It was K-9 day at Texas Motor Speedway

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FORT WORTH -- Greg Biffle makes no secret of his love for dogs and all kinds of animals.

"I'd probably be a pet hoarder if I didn't keep it under control," he said.

After Hurricane Katrina, his foundation raised $50,000 for animal shelters in the affected area and paid for fuel to fly planeloads of abandoned pets to parts of the country where they could be reunited with their owners.

But on Wednesday at Texas Motor Speedway, the NASCAR driver got to play the part of the "bad guy."

He put on a protective suit and allowed himself to be chased down by dogs from the Fort Worth Police Department's K-9 units. It was part of a publicity demonstration tied to Biffle's love for animals in advance of the NRA 500 Sprint Cup Series race at TMS next month. Seven of the unit's 11 dogs were there to take part in the demonstration, showing the skills they have used in the past six years to apprehend about 900 offenders, find $80 million worth of illegal drugs and recover about $1.5 million in cash, said officer Harald Cassnick.

"I halfway knew what to expect, but I wasn't 100 percent sure," Biffle said with a smile. "I was just hoping he was going to bite me where the suit was, that he wasn't going to go for the hands or the feet."

Biffle also donated an autographed fire suit to the SPCA of Texas for use in a fundraising auction. Two representatives of the SPCA had dogs with them, also -- a 4-year-old dachshund-terrier mix named Lily and a 2-month-old border collie mix named Kevin -- but they were up for adoption.

Not chasing down bad guys.

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