Greg Biffle, driver of the No. 16 3M Ford Fusion, is currently out of the Sprint All-Star Race. He has a chance to drive his way in by finishing first or second in the Sprint Showdown or winning the fan vote. He spoke about his situations in the...
Greg Biffle, driver of the No. 16 3M Ford Fusion, is currently out of the Sprint All-Star Race. He has a chance to drive his way in by finishing first or second in the Sprint Showdown or winning the fan vote. He spoke about his situations in the media center this afternoon.
YOU HAVE TO RACE IN TOMORROW NIGHT. WHAT'S YOUR STRATEGY? "I think everybody has the same strategy. That's really the only thing we're gonna be able to do is have a fast enough race car and it looks like we're about fourth or fifth on the speed chart, compared to run log, and we just have to be a little bit better and track position to beat those other three cars. We need to finish first or second. I really don't know if it's gonna come down to three laps of speed, or if it's gonna come down to a 15-lap run at the end, all green, and whoever's car can stay running fast enough is gonna win. I don't know what it's gonna come down to. We worked on getting our car to drive. Our test was not that good here. I think we're a little better now. We'll just keep working on the thing."
WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT THE 600 NEXT WEEK AND GAINING POSITIONS LATE IN THE RACE? IS IT A COMBINATION OF GUYS WORKING ON THE CAR, YOU PACING YOURSELF OR ALL OF THE ABOVE? "I really think it's all the above. We've been good at getting our car to drive good throughout the race, trying to stay on the lead lap, taking care of our car like brakes and engine, and trying to keep working on the race car and getting it driving good - and then start working on track position that last 100 or 75 laps of the race and try to close the deal. We've been real successful with that strategy. It's a long race and we know we have to finish. We know people are gonna have tire issues, people are gonna have engine issues, people are gonna have all kinds of things, so we try and be there at the end."
CAN YOU TALK ABOUT THE SHOWDOWN FIELD OF DRIVERS? "I already settled with the fact when we didn't win Dover that, basically, we're not in the All-Star event. This Showdown race tomorrow night is an opportunity to get in and that's the way I'm looking at it, so we're faced with having to finish first or second in that race. I kind of threw out the notebook and was just trying to get the car to drive good, trying to get it fast on a short run, and doing things fairly aggressively - kind of a modified qualifying setup and I'm gonna try and race it. I'm gonna try and do all I can to get the speed out of the race car. I've missed them before and the truth of the matter is you really need to win races if you're passionate or you're gonna be upset you missed the All-Star race. You've got to win races, so we're gonna continue to try and do that the rest of the year and be in next year, and then we're trying to race our win in tomorrow night."
KYLE BUSCH SAID YOU GO FOR THE WIN IF YOU'RE RUNNING GOOD, BUT THOUGHT YOU ROUSH FENWAY GUYS WOULD USE THIS AS A TEST. IS THAT TRUE OR ARE YOU GOING OUT THERE TRYING TO GET IN THE ALL-STAR RACE AND WIN THAT AS WELL? "A little of both. Anytime you're practicing you're trying to learn and certainly we're learning for next week, and we're trying different stuff. We're trying all kinds of stuff. Facts are that we're sort of using it as a test, but, at the same time, we're trying to get our cars as fast as possible so we can get in."
YOU'VE DONE A BUNCH OF HALL OF FAME EVENTS. HOW HAVE YOU ENJOYED IT AND DID YOU GET TO SIT WITH EDSEL FORD LAST NIGHT? "I didn't. They ended up moving him up in front. I'm not sure who he sat with, but he sat with some of the NASCAR folks. What I've been taking advantage of, I've been to all the Hall of Fame activities so far, is that I don't know as much about our sport as I'd like to know. Growing up on the west coast, coming in real late and not being around it as kind of a southern sport originally and then gained a lot of exposure, so I take advantage of learning a bit about our sport and being around Junior Johnson and some of those other guys. I love hearing the stories. I could sit around listening to that all day, those guys shooting the bull about what they did and got in trouble at the hotel - all kinds of different stuff like how they got to the race track and what kinds of cars they used - so that's a lot of fun for me to hear that, and just taking advantage of the time I'm in our sport to learn around those guys."
HAVE YOU EVER THOUGHT OF DRIVING A CAR INTO A SWIMMING POOL AT A HOTEL? "(Laughing) I tell you what, maybe about 10-15 years ago I might have done something like that. To be honest with you, Twitter and Facebook and all the social media and the internet, it's a little too dangerous to do things like that because it just spreads like wildfire and everybody knows in about 38 seconds what went on. Then, it was probably six months before somebody found out and by then it's old news. It's like, 'Who cares? That was six months ago.' Now, you find out and everybody knows the next day, and then it's a big deal, so I think that has a lot to do with it."
-source: ford racing