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Bold Biffle conquers California.

Despite qualifying on the third row, Greg Biffle announced during Saturday's Bud Pole qualifying session that he would be leading the Auto Club 500 within five laps of the green flag.

The Roush Racing driver led lap four, and went on to take his fourth career Nextel Cup victory.

It wasn't all plain sailing for the driver of the #16 National Guard Ford, which benefited from additional Post-It backing this weekend. 100 laps in to the 250-lap race, Biffle made a green flag pit stop for fuel and tyres only to find himself trapped on the tail of the lead lap when the caution flag waved eight laps later.

However, Biffle was able to stay ahead of the leaders, regain his lost ground when the caution flag flew again, and then make his way back towards the front.

Electing to forego a final stop for fuel and tyres with 30 laps to go, Biffle swept by teammate Kurt Busch to take the lead on lap 228 and never looked back.

Despite being chased by a group of drivers on fresher tyres, Biffle held on for his second win in three races (Homestead 2004 and today).

Jimmie Johnson, who earlier saw a no tyres gamble fail, stopped with 30 laps to go and used his better rubber to snatch second from Busch in the closing laps of a race that saw far less two and three wide racing than in 2004.

Defending series champ Busch, like Biffle, found himself on the tail of the lead lap at the halfway point thanks to the lap 108 caution caused by Dale Earnhardt Jr's puncture. After a fight back similar, but less publicised than Biffle's, Busch was in position to take the lead when the majority of leaders pitted with 30 to go but could only hold off Biffle for eight laps once the green flag had waved.

Busch would cross the line third, just holding off Jamie McMurray and Carl Edwards.

Edwards, who was a factor in the race all day, scored just the second top five finish of his career for Jack Roush's team but lost out in the penultimate round of pit stops when he slowed to avoid several other cars.

California native Kevin Harvick finished sixth in front of his home crowd while Mark Martin's late race no tyres gamble didn't pay off and he dropped to seventh.



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