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NASCAR NEXTEL CUP SERIES

MICHIGAN INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY

Sunday, August 19, 2007 on ESPN

 

Prepping for the 3M Performance 400

Source: Michigan International Speedway

PHOTO COURTESY OF MISPEEDWAY.COM

BROOKLYN, Mich. -- NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series driver Greg Biffle showed motorists of metro Detroit that he knows his way around an automobile, especially when 3M Car Care products are on hand.

Biffle used 3M Car Care products at a Super Car Wash in Farmington Hills on Wednesday while promoting the Aug. 19 3M Performance 400 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway.

"Michigan is definitely one of our better racetracks to run at," the Roush Fenway Racing driver said. “I look forward every time we come up here to race. Driving three wide, that's what makes this racetrack so fun.”

Roush Fenway Racing is sponsored by 3M, so it is no surprise that Biffle knew exactly how to use the 3M Car Care products on customers’ vehicles. Biffle, who has two wins at MIS in both the NEXTEL Cup and Craftsman Truck Series, will pilot the No. 16 3M car during the 3M Performance 400, with teammate Todd Kluever behind the wheel for the CARFAX 250 Busch Series race on Aug. 18.

Currently 16th in the points standing, with five top 10 finishes in 19 races thus far, Biffle’s season has been a frustrating one. Making it clear that the No. 16 team won’t give up on the Chase for the NEXTEL Cup, Biffle is hopeful his luck will change at the two-mile oval next month.

“We always run really well here, we’re looking for a top five run - that’s our goal,” Biffle said.

Biffle and his Roush Fenway teammates have dominated racing at MIS in recent years. In the past 11 NEXTEL Cup events at Michigan, Roush Fenway drivers have won six (Carl Edwards, 6/07; Matt Kenseth, 8/06, Greg Biffle, 6/05 & 8/04; Kurt Busch 6/03; Kenseth 6/02). If a Roush Fenway driver wins the 3M Performance 400, the team will tie the Wood Brothers for the most NEXTEL Cup wins at MIS with 11 each.

The team also swept all three events last month with Erik Darnell winning the ARCA RE/MAX Series race, Travis Kvapil taking the checkered flag in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, and Edwards doing a back flip on the start finish line after the Citizens Bank 400.

Although his team has a great track record here, when the sun sets on Aug. 19, Biffle will only have three races to make his way to 12th in the points standing and into the Chase for the NEXTEL Cup, a position which he is currently 185 points away from, and is occupied by Dale Earnhardt Jr., a driver who has finished no worse than sixth in the last three NEXTEL Cup races here.

Make sure to be at the track for the 3M Performance 400 to see if Biffle can give Roush Fenway Racing its third straight NEXTEL Cup win at MIS, or see if his hopes to make the Chase disappear, just like 3M Car Care products make those pesky paint swirls disappear.

Tickets for the remainder of the 2007 race season at MIS, including the Firestone Indy 400 IndyCar Series race on Aug. 5, the CARFAX 250 Busch Series race on Aug. 18, and the 3M Performance 400 NEXTEL Cup Series race on Aug. 19, are on sale by calling the MIS Ticket Hotline at 800.354.1010 or by visiting MISpeedway.com.

 

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