BIFFLE WINS THIRD RACE OF '05 * Greg Biffle won for the third time this season and fourth time in the last 11 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series events with today's triumph at Darlington. Biffle won the season-ending Ford 400 at ...
BIFFLE WINS THIRD RACE OF '05
* Greg Biffle won for the third time this season and fourth time in the last 11 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series events with today's triumph at Darlington. Biffle won the season-ending Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway and then captured the Auto Club 500 at California and Samsung RadioShack 500 at Texas earlier this year.
* Biffle now owns six NNC wins (Daytona, Michigan, Homestead-Miami, California, Texas, Darlington). * Today's win was the fifth of the season for Ford (Greg Biffle at California; Carl Edwards at Atlanta; Biffle at Texas; Kurt Busch at Phoenix).
* Today's win marked the 27th all-time win for Ford at Darlington Raceway, which is the second-most for the manufacturer at any active track, along with Michigan, Richmond, Lowe's and Daytona. Ford has won 28 times each at Bristol and Atlanta.
* Taurus has now won 89 points races and 96 overall when taking into account victories in the Budweiser Shootout and All-Star race. Ford has 559 all-time NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series triumphs.
HERMIE SADLER - No. 66 Peak Fitness Taurus (Finished 40th)
"It got real, real loose. I don't know if it was something in the drive train or something else that caused the problem first, but I lost first and second gear. Then I was having a hard time getting third gear, so I'm not sure what happened to it. I couldn't go anywhere and I was just gonna get in the way and tear something up, so we're gonna get it fixed and try to get back out and run some laps."
GREG BIFFLE - No. 16 National Guard/Travelodge Taurus
VICTORY LANE INTERVIEW
YOU NEEDED THAT LAST CAUTION. "Yeah, we did. There was no question in my mind we were coming for tires no matter what because for three laps yiou can pass probably 10 cars if 10 cars stayed out, but I'm just so excited for this team. I mean, these guys worked really hard. I love coming here to Darlington and racing. What a show underneath the lights tonight. These Darlington fans are awesome down here. I'm just excited that National Guard. We're thinking about the soldiers and we've got Travelodge on the car this weekend, so anybody that needs a place to stay on the way home try out a Travelodge."
WHAT KIND OF CHANGES DID YOU MAKE? "We were chasing the thing all night. There at the end we got the second-to-last run there we tried some tire pressure things and got my car way too loose. I thought, 'Why in the world would we wait until the last run to try something?' It went the wrong way, but we recovered from that. We were gonna end up second. I feel bad for Ryan Newman. He had a really strong car tonight and that's a tough decision to make. I probably lost the Busch race last night by not pitting for tires, but we didn't save Jack a set of tires tonight."
HOW SPECIAL IS THIS? "Man, this is really special. I tell you what, it's almost like the track owed us one. Doug and I almost won the first time we were together - the first race here - and the thing was bottoming out coming off turn two and it broke the flywheel, so it's awesome to be able to come back here and win a race. I think we're gonna win a couple more this season and we're gonna be tough when it comes down to the championship hunt."
MARK MARTIN - No. 6 Viagra Taurus (Finished 4th)
"I'm just proud of this race team. It was a hard fought fourth, but they had the car to do it - just not quite enough car to win with. But it was an awfully good run. It seemed like forever before we got to the top five, but once we got there it was no problem to stay there. I just thank the Viagra team and it was a good run. If I hadn't spun out there, we would have run third but we were lucky to get back to fourth."
WHAT HAPPENED THERE? "I got a little greedy and tried to make a pass too quick. I stepped on that big motor and it was like stepping on a cats tail and it went right around. It worked out OK. I was gonna pass 'em both and get third, but I couldn't waste any time. I had a chance to go and I stepped on the gas a little bit too hard and you really had to feather the throttle with those old tires so it slipped away from me."
THE LAST NIGHT AT DARLINGTON. A MEMORABLE NIGHT? "It was OK. It was alright. I ain't no big deal."
DALE JARRETT - No. 88 UPS Taurus (Finished 15th)
"I just fought it. It's just a tough race track to ever get a hold of, but we just could never make it do what I needed to to get our way marching forward. We tried different things but, once again, we managed a reasonable finish out of it. We'll keep doing that until we get better."
HOW WAS THE TRACK AT NIGHT? "It was great, perfect. We had no problems whatsoever. The track was great. It's a great race track to race on. This better not be the last time we race here."
CARL EDWARDS - No. 99 Office Depot Taurus (Finished 9th)
"We were all just racing for a win there and it was just hard racing. It was a blast. I had a good time. That's why I go racing so I can have that feeling I had there with two to go thinking, 'We're gonna win this thing.' That was a lot of fun. Our team did a great job. We just took that gamble on two tires because no matter how fast our pit crew got us out of the pits, we would lose like two spots because of the way the pit stall was situated. We were losing about a second in the pits so we thought, 'the heck with it, we'll go for two tires and see what happens.'"
YOU SEEMED TO COME TO LIFE AFTER ABOUT 35 LAPS. "Yeah, we had a really great setup for the long runs. We were hoping for longer runs, but then other people started working on theirs and by the end of the race we were about a fifth-place car on long runs. It was hard work. Everybody is really good out here and we needed just a little bit extra to win that race."
ELLIOTT SADLER - No. 38 M&M's Taurus (Finished 20th)
"I thought we had some broken shocks. I know I lost power steering with about 150 to go and it's hard to handle a car that's already ill-handling without power steering. I had no brakes. That's why I got my teammate, Dale Jarrett. That's the last person in the world I wanted to get into, but I just didn't have any brakes tonight. Just a lot of things seemed like it kept compounding, but that's by far the loosest race car I've ever had in my whole racing career. I'm not even sure where we finished, but we were lucky wherever we finished. We got the lucky dog that one time and the cautions just kept coming out right for us. My guys tried to fix it. I mean, I give them an A for effort for trying everything and coming up with every idea, but it just wasn't meant to be here tonight."
RICKY RUDD - No. 21 Motorcraft Genuine Parts Taurus (Finished 13th)
"We had a mediocre car all day. The guys worked hard on it all day to try to make it better and it got a little better. It seemed like we were better on long runs, but we didn't get many of those."