Greg Biffle, driver of the No. 16 3M Ford Fusion, has registered three top-five finishes in the last four NASCAR Sprint Cup races, including a win at Pocono three weeks ago. Biffle, who stands 11th in the point standings, spoke to the media on ...
Greg Biffle, driver of the No. 16 3M Ford Fusion, has registered three top-five finishes in the last four NASCAR Sprint Cup races, including a win at Pocono three weeks ago. Biffle, who stands 11th in the point standings, spoke to the media on Friday afternoon.
WHAT IS YOUR OUTLOOK HERE? "We're really good at this race track, pretty fast. I like this race track, but it seems like they changed the race track and not the infield. It's a lot different for us. We weren't able to get a hold of the race track in qualifying trim, so we're changing the car quite a bit for qualifying. In race trim, we were decent, but not where we wanted to be. I remember last year we drove up and led some of this thing, so I'm a little anxious for tomorrow night to see if what changes we've got in store for the car are gonna make it better for tomorrow night. Hopefully, we can get a top 15 qualifying run right now. We were 30th or so in that qualifying practice, so, hopefully we can pick it up. We see where we're missing it. Looking at some of the other guys' setups, it looks like we're gonna copy a lot of the 17 and see if we can put a good lap in."
WERE THE TIRES TOUGH TO GET A HANDLE ON? "Yeah, I think that's probably it. It's safe to say that our cars are pretty much the same and it looks like everybody is kind of having the same issue we were in race trim. I would have to say that the tires are kind of giving us the issue until we figure them out. We've got to take a little bit of time to figure it out. It's kind of hard in an hour and a half to figure it out, but I would suspect that's it."
ARE YOU GOING TO DRIVE MORE DEFENSIVELY TOMORROW BEING 11TH IN POINTS? "I think I'm gonna drive Bristol like I normally do, just try and get to the front and try to stay up in the top 10, top five. In the past, we've had a car to do that. I'm just hoping tomorrow night we have a car to do that, but I'm definitely not gonna lunge for life to try and win this thing. I certainly need to finish and get a good top 10 finish, and I think we're capable of that, we'll just have to wait and see."
ARE DIFFERENT TIRE COMBINATIONS THE BIGGEST VARIABLE YOU DEAL WITH AND WHAT'S IT LIKE TO HAVE THE SAME TIRE FOR A BUNCH OF RACES IN A ROW AND THEN THEY CHANGE IT? "We're getting used to that because we rarely go back to the race track with the same set of tires. I'm having trouble figuring that part out. This race track puts on great races. The last couple of races here were good and now we've got a new tire and it doesn't seem like it has as much grip. It seems like, in my opinion, it's gonna be harder to run side-by-side. The tire is freer into the corner, which spells trouble for the guy on the bottom and the guy on the top if the guy spins out below you. I don't know. It can be frustrating, but we understand that they constantly have to try continue tire technology at the same time we're working on our cars. You can't stand still, but you often wonder when you have a great race and there are no tire issues why you'd come back with something different."
WHAT WOULD IT BE LIKE TO LOSE A CHAMPIONSHIP TO SOMEONE WHO DIDN'T WIN A RACE? "I would take a championship in a heartbeat with no wins. I understand that they just did a better job than I did. If you know that it's about the best 10 races, then it's even for everybody. I got the opportunity to win the title without winning a race and so has everybody else. It's equal for everybody. They obviously just put together a better 10 races than I did, if they end up winning a title. If I won a race and they didn't and they won a championship, well then I screwed up somewhere by not running good enough. That's probably kind of rare if that happens, but we certainly understand our sport and how it's formulated and it's about the best 10 races you can put together."
DO YOU SEE THE LEADERS RUNNING UP TOP OR DOWN LOW, AND WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT THE INFIELD CHANGE WITH THE HAULERS? "I think it's neat that it's different. I wish they could have put the bathrooms closer. It's a long walk, but the facilities are really nice. I think they did a good job. I think it'll be much better, but I think people are gonna run up the race track, really, just because the cars seem to be loose in and don't seem to have as much grip. So when you run that top lane, you can kind of keep more momentum and not be as loose in because you don't have to cut the corner as sharp down on the bottom. I don't think you're gonna pass on the bottom. I just don't see it happening."
JIMMIE, DENNY AND KYLE HAVE HAD THEIR MOMENTS. DO YOU THINK THE CHASE IS MORE WIDE OPEN BECAUSE OF ALL THE GUYS HAVING GOOD STRETCHES? "Yeah, I really think so. We're used to the 48 finishing first or second every week and they seem to be off just a little bit - not much. We at Roush Fenway have certainly picked our game up and that's one thing I can recognize that's happened. We're running much, much better. It's a little frustrating for me here because we're not running as good as I suspected we were, but, hopefully, that will change. But last week and the week before and the week before we've been definitely running a lot better. That's our new front design and we're working really hard on our cars, and I think that has a lot to do with it. I think the Chase is gonna be real interesting, really up in the air. I feel like we have a strong chance of doing well in the 10 races."
HOW IS JACK DOING? "Jack seems like he's doing well, way better than I expected. It's good to have him at the race track. It's good to see him around. It's good for the teams and all of our people. He was in Charlotte on Tuesday for the meeting and it's kind of back to normal. He was gone for a week and back to normal it seems like. It's amazing."