Published on June 17th, 2013 | by Michael J Smith0
Edwards, Biffle Disagree On Late-Race Help Request
In the closing laps of the Quicken Loans 400 at Michigan International Speedway, Carl Edwards got some trash on the grille of his Fastenal Ford Fusion. He was running second to Roush Fenway Racing teammate Greg Biffle.
Edwards wanted Biffle to slow enough to let him close in, using the air pressure to remove the debris.
Biffle refused, citing the bap between the two, the timing, and the fact that he was the race leader.
After asking for help, a voice radioed back to Edwards that there was no help coming from the teammate.
He ain’t our teammate.
Edwards’s engine managed to survive until he pitted a handful of laps later. Shortly after his green-flag pit stop, the caution flag flew. Still, he overcame that to finish eighth.
But, he wasn’t too pleased with how Biffle handled the situation. Nor was Edwards’s crew chief, Jimmy Fennig.
[We] didn’t get any help from our teammate, and he put us in a hole.
These races are very, very hard to win. The last win I had was here. This is a competitive sport.
RFR owner Jack Roush defended Biffle’s decision, saying:
There are no team orders for that kind of thing but I do support the decision that Greg made to not give up his track position, and we’ll discuss that.
While I understand Edwards’ frustration, I think Biffle was right in choosing not to help his teammate.
If Biffle were in 8th place, and Edwards were running 9th and the same thing happened, I think Biffle helps him. If he doesn’t, then I think Edwards has more of a reason to be mad.
But with Biffle leading, he shouldn’t slow down and allow the second-place car, teammate or not, to catch up, especially with 50 laps to go.
I’m sure that once Jack Roush talks to everyone, everything will be okay… unless of course, the roles are reversed sometime in the near future. In that case, I doubt Edwards would do much to help Biffle.