Biffle victorious again at GNC 250
Published: Monday, July 1, 2002 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, July 1, 2002 at 12:00 a.m.
WEST ALLIS, Wis. - Greg Biffle won the GNC Live Well 250 for the second year in a row Sunday after leading the race for much of the way.
Biffle, who took the lead for the final time after pulling past Scott Wimmer in lap 132, has won three times at The Milwaukee Mile in the Craftsman Truck Series. He won in 1999, finished third in 2000, and has finished third or better in his last four Busch series races.
"These flat, technical-type race tracks seem to suit my driving style a little bit," Biffle said. "I like the road race, and I like the challenge. You got to hit your marks just perfect every time."
Biffle held off Jason Keller for much of the race, finishing ahead of him by 0.438 of a second. Wimmer finished third.
"I was waiting for him to mess up," Keller said of Biffle. "He looked like he was going to hit the wall on every corner."
The air temperature reached into the 90s for the race, causing several drivers and dozens of fans to seek treatment for heat exhaustion.
"I've never worked so hard for a win in my life," Biffle said. "I'm whipped. I tell you, it's hot out there."
Biffle, who has two Busch series victories this season and seven in his career, credited his pit crew for much of Sunday's race.
"I've never seen pit stops like that in the Busch series," Biffle said. "They pretty much won me the race."
Biffle started the race from the pole position, followed by Keller. Both predicted the race would hinge on track position. Wimmer started 30th.
"I just need to get my qualifying down," Wimmer said.
Ron Hornaday Jr. finished fourth, followed by Tony Raines and Shane Hmiel.
The victory moved Biffle up to second in the point standings. Points leader Jack Sprague finished 14th.
Jim Sauter raced his three sons, Jay, Tim and Johnny, in Sunday's race to mark only the second time in NASCAR history that four family members competed together.
Tim finished ninth, Johnny 12th and Jay 13th. Jim pulled out after 200 laps because of brake trouble.
Bernstein, the defending Top Fuel champion, turned in a 5.056-second pass at 293.22 mph in his Budweiser King Dragster to beat Andrew Cowins' 5.291 run at 263.87 in the NY Yankee Dragster.
John Force, Jeg Coughlin and Angelle Savoie won their respective categories at the $1.8 million race, the 12th of 23 events in the $50 million NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series.
Bernstein is retiring at the end of the season and is second in the points to Larry Dixon. After four qualifying runs, Dixon failed to qualify for the eliminations and allowed Bernstein to close the gap.
"This is a special one," Bernstein said. "It means a lot to us. We've always worked hard here and it is a real important one to win."
Force earned the 101st victory of his career as he went 8.837 at 87.98 in a Ford Mustang to beat Scotty Cannon's disqualified 5.053 at 295.85 in a Pontiac Firebird.
Coughlin became the 10th winner this season in the Pro Stock category, finishing at 6.928 at 199.52 to beat Greg Anderson's 6.930 at 199.91 in a battle of Chevy Cavaliers.
Savoie claimed her third win of the season when Shawn Gann fouled at the starting line and Savoie won with a 7.187 at 184.83 on a Suzuki.
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