TALLADEGA, Ala. – Sprint Cup driver Greg Biffle and his primary sponsor 3M have both signed three-year contract extensions with Roush FenwayRacing, the team formally announced on Sunday.
Biffle has won championships in NASCAR's Truck series and Nationwide Series with the Roush organization and has 16 Cup victories, all with Roush.
“We couldn’t be happier with the chance to carry forward with Greg, and I think it’s a vote of confidence for Greg and the management team at Roush Fenway that we’ve been able to keep it together for so many years,” said team owner Jack Roush. The Observer and ThatsRacin.com first reported Biffle had agreed to a contract extension last week. "It’s been a great, long road with the truck and Nationwide championships and I feel better now than I have at a chance to win a Cup title," Biffle said.
"As you know, our cars are super-fast this season and I think they will be for the next couple of years."
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Bowyer good again at Talladega
For the third consecutive race, Clint Bowyer finished first or second at Talladega and he seems to have a penchant for close finishes.
He lost by .002 seconds to Jimmie Johnson on Sunday. Last fall, he won in a photo finish over teammate Kevin Harvick and Harvick bested him by inches in this race a year ago.
“Sometimes you really can’t tell (who won), but I had no clue. I saw him coming even through the mirror, through Harvick, I saw him coming,” Bowyer said.
“I was hoping the No. 24 (Jeff Gordon) and the No. 5 (Mark Martin) was going to give him a block, but they were racing us, trying to drag off of us and we was trying to drag off of them.”
Earnhardt now third in points
Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s winless streak has reached 101 races, but he was once again in the thick of the hunt on Sunday and earned another strong finish.
While helping Hendrick Motorsports teammate Jimmie Johnson to the victory, Earnhardt finished fourth and is now third in the series points standings.
“If I couldn’t win the race I wanted Jimmie to win the race because I had worked with him all day and he is my teammate and I am proud to be driving for Hendrick Motorsports,” Earnhardt said.
“I discovered, in my opinion, we were (a) faster team if he was leading the two of us. Right at the end, I just said ‘Don’t lift, no matter what. No matter what happens don’t lift.’ ”
Gilliland gets another top 10
There have been two restrictor-plate races in the Cup series so far this season and that has translated into two top-10 finishes for David Gilliland.
Gilliland was third in the season-opening Daytona 500 and was ninth in Sunday's race at Talladega.
Front Row Motorsports never had a top-10 finish in Cup coming into the 2011 season. That's two in the first eight races.
“We’ve just really got to work hard on our program to be able to run like this every week. We’re getting closer,” Gilliland said.
“We’ve had some bad luck lately and we needed a good run to pump our team back up.”
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