This Week in Ford Racing May 5, 2010 Greg Biffle, driver of the No. 16 3M Ford Fusion, ranks fifth in the latest Sprint Cup points standings heading into Saturday night's race at Darlington Raceway. Biffle has never been shy about his affinity...
This Week in Ford Racing
May 5, 2010
Greg Biffle, driver of the No. 16 3M Ford Fusion, ranks fifth in the latest Sprint Cup points standings heading into Saturday night's race at Darlington Raceway. Biffle has never been shy about his affinity for Darlington and discussed briefly with Ford Racing why he likes the track, the keys to success there and the often talked about "Darlington Stripe".
RICHMOND SEEMED LIKE A FRUSTRATING NIGHT, IS IT GOOD THAT YOU HAVE ANOTHER RACE TO FOCUS ON RIGHT AWAY? "I really think it is, and especially that it is Darlington. Darlington has been our best race track historically. We have Darlington and Dover coming up and I have wins at both of those race tracks, so that is optimistic for us going ahead. Unfortunately, Richmond stings a little bit still, but we learned something there and we are going to have to work on it."
WITH BACK-TO-BACK WINS AT DARLINGTON IN 2005 AND 2006, YOU HAVE PROVEN SUCCESS THERE. WHAT IS THE KEY TO WINNING AT DARLINGTON? "Well, what is really neat is that I almost have five wins in a row there overall. Every race has been almost right there. It is a tough race track. It is really difficult. That is what I enjoy most about that track though. It is extremely challenging and that is what I look forward to."
WE HEAR DRIVERS TALK ABOUT "RACING THE RACE TRACK" WHEN THEY GO TO DARLINGTON. WHAT DOES THAT MEAN TO YOU? "It means to not worry about all the stuff around you and all the hoopla that is going on. Pay attention to the race track and don't try to overdrive the car. Don't ask for more than the car is willing to give. Stay cool and calm and just focus on the race track. That is what that means, especially at Darlington because it is such a tough place to race. If you go in there thinking about other things, you are going to be in trouble in a hurry."
DRIVERS TALK ABOUT GETTING YOUR "DARLINGTON STRIPE". HAVE YOU EVER GOTTEN ONE AND DO YOU REMEMBER YOUR FIRST ONE? "Oh yeah. I remember my first one and my last one. You know, we are running 180 miles per hour and are six to 12 inches from the wall. If you are not up there, you are not going fast. Inevitably, the car will slide or you will get a little loose and there is no room for error. It is so easy to get a stripe on the car, so easy."
DARLINGTON IS A TRACK THAT TAKES A DIFFERENT STRATEGY DOESN'T IT, BECAUSE OF THE TIGHT CONDITIONS AND LACK OF CORNER PASSING ABILITY? "It is really hard to pass at Darlington. You really have to set a guy up. You have to be really slow entering the corner and make a run on him around the corner. Coming off you have to be able to cut to the bottom and get beside him. It is super, super hard to pass at Darlington. There are some tricks that I have learned over the years, and that is good because that is the only way to pass there."
YOU ARE FIFTH IN POINTS RIGHT NOW. HOW IMPORTANT ARE THE NEXT TWO TRACKS FOR YOU? "The next two races are huge for us. One positive thing is these are two of our best race tracks in Darlington and Dover. We need to capitalize on these tracks and not get overconfident thinking we can go there having to make up for lost time. We have to go there and focus on top- fives. We have a chance to win both of them."
IN THE LAST TWO WEEKS WE HAVE SEEN KEVIN HARVICK AND KYLE BUSCH BOTH SNAP LONG WINLESS STREAKS. ARE YOU NEXT? "I hope so. I certainly hope so. We are overdue for sure. We have a great team and great cars. I really believe that we are on the edge of breaking through. We are close."
-source: ford racing