Darlington: Biffle - Friday media visit

Greg Biffle, driver of the No. 16 3M Ford Fusion, has a pair of wins at Darlington Raceway in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and appeared headed for a third last year before mechanical issues knocked him out of the race. He spoke about Saturday ...

Greg Biffle, driver of the No. 16 3M Ford Fusion, has a pair of wins at Darlington Raceway in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and appeared headed for a third last year before mechanical issues knocked him out of the race. He spoke about Saturday night's race before qualifying on Friday afternoon.

HOW WAS PRACTICE AND WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT TOMORROW'S RACE? "I'm really excited about tomorrow night's race, for one. I love racing here. It's a great race track for us, but I've been patting myself on the back. I've been real proud of my driving here at Darlington. I haven't got a Darlington stripe in probably three years and the odds ran out today. I got a little stripe on the car down there in one and two on new tires, so that's to be expected. Every once in a while I guess you need to know where the edge is, so I certainly found out today. Thank goodness it didn't really hurt the car any, just beat the side of it up a hair but the car is super-fast in race trim. I feel really good about qualifying trim. I don't know what it is about this race track or our race cars at Roush Fenway, but the 3M Ford Fusion car is running really, really good and I'm just looking forward to tomorrow night and having a good run."

CAN YOU TALK ABOUT HOW YOU APPROACH THE ALL-STAR RACE? "Greg Erwin and I haven't talked a lot about it, but I certainly think you approach it this year as a test session for a mile-and-a-half, which we haven't had any testing. The all-star race will definitely do that with the practice and then the race itself. Hopefully, I come up one spot better than I did last year. I finished second in both of those races, ironically to the same guy, and we're gonna work hard at it. These race tracks, believe it or not, are semi-similar -- here and Charlotte -- as far as the surface goes and as far as the grip level and shocks and things. We tried a little bit of stuff in practice here today and it helped it, and we'll continue to kind of test that out-of-the-box scenario next week for the all-star race and see what we can learn for the rest of the year."

YOUR CREW CHIEF IS FIRED UP. "Yeah, he's easily excitable. He gets revved up over just about anything. He's really high strung and running good really, really jacks him up, too. We're running really good here. This is a good race track for us and he's real excited about being here. I talked to him this morning on the phone and he was just elated with being here and couldn't wait."

WHAT'S THE DEAL WITH INDIANAPOLIS? IT DOESN'T LOOK LIKE THE TIRE OR THE CAR. IS IT THE TRACK? "I really don't know. I haven't talked to Matt that much. I know Matt was testing there again because I had to do an appearance for him in Akron, Ohio because he had to go back and test again. I really don't have that information. I wish I did. I planned to talk to Matt this weekend, probably today, about that tire test. I talked to Jamie this morning about Daytona's tire test and I haven't had a chance to talk to Matt yet, but I understand they're still having troubles. If you walked out on that race track and looked at it, you could see why it's gonna be an issue. If my memory serves me right, which my memory is not very good, it has raised ridged. It almost looks like a comb, if you will, with ridges and it's grooved out, which is to give the thing grip. That's to give the race track adhesion, but the problem is it's too much. Goodyear, if I understand right and I think they're still having trouble, but they're probably having a hard time finding something that will mate with that surface. I think it's the only race track we go to that's like that -- grooved like that. I know they do a lot of highways like that to channel water and give them grip, but I think they did it to that race track."

-credit: ford racing

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Greg Biffle , Greg Erwin