford leaves Texas sitting third in points.
Tyler Ankrum rounded out the top-three finishers in Friday’s SpeedyCash.com 400K. Ankrum started eighth and made several daring moves in his effort towards the front. The young racer, who made his eighth career truck series start at Texas on Friday, scored his third top five and ninth top 10 finish of the year.
Grant Enfinger and Harrison Burton rounded out the top five.
Sheldon Creed, Brennan Poole, Austin Hill, Cory Roper and Ross Chastain rounded out the top 10 finishers.
13 yellow flags slowed the SpeedyCash.com 400K at Texas – including one red flag on lap 35. One of 13 yellows involved six trucks on the backstretch with Cory Roper, Trey Hutchens, Harrison Burton, Spencer Boyd, Natalie Decker and stage two winner Ben Rhodes on lap 95. The other multi-truck incident occurred on lap 58 in turn four involving stage one winner Johnny Sauter and Austin Hill.
The series now heads to Iowa Speedway for the Iowa 200 on June 15th. Coverage of the race will air live on FS1 and MRN Radio at 7:00 p.m. ET.