Biffle Wins Second GNC Live Well 250


Sunday, June 30th 2002, 12:00 am
By: News On 6


WEST ALLIS, Wis. (AP) _ Greg Biffle won the GNC Live Well 250 for the second year in a row Sunday after leading the race for much of the way.

Biffle, who took the lead for the final time after pulling past Scott Wimmer in lap 132, has won three times at The Milwaukee Mile in the Craftsman Truck Series. He won in 1999, finished third in 2000, and has finished third or better in his last four Busch series races.

``These flat, technical-type race tracks seem to suit my driving style a little bit,'' Biffle said. ``I like the road race, and I like the challenge. You got to hit your marks just perfect every time.''

Biffle held off Jason Keller for much of the race, finishing ahead of him by 0.438 of a second. Wimmer finished third.

``I was waiting for him to mess up,'' Keller said of Biffle. ``He looked like he was going to hit the wall on every corner.''

The air temperature reached into the 90s for the race, causing several drivers and dozens of fans to seek treatment for heat exhaustion.

``I've never worked so hard for a win in my life,'' Biffle said. ``I'm whipped. I tell you, it's hot out there.''

Biffle, who has two Busch series victories this season and seven in his career, credited his pit crew for much of Sunday's race.

``I've never seen pit stops like that in the Busch series,'' Biffle said. ``They pretty much won me the race.''

Biffle started the race from the pole position, followed by Keller. Both predicted the race would hinge on track position. Wimmer started 30th.

``I just need to get my qualifying down,'' Wimmer said.

Ron Hornaday Jr. finished fourth, followed by Tony Raines and Shane Hmiel.

The victory moved Biffle up to second in the point standings. Points leader Jack Sprague finished 14th.

Jim Sauter raced his three sons, Jay, Tim and Johnny, in Sunday's race to mark only the second time in NASCAR history that four family members competed together.

Tim finished ninth, Johnny 12th and Jay 13th. Jim pulled out after 200 laps because of brake trouble.