GREG BIFFLE -- No. 16 3M Ford Fusion (Qualified 1st) TELL US ABOUT YOUR RUN. "I tell you what, normally Dover is one of the toughest places to qualify -- you're always on edge. Obviously, last year I qualified and the first lap by I was on...
GREG BIFFLE -- No. 16 3M Ford Fusion (Qualified 1st)
TELL US ABOUT YOUR RUN.
"I tell you what, normally Dover is one of the toughest places to qualify -- you're always on edge. Obviously, last year I qualified and the first lap by I was on the pole and the second lap I spun out. Fortunately, I didn't damage the car and ended up starting second last year. So we're one spot better than last year being on the front row, but I've learned not to do the second lap after last year, but the car just stuck to the race track so well. These guys are making it so easy for me as a driver, giving me these race cars that are this fast. I'm just real excited about it. We've been running so good. We ran great at Dover and great at Charlotte last week. We had a fairly decent test at Pocono. We showed up not real good and then we come here and, again, really, really fast off the truck. We just fine-tuned on it and here we are."
THE QUALIFYING HAS IMPROVED. WHY?
"It's funny, the less time we spend on qualifying, the better we qualify and I can't explain that at all. We knew that weather was a threat for practice tomorrow, so we made the decision as a team to spend the entire time today working on race runs. It's sort of a double-edged sword because right at the end of practice we tried a little bit different spring in the front of the car and it picked the car up about a tenth of a lap. So we really liked it and we left that spring in to qualify and, ironically, it probably picked the speed up qualifying. So we stayed in race trim longer than we did. We only switched over with about seven to nine minutes left in practice. We made one qualifying run and were third on the speed chart. The guys went back and made some adjustments to it and kind of paid attention on pit road to what everyone was saying and made a tire adjustment before I went out to qualify. I'm telling you the car was absolutely perfect. The car was just perfect."
WHAT WILL IT TAKE TO WIN ON SUNDAY?
"Well, if we get Kasey to quit beating us, we'd be one step in the right direction. We got a couple of second-place finishes this last week, but what we need to do as a team is me not make any mistakes as a driver on Sunday and have good pit stops -- keep our track position. I think we have a fast enough car to win here on Sunday, but it takes a lot of luck in this sport. You've got to be in the right place at the right time, not make any mistakes to win these races. They're very hard to win. They're real easy sometimes to finish in the top five, but it's really difficult to win in this series. Hopefully this weekend we can get there."
HOW MUCH MOMENTUM WOULD A WIN GIVE YOU GOING INTO THE CHASE?
"I think it would build the momentum huge for the 16. Obviously, we haven't won this year and winning would be a big boost for us. Running like we are is already a huge boost for us -- running up front like we did at Darlington and Charlotte, but, yeah, definitely winning would certainly do a lot for the team and myself. As we know, the wins seed you in the chase, so certainly that would help us to get a few wins."
WHAT HAPPENED DURING YOUR BAD STRETCH EARLIER THIS YEAR?
"I've got a bad memory so I don't really remember all the races, but we did have some terrible luck. I remember Texas because we had about everything go wrong that could have possibly gone wrong in one race to us. It was kind of comical actually, but a bunch of little stuff at Texas and ended up breaking a carburetor float, if you can believe it, was the last thing that broke and took us out of the race and had us finishing almost dead last. And then, of course, Darlington we had a timing belt break, which put us in 43rd place there and that took another pretty big hit in the points. Actually, we finished second last week and didn't even move in the points at all, so we gained some back but we're pretty far back right now. A few more top fives will make up for some of that loss we had about four weeks ago."
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