GREG BIFFLE -- No. 16 National Guard/Subway Ford Fusion (Finished 42nd) ARE YOU OK. IT WAS A HARD HIT. "Yeah, it was a hard hit. I got a little bit of a scrape on the forearm, but other than that I think I'm alright. It was a wild ride,...
GREG BIFFLE -- No. 16 National Guard/Subway Ford Fusion (Finished 42nd)
ARE YOU OK. IT WAS A HARD HIT. "Yeah, it was a hard hit. I got a little bit of a scrape on the forearm, but other than that I think I'm alright. It was a wild ride, that's for sure. I got up in front of the 2 and he had a little bit of a run down the straightaway, which you get here depending on if you come off the corner in the high line or the low line or where you're at, but he just didn't lift. He just ran into the back of me and turned me into the fence. I just watched the video and it's exactly what I thought happened. I left about a half-a-car width of room out there and was going straight ahead when he hit me and turned me in there. It's unfortunate. It's a little bit of a give-and-take game out there. If you get a run on somebody down the straightaway, you can't just run into the back of them because you're faster than them. I've had to lift on the gas all day in and around traffic, so it's kind of tough to take us out of the race like that. We had a good car."
HOW FRUSTRATING IS IT BECAUSE YOU HAD A WINNING CAR? "It was clear that we had a winning car. We were working our way back up through there and it's really unfortunate. Texas is a great place to come and race. It's a lot of fun. It's one of the very high-paying races and we wanted to be in Victory Lane with the Subway/Little League car this weekend. That's the way it is. We'll just have to come back at Phoenix. We can't dwell on the past and just try to make the top 10."
FRUSTRATING TO GET KNOCKED OUT BY KURT WHEN HE'S A LAP DOWN? "Oh yeah, I knew he was a lap down. They're all racing for position too, but the thing about it is you've got to have a little bit of respect for the other drivers you're racing with and Kurt hasn't shown respect, or that surely wasn't showing respect. Some of the lapped cars were being tough to pass. I put them down a lap early. Our car was so good and our car was still really good, just trying to take my time and get back up there. Kevin Harvick was up on me a few times when I was messing with other cars, but finally felt like I got stalled out there a little bit. I moved up to kind of get a draft off the 21 down the backstretch and Kurt just had to come off the gas a little bit to not run into the back of the car and he decided to run into the back of the car -- maybe to give me a, 'hey, I'm here,' or what, but he tried that at the all-star race and wrecked a lot of good cars. He comes back and does the same thing here. At some point common sense has to set in and say, 'I can't run into the back of a guy at a superspeedway, a mile and a half track going 175 miles an hour, unless we have restrictor plate bumpers or our bumpers line up.' You just can't do it and if you continue to do that, then stuff is gonna continue to happen."
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR RACING LUCK THIS YEAR? "It hasn't been good, certainly. With the engine at California and then today. It looked like another dominant car today. That tore up my best race car that I have -- my favorite one, 239. I sat on the pole at Vegas with it and may have won here today. I had a really good car, but it's unfortunate. We'll go home and put the Fusion car back together and get ready for Phoenix. We've got Talladega coming up and some good tracks for us, so we'll see what we can do."
HOW FORGIVABLE OF A MISTAKE WAS THAT ON KURT'S BEHALF? "When you're the guy that all you have to do is lift on the gas pedal a little bit and elect not to and run into the car in front of you on the straightaway, that's pretty unforgivable, I would have to say. If he slid up in the corner and caught me or something on accident, or couldn't react quick enough, that would be something. But he had plenty of time to react. He consciously thought about it before he turned us into the fence, so I don't know what he was upset about. We raced pretty good together yesterday in the Busch race, but we'll just have race him a little different. If he's not clear or whatever, then maybe the shoe will be on the other foot, I don't know."
KURT CAME ON HIS RADIO AND SAID HE THOUGHT YOU DROPPED A CYLINDER. "Dropped a cylinder? I didn't drop a cylinder. Penske has a lot of power. I know the Penske engines have a lot of power. Our Roush-Yates engines may drive like they only have seven cylinders, but I'm here to tell you that I didn't drop a cylinder going down the backstretch."
HOW WILL YOU RACE HIM DIFFERENT? "Like at the beginning of the race. I let the 9 in line, I let the 18 in line. It's a long race, 330 laps. They're trapped on the outside, the outside is not real good at the beginning. I've got three-quarters of a car length so I go ahead and let them in line. That's the gentleman thing to do and then five to eight laps later I was able to pass them. I passed them all and got to the lead. The fastest car ends up in the front. You've got to give-and-take a little bit. It's got to go both ways."
HOW MUCH DOES THIS HURT IN POINTS? "It's looking tough for us today. I think we may be one of the first cars out again like California and that's a tough points day. We're just gonna have to work hard. I thought today a top-five run would be a day that we could turn this around this weekend. I certainly don't feel like I did anything wrong. I knew Kurt had a little bit of a run. Kurt's a lapped car. I moved up there. He had plenty of time to think about what to do or go to the bottom if he felt like he wanted to pass me, but his car was working at the top, so it's really tough to get taken out of a race where you had a good car. Now if I was running at the back, it would have been a different story."
DID YOU FEEL THE WHEELS GET LIFTED OFF THE GROUND? "Oh year. The motor just zinged and at that point there isn't a whole lot you can do. When it starts doing that you have so little time to try and recover those things. I did my best to try and recover from that. I have to rate myself pretty good at saving stuff that's out of control and there wasn't any saving it."
HOW BIG OF A HIT WAS IT? "It was a pretty hard hit. I took one in the forearm. It was a pretty good lick."