Greg Biffle, driver of the No. 16 National Guard/Subway Taurus, will be leaving Martinsville Speedway immediately after happy hour and fly to Memphis, where he will compete in this afternoon's NASCAR Busch Series event. This will mark the last...
Greg Biffle, driver of the No. 16 National Guard/Subway Taurus, will be leaving Martinsville Speedway immediately after happy hour and fly to Memphis, where he will compete in this afternoon's NASCAR Busch Series event. This will mark the last time Biffle will have to fly from a Cup practice session to a Busch race. He spoke about his double duty winding down before Saturday's practice session.
GREG BIFFLE - No. 16 National Guard/Subway Taurus
IS IT NICE TO GET THIS SAME-DAY TRAVEL SITUATION BEHIND YOU?
"Yeah, it is. I really love running the Busch car and I think it helps you keep crisp behind the wheel and even if it isn't at the same race track it helps you hone your skills. But I'm glad it's the last time I have to travel because it's a lot of work. You've got to be ready to go and you're in a hurry and the biggest job is in Memphis today because we have to start from the back with no practice, no happy hour, no nothing. On top of that, the car is not running fast, so I've got my work cut out for me there."
HOW DO YOU FEEL PHYSICALLY NOW THAT WE'RE GETTING DOWN TO THE END OF THE SEASON?
"I think I'm doing pretty good because I've been on vacation for a while as far as a lot of travel. Where it got tough was in the summer when we were flying every week or every other week to do both, but it hasn't been that bad lately."
HOW DO YOU SEE THIS MARTINSVILLE RACE PLAYING OUT TOMORROW? WILL IT BE A FOLLOW THE LEADER TYPE THING?
"I think a lot of it is because it's hard to pass, but I think the second groove is gonna come in a little bit. I don't think you'll see any passing at the top, but you'll see guys get shuffled up there and get out of line. Hopefully, that's not me. But this isn't my best track. I could test here for a month and it probably wouldn't make a big difference, but we'll do our best and see what happens."
THE MARBLES APPEAR TO BE THE BIG THING HERE WITH THIS NEW SURFACE. TRUE?
"Yeah. We saw that when we tested here. They were right down where we were running and were right there. You couldn't get off the bottom and if you even made a wide entrance into the corner, you were in the marbles. It's gonna be two-wide racing because there's gonna be lap traffic and there are gonna be slower cars at some point, so that second groove will hopefully maintain itself and stay clean. The thing about it is that the slower cars are gonna lapped awfully fast once they get up there, I think, because the bottom is gonna be so much faster."
SO WHAT'S THE GAME PLAN TODAY AS FAR AS PRACTICE AND GETTING TO MEMPHIS?
"We're gonna do both practices and that's gonna put us tight over there at Memphis on time, but we should be OK. The weather is decent over there so we shouldn't have to shoot an approach. That will save us about 15 minutes over there, so I think we're gonna be alright. We're gonna cut practice short by maybe 10 minutes just to beat the rush of people out of the garage area and I can get a clean break out of here."
NOTE: The only times Biffle missed all or a portion of Nextel Cup practice to fly to a Busch race was at Infineon Raceway in June and Pocono in August.