Biffle Wins Darlington Dramatically

Greg Biffle took a dramatic Nextel Cup win at Darlington yesterday with a late race pass for the lead

Biffle Wins Darlington Dramatically

Earlier in the event, Biffle looked set for the win but towards the end of the race Biffle's car faded down the top five as Ryan Newman took over at the front.

In the closing laps Biffle moved his way back up to second place but it looked like he would run out of laps to catch Newman. But with a handful of laps remaining Mark Martin spun trying to pass Kasey Kahne to bring out the caution.

The question was would anyone pit for tyres? The answer was Newman stayed out while the rest of the field pitted.

With two laps to run, Newman led from Edwards, Biffle and Jeff Gordon. At the restart, Newman got a huge gap but Biffle shot past Edwards through turns one and two. Gordon followed past Edwards on the exit of two but clipped Edwards, sending him into a slide which cost Edwards a few places.

Up at the front Biffle dived inside Newman into turn three and took the lead, Gordon taking second before they got the white flag to begin the final lap. Biffle held on to take the win ahead of Gordon, while Kahne and Martin also managed to pass Newman before the chequered flag.

Seventh place for Jimmie Johnson saw him hold onto his points lead, though it shrunk a little, with teammate Jeff Gordon moving into second and Greg Biffle into third as Kurt Busch fell two places following an early race crash.

Dodge Charger 500, Darlington Raceway

Pos  Driver               Make        Laps
 1.  Greg Biffle          Ford        370
 2.  Jeff Gordon          Chevrolet   370
 3.  Kasey Kahne          Dodge       370
 4.  Mark Martin          Ford        370
 5.  Ryan Newman          Dodge       370
 6.  Jamie McMurray       Dodge       370
 7.  Jimmie Johnson       Chevrolet   370
 8.  Dale Earnhardt Jr    Chevrolet   370
 9.  Carl Edwards         Ford        370
10.  Tony Stewart         Chevrolet   370
11.  Joe Nemechek         Chevrolet   370
12.  Rusty Wallace        Dodge       370
13.  Ricky Rudd           Ford        370
14.  Kevin Harvick        Chevrolet   370
15.  Dale Jarrett         Ford        370
16.  Brian Vickers        Chevrolet   370
17.  Bobby Labonte        Chevrolet   370
18.  Ken Schrader         Dodge       370
19.  Mike Bliss           Chevrolet   370
20.  Elliott Sadler       Ford        369
21.  Jeff Burton          Chevrolet   369
22.  Jeff Green           Dodge       369
23.  Kyle Busch           Chevrolet   369
24.  Mike Wallace         Chevrolet   369
25.  Scott Wimmer         Dodge       368
26.  Matt Kenseth         Ford        367
27.  Kenny Wallace        Chevrolet   367
28.  Kyle Petty           Dodge       366
29.  Dave Blaney          Chevrolet   366
30.  Bobby Hamilton Jr    Chevrolet   365
31.  Stanton Barrett      Chevrolet   365
32.  Kevin Lepage         Dodge       363
33.  Jeremy Mayfield      Dodge       333
34.  Michael Waltrip      Chevrolet   330
35.  Travis Kvapil        Dodge       323
36.  Scott Riggs          Chevrolet   311
37.  Kurt Busch           Ford        306
38.  Jason Leffler        Chevrolet   285
39.  Casey Mears          Dodge       285
40.  Hermie Sadler        Ford        234
41.  Sterling Marlin      Dodge       221
42.  Carl Long            Chevrolet    69
43.  Jeff Fuller          Chevrolet    24

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