Archive for Sunday, May 26, 2002

Green claims Carquest 300

Biffle second at Lowe’s Motor Speedway

May 26, 2002

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— Jeff Green held off hard-charging Greg Biffle on a last-lap duel Saturday to win the Carquest Auto Parts 300 on a hot day that drained the drivers at Lowe's Motor Speedway.

Green, who runs sporadically in the Busch series now that he's a full-time Winston Cup driver, inherited the lead when teammate Jay Sauter a last-minute substitute for his brother, Johnny pitted.

After eight cautions in the first 112 laps, the race had a long green-flag stretch that allowed Johnny Sauter to open a 15-car length lead on the field.

But he didn't have enough gas to make it, and gave up the lead to Green when he pitted. It looked like Green was going to run away with the race until Dan Pardus spun out to bring out a yellow flag with eight laps to go.

Biffle, running in second at the time, elected to pit and take four tires. He came out in seventh and began his charge when the race resumed with four laps to go.

He was in second place in two laps, then closed the gap on Green until he pulled alongside him on the outside of turn 3 on the final lap.

But Green got a run on him on the low side of the track and held him off to win this race for the second straight year.

"We knew Greg would be coming, but I didn't dang think he'd come back that fast," Green said. "It was amazing how fast he came through there. But I just tried to hold my line and there was no doubt in my mind I had the fastest car. Another lap, though, and he might have beat me."

Biffle, still sore from a grinding crash last Sunday at Nazareth Speedway that hospitalized Jeff Purvis, finished second and immediately asked for ice for his sore ribs.

"I feel like I could pass out," said Biffle, who lost the air conditioning in his car early in the race on a day when temperatures were over 90 degrees on the black track surface.

"I'm really sore, I just want some ice for my ribs and to go home and lay down."

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