Bristol II: Biffle post qualifying interview

GREG BIFFLE -- No. 16 3M Ford Fusion (qualified 2nd) MARK MARTIN IS ON THE BUBBLE. PERSONALLY, YOU'D NO DOUBT WANT TO SEE HIM MAKE THE CHASE, BUT FROM A COMPETITIVE STANDPOINT, DO YOU WANT TO COMPETE AGAINST THE 5 CAR? "From a competition ...

GREG BIFFLE -- No. 16 3M Ford Fusion (qualified 2nd)

MARK MARTIN IS ON THE BUBBLE. PERSONALLY, YOU'D NO DOUBT WANT TO SEE HIM MAKE THE CHASE, BUT FROM A COMPETITIVE STANDPOINT, DO YOU WANT TO COMPETE AGAINST THE 5 CAR?

"From a competition standpoint, I don't think it really matters to me, whether he's in or out. I'd like to see Mark Martin in the Chase, personally, but from a competition side, we know that they're good and we know that they've won three or four races, and he's running well and they'll be a threat for the title, but I'm not going to pick and choose who I want to race against. Granted, I'd like to race against the last 12 and not the first 12, but I can't do that. I just hope we're in it."

DAY-IN AND DAY-OUT, HOW DO YOU DEAL WITH THE CLOSENESS OF THE CHASE RACE?

"Nothing I could do about it. All I could do is drive 100 percent as hard as I can, be as organized as I can. I've been spending time with the team, talking about what we need to do, just like Mark's talked about. Those are the things we have to do as a race team, and be prepared when we come here, and be ready to go. We were prepared when we came here off the truck. We had a very good two practices, we only spent two and a half hours working on the race car, figured a lot of stuff out, switched to qualifying when we qualified well here last year, the car went straight to the top of the sheet, made a few tweaks on it.

"We actually had time to try different shocks and back again. Normally, you're scrambling just to get in the ballpark, but our car was so good, they gave us a little extra time to try some stuff even though we're happy with the car. We got some opportunity to make the car better than I thought it was going to be, even. So, I'm pretty happy about that."

HOW MUCH COMFORT DO YOU GET JUST BY BEING ON THE FRONT ROW HERE? PLUS, YOU AND MARK ARE FORMER TEAMMATES HAVE A LOT OF RESPECT FOR EACH OTHER. WILL THERE BE A GENTLEMEN'S AGREEMENT FOR BOTH OF YOU TO LEAD A LAP?

"I don't know. I should've asked him that before he left. We could've figured that out before we get it on the record. Certainly, we're going to try and lead a lap. I'm going to try and beat him on the outside. The outside groove is really fast here. But, you've got to be careful; it's going to be the first lap of the race. I've spun out here on the first lap of the race in the Craftsman Truck Series. I don't want to do that. But, I want to lead -- I don't need to lead the first lap, but I want to lead one of them. I'd like to lead the first one. Hopefully, maybe the first few laps, I'll be able to get one and fall in line, or maybe lead the race for a while. But I think we have a good enough car to stay up front reasonably well, in the top 10, at least. It's going to be important because a lot of stuff happens here. A lot of accidents and bumping and banging and things will go on and every position will be important."

HOW GOOD WILL YOUR TEAMMATES BE TOMORROW?

"It's good having teammates, and sometimes it's like, 'Dang it.' We're racing Matt to get in; we want to see Matt make it. Those guys were really, really struggling bad in practice, and put our set-up in for qualifying and didn't make a lap with it until it was time, so obviously it worked pretty well for him. But I feel good that I was able to help Matt today and hopefully his car will be good for tomorrow. Racing teammates is hard to do."

WITH SO MUCH AT STAKE, ARE YOU MORE ON EDGE AT A PLACE LIKE THIS? IS IT POSSIBLE TO BE TOO CAREFUL?

"Yeah, a little bit. You can be too cautious and too protective and not run good enough. What Bristol is is you run pretty much as fast as you can here and you're always on the verge of something 24/7 going around this place. I mean, you're passing lapped cars, you've got close calls all the time, when you're going by them you're two, three inches from them. You're driving your butt off this whole race, and you're just oohing and aahing, trying not to make a mistake, and unfortunately you can't take any more comfort in that or you;ll get eaten up. You've got to run as hard as you can."

-credit: ford racing

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Mark Martin