GREG BIFFLE-60-Grainger Ford Taurus (Finished 2nd) ONE WORD THAT SUMMED UP THE END OF THE RACE WAS WOW. "And championship was the other word for us.Â We're just really excited about that.Â My car was unbelievable the first three-quarters of...
GREG BIFFLE-60-Grainger Ford Taurus (Finished 2nd)
ONE WORD THAT SUMMED UP THE END OF THE RACE WAS WOW.
"And championship was the other word for us. We're just really excited about that. My car was unbelievable the first three-quarters of the race. I've never driven a car that good here, and on the bottom all day. I don't run the bottom here. I can't get it to go around the bottom. The car was just awesome all day on the bottom, and great pit stops. After we put the set of tires on under caution, the thing was just terrible. It just pushed and pushed and pushed. I couldn't even come close to the times I was. I was sliding back just a little bit. We freed it up a little. I was going to get McMurray at the end. I was pretty confident I was going to pass him. I think I had him beat pretty easy. I certainly probably couldn't have got and done anything with the 99 and the 21. And then that big accident down there. I was kinda focusing on my line and watching McMurray because I was going to try to get under him coming off of that corner. Then I saw that wreck start to happen and I lost so much ground there trying to avoid that, which I missed by about two inches. That happens. We're excited about that run today. Good pit stops, and I think that most importantly I think I have won the championship."
WRAPPING IT UP WITH A COUPLE OF RACES LEFT, DOES THIS CHANGE HOW YOU APPROACH THE LAST TWO RACES?
"Yeah, it does change my attitude and outlook a lot. I'll be a lot more aggressive at Phoenix than I was here today or the last couple of races. We want to win, and I want to win another race this season. There's nothing like victory lane. I know that next year it will take awhile, or the next couple of years, it's going to take awhile to be back in victory lane. Hopefully it's sooner than not. We won Phoenix last year and run well at Homestead, we're leaving Monday morning early to test Homestead and then straight out to Phoenix. At least we will have some experience under our belt. We won at Phoenix last year and I like that race track. I just hope that we can get a win these last two races."
"The Winston Cup race ought have doubted you. I guess it depends on the situation. You look at Kevin Harvick driving the 3 car. The 29 car saw the same thing. That team's experience has put him in that position, and it's helped his Busch program. He's driving a tremendous amount smarter than I have ever seen him. He's thinking a lot more, and he's thinking about the race car. These last couple of weeks, those are not ordinary situations, but you can't take away him running in the top 10 or top five. Today, he would have finished third or fourth if I got around him. Last week, if he would have had to stop he would have finished eighth. So you're right. A couple of these have been in the right spot at the right time, but we'll take them any way we can get them."
CAN YOU PUT YOUR FINGER ON ONE THING FROM LAST YEAR THAT MAY HAVE HELPED YOU WIN THE CHAMPIONSHIP?
"Over and over, people say patience. I think I've raced a lot smarter this year. It's tough to not run in the top five. I'm used to racing in the top five, and if we're not racing in the top five there is something wrong. This year when my car wasn't good enough to race in the top five and I was only good enough to race 14th or 12th, I was happy with it and just worked on my car to make it better and didn't get frustrated and overdrive it, things like that. I never lost focus of, OK, we're a lap down we're running in 17th, what can I do to better my situation and improve my finish? I know what kind of finishes you need to have a championship; every point counts. I think I'm going into the Winston Cup Series next year with that same mindset that I don't need to finish fifth or 10th every week. I just need to finish in the top-20 every week or 15th and not have those DNFs. And that's what gets you up in the points. You can win a championship easy without winning a race and we all know that. So that was my mindset. I got in a few accidents last year. Richmond with Kevin Harvick, and a few other place trying too hard when my car wasn't good enough to run with those guys. Trying to run them out of room or whatever, or they'd come up with you because you were trying to stay with it. Just let them go, and I did that today. I let a couple of guys go that were coming fast. I think those are the things that I learned this year that I haven't done before."
HOW MUCH HAS COMPETING IN WINSTON CUP HELPED?
"I think it's helped me with that mindset quite a bit. I go into those Winston Cup cars thinking that I'm running 25th all day and staying on the lead lap is the main thing. So a lot of that mindset is beneficial over here. I think that the perfect example of that is McMurray, being more patient and thinking about the race car more. I think that those guys over at Chip Ganassi taught him that."