LONG POND, Pa. — Greg Biffle had his sights on a solid top-10 finish at Pocono until the leader of what would be the final restart of the race had engine problems at the front of the field. The ailing car created quite the melee on the track and Biffle lost valuable track position. Despite so few laps left in the race, Biffle was able to make up a few spots to earn a 16th-place finish at Pocono in his No. 16 3M Ford Fusion.
In just his third career Sprint Cup start at Pocono Raceway, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. drove his Zest Ford Fusion to a 15th- place finish in Sunday’s Pocono 400, making him the highest-finishing Roush Fenway Racing driver.
“We had to fight all day,” Stenhouse said. “The Zest Ford was really good at times. Balance-wise I thought we were close, as close as we have been in a few weeks as far as getting the good balance. We got some good restarts there and I think we got a little too tight for the race today from practice, but all in all we fixed my rear grip issue that I had in practice and just got a little too tight. There is still a lot of work to do, but it was definitely a solid day for us and we will just try to carry that on into Michigan.”
Carl Edwards headed to Pocono for the 19th time in his Sprint Cup Series career looking to capture his third win at the Tricky Triangle. Starting from the 10th spot, Edwards fell victim to an ill-timed debris caution on lap 59 during green flag stops which set the No.99 Kellogg’s Ford Fusion back to 15th.
Crew chief Jimmy Fennig set into play a fuel strategy for the remainder of the day which would have put Edwards in contention for a solid finish. Unfortunately, the car of Kasey Kahne blew up in front of him, leaving a trail of oil which Edwards could not avoid, sending him into the wall, and ending his day in the 41st position.
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