GREG BIFFLE - No. 16 3M Ford Fusion (Finished 2nd) "I feel a lot better that we're in, but I feel a lot better because our car is running good. That's what I feel good about. I'm excited about the improvements we've made on our race car. I...
GREG BIFFLE - No. 16 3M Ford Fusion (Finished 2nd)
"I feel a lot better that we're in, but I feel a lot better because our car is running good. That's what I feel good about. I'm excited about the improvements we've made on our race car. I got a little too aggressive, I think. I'm gonna make an adjustment here and see if I can fix it for the All-Star, but I went pretty aggressive to try and get the car to drive good and get it right down on the track. It's kind of a handful, but it's got a lot of grip and I'm gonna do what I can. I'm gonna drive my butt off in this All-Star Race and try to get it up through the field."
IS IT HARD TO FORCE YOURSELF TO RACE MARTIN KNOWING YOU'RE IN A POSITION TO ADVANCE?
"Yeah, it was. I was looking in the mirror to see how far back the 31 was, but I didn't have any tires. I was a little too tight in the center of the corner and I just had to ease it in the corner and let it roll a little bit. I was going as fast as I could go while preserving my tire to make it to the end. Once he got by, I tried to move around a little bit and I wasn't as good. I saw the 31 kind of catching me a little bit, so I kind of refocused and started backing my corner up a little bit and started to drive back away from the 31. Actually, I probably caught Martin two or three car lengths over the distance, but he probably backed off to save a little bit as well. I think my car is driving good. We're gonna make some adjustments for the All-Star Race, and I think it's a huge advantage being able to run that and know what we've got getting ready for this next one."
HOW BIG OF A MISTAKE DID IT SEEM LIKE IT WOULD BE WHEN YOU DIDN'T PIT FOR TIRES?
"I thought we were a sitting duck. I'm running second, so, basically, the moral of the story is when everybody came behind me I could have had free tires. I could have had two tires on it and not lost any track position, provided we just had a decent pit stop. So it sucks when you give up free tires, meaning you're the last guy that didn't pit and then nobody stayed out. So you've got nothing to lose and got at least two for free, and I hate passing up that opportunity to have bullets in the gun, but I thought they were gonna mow us down. I thought they'd drive by us - the 31 and all those guys. These cars are still just super aero-sensitive. You've got to get air on the front of the car. That's what Martin did, he just moved around. My car is really good up top against the fence in three and four and I never got there this whole race. I ran up there once or twice, but there at the end once I had the 31 beat, I wish I would have gone back up there and looked around to see how the car drove before I adjusted on it. I thought it was gonna be a huge mistake, but, obviously, it's not."
AS FAR AS THE FR9 MOTOR. HOW DID IT FEEL AND DOES IT BODE WELL FOR NEXT WEEK?
"I think so. The engine ran really good. I was really happy with the power and really happy with the way it came up off the corner. I'm really excited about this All-Star Race. It's kind of like we got a free pass. We got in it and now I'll see if I can get my way to the front."
WILL YOU RUN THE FR9 NEXT WEEK?
"No, I think our next scheduled race is Michigan for the FR9. Michigan on - from then on we'll be running the FR9 to my knowledge."
-source: ford racing