Greg Biffle is looking to bounce back from problems last week at California that dropped him more than 200 points behind leader Jimmie Johnson. Biffle (10th) spoke about his situation before Thursday's first practice session at Charlotte Motor ...
Greg Biffle is looking to bounce back from problems last week at California that dropped him more than 200 points behind leader Jimmie Johnson. Biffle (10th) spoke about his situation before Thursday's first practice session at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
GREG BIFFLE - No. 16 3M Ford Fusion
HOW WOULD YOU RATE YOUR TEAM'S CHEMISTRY? "I think our chemistry is really good. We were really fast the last couple of weeks and won at Kansas, so I think the chemistry within our team is really good."
WOULD YOU CONSIDER THAT ONE OF YOUR TEAM'S STRENGTHS? "I think so. I definitely would."
DO YOU FEEL LIKE YOU'VE BEEN ON A ROLLERCOASTER THE LAST FEW WEEKS? "Yeah. Our race didn't start out the way we wanted at California. We weren't as fast as we thought we'd be, so that was a little frustrating, and then we had engine trouble, so that was more frustrating, especially since we were coming off a win at Kansas. So it has been up and down, but we still feel like we're on the positive side of the momentum."
WHEN THE MOTOR WENT LAST WEEK WHAT WAS THE EMOTION? DID YOUR HEART SINK? "Yeah, because that was our championship hope, really, to have a good day at California and continue to keep us up front. I knew when that engine blew up that we were just gonna try to get the highest points finish we could, but that's frustrating to be coming off a win and then end up like that."
JACK SAID HE'S STILL OPTIMISTIC ABOUT WHAT LIES AHEAD BECAUSE THE PERFORMANCE HAS IMPROVED SO MUCH. IS THERE SOME SOLACE IN KNOWING THAT THE SPEED HAS RETURNED? "I think so. That's why I said I think we're still on the upswing. Our mile-and-a-half program seems to be good and pretty strong. We didn't fire off the first 40 laps of that race like we wanted to, but we never got a chance to adjust on the car and work on it."
CAN YOU DESCRIBE WHAT IT'S LIKE TO BE INVOLVED IN ALL THAT MAYHEM AT TALLADEGA? "It's tough. It's horrible when you're in the middle of those wrecks because there's nothing you can do about it. You're just along for the ride."
DO YOU THINK YOU'LL RUN BETTER THIS TIME? "We race the same every year we go there. We've got fast cars and you just try to miss the wreck."
DO YOU EVER FEEL LIKE YOU CAN'T GIVE EVERYTHING YOU WANT ON THE TRACK BECAUSE THE RISK MIGHT BE TOO HIGH? "That's the risk versus reward and it's with anything. It's like gambling or anything you do like investing money on Wall Street. It's the risk you take versus the reward you get and how far do you want to push the envelope of getting that last position or getting that last quarter-of-a-second getting on or off pit road versus spinning out and hitting the cone and getting a pass through penalty and finishing 26th. How far do you want to push the envelope?"
DO YOU THEN BREAK IT DOWN ON MONDAY AND PLAY THE WOULDA, SHOULDA GAME? "That's what the production meetings are for on Monday. We try and learn from our mistakes or our other team's mistakes. For instance, we probably got our engine tuned up too much, well, the 6 and all the other guys can benefit from that by being aware of that now. Unfortunately, we're aware of it but we didn't finish the race, so there are benefits to be learned all across the board."
DO YOU THINK THE NON-CHASE DRIVERS WILL HAVE MORE RESPECT FOR THE CHASERS THESE LAST FEW WEEKS? "I don't think so. Everybody is racing for the best finish they can get. These accidents would happen whether it's in the chase or not. People are racing as hard as they can and accidents are gonna happen."
-source: ford racing