BUSCH: Ford Racing Milwaukee race notes

Greg Biffle, driver of the No. 60 Roush Racing entry this weekend in Milwaukee, took the race lead with 17 laps remaining to gain the sixth Busch Series victory for Ford Racing in 2001, and its first win on the circuit since Jeff Green won at ...

Greg Biffle, driver of the No. 60 Roush Racing entry this weekend in Milwaukee, took the race lead with 17 laps remaining to gain the sixth Busch Series victory for Ford Racing in 2001, and its first win on the circuit since Jeff Green won at Charlotte in May.

Biffle, who recorded the third victory of his NASCAR Busch Series career, last won a Busch event on May 20, 2001, at Nazareth Speedway. This was Ford's sixth win of the 2001 season, and its 86th in Busch Series, Grand National Division since 1982. For Roush Racing, the all-time winningest team in the Busch Series, it scored its 51st win in series history.

RANDY GOSS-Crew Chief-Grainger Ford Taurus

WHAT ABOUT THAT GAMBLE?

"I wanted to wait and see what everybody else did, so I didn't screw him up and come for too many tires. Edgar and Janette (Aleman) won this race for us and they do the fuel mileage for me and they did a heck of a job for this whole team. I'm just proud of them. I'm proud of the engine; the engine ran real good today and I'm proud of the whole team. We didn't have a car to win the race, but the team keeps digging. The Grainger team is awesome and I'm just proud of these guys."

GREG BIFFLE-60-Grainger Ford Taurus (Finished 1st)

WE WERE HEARING THAT YOU WERE GOING TO BE ABOUT FIVE LAPS SHORT, BUT THAT WASN'T THE CASE.

"I guess it wasn't. We had enough fuel to do donuts down there. I don't know where we got all the gas. The car was driving so tight, I really couldn't get the throttle down coming off the corners, so I probably wasn't using a bunch of fuel. We elected to do a little bit to the carburetor before the race in case it came down to fuel mileage, and I'll tell you, Edgar our engine guy is really thinking when it comes down to something like that. I never thought that it would come down to fuel mileage. We laughed about having fuel mileage to win this race, but here is it and we're in Victory Lane."

THIS WAS A TOTAL TEAM EFFORT BECAUSE YOU MADE A LOT OF CHANGES IN THE PITS.

"We really struggled and I almost wrecked on lap 2. We came in on the first stop to tighten it up, but the track got greasy and the sun came out and we got too tight. We really struggled a lot with the car today. We may have been off on our setup today, we had a strong third-place car, but we won on fuel mileage."

THIS IS YOUR THIRD WIN THIS SEASON. DID YOU THINK IT WOULD BE THIS EASY?

"I didn't think it would be this. This is awesome to be in Victory Lane. The crew guys are the ones that won this race; I just drove my heart out. I had a lot of trouble with lapped traffic today. I had a lot of trouble figuring out where they were going, and I thought I could have caught the 2 and the 57, but I guess it really didn't matter."

JASON KELLER-57-Albertsons Ford Taurus (Finished 5th)

"That fuel mileage deal got us a little bit there at the end, but no excuses, we ran in the top five all day and qualified in the top five. Hey, it was a good weekend across the board."

DID THE CHANGE IN WEATHER CONDITIONS FROM YESTERDAY AFFECT THE TRACK CONDITIONS?

"My guys really did good. We got out of the pits quick with the changes we needed to make and did what we needed to do. The weather really didn't have an effect on us much."

THERE WERE SOME EARLY CAUTIONS, BUT MOST OF THE TEAMS STAYED ON THE TRACK.

"We stayed out there; we had a pretty good car. I sure would have liked to have been racing that 2 car there at the end for the win, but it's fun all day when you come in and have good pit stops and have a good day."

YOU RUN ROUSH MOTORS, BUT YOU CAME IN AT THE END TO TOP OFF WITH GAS. WAS THERE THE THOUGHT OF STAYING OUT?

"Regardless, we ran out of fuel in Kentucky two weeks ago, so we felt we couldn't take a gamble on it. We did the best we could with the hand that was dealt to us. We weren't going to chance it."

JEFF GREEN-10-Nestle Nesquik Ford Taurus (Finished 9th)

YOU RAN OUT OF FUEL EARLY ON YOUR SECOND RUN. WHAT HAPPENED?

"I question that myself. Either we didn't get enough fuel in it or something went wrong with the fuel cell. We were set to go 12 more laps before we were set to pit. It shocked us, and under green, you can never, never give up that much track position and expect to make it up. I had the fastest car again today, but didn't get in Victory Lane with it, which is pretty upsetting to me."

DID YOU THINK IT WOULD BE A FUEL MILEAGE RACE?

"That's just the way these races go. When the track gets hot and slick it seems to go green longer. This place is slick and hot, and this track doesn't have much grip so everybody just takes their time and it keeps the cautions from coming around. It was a good day for us, but we didn't get the results we should have."

THE SEASON IS PLAYING OUT A LITTLE DIFFERENT FROM LAST YEAR.

"We've got more competition. The guys are up on it this year. We're up on it, too, but we can't have any luck. Its little things like that that bite us. We wrecked in Kentucky, and then to have the fastest car again and to think we had a shot at winning, something like this is just disappointing."

ELTON SAWYER-98-Starter/University of Wisconsin Ford Taurus (Finished 6th)

THIS IS YOUR SECOND STRAIGHT TOP-10 FINISH. "Ricky (Viers) and the boys did a great job in the pits today. We had good stops and we had a really good race car. We pulled a taller gear than we probably should have, but in the long run it helped us. I couldn't quite get off the corners like I needed to, and it wasn't anything wrong with the engine, it was just the gearing. We talked about it this morning, it was a good selection, but it turned out to be a fuel mileage race. We gave up a little bit of speed off the corners so that we didn't have to pit that extra time, and it turned out for the best."

YOU DIDN'T HAVE TO PIT DURING THAT LAST RUN AND YET YOU RUN COSWORTH MOTORS AND THEY DON'T HAVE ANY OTHER TEAMS TO GAUGE FROM OUT HERE.

"That's true, but Ricky and Tom Stewart (Cosworth engineer) got their heads together on fuel mileage and figured it out. Those guys are really good. If they tell me we can make it, I don't question them. They tell me what to do and I just do it, and whatever turns out, turns out."

HOW CLOSE WERE YOU TO RUNNING OUT OF FUEL?

"We could still be running out there now if we needed to."

DID THE WEATHER CHANGE YOUR SETUP?

"We made some adjustments this morning to compensate for that, and I think they were adjustments in the right direction. The car handled really good, we were just a little bit shy off of the corners. Track position was everything and we got behind some cars that could hold you up even though they weren't as quick. Passing was tough, but that's racing."

-Ford Racing

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Greg Biffle , Jeff Green , Tom Stewart