Greg Biffle, driver of the No. 16 3M Ford Fusion, held his weekly Q&A session before NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice Friday morning at Dover International Speedway. WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON DOVER? "We're certainly still searching for...
Greg Biffle, driver of the No. 16 3M Ford Fusion, held his weekly Q&A session before NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice Friday morning at Dover International Speedway.
WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON DOVER? "We're certainly still searching for our first win in 2008 and I feel that this is a place where we definitely have a great opportunity to win here. We've won here before. We finished second to Carl at the end of the season last year. This is one of our better race tracks that we go to and we run very well here, so we've been getting our cars better and better. We're understanding the new car and feel like we made some small gains at Pocono, which doesn't have a lot to do with Dover, but continuing to build on learning more about our new car and getting them better and better every week. I'm really looking forward to getting in the car. I got done with Nationwide practice and was disappointed I had to wait until 11:30. I went back and looked at the schedule. I was all ready to get in the car, but we've got to wait a little while longer here to get going."
DO YOU FEEL YOU GUYS HAVE A GOOD HANDLE ON THE NEW CAR? "We knew we were behind and we were able to admit it. We stepped up to the plate and said we were behind on this car and we need to get better with it. As a company, we took all the necessary steps to get better. Robbie Reiser really headed up that thing at the end of last year, even though he was still Matt's crew chief. He was a big part in putting together a test team, the test program, getting engineers lined up to better understand this car and get it up to speed faster and we've done that. Certainly, we've closed the gap on a lot of our competition. At the end of last year, Carl won a couple of times and we finished second twice at the end of the season. Then we fired off this season right about the same as we finished up and have been getting better and better. Arguably, we feel like we had the fastest race car the last couple of races and that's exciting for us. We know now we just need to put the whole thing together to be able to win with it. At Darlington, we put ourselves in position by qualifying on the pole and had a very fast car, and then the all-star race we felt like we had the fastest car and got aero-tight behind Kasey. And then in the 600, there at the end we finally got the thing running good and ended up second. So a lot of things have gone on with us and this car, but we've definitely closed the gap to the competition. We're not the best. Certainly it's clear that the Gibbs car and, in particular, the 18 is a little better than us right now. But we're trying to close the gap on him as well."
WHAT IS YOUR CONTRACT STATUS? "I just signed a multi-year deal to go F1 racing (joking). No. This last week we got back with Roush on what we were looking for and trying to get that deal finished up. Like I said, I've told everybody that we've been working on it, really, this entire time and still working to finalize a deal with Roush Fenway to get a multi-year extension. That's what I've been working on and still working on, and I think we're making some progress on that. The ball is sort of in their court, I guess, right now and we'll just wait and see. They've got to position themselves with sponsors and all kinds of things. This thing is kind of complex, but we're moving forward on it and trying to get it done, but, really, no groundbreaking news to report at this point."
WHEN A TEAM NEEDS A KICK IN THE PANTS, IS THERE AN APPROPRIATE WAY TO DO IT? SHOULD IT INCLUDE THE MEDIA? "I don't think it should include the media. I think you'll here drivers frustrated because what happens is we're in that race car and we're driving our heart out. I saw Kyle Busch's team drop a lugnut somewhere and what happens is that's frustrating when they're in control of the race and they end up finishing third or fourth, and then they come over and do an interview about 48 seconds after he gets out of the car. Naturally, he's not gonna be happy and be upset about the pit stop he had and how it could have been detrimental to his finish. That doesn't necessarily mean he was using the media to let his team know, and I just used that for an example, I'm not saying he did that. But it could be construed that he used the media, I suppose, to crucify his team in that aspect, but, at the same time, he's simply stating the fact that they dropped a lugnut and that's probably what cost him the finish that they did. The reality is they know that happened and they know they've got to get better. We have meetings every Tuesday -- production meetings -- and we go over all that stuff on Tuesdays in the meetings, so that's where we as a company really address all that stuff."
WHAT DID YOU THINK OF THE HAAS CNC PENALTY? "I don't have a lot of information on that, other than I know that their spoiler braces or what-not weren't correct. I think NASCAR is continuing to send the message that we don't want you messing with these cars. They fit the template and they're supposed to fit the template and that's a cut-and-dried rule. There's no gray area with these cars. I don't know all the details of that infraction. What they did, was it premeditated. Did they do it after the car had been through inspection, or whatever. I can see that NASCAR's penalty would be greater if we had got the car through inspection and then were working on it on pit road or in the garage or whatever. We've seen that in the past, anytime that you do that. My guys four years ago thought they should be messing with the spoiler at Talladega and we got penalized before the start of the race for that. So they get upset because that's what the inspection process is -- to make sure it's OK. Well, if you're gonna adjust it after we go through inspection, there's really no purpose of having an inspection. So NASCAR gets upset with that, but, like I said, I don't know what the case was on that particular thing. If it came to the race track like that or they were working on it, I don't know. But I do know that NASCAR means business when it comes to messing with brackets or spoilers or whatever on these cars."
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