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Biffle takes advantage of late caution

Sunday, May 8, 2005

DARLINGTON, S.C. -- Greg Biffle needed overtime to grab another victory.

The Roush Racing driver, who fell behind on a late pit stop, got one last chance when Mark Martin spun, bringing out the 12th caution flag of the NASCAR Nextel Cup race at Darlington Raceway just five laps from the scheduled finish.

Ryan Newman, who had taken charge late in the race, chose to stay on the track while Biffle and several other contenders pitted for tires. When the green flag waved again for a two-lap shootout, beginning on lap 369, Biffle, taking advantage of those fresh tires, charged from fourth. He passed Carl Edwards, Ken Schrader and, finally, Newman before taking the white flag for the last lap.

He went on to win easily, adding the Dodge Charger 500 to victories earlier this season in California and Texas. Biffle's No. 16 Ford led 176 of the 370 laps, beating the Chevrolet of runner-up Jeff Gordon, a six-time Darlington winner, to the finish by 0.989 seconds -- about six car-lengths.


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