Greg Biffle, driver of the No. 16 3M / Scotch-Brite Ford Fusion, is in ninth place in the standings heading into this weekend's Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway. Biffle won the July race at Daytona in 2003. He met with the media ...
Greg Biffle, driver of the No. 16 3M / Scotch-Brite Ford Fusion, is in ninth place in the standings heading into this weekend's Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway. Biffle won the July race at Daytona in 2003. He met with the media between Thursday's practice sessions.
GREG BIFFLE -- No. 16 3M /Scotch-Brite Ford Fusion
YOU WON HERE IN 2003. WHAT ARE THE CHANCES YOU CAN DO THAT HERE AGAIN? "I think pretty good. I wasn't very optimistic when we first started that practice. The car was slipping and sliding around. We tried a few different changes and got it driving good at the end of the session. So, pretty happy with the Scotch-Brite Ford Fusion now, and look forward to this other practice and try and get it driving good and dialed in for Saturday night."
ANY TIRE PROBLEMS FOR YOU OR ANY OF THE ROUSH CARS? "Yeah, I think everybody is experiencing the same thing -- about 25 laps or so they're starting to show some wear. And, that's common. A lot of race tracks, not only just here, but everywhere for the first time for the weekend; a lot of times we see that. I anticipate it being better next session, and a lot better on Saturday night when the temperature cools off. I think the track temps is like 148 degrees or something, so it's pretty dang hot."
IN WAKE OF WHAT'S BEEN IN THE NEWS LATELY, HAVE YOU HAD A DRUG TEST SINCE MAY 1ST? "My first drug test was last week at Loudon."
WAS IT A LONG, DRAWN-OUT PROCESS NOW? "I don't think so. I thought it was pretty cut and dried, like the one I took at the beginning of the season. I really don't think there's anything to it. They make you empty your pockets and do all those things, you can't turn the sink on, you can't do whatever, and they can make an A and B sample. I watched them seal it up, just like I did at the beginning of the season. It didn't look like I did anything different. I initialed off -- I watched them do the samples. I guess I'm okay because they haven't come and said anything to me."
WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE IN RACING HERE FROM FEBRUARY TO JULY? IS IT THE SLICKNESS OF THE TRACK? IS THE MAIN THING YOU'RE LOOKING AT FRONT-END GRIP? "It really is. This race track drives a lot like Darlington now -- just how hot it is, how slick it is. Not quite like that. The car doesn't slide quite as much, but pretty similar to that. The car really slips and slides a lot. There isn't a lot of grip. Temperature and age in the race track and the surface makes it drive like that. It's a fair amount differet. You get a really hot, sunny day in February, when we've been here for a few days, and it's close to these conditions, but not quite like this."
DID YOU GET A CHANCE IN THE RAIN-SHORTENED DAYTONA 500 TO GET A GOOD IDEA OF WHAT YOUR CAR CAN DO? AND, WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ABOUT THE NEW DOUBLE-FILE RE-STARTS AT A RESTRICTOR-PLATE RACE FOR THE FIRST TIME? "I think double-file re-starts are probably best-suited for restrictor-plate racing. I couldn't think of better spot to have double-file re-starts as here, or Talladega. And I would probably have to say at this point the worst place would be a road course where you can't negotiate the corners and there isn't enough room for side-by-side all the way around. But, I think it's going to be great here, because, really, we're side-by-side before we get to turn one anyway. So, starting side-by-side is going to be even better. It's going to be like the beginning of the race. This track and Talladega, obviously, I think it's going to be great for side-by-side. And, I've got somewhat of an idea of what my car was like in February. I was just saving it and trying to conserve, and have something for the end. We ran up through there, ran in the top 10 a few times and got caught 20th.
"We stopped and put tires on and weren't going to come back again or felt like we'd come back and do two or something and try to keep our track position, and it rained out."
ON DEALING WITH THE EXTREME HEAT. "Man, it's hot inside of that race car. But I think that those kinds of things are important. It's hot inside those cars, and you have got to keep your concentration level 100 percent all the time. You have to be hydrated and concentrate and physically fit and all those things to be able to do that. I know a lot of the younger guys or the other guys who have just come in have gotten sick in the cars, because it's so hot, after the race. That's a lot of it -- is being prepared for how hot it's going to be."
DO YOU FEEL SOMETHING NEEDS TO CHANGE IN TERMS OF RESTRICTOR-PLATE RULES, LIKE THE OUT-OF-BOUNDS RULE OR THE PLATE ITSELF? "I guess there's only one opinion I have as far as the out-of-bounds rule -- they have threatened, if you force somebody below the yellow line, that you be black-flagged. If you go below the yellow line, you will be black-flagged. And, nobody's been penalized for forcing someone below the yellow line to date, so far. And, so I think that people are going to continue to test that until somebody says, 'You may be black-flagged,' and you are black-flagged. 'In our judgment, he was inside of you and you forced him down there or chopped him down there,' or whatever, 'you're going to get a pass-through.' Once that happens then people are going to more reluctant to turn left when someone is inside of 'em because they know that guy's got to let up on the gas. And if that guy doesn't let up on the gas, we're going to have a wreck, just like we did at Talladega. The last Talladega race he [Regan Smith] took the high road and went down below the yellow line, and that was the alternative situation. There was that one and then there was Carl, and they were both identical situations."
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