Daytona 500: Polesitter Biffle pre-race interview

Greg Biffle, driver of the No. 16 Army National Guard Taurus, will sit on the pole for tomorrow's Daytona 500. Biffle led the final 21 laps en route to winning the Pepsi 400 at Daytona International Speedway last July. GREG BIFFLE - No. 16...

Greg Biffle, driver of the No. 16 Army National Guard Taurus, will sit on the pole for tomorrow's Daytona 500. Biffle led the final 21 laps en route to winning the Pepsi 400 at Daytona International Speedway last July.

GREG BIFFLE - No. 16 Army National Guard Taurus

YOU HAVE A VICTORY AND A POLE IN YOUR LAST TWO TRIPS HERE. IS DAYTONA GETTING TO BE YOUR FAVORITE TRACK? "Yeah, it's my new favorite track here at Daytona. I'm really proud of the guys who have been working on the 16 car. It's pretty neat that they've worked as hard as we have and have come as far as we have. Fords, you know, last year weren't fast in restrictor-plate trim and we feel we're down a little bit on downforce, and we come back here and start the season out with a pole on a restrictor-plate track. We're real optimistic that the season is going to be real good for us."

DID SECURING THE POLE LAST WEEKEND ALLOW YOU TO APPROACH THIS PAST WEEK DIFFERENTLY THAN THE REST OF THE GARAGE? "Yeah. I don't know if it was any better for me or not because we were a little more conservative in practices and kind of didn't try some of the things that we should've, and maybe didn't get to work on the handling of the car as soon as we should've. But, we feel like we've got the car handling really good now. I don't really know that we need any more practice. It might be nice to run this engine just to make sure we don't have any leaks and everything's good on it. But, we're pretty happy with the way it's handling."

IN OTHER SPORTS, MOMENTUM IS OFTEN TALKED ABOUT. IS THAT APPLICABLE TO THIS SPORT, WITH YOUR RECENT SUCCESS HERE? "I think so. The team is sure pumped up with winning the pole, and our win here, we feel like we got a chance to win the 500. We're certainly going to go out there and race like we've got the chance to win it, and hopefully just keep that Ford out front for the better part of the day and hopefully be there at the end."

AT A RESTRICTOR-PLATE TRACK, IS STARTING FOR THE POLE ANY MORE OR ANY LESS SIGNIFICANT? "Yeah, there's an advantage there, definitely. You know, a lot can happen at these places, and when somebody slips up or there's a wreck it collects a lot of cars. Starting out front lessens your chances for something like that, certainly at the beginning of the race. It definitely gives you good track position - if you can hold that most of the day, have good pit stops, stay out front, you know you're going to back in traffic at one point, but it gives you a lot better opportunity to keep that track position if you start there."

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Greg Biffle