This Week in Ford Racing: Greg Biffle, driver of the No. 16 3M Ford Fusion, found himself battling two of his Roush Fenway Racing teammates for the win in last fall's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway. As the ...
This Week in Ford Racing:
Greg Biffle, driver of the No. 16 3M Ford Fusion, found himself battling two of his Roush Fenway Racing teammates for the win in last fall's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway. As the circuit returns there for this weekend's Autism Speaks 400, Biffle spoke about winning that event and where his team stands from a performance standpoint this year.
IS DOVER GOING TO BE A BENCHMARK SINCE YOU, CARL AND MATT ALL BATTLED FOR THE WIN THERE LAST FALL? "It is, and that discussion came up last week about our short-track program not being as strong as it has been. We're looking at each other concerned about Dover. Are we gonna run good at Dover? How competitive are our cars gonna be? Or is it going to show up there that we've slid just a little bit and we're not as fast as we were a year ago because we haven't been at Richmond and Phoenix and some other places? So is Dover gonna be a place that we're not gonna be the top three dogs?"
WHAT DO YOU LIKE ABOUT DOVER? "It's just fun. It's like a big Bristol - concrete, high-banked, and it's rough. It's a driver's race track, sort of like Darlington or Bristol, and those tough race tracks are fun to drive on."
WHAT WAS IT LIKE BATTLING MATT AND CARL FOR THE WIN LAST FALL? "The battle with my teammates last year was pretty incredible. We've had some close calls and then we've had some close calls we didn't make it out of as good, so that was really fun to battle Carl and Matt for the win and us touching together down the backstretch, and I was able to get up beside him. It was definitely intense and made it more intense that it was my teammates."
WHY DOES YOUR TEAM SEEM TO RUN WELL IN SPURTS? "I like to think that we run good all the time and then just have off races. I think that's normally what you see, you see a team that has it going on and then just misses every once in a while, or there's a lineup of race tracks that aren't as strong for the driver and the team. That seems like what our synopsis is of how we run throughout the season."
SO YOUR GROUP FEEDS OFF MOMENTUM? "Absolutely. I feel it's a momentum- driven sport - part of it is. You see a guy qualify on the pole, he runs good. You see a guy win a race and you see him running better the next week. I think momentum has a lot to do with it."
WHAT IS THE BEST LOWER FORM OF RACING THAT HELPS YOU WHEN YOU GET TO THIS LEVEL? "I think two things are important - definitely car control, which, unfortunately, I don't have a dirt background so I can't comment that much on car control. But I have driven a little bit of dirt and it does take some technique with the car going sideways, but, at the same time, I think it's really important to have bigger car experience - not Legend cars or go- karts - but Late Model Sportsman car that weighs 2800-3000 pounds. I think it's important to have that kind of experience on a pavement race track. It really lends itself into a Nationwide car, the Truck Series - something like that. That's where I came from and there was definitely a transition, but I can't imagine going from a dirt car into a pavement car and not have a lot of experience like that, so I think a year or two experience on a pavement oval - Friday, Saturday night stuff - is important for a guy to help make that transition. If he's coming out of a go-kart and thinking about a sprint car, which is good, all that stuff like the Tony Stewart, Jeff Gordon and Kasey Kahne route, I don't think the bigger, heavier car experience will hurt you going forward."
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