Just after his car rolled to a stop after slamming into a concrete wall during practice Saturday -- and as soon as he regained complete use of his mental faculties -- Greg Biffle got on his radio.
Break out the backup car, he told crew chief Doug Richert, because the one Biffle was sitting in was destroyed.
That's not the way you want to head into a Nextel Cup race. Backup cars, you see, are backups for a reason -- and going to one also means starting the race from the back of the field.
In Sunday's Samsung/RadioShack 500, Biffle used that backup car to cruise -- yes cruise -- to his second victory of the season.
"I don't think anybody had anything for the 16 (car of Biffle)," said Jamie McMurray, who finished in second place a full 3 seconds behind Biffle.
Points leader Jimmie Johnson, who finished third, said: "We were coming on strong, but I don't think anybody had anything for the No. 16."
That was proved on restart after restart when Biffle, who led 219 of 334 laps, would simply break free from whoever was behind him and drive away.
The backup car, remember.
Biffle's crash Saturday came in the first practice session. He blew a tire and lost control, and the ensuing hit was a big one.
"I'll tell you what, it hurts when you hit the wall here," Biffle said.
He said he was sore right after he hit the wall, he was sore when he woke up Sunday morning and he was sore when he got into the car before the race.
The backup car, remember.
"This is the car I won with at California (in the second race of the year)," Biffle said. "We like to keep it for the flatter tracks. It doesn't have as much clearance under it for this kind of banked track."
Biffle and Richert stayed up late Saturday night talking about the car and the California race. Biffle's crew pulled the car off the hauler and went to work on it. And not just his crew.
"I've got to thank all the guys from the other (Roush Racing) teams," Biffle said. "There were probably five or six different-colored uniforms working on pulling the fuel cell out of my backup car, taking the shocks and springs and putting them in the new car. I noticed the Viagra team (of Mark Martin), the Charter (Busch team of Carl Edwards), the 99 (Nextel Cup team of Edwards). I mean they were just all there digging, and that really makes me feel proud to know I've got supporters like that in our organization."
Biffle's car was not the only thing damaged in the wreck. He said his nerves took a bit of a beating.
He said that during the race he did think about that darned tire that was punctured the day before. And about the resultant hit.
"It was in the back of my head," he said.
Even though his victory was by a sizable margin over McMurray, it didn't come easily. Biffle said the new shorter rear spoilers have made the cars looser about everywhere and very loose at big, old Texas.
"My take is that it makes the car harder to drive," he said. "If there was an in-car camera, it could have watched me saw on that wheel for 500 laps. I worked my butt off today."