Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

NASCAR Notebook; Biffle, Ford Taking a New Approach

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

NASCAR Notebook; Biffle, Ford Taking a New Approach

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Byline: Don Coble

After spending more than a year looking for a way to make their Fords more competitive, Roush Fenway Racing started more than a month ago with new cars featuring a different approach.

And while the immediate results show promise, especially with Greg Biffle's second-place finish on Sunday at the Charlotte Motor Speedway, the race team admits it's still a long way from catching the Chevrolets at Hendrick Motorsports.

"We certainly haven't come anywhere close to catching them," Biffle said. "One common thread it looks like to me is Chevy. It looks like they're head and shoulders better than the Toyotas and Fords, because the Ganassi cars are pretty fast, all the Haas cars, which are kind of Hendrick-affiliated. So there's really eight cars there that make that up."

Martin Truex Jr. led the most laps three weeks ago at the Kansas Speedway but lost because of fuel strategy. The same happened last Sunday at Charlotte. Truex drives a Chevrolet that's built and powered by Richard Childress Racing.

"It's pretty obvious those are all Chevys," Biffle said.

It's been so bad lately for the Roush group, Biffle went to Charlotte hoping for a top-10 finish. He got a second after stretching his final tank of gas to 62 laps.

"We've met our first goal, or at least my first goal was run in the top 10," Biffle said. "We haven't been able to do that for a year and a half."

HAMLIN PUSHES TOO HARD ON OFF-DAY

At first Denny Hamlin believed his migraine headache during last Sunday's race at the Charlotte Motor Speedway was caused by a leak in the exhaust pipe.

Actually it was dehydration and nausea caused by an off-day of play that wiped him out during the 600-mile race.

The track was closed on Friday before the race, so Hamlin decided to play 36 holes of golf and a tennis match. On Saturday he drove 300 miles in the Xfinity Series race and another 600 miles on Sunday. …

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