Greg Biffle, driver of the No. 16 National Guard/Subway Taurus, was the highest qualifying Ford for tomorrow's Carolina Dodge Dealers 400. Biffle, who is scheduled to start third, has posted four top-10 qualifying efforts in five races this...
Greg Biffle, driver of the No. 16 National Guard/Subway Taurus, was the highest qualifying Ford for tomorrow's Carolina Dodge Dealers 400. Biffle, who is scheduled to start third, has posted four top-10 qualifying efforts in five races this season, including his pole run for the Daytona 500.
GREG BIFFLE - No. 16 National Guard/Subway Taurus
QUALIFYING IS PRETTY CONSISTENT BUT I'M SURE YOU WOULD LIKE TO SEE SIMILAR RACE RESULTS.
"We really do. Last week, we ran really good at Atlanta and I think we're on the right track right now. There are so many variables with the aero package and tires and shocks. There's a lot of stuff going on and we're trying to sort through all of that. I think we're definitely on the right track, though. We had a good run at Atlanta and we ran good here in the fall, so we're pretty excited about that. Doug and all the guys have just been doing a really sound job with the car - just like the 17 guys are - and they're really on their game right now. That's what's making a lot of the difference is they're real focused and I'm real focused and we're just trying to be the best we can be right now."
IS THIS A CASE WHERE YOU AND DOUG HAVE BEEN TOGETHER FOR A FEW MONTHS NOW AND THE COMMUNICATION IS STARTING TO GET BETTER?
"It is. We keep having small problems. Last week we caught a jack bolt coming loose at Atlanta and figured that's why we maybe fell off a little bit at the end and maybe didn't win that race, but we learn from those things. Now they're safety wiring them and there are just so many things going on that they're not letting things like that past them. That's gonna pay off because their problem-solving is really quick and they don't want those things to happen again."
WHAT DO YOU FORESEE WHEN 43 CARS GET ON THE TRACK TOMORROW?
"Basically it's gonna be tough for us to pass and tougher side-by-side racing. It's gonna be really tough side-by-side racing and it's gonna be challenging. I get a chance to take a look at it today in the Busch race, which a lot of these guys aren't, but I guarantee all of them will either be watching on TV or on the top of a motorhome to see how the groove works out and where the passes are taking place. I always watch for where people get in trouble and make a mental note that I'm not gonna do that or let that happen to me. That's something I always try and work on."
THIS TRACK IS TRICKY TO PASS. CAN YOU EXPLAIN WHY?
"I like to pass in one and two across the bottom. When they go up against the wall, if you can get position on them going around that corner, they really have to let up coming off that corner because they run out of race track. That's a good spot. Getting under them coming down the straightaway and taking the line away will work sometimes, but sometimes they'll shove you down low getting the corner. That's why I like making the pass down in one and two, but that's gonna be a lot more difficult with that distance gone."
SOME GUYS SAID THEY LEFT THEMSELVES SOME EXTRA ROOM YESTERDAY AND FOUND THEMSELVES USING ALL OF THAT UP. IT'S GOING TO GET SLICK WHEN THE TIRES WEAR DOWN ISN'T IT?
"Absolutely. I did that down in three and four. I said, 'I'm gonna leave myself some room there,' but my insurance room ran out quick. The way I drive the car or the way I have it set up, it's always a little loose into three and four, but I have that little bit of room where I can keep going straight ahead before I really turn the car hard. Now you've got to turn the car because the wall is coming and it gets the back end out coming out from under it and I almost got myself in big trouble down there a couple of times. But I'm working on how to be better down there."
HOW MANY CARS DO YOU THINK WILL HIT THE WALL TOMORROW DURING THE RACE?
"I bet 20 of them. I bet half of them will have a stripe on them. I've already got a stripe. Luckily, mine is just a scratch more than anything and it's all the way behind the rear tire. I got down in there and got a little bit loose and just the rear bumper was touching in middle of the corner. It's gonna be tough. You've got to stay off the wall to keep your chassis all lined up and that's gonna be important."