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BIFFLE FINED, ON PROBATION FOR SKIPPING INTERVIEW

Greg Biffle was fined $5,000 and put on probation until Dec. 31 for skipping a press-box interview after the driver's second-place finish in the Kroger 200 Busch Series race at O'Reilly Raceway Park last week.

Biffle said Wednesday that he talked to reporters on pit road after the race Saturday night but avoided the press box because of the huge crowd.

NASCAR requires the top- three finishers and the highest-finishing rookie of the year candidate to attend postrace interviews.

"I have always been a big supporter of the NASCAR Busch Series and willing to help promote the series in any way," Biffle said.

"I understand the importance of the media obligations related to participation in all NASCAR series and once again apologize to anyone who may have felt slighted this weekend at ORP."

Busch Series crew chiefs Chris Rice and Chuck Meyers also were fined $5,000 apiece and placed on probation until Dec. 31 for equipment not conforming to NASCAR rules.

MONTOYA'S BUSCH TEAM TO STOP COMPETING: Juan Pablo Montoya will race in his final Busch Series event next week at Watkins Glen, N.Y., then the team will stop competing. Chip Ganassi Racing officials said that the No. 42 Busch program was formed only to help Montoya adjust to NASCAR after six seasons in Formula One. Ganassi will stop operating the team because the remainder of the schedule isn't a good fit with Montoya's Nextel Cup season.

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