2010-10-07 / Entertainment

Biffle Wins At Kansas

By Gerald Hodges
THE RACING REPORTER

KANSAS CITY, Kan. – Greg Biffle turned on the speed to win by over seven seconds in Sunday’s Sprint Cup Price Chopper 400 at Kansas Speedway, ahead of Jimmie Johnson.

“It’s a big win for us,” said Biffle. “Our backs were against the wall. The last few races have been unacceptable, so we knew we had to win in order to stay in the Chase.

“I was too loose early in the race, but we got it tightened up and this will build our confidence.”

It was his 15th career Cup win and moved him from ninth to eighth in Chase points.

Even though Johnson finished second, he now leads all drivers in Chase points.

“Being the leader is awesome,” said Johnson. “Our strategy worked against us today. We didn’t get the results we expected, but we’ll go to the next one.”

Kevin Harvick started the race 24th, but finished third.

Tony Stewart led the most laps, but faded during the latter stages of the race to finish fourth.

“We had a good car,” said Stewart. “I guess we just needed a little bit more. We ran well. I can’t say I’m dissatisfied with today’s finish, but it always feels better when you win.”

The remaining top-10 finishers were Jeff Gordon, Carl Edwards, Matt Kenseth, Paul Menard, Ryan Newman, and A. J. Allmendinger.

Kyle Busch spun David Reutimann early in the race. Several laps later, Reutimann retaliated by ramming Busch’s car. He inflicted enough damage on it to keep Busch from finishing on the lead lap. His 21stplace finished dropped him from third to seventh in points.Polesitter Kasey Kahne had a left front tire blow and finished 37th.

Top-12 Chase contenders after 29 of 36: 1. Johnson- 5503, 2. Hamlin-5495, 3. Harvick 5473, 4. Edwards-5450, 5. J. Gordon-5445, 6. Kurt Busch-5433, 7. Kyle Busch-5423, 8. Biffle-5418, 9. Burton-5402, 10. Stewart-5376, 11. Kenseth- 5354, 12. Bowyer-5251

With a push from NASCAR Nationwide Series points leader Brad Keselowski, Logano pulled away from Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Kyle Busch after a restart on lap 199 of 200 and held on to win the Kansas Lottery 300.

“It definitely gets frustrating, when you feel like you should have won a lot more races than what you have this season,” said Logano, who has finished second six times this year. “But it also makes you want it a little bit more and makes it a little bit sweeter when you do win.”

Logano took the lead from Busch on a restart on lap 194, when he ran Busch up the track and forced him to back out of the gas. One lap later, Aric Almirola spun into the wall to cause the eighth and final caution and set up the two-lap sprint to the finish.

Right after the caution flag waved, Busch gave Logano’s car a bump to express his displeasure.

“We’ll talk about it and get over it,” Logano said.

The victory was Logano’s second of the season, the eighth of his career and his second at the 1.5-mile track, making him Kansas’ first repeat winner in the Nationwide Series.

Keselowski passed Busch off the final corner to secure the runner-up position, as Busch crossed the stripe in third. Kevin Harvick and Martin Truex Jr. finished fourth and fifth, respectively.

Top-10 Nationwide leaders after 29 of 35: 1. Keselowski 4589, 2. Edwards-4215, 3. Kyle Busch-4089, 4. Allgaier- 3796, 5. Menard-3739, 6. Harvick 3588, 7. S. Wallace-3287, 8. Leffler-3263, 9. Bayne-3261, 10. Logano-3237

Top-10 Camping World Truck Series leaders after 20 of 25: 1. Bodine-3196, 2. Almirola-2934, 3. Sauter- 2896, 4. Dillon-2808, 5. Peters- 2773, 6. Crafton-2773, 7. Hornaday 2687, 8. Skinner-2549, 9. Starr-2504, 10. Lofton-2379

Dale Earnhardt Jr. has not lived up to the expectations since signing with Hendrick Motorsports to drive the No. 88. His 18th position in the standings is representative of less than a class A Cup driver

Would he still be driving the No. 88 if his name wasn’t Earnhardt? Not likely.

Despite poor performances on the track, his team is a profitable one, and he has proven that he can win races.

But it’s that name that brings in the big sponsor dollars.

For those fans that think I might be putting Junior in a negative spotlight, I’m not.

I first met him at the old Nashville Fairgrounds, when he was racing his own late model car. During the feature race he had a flat tire, which spoiled his night. He was brash, but honest in his assesment of his career up to that point. He even said his team could do better, if they had a little more money.

The next year he started driving a NASCAR Busch Series (Nationwide) car for his dad. He lived in a double wide trailer and drew $200 per week.

That’s hardly the Junior we know now.

He always says whatever is on his mind.

I would love to be able to write that Junior has turned things around and has started winning again. I have previously written that Junior was about to get it together only to be proven wrong.

If anyone else was in the No. 88 car, Rick Hendrick would not hesitate to make a change.

Junior will never get fired or let go, and if for some reason he did, some other car owner would sign him in a heartbeat.

The racing business is about making money and he does that better than anyone else.

I wouldn’t be surprised to see him in victory lane, again.

He has the talent, potential and has been there.

Weekend racing: Race number four in this year’s Chase for the Sprint Cup championship will be held at the 1.5-mile Fontana, Calif., track.

Saturday, October 9, Nationwide Series Camping World 300; race 30 of 35; starting 4 p.m. ET; TV: ESPN2.

Sunday, October 10, Sprint Cup Pepsi Max 400, race 30 of 36; starting time: 3 p.m. ET; TV: ESPN.

Racing trivia question: How many Cup championships did Dale Earnhardt Sr. win?

Last week’s question: Which two drivers ended their NASCAR Cup careers in 2005? Answer. Ricky Rudd and Rusty Wallace.

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