Greg Biffle started off Saturday evening’s race at Texas Motor Speedway from the 14th position in his No. 16 Kleen Performance Ford Fusion. The team made different chassis and air adjustments during the race in an effort to find grip and just as they were making gains on-track contact from the No. 5 car sent Biffle into the outside wall. Biffle’s evening was cut short and the accident resulted in a 39th-place finish.
“I’m not sure what happened,” said Biffle. “The No.5 just got in the back of me and turned me around and got me up in the fence. It’s unfortunate. We had a decent run going and a pretty good night. We were fighting for the lucky dog to get on the lead lap. We were faster than quite a few of those guys on the lead lap at the back of the field, so it’s unfortunate we didn’t get a chance to race with them.”
The cars finally hit the track after a delayed start due to showers that came through the area just before the start of the race. Due to the rain NASCAR scheduled a competition caution for lap 28 after starting under a green-yellow flag. During the opening run Biffle dropped back slightly to 18th with a Ford that was a little too tight. After a pit stop for four tires, fuel, wedge and air pressure adjustments he was back on track.
Biffle continued to need overall grip and lost a lap to the leaders in his search. The team kept making gains and Biffle kept narrowly missing being the “lucky dog” recipient when the cautions fell.
The team’s luck continued to fall that way until with 47 laps remaining Biffle was sent into the outside wall from contact with the No. 5 car. The damage was too severe to repair and Biffle was left with a disappointing 39th-place finish at a track he’s won at two times in the Sprint Cup series during his career.