Greg Biffle unsure about what led to Sunday’s crash with Jimmie Johnson


After being involved in a crash that helped put defending Sprint Cup champion Jimmie Johnson in a deep points hole, Greg Biffle has said he isn’t exactly sure what led to their incident.

On Lap 85 of the Contender Round-opening Hollywood Casino 400, Biffle – who was eliminated from the Chase during the Challenger Round – appeared to slide up into Johnson coming off of Turn 2.

Both of them went spinning down the backstretch, with Johnson clouting the inside wall.

While making an appearance today to promote next weekend’s Bank of America 500 at Charlotte, Biffle addressed the issue.

“I don’t know if [Johnson] got slowed up a little bit coming off the corner,’’ he said to MRN’s Dustin Long. “We were coming off the corner two-, three-, four-wide. My car started to lose the nose a little bit, started to slide up the race track.

“It looked like he had good momentum off the corner. It looked like I was going to be able to move in behind him. I don’t know if he got slowed up any from the cars in front of him or I tried to move over too early and caught his left rear.

“You’re going to have that contact when you’re back there two-, three-wide scrambling on a restart. We just got together.’’

The field had resumed green-flag racing a couple of laps earlier following a yellow for Kurt Busch hitting the wall in Turn 4.

While Biffle recovered from the Lap 85 crash to finish 15th, Johnson was forced to go to the garage for repairs.

He later returned to action in mid-race at nearly 70 laps off the pace and finished 40th – a disastrous result that has put him last among the 12 remaining Chasers at 27 points behind the cutoff.

“Certainly, [we] need W’s, I would assume, going forward,” Johnson said.

The good news for Johnson? He’s returning to Charlotte after winning for the seventh time there this past May in the Coca-Cola 600.

Three of those seven triumphs have come in this upcoming 500-miler.

Supercross: Haiden Deegan debuts in 250s at Houston, Justin Cooper graduates to 450 class for Star Yamaha


Rising star Haiden Deegan will make his Monster Energy Supercross debut in Houston, Texas with Yamaha Star Racing while the 2021 250 West champion Justin Cooper graduates to 450s.

Deegan, the son of motocross and off-road legend Brian Deegan and brother of NASCAR Truck Series driver Hailie Deegan, made two starts in the Pro Motocross outdoors season last year. He finished 31st overall at the Ironman Nationals in Crawfordsville, Indiana and was 13th at Fox Raceway in the season-ender at Fox Raceway in Pala, California, but the overall results did not necessarily reflect how well he ran. In both events, he challenged for top-10s during portions of the week and actually finished 10th in one of the Pala motos.

Last week, Haiden finished fifth in the Supercross 250 Futures in Anaheim 2.

“We’re really excited to get the season on the East Coast started,” said Monster Energy Team Manager Jensen Hendler in a press release. “It’s also exciting to have Haiden move up to join our pro program this season and to have Justin make his debut on the 450. The guys have been working hard and are looking forward to seeing what they can do this weekend in Houston.”

After scoring a 250SX Futures podium, Talon Hawkins gets 250 East ride.

Deegan will join Nate Thrasher and Jordon Smith in the 250 East division this week.

Cooper moves into the 450 class this weekend. According to Supercross rules, after winning the 2021 championship, he had one season to defend his title and then would be required to move up a class. Cooper missed all of last year to injury.

Cooper was healthy when the outdoor season started and he earned five podiums and nine top-fives in 12 rounds. Three of these races ended in runners-up finishes, at Hangtown, in Rancho Cordova, California, Washougal, Washington and Unadilla, New York.

Cooper joins Eli Tomac and Dylan Ferrandis in the 450 class and will race select events.

Justin Cooper learned to temper aggression with speed

Cooper’s Houston attempt will be the first of an undisclosed number of races he will compete in during the 2023 season.

“It’s been about two years since I’ve lined up for a supercross, and now it’s in a new class with the best guys, so I’m excited to just get out there,” Cooper said. “I’m looking to get back under the lights and learn what I can. Overall, I’m just really excited to be in the position to be out there, so I’m going to make the most of it and enjoy it!”

Deegan and Cooper will be part of a seven-rider Supercross lineup for Yamaha Star Racing. Nick Romano will debut in the 250 East division later this year.