2012 Daytona 500: Did Greg Biffle Block Dale Earnhardt Jr. on the Last Lap?
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We've had ourselves a wild, crazy and somewhat controverisal Daytona 500.
There was close racing, Juan Pablo Montoya crashing into a jet dryer causing an explosion. There was a rain delay, fire delay, big wrecks all over the place.
To top things off, could there have been a little controversy with the finish of the 2012 Daytona 500?
Roush Fenway drivers Matt Kenseth and Greg Biffle were strong all week in Daytona, and proved it in the main event.
They hooked up and dominated, which led to Matt Kenseth winning the race, but here's the issue.
Biffle had Dale Earnhardt Jr. pushing him on the last restart and they could not come close to Kenseth's rear bumper.
Watching those final two laps, it really looked like a Roush driver was blocking for his team.
With the way the drafting was working in Daytona, there was no reason why Greg Biffle could not make a move to pass Kenseth and try to win the Daytona 500.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. was pushing him hard and Biffle would not move. He would not get close to Kenseth, like he was protecting him.
I understand that the two-car tandem was not as strong as it used to be at restrictor plate tracks, but two cars are always better than one.
Do you think Greg Biffle was blocking Dale Earnhardt Jr.?
Earnhardt Jr. made the mistake of trying to work with Biffle. There was no way he could have trusted Biffle to hang his teammate out to dry, even with the 500 on the line.
Was Biffle being a really good teammate? Absolutely.
Could there have been team orders to hold off Dale Earnhardt Jr.? It's possible.
I don't think team orders came into play, but I think Biffle might have made the decision to block for Kenseth on the last restart to preserve a good night for Jack Roush.
If Biffle made the decision to block for Kenseth, then that's really sad.
This is the Daytona 500. The biggest race of the year. Every driver needs to go for the win. Even if you hang a teammate out to dry.
I'm not saying Biffle blocked for Kenseth, but it really looked like he did.
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