Martinsville II: This Week in Ford Racing

This Week in Ford Racing October 18, 2005 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Greg Biffle, driver of the No. 16 National Guard/Subway Taurus, is only 11 points out of first place in the Chase for the Nextel Cup. As the series heads to Martinsville ...

This Week in Ford Racing
October 18, 2005

NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series

Greg Biffle, driver of the No. 16 National Guard/Subway Taurus, is only 11 points out of first place in the Chase for the Nextel Cup. As the series heads to Martinsville Speedway this weekend, Biffle spoke about his recent test session there and how he has tried to improve on the half-mile short track.

GREG BIFFLE - No. 16 National Guard/Subway Taurus

HOW WAS YOUR MARTINSVILLE TEST? "Very good. I feel extremely better (going into Martinsville). I ran really fast laps. I could get in a rhythm and I think being decent enough on the brakes and running lap after lap. I still need some improving on some things that I do - driving characteristics - but I think I learned a tremendous amount and I'm way better."

HOW BIG IS THAT RACE FOR YOU? "I think we can lose a lot of points there, but I'm pretty optimistic about it. I think we're gonna end up gaining points there. I feel that's one of the race tracks now - after testing there - I feel I can gain points there."

HOW HAVE YOU GOTTEN BETTER? "We took a different car there. We worked on a chassis setup. We changed spindles. We found some things with front spindles that get the car down on the track that really worked for us. Plus, I just got a bunch of laps there. I think I did about 350-400 laps of practice just trying different things - different corner entry, braking different, looking at the data. What I have a habit of doing is starting to stop too early and not press on the brake pedal hard enough. It sounds kind of crazy, but what happens is I heat the brakes up. I start slowing down for the stop light too soon and just ease the brakes for a long period of time versus getting closer, stopping, and then getting off of them. You've got to think. We go around the track in 20 seconds, so if you spend six of those seconds on the brake pedal, I'm spending eight and it doesn't give you 14 seconds for them to cool back down so you're shortening that cooldown time. The brakes work so well that when you push on them hard they stop quick."

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Greg Biffle