This Week in Ford Racing: August 11, 2009 Ford Racing drivers Greg Biffle, Carl Edwards and Matt Kenseth have combined for six victories at Michigan International Speedway, site of this weekend's Carfax 400. Additionally, Edwards and Biffle ...
This Week in Ford Racing:
August 11, 2009
Ford Racing drivers Greg Biffle, Carl Edwards and Matt Kenseth have combined for six victories at Michigan International Speedway, site of this weekend's Carfax 400. Additionally, Edwards and Biffle finished fourth and fifth, respectively, in June's race at MIS. Edwards made his Cup debut at Michigan in August 2004.
MATT KENSETH - No. 17 DeWalt Ford Fusion
WITH THE START OF THE CHASE JUST FOUR RACES AWAY, AND THE STANDINGS SO CLOSE TOWARD THAT 12TH AND FINAL TRANSFER POSITION, IS MICHIGAN A GOOD PLACE TO BE FOR YOU RIGHT NOW? "I don't know. I always thought Michigan was one of my best tracks. We have a great average finish there, we've won some races there, and last time we went and could hardly run 22nd or 23rd or wherever we finished, so I honestly just don't know. Every week and every track has been a surprise for me lately. I'm not sure how we're going to do."
"That's been the weird thing this year. We've gone to the tracks that I've always thought are out best tracks as the 17 or me or whatever, and we've had some of our worst finishes at them. We've gone to some places that haven't been our best race tracks, and managed to finish halfway decent, so I really just don't know what to expect at this point in the year. It's such a weird year for us. We go to Michigan, which is probably statistically our best track, and struggle to run 20th. So, I just don't know. We have just got to approach every week and work at it as hard as we can and see where it ends up."
THERE ARE SO MANY GROOVES AT MIS. HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO FIND THE RIGHT ONE FOR YOUR CAR? "It depends on how your car is working, but if your car runs good there around the bottom or around the middle it's going to run pretty good everywhere there. It's not really a matter of saying, 'Oh, my car's a half second off and I just found a new groove.' It's not really like that. If your car works good, it'll work pretty good in every groove. You just run wherever you can run or how your cars feels for the run, and to try to pass cars wherever the other cars are running."
GREG BIFFLE - No. 16 3M Ford Fusion
WITH THE START OF THE CHASE JUST FOUR RACES AWAY, AND THE STANDINGS SO CLOSE TOWARD THAT 12TH AND FINAL TRANSFER POSITION, IS MICHIGAN A GOOD PLACE TO BE FOR YOU RIGHT NOW? "Yeah, but thing about it is, we're taking every race just one at a time, because we were looking forward to Chicago and we finished 30-something, and that was a good race track for us. But, if nothing happens, if nothing goes crazy, we should have a good top-five run at Michigan."
BECAUSE THE POINTS ARE SO CLOSE, ARE YOU ANXIOUS TO HURRY UP AND GET TO THE NEXT RACE TO HAVE AN EFFECT ON THOSE NUMBERS? "Yeah, I just can't wait for all of these races. We run good at all these tracks. Just anxious to get in the car and go."
CARL EDWARDS - No. 99 Aflac Ford Fusion
YOUR THOUGHTS ON RACING AT MICHIGAN? "Michigan's fun. The good thing about going to a track like Michigan is there are so many different lines. Some guys run in the middle of the track - you can run high or low, you can do all sorts of things. That's a real cool track. It's a real special track, obviously, because Ford Motor Company is based there, and Roush Industries is based there, and I've had a lot success there. That will be the five-year anniversary of my first Cup start - which blows my mind; I can't believe I've been doing this for five years. I'm very fortunate. So, that's a fun track for me to go to."
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