TUMS FAST RELIEF 500 FINAL PRACTICE
Michael McDowell led the way while Greg Biffle and Kevin Harvick tangled in Saturday's only Sprint Cup Series practice session at Martinsville Speedway.
Rain washed out qualifying as well as a pair of planned practices for the Sprint Cup Series leaving Saturday's session as the only on track time prior to Sunday's TUMS Fast Relief 500.
McDowell and Clint Bowyer paced the 43 cars that took time. Jimmie Johnson, Jamie McMurray and Scott Speed were the fastest five.
Other Chase drivers in the practice included Jeff Gordon and Dale Earnahrdt Jr. ninth and 10th.
Kurt Busch was 11th with the rest of the Chasers Denny Hamlin (14th), Kyle Busch (15th), Ryan Newman (23rd), Matt Kenseth (24th), Harvick (25th), Brad Keselowski (28th), Carl Edwards (29th) and Tony Stewart (32nd).
Harvick and Biffle ran in tight quarters for several laps which led to an animated conversation between the duo in the garage area after practice.
Biffle told the Virginia Pilot his view of the situation, which also saw harvick stop his car in front of Biffle's at the end of practice briefly blocking the No. 16 team from moving the car to its stall.
"Obviously, he had something going that I didn’t know about," Biffle todl the paper. "I don’t know why he stopped in front of the garage stall. You’re involving the crew guys and all kinds of stuff in the garage area when you’re doing stuff like that. That’s not the thing to do.
“To be doing this in here that’s not right. I just told him, 'Listen, you came out of the gas on the frontstretch, I didn’t mean to get into the back of you.’ He said he had stuff on his tires, which I understand that, but if I’ve got stuff on my tires, I’m not going to lift in the middle of the track in the groove. Nobody is going to do that. There was more to it than whatever was going on there. I don’t have a problem with him. He shouldn’t be doing that to the guys in the garage.’’
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