Biffle, Bowyer Win Sprint Showdown; Patrick Takes Sprint Fan Vote
Greg Biffle's Sprint Showdown ended early, but the Roush Fenway driver didn't seem to mind, winning the first of two 20-lap segments in the last-chance qualifier to advance to earn a spot in the biggest all-star event in sports, Saturday's NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race.
Michael Waltrip Racing's Clint Bowyer battled three-wide with Martin Truex Jr. and Kyle Larson for the lead to claim the second-segment win and a shot at the $1 million All-Star prize.
Danica Patrick became the first-ever repeat winner of the Sprint Fan Vote and will represent Stewart Haas Racing in the 110-lap duel.
Segment 1 Winner - Greg Biffle (No. 16 Ortho Ford)
"This is a prestigious race to be in. The guys worked extra hard to get in. I knew that the start was going to be important. We got lucky and qualified second. I had the opportunity to start up front. I just concentrated on not spinning the tires and getting a good run into turn one. And that was kind of it for me. Clint (Bowyer) made me nervous. It's been a while since we were out front leading. I was trying to run as hard as I could and figure out the car for tomorrow night. I was just hoping the caution wasn't going to come out. I'm pretty happy for the guys at Roush Fenway, they work really hard. I have never been so excited to win half a race."
Segment 2 Winner - Clint Bowyer (No. 15 Cherry 5-Hour Energy/Special operation Warrior Foundation Toyota)
"After the year we've had, I felt like going out there and doing a burn out. After going in there three wide, I need some 5-Hour Energy. This is a lot better than going home. That's the hardest thing about being off at any point in your career, is the guys work so hard trying to get to the bottom of it, trying to get you faster equipment. Maybe this is a good first step. The car handled good and really turned well. It did a lot of the things it hasn't been doing. So, I was pretty excited about that.Any time you can get an opportunity to win a million dollars, I mean it's huge."
Sprint Fan Vote Winner - Danica Patrick (No. 10 Mobil 1/Aspen Dental Chevrolet)
"I am just very, very fortunate that I have such great fans. They are very active all across all of the social media platforms. I don't take them for granted for a second. That's why I want to do well for all those people that wear my shirt, wave my flag and wear my hat. I want them to be proud. As a sports fan myself, you always want to see your team do well. I want to have great weekend for them. I was disappointed with our race this time. The car wasn't good enough. I was really disappointed but I am so greatful for this opportunity, and thankful that Sprint has this format for me to be able to get in a different way."