After a rough start to the season, Greg Biffle, driver of the No. 16 National Guard Ford Fusion, has finally cracked the top 10 in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series point standings. Biffle has moved from 23rd after the Talladega race to his current ...
After a rough start to the season, Greg Biffle, driver of the No. 16 National Guard Ford Fusion, has finally cracked the top 10 in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series point standings. Biffle has moved from 23rd after the Talladega race to his current position of 10th. He spoke about this weekend and his rise in the standings prior to qualifying.
GREG BIFFLE -- No. 16 National Guard Ford Fusion
HOW ARE YOU HERE? "I'm having a good time. I'm really, really happy with the race car. We tested it at Road Atlanta and it ran really well. I like road racing. I haven't always been the best at it, but I've been able to pretty much stay on the track most of the day. The brakes were working good and the car is turning and shifting good, so I'm happy."
WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO GO SLOW TO GO FAST? "It's something that I can't do. I have a hard time with it. You can't overdrive the corners because you pay the price so bad by getting back to the gas and that's where I get beat. I followed Jeff Burton around one time and Matt when we first started and I'm on their bumper when we're turning into the corner, but they're just back to the gas earlier than me and then they'd stretch out that four car lengths. We're going through the esses and doing whatever and I'd kind of close in a little bit -- I'd get back on them -- but they just beat me back to the gas all the time. That's a product of backing the corner up was what they call it -- slowing down earlier, turning sooner and then back to the gas sooner. It's hard to do, but you get kind of in a rhythm."
IT MUST BE HARD TO GET A RHTHYM AT A PLACE LIKE THIS. "You would think that it would be easy -- they talk about rhthym on an oval -- but rhythm, it's not hard to get but once you kind of get in the rhythm on this road race, if you get off, it takes a quarter of a lap to get back going again. On an oval it's like, 'OK, I screwed that up. Here we go.' But if you are a little wide on the corner and kind of axel hopped in there and got up on the curb a little bit, now your next corner is screwed up because you're going slower when you get to it, so your braking zone is wrong and then you're back on the gas earlier, and then you're running a little bit wide and you're up on the curb on that corner, and then you're on the wrong side of the track -- you screw one thing up and it's like a wave in the water and clear down the road it goes. It's not like you can cut it off with a pair of scissors and start clean again, it follows you around, so when you do make a mistake it's hard to get back on track -- not physically on the track but it's hard to get the rhythm back."
YOUR HAULER KEEPS MOVING CLOSER AND CLOSER TO THE FRONT OF THE GARAGE. "Yeah, it's less and less of a distance to walk each week to sign in at the truck. Five weeks ago I had to walk around the garage, seriously, looking for my truck. I had no idea where it's at, but now I know it's roughly 15 trucks or so from the NASCAR hauler and that I'm gonna find it somewhere. It's nice getting back up there in the points. We're so close and so tight right now that it can be easy to slip back a little bit. We're gonna just focus on what we've been doing and not make any mistakes -- overcome those flat tires with eight laps to go and just try to be the best we can."