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Biffle blames faulty radio for crash

By admin | March 21, 2010

By Richard Allen

On lap 343 of the Food City 500 the caution flag flew for an accident that began when Greg Biffle forced Mark Martin into the outside retaining wall at the exit of turn 2. Martin’s damaged car limped on into turn 3 where it created a bottleneck which eventually collected a number of other machines.

As many as 13 cars were involved in that wreck to some degree. The cars of Martin, David Ragan, Juan Pablo Montoya and Marcos Ambrose received significant damage.

Immediately after the accident Biffle came on his radio to, ironically, blame his radio. “I didn’t hear anything from the spotter,” he insisted. “I didn’t know he was out there. This thing’s been cutting out all day.”

Martin offered his version of what happened. “I needed to go,” he said. “I was faster than those guys.

“I was on the brakes when I saw he was gonna cut me off but we got hung together,” he added. “I know mistakes happen but that was a really bad deal for us.”

Biffle’s car was not damaged in the incident and he went on to a 4th place finish. He also ranks 4th in the Sprint Cup standings.

Martin, Ragan, Montoya and Ambrose took harder hits. They all finished outside the top-25 in the final race results. None of those drivers rank in the top-12 of the standings. Martin fell nine positions to 16th.

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Richard Allen is a member of the National Motorsports Press Association. His weekly columns appear in The Mountain Press and The Knoxville Journal.

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2 Responses to “Biffle blames faulty radio for crash”

  1. chase speed Says:
    March 22nd, 2010 at 2:44 pm

    Not buying Biffle’s excuse about his radio. If his radio was the problem then he should never have changed his racing line. Knowing that your radio is failing and that your spotter is unable to tell you “clear high,” he should have just maintained the low line. He cost many drivers needed points, and more importantly, he cost us, the fans AND the sponsors. As a sponsor, I am growing tired of having my opportunity for business exposure taken away by immature drivers. We supply teams with millions of dollars and it is becoming unacceptable for driver egos to ruin my corporate exposure and opportunity, particularly when my driver is running well enough to garner tv exposure and a post-race interview. Nascar started out as a good ole boy racing series, but since has become a full blown out corporate controlled marketing tool where the drivers now only play a minimal role. The drivers need to understand they are no longer the focus;the sponsors and fans are. Maybe it’s time to place calculated sponsor dollars into other racing series’. The reality should be clear: sponsors now own and control Nascar and it could never be more clear at this point they can’t survive without us. They are the ones who built and shaped this business model to where they lost control and power. We are just powerful businesses taking advantage of opportunities. Marketing opportunities will ALWAYS exist, but Nascar, racing and race tracks may not. As usual, I’m just sayin!

    Chase Speed

  2. Robert Eastman Says:
    March 23rd, 2010 at 10:31 am

    Greg Biffle is an arrogant jerk! It appears he doesn’t care who he wrecks, even the all-time great “Gentleman of NASCAR,” Mr. Martin! I don’t believe for a second that GB “didn’t know” that Mark was there! Why? Because the Biff purposely chops/wrecks many drivers! His “bully-tactics” are obvious to everyone that pays attention. Is his true character, that of a coward, beginning to surface? Lately it seems like he wrecks those that most likely won’t retaliate, like Joey Lagono and now Mark Martin. It’s too bad that “bad actors” like Biffle are allowed to ruin our great sport!