Final segment strategy

Greg Biffle, driver of the #16 3M/American Red Cross Ford, adjusts his earbud before the start of practice for the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 18, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images for NASCAR)
Greg Biffle, driver of the #16 3M/American Red Cross Ford, adjusts his earbud before the start of practice for the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 18, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images for NASCAR)

CONCORD, N.C. –Given the importance of track position for the final 10-lap segment of Saturday night’s Sprint All-Star Race, drivers are unlikely to take tires during a mandatory pit stop before the dash for the $1 million top prize.

Greg Biffle says he expects the winner of the race to come from the first three rows on the final restart — whether a driver has new rubber or not.

“There’s no mystery to what’s going to happen,” Biffle said Friday. “Track position is what’s going to win the race, and we’ll see what this track thinks of new tires. As the track ages, as the tire is maybe a little bit different . . . the same tire, but maybe it acts a little different on the racetrack — so after 20 laps, we’ll see how important a new tire is.

“Maybe it doesn’t really matter that much, so we’ll have some practice and a little bit of the race to figure that out — but you’ve got to be at the front at the end. You’re not going to win from the fourth, fifth or sixth row just because you have new tires, I don’t think. Anything can happen, but it’s going to be track position, and maybe it’s two tires, maybe it’s no tires (on the final stop).”

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