Daytona Shootout: Ford teams Friday quotes

Greg Biffle, driver of the No. 16 National Guard/Subway Taurus, drew the outside pole position for tomorrow night's Budweiser Shootout. He spoke about starting on the front row after Friday's first practice session. GREG BIFFLE - No. 16...

Greg Biffle, driver of the No. 16 National Guard/Subway Taurus, drew the outside pole position for tomorrow night's Budweiser Shootout. He spoke about starting on the front row after Friday's first practice session.

GREG BIFFLE - No. 16 National Guard/Subway Taurus

HOW DO YOU FEEL GOING INTO TOMORROW? "I feel good. It was a good qualifying effort, right? (laughing) It was lucky. We picked number two and we're just excited to start on the front row. Anytime you can start on the front row at Daytona it's pretty awesome. We've got a pretty decent car. There are gonna be pit stops and all kinds of things involved, so you just don't want to make any mistakes - two tires, four tires, what's gonna win the race. There are some guys out there that have a little faster car than we have right now in that first practice session, so we're gonna work on the National Guard car a little bit and see if we can't get a little better. I can't wait. This is my first Bud Shootout."

HOW DID IT FEEL IN THE DRAFT? "The car responded pretty well. It's a little bit tighter on the steering wheel than we want it right now and I'm surprised that the track is so green right now and it was tight like that. We definitely know it's gonna be tighter as the track wears tomorrow night, so we're just gonna have to do some work on that to get it better."

Ricky Rudd, driver of the No. 21 Motorcraft Genuine Parts Taurus, was involved in a practice accident with Casey Mears during the final practice session Friday night. He spoke about the incident shortly afterwards.

RICKY RUDD - No. 21 Motorcraft Genuine Parts Taurus

"Casey came over and apologized. I guess he made a mistake and it's very easy to make a mistake when you're running three-wide like that. It's pretty intense. I'd say he slipped up and made a mistake and I guess we're lucky the damage isn't worse than what it is. These front fenders are so sensitive. We did get our right-front fender banged a little bit. They're real super sensitive. They tweak them in the wind tunnel. Sometimes it makes a huge difference and sometimes it's no big deal. We're gonna try to get back out and see if the car drives any differently. It didn't do any chassis damage."

DID IT CATCH YOU BY SURPRISE? "He moved kind of quick. He didn't just fade over. I thought maybe he just had some air moving him around and he was gonna get back in line, but he just kept on coming like nobody was down there and he drove right across the front end. I got in the brakes a little bit, but I couldn't get slowed down enough."

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Greg Biffle , Casey Mears