There’s something about New Hampshire Motor Speedway that seems to bring out the best in Greg Biffle.
And in a season that has been marked by one disappointment after another, Biffle’s return to Loudon once again ended up with a good result at one of his favorite tracks.
Biffle earned his second-best finish of the 2015 season in Sunday’s Sylvania 300, ending up with a strong fourth-place finish.
“I feel really good about this run,” Biffle said. “It was a great run for us. The team needed this. We need to continue to work and try to make our cars a little bit better.”
To illustrate the significance and weight of Biffle’s showing Sunday, it was only his third top-five of the season, in addition to just one other top-10 outing in the first 28 races.
Biffle failed to qualify for the Chase for the Sprint Cup and is currently 20th in the overall standings.
Biffle was involved in one of the key moments of the race, when Brad Keselowski was black-flagged by NASCAR for jumping the restart alongside Biffle on Lap 242.
Biffle was scored as the race leader at the time of the restart. He appeared to slow entering the first part of the restart zone before he was pushed forward by the trailing car of Kurt Busch.
Keselowski, meanwhile, jumped ahead of Biffle as their cars exited the restart zone, prompting NASCAR to penalize Keselowski. As the race leader, Biffle is supposed to be in control of the restart at that point.
“To be perfectly honest with you I didn’t notice,” Biffle said. “I saw Brad kind of going a little bit and I waited until about the middle of the zone, maybe.
“I didn’t go right at the two marker, but I maintained my speed and I didn’t speed up or slow down and I took off when I felt like it was time for me to go. I wasn’t really paying that close attention to the 2 or what he was doing. We were pretty even getting down into one. I don’t know what they called him for, but I’ll have to take a look back, I guess.”
Still, Biffle felt empathy for Keselowski’s plight.
“I feel bad for Brad,” Biffle said. “I wasn’t playing any games. I wasn’t doing anything. I just went in between those two marks like we’re supposed to.”