Saturday, February 20, 2010
Kyle Busch wins NASCAR Nationwide Series race; Biffle and Logano renew rivalry
Kyle Busch took advantage of a green-white-checker finish and won the NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Auto Club Speedway on Saturday.
But it was Greg Biffle and Joey Logano who traded paint on the final three laps of the race and then traded barbs after the race was over.
Logano, who led a race-high 130 laps of the 150-lap race, said Biffle tried to wreck him on the final three laps.
“I got hit. I don’t know… We had an awesome race car that should have won the race," Logano said. "The 27 (Biffle) decided to hit us again. I don’t know what his deal is with me, but for some reason in California he feels like putting me in the fence or hitting me towards the end. I know we were racing hard there at the end, but… I don’t know. I think he could have done it a little cleaner than that. Oh well. It was a good run for the GameStop Toyota. Obviously we were the dominant car. I should have won it. It’s tough after leading that many laps and you don’t get a victory out of it.”
Biffle said Logano made a rookie mistake, spinning his tires on the restart, and allowed the cars chasing him the entire race an opportunity to make a run at the checkered flag.
Biffle, Busch, Brad Keselowski and Carl Edwards passed Logano on the final laps of the race. Busch ended up chasing down Biffle on the final turn of the final lap. Logano ended up spinning across the finish line and through the infield grass.
While Busch walked away the winner, Biffle and Logano reignited a rivalry that started last year when Logano was a rookie and Biffle made a habit of taking advantage of Logano’s mistakes.
“I guess he’s not happy about that,” Biffle said after the race in regard to how Logano was passed by four cars. “But when you got a guy inside of you, you’ve got to give him room, you know. I got a great run off the corner and Kyle just side-drafted me to the line. It was quite interesting down the front stretch. He had my tires off the ground most of the way down. It was a great finish. I think the fans really got to see an exciting finish today.”
Biffle was asked repeatedly after the race about how he passed Logano. All the questions had the same underlying theme: Why can’t you and Logano get along? It prompted Brad Keselowski, the third-place finisher in the race, to say to Biffle, “It’s pretty cool seeing someone else go through this.”
Keselowski has been accused of some aggressive tactics after races. Biffle had to answer some of those questions after the Nationwide race in Fontana.
“A few people saw the interview and said I tried to put him (Logano) in the wall or tired to wreck him or something, but that’s obviously not the case,” Biffle said. “I mean, if I wanted to do that, it’s pretty easy to do. I was just inside him down there and he knows I was inside him. Everybody saw the same thing. It was a lot of fun that last lap.”
Photo: Greg Biffle finished second in the NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana. He passed Joey Logano on the green-white-checker retart and took over the lead, but Kyle Busch won the race.