Biffle to the top

LAS VEGAS — Greg Biffle didn’t have the car to win Sunday’s race, but he did manage to leave Las Vegas with a consolation prize. After his third third-place finish in as many races, Biffle is the Cup series leader for the first time since June 2005.

As loose as his car was in Saturday’s practice, Biffle had to scramble to claim his third podium finish of the season.

Greg Biffle, driver of the #16 3M/Meguiars Ford, pits during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Kobalt Tools 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 11, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Jerry Markland/Getty Images for NASCAR)

Greg Biffle, driver of the #16 3M/Meguiars Ford, pits during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Kobalt Tools 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 11, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jerry Markland/Getty Images for NASCAR)

“My car just didn’t turn good enough today,” Biffle explained. “That’s what I lacked. We fought loose, loose, loose in practice, kept working on it, working on it. Finally, at the end of the day, we got it to where it was pretty good.

“Today I was just too tight. Right from the green, I was too tight. We just kind of pecked at it, and we should have taken two, three rounds of wedge out (to change the weight distribution). We took one out. I just was not aggressive enough.

“I should have taken two, three rounds out of it or raised the track bar a half-inch, maybe pulled rubber out of the left rear — I might have been up their tail pipe (of race winner Tony Stewart) at the end. We had a good run. Even then I don’t know if we had a car that was fast enough.”

 

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