Greg Biffle Wins Kroger 225 at Kentucky Speedway
Greg Biffle stayed on the track through four cautions, giving him the edge he needed to pull the No. 50 Grainger Ford into Victory Lane in the NASCAR Craftsmen Truck Series Kroger 225 Saturday at Kentucky Speedway. It was just the second race at the Speedway, and the first NCTS race.
"It was an unbelievable race," Biffle said. "We weren't that good, we weren't the fastest truck here tonight. But pit strategy paid off for us. (Crew chief) Randy Goss is just unbelievable."
Biffle led the last 42 laps of the race after overtaking the field on the sixth caution of the race while the leaders pitted. At the time, his crew wasn't too sure of the strategy. "No, I don't feel comfortable, but we are not stopping," said Goss at the time.
After starting on the outside of Row One, Biffle stayed in the top 10 through most of the race. Biffle was in fourth position when rain brought out the red flag on lap 88, but he wasn't happy with his race at that point. "(The truck is) terrible," Biffle said during the 1:03.40 delay. "I don't know if it's all the rain on the racetrack from earlier or what, but it sure changed since last night and happy hour. We're not even close."
Mike Wallace grabbed the lead in his Team ASE racing Ford on lap 65 and held on to lead when the race was halted. His crew did a rain dance with hopes they would win if the race was cut short by rain. "This is just perfect," Wallace's crew chief Timmy Kohuth said. "As far as I'm concerned, I hope a monsoon comes through here."
There was no monsoon, and Biffle dominated the rest of the way despite the four late caution periods.
Biffle led 42 of 150 laps in the race that saw an average speed of 98.385 miles per hour with nine cautions for 49 laps slowing the pace.
The rest of the top five was: Jack Sprague (GMAC Financial Services Chevrolet); Wallace; Marty Houston (Spears Manufacturing Chevrolet); and polesitter Bryan Reffner (Johns Manville Chevrolet)