GREG BIFFLE , driver No. 16 3M Ford Fusion (Qualified 2nd) THIS IS YOUR BEST STARTING POSITION OF THE YEAR, YOU MUST FEEL GREAT ABOUT YOUR DAY. "Yeah, it has been a great weekend so far for us. I tell you what, one thing about this Chase is...
GREG BIFFLE , driver No. 16 3M Ford Fusion (Qualified 2nd)
THIS IS YOUR BEST STARTING POSITION OF THE YEAR, YOU MUST FEEL GREAT ABOUT YOUR DAY.
"Yeah, it has been a great weekend so far for us. I tell you what, one thing about this Chase is that we have either been on the money or in the back. Although we have had fast cars. It feels good to be fast again and up front. I feel like my car is spectacular in race trim. I told the guys it is probably one of the best cars I have driven this season. I said that at Kansas too, but this thing seems to be as good or better. We are super happy with it. We are a little disappointed with qualifying but really happy for Elliott Sadler. He is part of our camp and leaving at the end of the year, but we are excited for him, he deserves this. I was a little bit too loose out there. We didn't really make any changes, we were just a little too lose."
WERE YOU SURPRISED THAT ELLIOTT TURNED IN THAT KIND OF LAP?
"Yes, although when I got done qualifying and was coming in, I told my guys that I was sorry because I was just too loose. I couldn't turn in the bottom and stay on the throttle like I did in practice. I told them that I probably left two-tenths out there. Elliott comes right behind me and runs exactly two-tenths quicker than I did. My prediction was pretty close I guess. I am not surprised somebody went that fast I guess, but more surprised that I was that close to what I thought our fast time should be."
FOUR OF THE TOP FIVE CARS ARE FORDS. DO YOU TAKE ANYTHING FROM THAT FOR SUNDAY?
"Since we switched to the RMP front suspension in Chicago we have been running really well on these types of track. This is a great track for us and it fits what we are doing well right now as a company. I am not really surprised that the Fords are up there. I saw practice and thought that our cars were really good, especially at these race tracks. What we need to do is figure out what we have to do to be better at the shorter, slower tracks. It seems like our cars run better the more speed the race track has. The faster places we are right there with them all. It is surprising to me when I watch the qualifying how far off the 11, 18, 48 and 29 were. It blows my mind how far off they are and then how bad they beat us at the shorter places. We just need to figure that out. We have to figure out how to get better at those places."
QUALIFYING DOESN'T ALWAYS MEAN A WHOLE LOT AT MOST PLACES, BUT I GOT THE FEELING THAT MIGHT BE DIFFERENT HERE. WHAT DO YOU THINK? IS THERE A CORRELATION HERE AT THIS TRACK?
"I think if you look at practice and qualifying, it is the type of place where if you have a fast race car it is going to be near the front. The guys that are 20th on back are going to have their day cut out for them. The thing that will make the difference is that they are smart racers and can adapt as a driver. When the speed slows down, maybe their car is a lot better. I have been places where I can't drive it fast because I am too loose but when it slows down I am good and others are not. That could be the case of some of those guys. Their car might be real good at a certain speed but when you need that last four-tenths it just isn't there for them and they can't get the balance right. That is possible."
WHAT DO YOU SEE IN TERMS OF SPEED FALLING OFF HERE?
"I think that as the track gets rubber on it, with three races here this weekend; it is going to get a little slicker as the weekend goes. I think on Sunday the speeds will be slower than we are seeing them right now. Throughout a run the tires will fall off some. Tires will make a difference when it comes down to putting tires on and getting track position, to a degree. I am thinking that two tires will get the job done here. We will have to see what the balance does. Normally a guy likes to try that in the first quarter of the race to see how your car drives and know what it is going to do at the end."
-source: ford racing