Richmond: Pole winner interview

GREG BIFFLE -- No. 16 National Guard/Subway Ford Fusion (Qualified 1st) "I think we qualified third last time here, so this is great for us to be able to start on the front row." DID THE WEATHER HAVE AN IMPACT? "Everybody knows when it...

GREG BIFFLE -- No. 16 National Guard/Subway Ford Fusion (Qualified 1st)

"I think we qualified third last time here, so this is great for us to be able to start on the front row."

DID THE WEATHER HAVE AN IMPACT?

"Everybody knows when it cools down that the engines will run a little bit better, but obviously this is a pretty short race track so the little bit of power you're gonna pick up probably isn't gonna affect the qualifying time as much as the car handling. My car handled very well. I tell you what, my guys have worked so hard. I changed so much stuff today. I was watching Bobby change the last left-front spring and I thought he was gonna fall over dead. And then the jack screw galled up and they were trying to prep the car for the race and they were late getting through inspection. They had to tap the thing and change the bolt out and they've worked really hard. We need to work hard right now because all eyes are on us because of where we're at and how we're running. We're sure putting 100 percent effort into it."

HAVE YOU BEEN TRYING TO PUSH IT AND GET BACK INTO THIS TOP 10 RACE?

"No, I don't think so at all. I've really got a great level head. Like in Phoenix, my car wasn't that good early and I said, 'Hey, top five.' I'm running third. I'm running fourth. I can't catch Mark. I'm not gonna catch Mark. I was OK with that and then somebody else came up there and was a little faster than I was. Then Mark left a lugnut off and then we made an adjustment and we got a little bit better, so I wasn't pushing it at all. Of course at Talladega I wasn't. I was kind of being cautious there as well. We were staying around the 88 and the 20 and I saw them kind of doing the same thing and kind of got myself in that position. And the same thing tomorrow night. I don't need to win here, I need to finish fifth. I've got to finish in the top five and that's really our goal, so I don't think it's pushing too hard. We're just gonna set a good pace if we can stay out front. If we can't, we'll fall in wherever we can."

DOES IT FEEL LIKE GROUNDHOG DAY TO YOU WITH THE SAME THING SEEMINGLY HAPPENING EVERY WEEK?

"Yeah, I feel the same way. I'm right with you, but the only thing I can do is just be excited about tomorrow night and look forward to this. I've got to put that big shield up from what happened last week, what woulda, shoulda, coulda and might have happened. I've got to think about tomorrow night and concentrate. The best remedy for me is being in the race car with the belts pulled down because then I'm not thinking about it. The testing two days at Charlotte was therapy to not think about it. We were really good and almost one of the best cars at Charlotte at the end of the second day. I felt really, really good about our car. I'm excited about it to go back. I can't wait and now running this well here, this is my Phoenix car of course. A lot of guys did that and hopefully I can get it turned around. That's what I keep saying, but I'm just gonna run the race tomorrow like I won last week."

HOW DO YOU GET IN THE TOP FIVE?

"Not pushing the envelope for second or third I think is what I'm saying. I feel like I have a car that I can run in the top five with and if I can't, I won't push that issue either. Still, finishing inside the top 10 is not gonna be bad for me, but we would really like to get three of four top fives in a row and see where that puts us in the mix. I'm gonna take whatever I can get. If it's 12th tomorrow night, I'm gonna end up 12th. If it's a win, I'm certainly gonna be there for the win, but I'm just gonna do the best I can do."

HOW HAVE YOU HANDLED ALL OF THIS?

"People ask me if I'm superstitious and I say I'm not, but I went into the shop and kind of reassured everybody that we're all on the same page and we're all working together. That was before our Phoenix trip and we went out there and ran very well. I'm trying to do the same thing that I've always done. If that's going and mess around at my shop on Monday, go to the race shop on Tuesday and sit in on the meeting, fly my helicopter on Wednesday or go up and do whatever -- mow the grass. I'm trying to do the same thing and not panic about it because when we show up at the race track we're doing the right things. We're not doing anything stupid to put ourselves in those positions, so I'm trying not to change anything, but I don't know what else to do."

IF WE GET RAIN WILL IT CHANGE THE TRACK A LOT?

"It will change the track some, but we don't race until tomorrow night. The first 10-15 laps might be a little bit different, but the track will come in pretty fast. If it rains out tonight, I'm gonna quit racing the Busch Series because I'm looking so forward to a day off you wouldn't believe it and I don't want to be here on Sunday."

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