Fontana II: Biffle post qualifying interview

GREG BIFFLE -- No. 16 3M/Scotch-Blue Ford Fusion (qualified 2nd) "It was a really good lap. I actually surprised myself, really surprised myself because we weren't that good in practice. We really struggled a lot, and right there at the end...

GREG BIFFLE -- No. 16 3M/Scotch-Blue Ford Fusion (qualified 2nd)

"It was a really good lap. I actually surprised myself, really surprised myself because we weren't that good in practice. We really struggled a lot, and right there at the end we're having a little bit of tough times getting it going, so the team really looked at what everybody else was doing and kind of re-worked it, and really didn't know what to expect. And, drove off into turn one relatively conservative and that probably helped me -- I see a lot of guys lost a lot of time in one and two. Got across one and two pretty good and then the car was really good in three and four, so I'm happy with it. Never would've thought it would've held up, but I'm certainly excited that it did."

HOW IMPORTANT IS TRACK POSITION HERE? ONLY ONE POLE-SITTER HAS EVER WON HERE.

"The closer and closer the competition gets, the more important track position becomes. But, less important on a race track of this size. You can pass and you can run the top and the bottom, but still track position is really important. And the other thing that comes with qualifying is pit selection. It'll be important to pick an opening on pit road, and that pays off on Sunday all race long. A lot of times that's very important as well."

WILL THE RACING BE DIFFERENT BECAUSE IT'LL BE COOLER HERE THIS WEEKEND?

"I think it'll be a little more racy, but in the Nartionwide car at the end of practice the track was starting to get slick, so as it builds rubber and sun beats down on it it'll get slick, but it'll be nicer with a little bit cooler temperatures -- certainly inside the car."

WHERE DO YOU EXPECT TO PICK YOUR PIT STALLS?

"Thank goodness they don't let me do that, otherwise I'd screw something else up. You try and pick an opening. An opening is an advantage because there isn't anybody else there. So at an opening, you'll pick an opening-out, normally, first and then, obviously, you'll take an opening-in. So both sides of an opening are an advantage because there's never a car there that you have to deal with. So, getting into your pit box you can turn in really good and stop short and be kind of pointed out, or you can turn in and stop and you know that there's going to be no one in front of you. So, all of the openings -- as you go down pit road, some tracks have two or three, some have four or five -- that is an advantage. There's usually five or six good spots, and then you just take what you can get after that."

DOES IT SEEM LIKEBECAUSE OF JIMMIE JOHNSON'S SUCCESS HERE AND OTHER TRACKS THAT HE'S THE GUY THAT EVERYBODY'S WATCHING?

"I think there's four or five cars that everybody's kind of watching. It doesn't matter where we go, those four or five cars are consistently good. I remember I was running Jimmie down here last year at the end of the race and couldn't quite catch him, but I think those guys are going to have to slip a little bit in order for somebody to excel. Finishing ninth last week certainly was an indication; they had some kind of issue during the race. I know that ninth is not terrible for their standards or for people trying to gain points on them -- ninth will allow people to gain points. This thing is so competitive. We're all sitting up here talking about a ninth-place finish, that's great, to get a ninth-place finish, but right now ninth gives an opportunity for somebody else to gain points on you, it really does.

-credit: ford racing

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup