Greg Biffle takes Ford’s money in Kansas

Greg Biffle in Victory Lane with a very happy #16 crew, who will share a $100,000 bonus offered pre-race by Ford Racing

Greg Biffle in Victory Lane with a very happy #16 crew, who will share a $100,000 bonus offered pre-race by Ford Racing

Greg Biffle has won the Price Chopper 400 at Kansas Speedway to roar into title contention and deliver his crew a ‘bounty’ offered up by Ford Racing boss Jamie Allison prior to the race.

In a meeting with his Ford teams, who have suffered from a lean season so far in 2010, Allison offered any driver that can win a race in the Chase a US$100,000 reward for that driver’s crew.

Much to the delight of the #16 team, Biffle answered the call immediately, taking the win from two of the favourites for this year’s title, Jimmie Johnson and Kevin Harvick.

“It was a great day for us,” said Biffle.

“The car ran flawless. (#16 crew chief Greg) Erwin just made great calls in the pits, and the car just kept getting better and better and better.”

Allison was pleased to part with some cash on a day that saw five Fords finish in the top 10.

Greg Biffle celebrates his Kansas win

Greg Biffle celebrates his Kansas win

“We wanted to reward the entire team,” said Allison on the bounty he described as putting prizemoney ‘where it doesn’t usually go’.

“We like to reward for performance. I put a little reward out there for the Ford team to win and sure enough it came through. I think it was more than that though. It was a good team effort with good preparation. We were long overdue.”

Entering next week’s race at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California it is Johnson who now holds a narrow points lead, although it is a tight Chase leaderboard with eighth-placed Biffle within 100 points of Johnson.

The race was marred by a tit for tat battle between Kyle Busch and David Reutimann, bringing to the fore the debate on just how hard non-Chase drivers should race their counterparts who are running in title contention in the final 10 races of the season (see video below for both incidents and reaction from Reutimman and Busch).

Denny Hamlin and Jimmie Johnson are neck-and-neck in the battle for this year's Sprint Cup title

Denny Hamlin and Jimmie Johnson are neck-and-neck in the battle for this year's Sprint Cup title

Marcos Ambrose endured a tough weekend at Kansas Speedway with electrical problems seeing him finish down in 34th place finish, some 10 laps behind friend and race winner Biffle.

Adding to the frustration, Ambrose was forced to start the race from the rear of the field, after an engine change during Friday’s practice session.

“Today was always going to be a battle from the back of the field,” said Ambrose.

“It’s a shame about the problems this weekend, we had a pretty quick car, and we were definitely on target for a top-15 finish.

“The team will move on from this, we have a 400 mile superspeedway race in California next weekend, and I think we can get a solid result there.

“It’s been a tough year, but the races on the run to the end of the season are ones that I like.

“We’re going to give it everything to try and finish out the year on a high.”

RESULTS: Price Chopper 400
Kansas Speedway (Kansas City, KS)

1. #16 Greg Biffle Ford
2. #48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet
3. #29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet
4. #14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet
5. #24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet
6. #99 Carl Edwards Ford
7. #17 Matt Kenseth Ford
8. #98 Paul Menard Ford
9. #39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet
10. #43 A.J. Allmendinger Ford
34. #47 Marcos Ambrose Toyota

2010 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
Points Standings after Race 29 of 36 (Chase Race 3 of 10)

1. Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports 5503
2. Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing 5495
3. Kevin Harvick Richard Childress Racing 5473
4. Carl Edwards Roush Fenway Racing 5450
5. Jeff Gordon Hendrick Motorsports 5445
6. Kurt Busch Penske Racing 5430
7. Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing 5423
8. Greg Biffle Roush Fenway Racing 5418
9. Jeff Burton Richard Childress Racing 5402
10. Tony Stewart Stewart Haas Racing 5376
11. Matt Kenseth Roush Fenway Racing 5454
12. Clint Bowyer Richard Childress Racing 5251
26. Marcos Ambrose JTG Daugherty Racing 2802

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