By Lee Montgomery, Turner Sports Interactive
July 20, 2003
8:30 PM EDT (0030 GMT)
LOUDON, N.H. -- Temper, temper. What do you think this is? Bristol?
Several drivers left New Hampshire International Speedway hopping
mad after the New England 300, upset at actions of their fellow
Perhaps no one was more upset than rookie Greg Biffle. And he was
mad at four-time Winston Cup champion Jeff Gordon.
Calling Gordon's team "two-faced," Biffle was upset over what he
called a broken deal to allow him get a lap back.
Biffle said he and Gordon's team made a deal, where Biffle would let
Gordon get a jump on a restart, and Gordon would let Biffle back on
the lead lap if a caution came out quickly.
Biffle let Gordon go on a restart on Lap 108, and the yellow flag
waved two laps later. But Gordon didn't slow to allow Biffle to get
An angry Biffle pushed Gordon up the track after the yellow and was
later summoned to the NASCAR hauler because of the move. But once he
explained his story, Winston Cup director John Darby agreed.
"I understand if he's way out there, he can't slow down and let me
come back," Biffle said of Gordon. "But the caution comes out right
away, and I'm not even five car-lengths off of him, and he runs me
back to the caution and won't let me have my lap back.
"That's bull----. I don't do him like that. I let him go, like I
said I would, and then he doesn't give me my lap back."
Biffle, who later made up a lap and rallied to finish 10th, said he
would not have expected Gordon to give him a lap back, but "we made
"If I wouldn't have let him go right there, I might have been able
to get in front of him, and then the caution comes out, I would have
got him back on my own," Biffle said.
"Instead, I say, 'OK, go ahead' and make a deal. We get along good.
I respect the guy."
But that didn't stop Biffle from being mad at Gordon.
"They're just two-faced," Biffle said. "That's the way it goes.
That's this sport."
Biffle understood why he was called to the NASCAR hauler.
"They didn't know the deal-making going on," Biffle said. "(Darby)
doesn't want me running the leader up in the fuzz going into Turn 1.
I told them the whole deal, and he totally understands. He
said, 'Jeff Gordon shouldn't have done that.' It's up to him."