Biffle - Ford interview 2008-09-23

This Week in Ford Racing Greg Biffle, driver of the No. 16 3M Ford Fusion, heads to Kansas Speedway this weekend as the defending race champion. Additionally, Biffle has won the first two races in the Chase (New Hampshire and Dover) to pull ...

This Week in Ford Racing

Greg Biffle, driver of the No. 16 3M Ford Fusion, heads to Kansas Speedway this weekend as the defending race champion. Additionally, Biffle has won the first two races in the Chase (New Hampshire and Dover) to pull to within 10 points of leader Carl Edwards in the standings. Biffle last weekend spoke about returning to Kansas, and about what at the time was a bit of a controversial finish to the race.

CAN YOU REFLECT ON YOUR KANSAS WIN LAST YEAR, AND WILL YOU WORK A LITTLE MORE ON FUEL MILEAGE THIS YEAR? "Yeah, fuel mileage is definitely a factor. Thank goodness we had almost a gallon of fuel left after that last one. Maybe I'll keep it running this time and not coast. I really look forward to going back there. I think that our mile-and-a-half program with the new car is very good, and certainly we stand a great opportunity to go back there and defend our win with the new car."

THE ENDING WAS SORT OF WEIRD. THE 07 WAS POSTED ON THE SCOREBOARD AND THE MONITOR AS THE WINNER. WHAT DID YOU THINK ABOUT WHAT HAPPENED? AND WHAT HAPPENED AFTERWARD? WAS THERE A LOT OF CHATTER BEHIND THE SCENES? "Yeah, I was wondering whether NASCAR was going to penalize him for passing under the caution and put him to the rear of the field - him and the 48. And, I was surprised that they didn't because they went back and looked at the GPS speed on the 07 and 48 and they were going 80 miles and hour when they passed the start-finish line, and the pace car runs 55 miles an hour. So, they were certainly going faster than they were supposed to be going, and I was going 10 miles an hour slower than the pace car was. So, the big discussion became, 'Well, what is maintaining a cautious pace?' Well, I mean, the pace speeds up, slows down around equipment and all that - actually, the pace car never goes over 55, but goes under 55. The field's frozen when the caution flag flies, meaning you're not allowed to pass, you're not supposed to pass. I suppose if they would've passed me going 55 miles and hour and not 80 miles and hour, then it would've been a different consideration. NASCAR looked at all the things and said, 'forty-five miles an hour, what you were coasting at, is plenty fast enough in our book for that particular situation and those guys sped up to pass you deliberately.'

And the reality is the race is over when the white flag came out. All you have to do is cross the start-finish line, and that's what NASCAR has told us, because the same thing has happened to me at Talladega. Talladega, there's a huge accident, a huge wreck on the backstretch. Well, I missed the wreck and drive back to the start-finish line - there's a picture of the 29 car stuffed in, dead stopped, wrecked up to the windshield, he backs up and drives back to the start-finish line and scores ahead of me when they reshuffled the field. So, is that maintaining a cautious pace? He had to put the car in reverse, back up, then drive back to the start-finish line, and they put him in front of me. And I followed the 31 car across the start-finish line, and we were scored 12th and 13th.

By the time Monday morning, I was scored 18th. They put all those cars back in front of me because they said all they had to do was come back and get across the stripe, anybody that made it back across the stripe they gave them their position. So, that's more controversial than coasting 45 miles an hour and two guys shooting by you right at the last minute. So, there's a lot of discretionary things that go on in those situation. And with the situation we were in, it was the furthest thing from my mind that they were going to go by me and that was going to be any kind of significance, because I knew all I had to do was cross the start-finish line. The race was already over, in my opinion; this is just a technicality that we had to come back to cross, so I didn't think anything of it at the time."

-credit: ford racing

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Greg Biffle , Carl Edwards