Atlanta II: Biffle - Saturday media visit

Greg Biffle, driver of the No. 16 3M Ford Fusion, is eighth in the point standings with two races to go before the chase cutoff. Biffle spoke to reporters after the first of two Cup practice sessions on Saturday. CAN YOU TALK ABOUT THE ...

Greg Biffle, driver of the No. 16 3M Ford Fusion, is eighth in the point standings with two races to go before the chase cutoff. Biffle spoke to reporters after the first of two Cup practice sessions on Saturday.

CAN YOU TALK ABOUT THE PRESSURE, IF THERE IS ANY, AT THIS POINT? "Certainly there's a lot of pressure. We've got to run well here and we didn't run well here in the spring. This is a good race track for us, though, so we know we just have to execute good and get our car right for this race and do the best we can. We know it's not gonna be perfect. We know we've got a little ways to go, our program is off a little bit company wide. But we're gonna fight tooth-and-nail and certainly not give up."

DO YOU KNOW WHERE THE CHASE DRIVERS ARE ON THE TRACK? "Yeah, you kind of know when you're out there but you don't pay that close of attention. You have an idea of where they're at, especially if you're racing right around them, but you can't really consume yourself too much with that. You just do the best you can."

DO YOU CHANGE THE WAY YOU DRIVE THESE LAST TWO RACES AND PLAY IT SAFE? "I don't think we can. I don't think we can play it safe. Our goal here Sunday is to stay on the lead lap and try to get a top-five, top-10 finish. Certainly, we're here to win, but so far it doesn't look like we're gonna be fast enough to win, but our focus is to run good. We're not gonna change our gameplan now. We're gonna focus on what we have been for the last 20 weeks."

DOES IT HURT MORE IF YOUR RIGHT FOOT IS BROKEN COMPARED TO YOUR LEFT WHEN DRIVING ONE OF THESE THINGS? "One would think, 'Boy, 'I'd rather have it be my left foot because you're using the gas pedal all day,' but the other thing is the gas pedal is much easier to push than the brake pedal. The brake pedal is hard to push. You've got to stop in the pit box. If there's a wreck in front of you. You've got to get on the brakes to get to pit road. You've got to push on that pedal hard, I mean, really hard, so I would think that the gas pedal may end up being easier on the foot because the gas pedal is pretty soft."

YOU GIVING CARL SOME GRIEF ABOUT THIS ACCIDENT? "Yeah. I haven't talked to him yet, but I told him that if he needed help getting around the garage area my motorhome driver is available with a golf cart, but I was talking to Matt or Jamie and I said, 'At least he could say he was playing rugby or football or scaling a mountain or something,' but playing Frisbee. It's fun to joke about, I guess." YOU HAD YOUR BOAT DOCK INCIDENT. THESE THINGS HAPPEN. "You can get hurt doing the easiest and dumbest things. I fell down on the corner of a platform on the back of my ribs two days before Bristol of all places. Stuff happens, I guess."

WHAT'S IT LIKE TO GO TO YOUR CAR OWNER AND TELL THEM SOMETHING LIKE THAT? "That's tough. I hate those phone calls. Those are probably the hardest."

SOME NFL PLAYERS SAID THE OTHER DAY THAT THEY THING YOU GUYS ARE TOUGH ATHLETES. HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT THAT? "We respect all kinds of sports and it's good that those guys in other sports give us respect because this isn't easy. The thing you've got to remember is there are no timeouts, no breaks, no water break -- nothing. I'm not saying football or any other sport you can sit down, but there are innings, you're up to bat or back out on the field -- offense, defense -- so you do get a little breathing time. This is four-and-a-half hours and alligators are trying to eat you. There's no rest for the weary. It's tough, but it's cool that they give us props and know how tough it really is."

MENTAL TOUGHNESS TOO. "That's part of this sport. You're in there for that period of time, it's that hot, it's easy to relax or lose concentration and focus and you can't do that inside these cars."

-credit: ford racing

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Greg Biffle