GREG BIFFLE - No. 16 National Guard/Subway Taurus (Finished 3rd) "I think our Post-It/National Guard car was one of the best race cars - us and the 48. Carl beat us out of the pits there at the end and he had a pretty good car all day too ...
GREG BIFFLE - No. 16 National Guard/Subway Taurus (Finished 3rd)
"I think our Post-It/National Guard car was one of the best race cars - us and the 48. Carl beat us out of the pits there at the end and he had a pretty good car all day too running third. We were just a little bit too tight. We were behind those cars. I mean these cars get so aero tight that it's terrible, but I just got too tight behind those two race cars there at the end and couldn't do nothing. If I would have known coming in the pits I was gonna leave third, then maybe I would have made an adjustment, but you just never know how you're gonna end up on the race track so that's what we got."
CAN YOU DESCRIBE WHAT IT FEELS LIKE TODAY?
"It's the worst day of my life. We had a great race car and we were in position to win. We could beat the 48 for sure and Carl got up there and blocked enough air. With two race cars in front of me I couldn't do nothing. I felt like I could beat the 48. I'm pretty confident I could beat the 48, but I couldn't beat Carl. I mean, I didn't plan on him being there, so that's the way it goes."
ANYTHING ABOUT THE LAST PIT STOP THAT PUT YOU BACK IN THIRD?
"It was just the race off pit road. Man, I was so excited. My guys, you watched the broadcast. I don't know if they had us going down pit road on TV, but I'd beat them out of the pits by 20 car lengths on every stop. And then the second-to-last stop the 48 beat us and the last stop the 48 and 99 beat us and that's the way racing is."
WAS YOUR CAR TOO TIGHT BECAUSE IT WAS BEHIND TWO OTHER CARS OR BECAUSE IT WAS LATE IN THE RACE?
"No, I was too tight because I was behind two other cars. These cars are just so poor in traffic. It's unbelievable. It's really tough and hard to explain, but they're hard to race. I mean, they're not hard to race but they don't make a lot of downforce now. When you're behind other cars they just won't turn at all and with two cars in front of me they were just blocking too much air. I made a run at them early and got tight coming off the corner two or three times and had to have the front wheels turned pretty hard and just burned the right-front off of it after about four laps and I was finished."
HOW IMPRESSIVE WAS CARL'S PERFORMANCE?
"I guess it's pretty good for him. I mean, his pit crew got him off pit road first and he must have freed the car up a bunch on that pit stop and his car was right. He was turning it way sideways coming off the corners, but that's what he needed to do for that short run at the end. He might have brought the tire pressures up, but he wasn't a factor all day. I know that."