For the second consecutive week, rain showers forced the cancellation of Busch Series qualifying, and the 43-car field for Saturday's MBNA Platinum 200 was set by the NASCAR rulebook. Jeff Green, who took over the points lead last week...
For the second consecutive week, rain showers forced the cancellation of Busch Series qualifying, and the 43-car field for Saturday's MBNA Platinum 200 was set by the NASCAR rulebook. Jeff Green, who took over the points lead last week winning the CarQuest 300, will start on the pole and rookie Greg Biffle will start in the third position.
JEFF GREEN-10-Nestle Nesquik Ford Taurus -
TALK ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF STARTING ON THE FRONT ROW AT DOVER.
"Dover, to me, doesn't have the best pit road that we go to, so that's our first priority, to get the number one pick. That should play out for us during the race. We should, hopefully, lead a lap really early and that will give us five more points. Our car is really, really good in practice and we thought we had a shot at the pole anyway. That's what we work hard for every week, to get points and to be on the top of the list every week. Unfortunately, the last couple of weeks it's been due to weather that's halted our qualifying, but I'm proud of my guys. They work hard for it every week and this is a reward for them."
WHAT'S THE IMPORTANCE OF STARTING UP FRONT HERE, WHERE THERE IS USUALLY SOME EARLY ON-TRACK ACTION?
"It's definitely something on my mind. Last spring, I about wrecked in qualifying and had to take a provisional and had to fight traffic all that day and ended up finishing third. In the fall race, I wrecked with two minutes to go in Happy Hour and had to start in the back. It's very rewarding for me to see the pace car here for a change. That just makes our job easier. I think we have a good enough car that we still think we have a shot at winning this race. This just makes our day a little easier."
TALK ABOUT YOUR PRACTICE RUN. YOU HAD THE THIRD QUICKEST TIME OF THE SESSION.
"It was really good. It's probably the best car that I've had here in qualifying mode. Not the fastest, but the best as far as being comfortable in the car and being able to get around the corners. This place is all about momentum and the motor rule will probably throw some of these guys a curve. I was lucky that I got to test here a couple of weeks ago in a Cup car. The cars are so much alike now that it makes it easier for us to go back and forth. I really think we had a shot at the pole and we were going out pretty early, but with what the weather is doing today, you really don't know what it's going to give you on that particular lap. I'm pretty proud of where we're starting."
HOW WILL NOT HAVING HAPPY HOUR AFFECT YOUR TEAM?
"I really don't have any worries. Harold (Holly) assured me that he would be on. My crew chief does a great job of getting prepared each and every race. Just about every time we start Happy Hour, no matter what the race track, we're pretty close. It might work in my favor if we don't get Happy Hour. A lot of other guys might need Happy Hour. Don't get me wrong, I'd like to have practice and I think Harold would, too, but if it doesn't, everybody has the same playing field and we feel like we're as good as anybody."
GREG BIFFLE-60-Grainger Ford Taurus -
YOU WERE THE SECOND FASTEST IN PRACTICE THIS MORNING, BUT WILL START IN THE THIRD POSITION.
"That's definitely a great place to start here. You try to target starting in the top five every week, and we have a really good car. We thought we had a chance to get the pole with the Grainger Ford. The guys built a get car, and I think we have a great car for tomorrow. I'm just really excited to be starting up front again. I'm kind of happy that it got rained out, but we'll look forward to Happy Hour and see what we can do."
YOU FINISHED SECOND HERE IN THE TRUCKS LAST YEAR. WHAT WAS YOUR FEELING IN PRACTICE THIS MORNING?
"That race in September here really did a lot for me because this is a difficult race track. I wrecked in practice and came back with a backup truck and qualified up front and ended up finishing second to my teammate. That experience was really valuable to come back here in a Busch car and run decent. We worked on race runs this morning because that's kind of our M.O. We don't start out doing qualifying runs like everybody else does. We start out for about 45 minutes with a race run. That may help us out if Happy Hour gets rained out. That may be to our advantage. But, then we got in qualifying trim and made three runs there at the end and the car felt good in qualifying trim and race trim. I feel pretty good about tomorrow."