GREG BIFFLE-60-Charter Communications Ford Taurus (Finished 2nd) TALK ABOUT THE LAST HANDFUL OF LAPS. "It wasn't a handful of laps, it was NASCAR giving me penalty for speeding on pit road, which I wasn't; I was speeding on entry. I would like...
GREG BIFFLE-60-Charter Communications Ford Taurus (Finished 2nd)
TALK ABOUT THE LAST HANDFUL OF LAPS. "It wasn't a handful of laps, it was NASCAR giving me penalty for speeding on pit road, which I wasn't; I was speeding on entry. I would like to have a talk with the guy that's doing the timing there, but nobody will cop to it. They probably won't even tell me who the guy is timing, and, of course, they probably don't have any footage of it either to look back and show me that I was speeding. This is the second time that they've done it to me and it's BS. There's no way that I was speeding. I was right on the mark, I skidded my tires, I was right on 4800 RPM when I hit that line, and there was just no way. I looked fast because I got in the pits hot and was a little bit sideways coming across the line, but I was 4800 RPM right on the button."
WHY DO YOU THINK NASCAR FELT LIKE YOU WERE SPEEDING THEN? "I got a tach in my car. Here's why I think they think I was speeding: I was a little bit sideways when I was coming in there. I came across the line and was kind of sliding the tires. When I let up on the brake I was going too slow, so I sped up. They catch you slowing down coming across the line. You're still slowing, so then you start speeding back up again, so one could think that that would be speeding by visual. But, what about the stopwatch? That's how you tell if you're speeding or not. It's the only way to tell."
YOU WERE ABLE TO RESTART THE RACE AS THE LEADER ON THE FINAL RESTART. EXPLAIN THOSE CIRCUMSTANCES. "I was ahead of the leader on pit road when the caution came out. I was ahead of the leaders and the leaders passed me as I was going pit road speed, so when I got back on the track I needed to pass them to get back on my lap. I was ahead of them when the caution came out even though I was on pit road. The 8 got the free pass, and then everyone pitted and I stayed out, and that's how I got the lead. I would have come in and put tires on it, but they had my hands tied because they gave me a speeding ticket. I couldn't come in and put two tires on because I would have been in the back. I had to stay out for track position."
STACY COMPTON-59-Kingsford/Bush's Beans Ford Taurus (Finished 19th)
"We just got wicked loose and we couldn't get it out. I think we had a shock go bad. We ran OK there early, but we just got wicked loose and wrecked about three time but just didn't hit anything."
JASON KELLER-22-Meijer/Airplus Ford Taurus (Finished 5th)
"We got a little fortunate there at the end. We were actually on pit road and it kind of worked our way. We were running decent times all night long, and we'll take that little extra bit at the end because we battled hard, and we felt like we maybe got a top-five taken away from us last week. We got one given to us today. Wes Ward and the entire team did a great job. We had a 20th-place race car last night. We just put our heads together and worked hard, and we made something out of it. We got a little fortune there at the end, but we'll take a top-five any way we can."
BOBBY HAMILTON, JR.-25-Timberland Pro/Marines Ford Taurus (Finished 28th)
"We had a great car. The guys did awesome on pit road. You can't control stuff like that. That's not something we did. Somebody else cost us this race, not my guys, not Team Rensi, but somebody else did. A parts failure, I'm sure. We've been kinda having a little bit of trouble with motor anywhere here lately. They've (Yates) stepped up the program and gave us a great motor this time, but about 15 laps short."
WAS THERE ANY INDICATION THAT THE MOTOR WAS ABOUT TO EXPIRE? "No. We came to get the yellow and it just let loose on me. I told Harold (Holly, crew chief) that it was blowing up, and he said, 'You're kidding?' I told him, 'No, I'm serious.'"