Greg Biffle, driver of the No. 16 3M Ford Fusion, finished second in last year's Sprint All-Star Race. He spoke about his hopes for this year's event after Friday's practice session. WHAT ARE YOUR EXPECTATIONS TOMORROW NIGHT? "I'm certainly...
Greg Biffle, driver of the No. 16 3M Ford Fusion, finished second in last year's Sprint All-Star Race. He spoke about his hopes for this year's event after Friday's practice session.
WHAT ARE YOUR EXPECTATIONS TOMORROW NIGHT? "I'm certainly excited about it. I was probably more excited after I showed up and we got practice in. The car just isn't quite as fast as we anticipated. The track's a little different and it's a little different tire, but finishing second last year to Kasey, we definitely had a good run and we had a great run at Darlington and we're hoping to come here and continue that. These two race tracks don't look similar, but are a little bit with surface and speed and all that. We were hoping to be a little bit quicker out of the truck. I think we ended up fifth in that last practice, so we can maybe adjust on it. We've got a great format as far as the race lays out. It gives us opportunities on pit road to make big changes and breaks to try different things. It's sort of like a little mini-test along the way, so it's a great event. I think the fans really enjoy it and get their money's worth because we're just going all-out."
WHAT WAS YOUR REACTION WHAT YOU HEARD FROM BRIAN FRANCE? "First of all, I think that NASCAR has really done a great job with their new policy and bringing it up to standards, so to speak. We know a lot of rules were put in place a long time ago and can be polished on, and I think the random test that they do is good and being able to get a prescription drug and then get it approved and move on with whether you're able to take it or not, I think, are key factors in being able to -- sometimes it doesn't happen as quick as we'd like it to. I had a small injury before Bristol and was prescribed a prescription that was probably questionable on my part and then tried to get in touch to make sure that it was OK to take and never really got an answer quick enough, so I just elected not to take it and stick with ibuprofen or something and I guess that was probably the right thing to do. But those things like Mr. France said, those are things that need to be addressed in January. If it's a prescription you're taking year-round, well then that's one thing."
HOW MUCH DO YOU FEEL THE RESPONSIBILITY LIES ON THE DRIVER'S SHOULDERS TO MAKE SURE THEY'RE NOT TAKING A DRUG THAT COULD EVEN BE ON A BANNED LIST? "Well, considering there's no list, anything you take is questionable -- even over-the-counter stuff. With these different drugs or different things that you can take, we know we've all heard of certain, not like Claritin, but certain drugs even like that show up in some kind of testing. I don't know if it's that particular one, but there are others, so I think anything along the lines other than aspirin or ibuprofen or things like that have to be questioned whether you really need to be taking them or not. And I don't like taking stuff to start with, but some people have medical conditions that require them to take other stuff, but I just say tough it out."
IS THERE ANY CONCERN AMONG DRIVERS THAT PENALITIES LIKE JEREMY IS GOING THROUGH WOULD BE APPLIED EQUALLY IF IT WAS SOMEBODY WHO CAME FROM A TEAM WITH A BUNCH OF SPONSORS AND MILLIONS OF DOLLARS AT STAKE? IS IT A LEVEL PLAYING FIELD FOR PENALITIES? "There's no question in my mind that if I was tested and found positive with the same results or tests that Jeremy was that I would not be driving the 3M car this weekend -- 100 percent. Erik Darnell would be driving it or somebody else. That's what I believe."
DID YOU EVER NOTICE ANYTHING ABOUT JEREMY OR IS IT A SHOCK? "It was really a shock because I know Jeremy and talk to him, but really hadn't his whole 41 career, driving the 41 car. I hadn't really crossed paths with him that much, hadn't seen him that much. I saw him at driver intros briefly, but I talked to him some when he drove the 19 and the other cars, and I think it was just that we were around each other in the garage more or whatever it was, but, ironically enough, never really talked to him in the past six months more than, 'Hey, how's it going.' So I wouldn't be a guy to judge whether I saw a difference in him."
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