Biffle posts first Nascar Winston Cup win Greg Biffle, driver of the No. 16 Grainger Taurus, captured this first win of his NASCAR Winston Cup career by winning tonight's Pepsi 400. The victory snapped an 11-race winless stretch for Ford ...
Biffle posts first Nascar Winston Cup win
Greg Biffle, driver of the No. 16 Grainger Taurus, captured this first win of his NASCAR Winston Cup career by winning tonight's Pepsi 400. The victory snapped an 11-race winless stretch for Ford on restrictor plate tracks. The last time a Ford won at either Daytona or Talladega was July 1, 2000 when Jeff Burton won the Pepsi 400.
In addition, it marked the first time Ford has swept the top three spots since Rockingham when Dale Jarrett won with Matt Kenseth second and Kurt Busch third.
The win was Ford's sixth of the season and fifth for Roush Racing. Busch has won a series-high three times while Kenseth has one victory. Ford now has a NASCAR Winston Cup record 543 all-time series wins.
GREG BIFFLE - No. 16 Grainger Taurus
VICTORY LANE INTERVIEW
"I didn't realize what was going on in the later part of the race why they were stopping 16 laps before us, but I realize now what had happened and it really paid off for us tonight."
FUEL MILEAGE WAS A KEY, BUT YOU HAD TO HOLD OFF BOBBY LABONTE.
"I figured Bobby Labonte would get me there at the end. He's got a lot of experience at these superspeedways and this is my first year as a rookie in these cars. This thing was really loose and pushing on the bottom, but he didn't have anybody to help him. If Matt Kenseth wouldn't have stayed up there, Bobby would have definitely got me."
JEFF BURTON - No. 99 CITGO Taurus (Finished 2nd)
"We were really good. I'm real proud of my guys. We really struggled in February and we struggled at Talladega. This is a brand new car. A lot of effort went into this car. I'm real proud of everybody. Paul and everybody did a great job on calling the fuel. They told me as soon as I came out that I had to start saving fuel, so we saved fuel the first two-thirds of the run. That's why we weren't able to get up there and mix it up. I wish we would have, but if we had, we might have run out of gas. Sometimes you've got to work with your head and not with your foot."
WHAT ABOUT YOUR TEAMMATE?
"That's awesome. I'm so proud of Greg Biffle and Randy Goss. I'm a fan of theirs and I was so happy when they came on board in Winston Cup racing with us. Short of us winning, that really makes me happy to see."
RICKY RUDD - No. 21 Motorcraft Taurus (Finished 3rd)
"We could run with the pack all day. We got fouled up there one time in the beginning and lost track position, but were able to kind of tag along in the back of the pack. Real late in the run our car started handling really good, but the call goes to the guys on this Wood Brothers/Motorcraft/Air Force Taurus. They made a super call on trying to work fuel strategy to their best. If you notice, all the Roush cars were 1-2-3 there at the end of the race. I'm sure it's quite an upset anytime you beat the DEI cars. We didn't actually beat 'em on the track, but beat 'em on economy."
A GOOD WAY TO KICK OFF THE SECOND HALF.
"We really needed a good shot in the arm. You've got to give it to these guys. They've really been working hard. They've been catching a lot of heat. We haven't been getting the finishes that we probably needed, but the second half of the season is gonna be different. These guys have something going. I don't think we're a winning team yet, but I feel like we're top 10 material every week now."
DALE JARRETT - No. 88 UPS Taurus (Finished 10th)
"That wasn't bad. The first part of the race I was a little too tight. I was really expecting the track to get a little tighter and it loosened up on me and I was loose from there on. I could go pretty good about the last 10 or 15 laps of a run, but I was so loose at the beginning of those that I couldn't get up in the upper groove like I wanted to. It was a pretty good day for us, though. They did a good job in the pits. We did the right strategy. Unfortunately, we just didn't have the fuel mileage to go like those other guys."
WHAT WAS YOUR STRATEGY?
"I could go up and then back. I think I really made up some time those last 10-12 laps of a run, but by then it was a little late. I just didn't have enough for 'em. We'll try to get it to handle a little better the next time."
MATT KENSETH - No. 17 DEWALT Power Tools Taurus (Finished 6th)
HOW DO YOU FEEL GETTING OUT OF HERE WITH YOUR POINTS LEAD THE WAY IT IS?
"It is a load off my shoulders to get out of Daytona with a top 10 finish and not really lose any points. We lost a couple to Bobby, I guess. I don't know who else finished up there, but, other than that, we didn't really lose any points. That was a great night for us. Everybody was talking about going to Sears Point and losing a bunch and coming to Daytona and losing a bunch and we really didn't do that bad. I feel great about what we've done so far, but we're still not here to the halfway point and we've got a lot of work to do."
EVERYBODY SEEMED CONCERNED ABOUT YOU STARTING IN THE BACK AND JUNIOR AND GORDON UP FRONT, BUT IT DIDN'T SEEM TO FAZE YOU.
"It doesn't matter where you start here. That's just as fast as our car was. I felt good about getting up front if we had good pit stops and the way the draft works and everything. I actually felt good about my car after practice yesterday. It handled really good. It wasn't the fastest, but it handled good. A lot of people weren't handling as good as we were and that was a big key to us staying up front on older tires. There were a lot of guys that went for it. Some of them didn't make it and some of the did, so they had good gas mileage. We almost had as good of gas mileage, we were just a lap or two away and just didn't want to take the gamble tonight."
YOU HAD TO PLAY IT CONSERVATIVELY BECAUSE OF POINTS?
"Well, yeah. I mean, where we were, in Biffle's situation he was gonna win the race if he didn't run out of gas. If he ran out of gas, he was probably gonna finish 15th or 20th and we couldn't afford to gamble a top 10 away and finish 20th. We were just too close to making it. If we could have made it, we would have went for it."
YOU LED A LAP. EVERYTHING SEEMED TO FALL INTO PLACE FOR YOU TONIGHT.
"Yeah, it all worked out perfect. It was a great night for us. Everything went good except for when I overshot the pits. Our pit stops were timed good and we had good stops on pit road. We had a good enough car to lead some laps, so it all worked out good."
KURT BUSCH - No. 97 Irwin Industrial Tools/Rubbermaid Taurus (Finished 36th)
WHAT HAPPENED ON THE SPIN? A FLAT TIRE?
"Yeah, I just got a flat tire."
NO WARNING? WHAT HAPPENED GOING INTO THE TURN?
"It was fine going into the turn and it just went flat. I feel bad for all of the guys behind me. I didn't know it was a flat tire. It just went down."