Darlington: Biffle post-qualifying interview

GREG BIFFLE - No. 16 National Guard/Subway Taurus (Qualified 3rd) "We got taken out of the race running second at Phoenix on pit road and we're trying to figure out where the best spot to be is. Where do you pick at? You want an opening ...

GREG BIFFLE - No. 16 National Guard/Subway Taurus (Qualified 3rd)

"We got taken out of the race running second at Phoenix on pit road and we're trying to figure out where the best spot to be is. Where do you pick at? You want an opening normally or don't pit, stay out. It's tough, but that's the good thing. We've got a chance to pick third, but we still don't know where to pick I don't think. It's good to be up front here. I tell you what, track position is really hard to get at this race track and everybody is gonna pit everytime the caution comes out and put tires on it, so it won't be a game of guys staying out and guys coming in probably. Hopefully we can stay up there all night and try to keep off the famous Darlington wall."

WHAT'S IT GOING TO BE LIKE AFTER 10 LAPS OUT THERE?

"I didn't make a run past 15 laps. That's about how long I can hang on and hold my breath, but I made a 15-lap run and was fairly happy with it. My car wasn't that loose qualifying. I jumped back to the gas just way too hard as a driver down there in three and four and got my car sideways and cost me some time. It's gonna be tough racing. You've got to keep that balance. What happens is you tighten it up so much and then you've got to slow down so much going into the corner because it won't turn. It's gonna be tough for everybody the first time here."

ARE THE BUSCH CARS EASIER TO DRIVE WITH THE TALLER SPOILER?

"Absolutely. The Busch cars are extremely easier to driver everywhere because they've got a lot of rear spoiler on them. It's a shorter wheel base so it goes across the center of the corner a lot faster. They're a lot more forgiving. I mean, the thing gets a little bit sideways and it gets back straight real easy whereas with these cars here you really have to respect them - not let them really get sideways much. Yeah, the Busch cars are extremely easier to drive."

WHAT KIND OF DRIVER DOES IT TAKE TO RUN WELL WITH THAT SHORTER SPOILER?

"I really don't know for sure. You've got to have good car control and normally guys that have that - like Ryan Newman has phenomenal car control - and that's what it takes in qualifying - to be able to drive your race car on the edge without making any mistakes. Kurt Busch is like that and, obviously, Jimmie has mastered that. It's almost like that everywhere you go that a guy has to be able to have that, but here more so than anything it takes a lot of car control here and rhythm and being smooth and stuff like that to make consistent laps around here."

IS THERE A DRAMATIC DIFFERENCE WITH THE OLD TIRE AND NEW SPOILER?

"You've got to remember that Goodyear has brought a better tire or a softer tire or a tire that tested everywhere - like at Las Vegas - they put a left side tire on the car that makes it not as loose into the corner and gave it a bunch more grip and all that. This is really the first time we'll run with a shorter spoiler without a tire change to my knowledge. I don't know that for sure, but I think that might be the case here. So that's probably why we see a lot of cars a lot looser is it's the same tire with just the shorter spoiler being the only change."

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Kurt Busch , Ryan Newman