BIFFLE GIVES FORD FIRST WIN OF '05 * Greg Biffle posted the fourth win of his NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series career this afternoon and the first for Ford in 2005. * Biffle has won two of the last three series events dating back to his ...
BIFFLE GIVES FORD FIRST WIN OF '05
* Greg Biffle posted the fourth win of his NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series career this afternoon and the first for Ford in 2005.
* Biffle has won two of the last three series events dating back to his season-finale win in the Ford 400 at Homestead.
* The last time Roush Racing had three drivers finish in the top 5 was Mar. 23, 2003 at Bristol (Food City 500). Kurt Busch (1st); Matt Kenseth (2nd); and Greg Biffle (5th).
* The last time Roush Racing had at least four drivers finish in the top 10 was Aug. 22, 2004 @ Michigan in the GFS Marketplace 400. Greg Biffle (1st); Mark Martin (2nd); Kurt Busch (6th); Matt Kenseth (8th) and Carl Edwards (10th).
* Taurus has now won 85 points races and 93 overall when taking into account victories in the Budweiser Shootout and All-Star race. Ford has 555 all-time NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series triumphs.
RICKY RUDD - No. 21 Motorcraft Genuine Parts Taurus (Finished 41st)
"What a day. Finally a motor is what ended up knocking us out of the race. Something broke in the motor internally, but at the beginning of the race we were just racing. I guess maybe guilty of racing too hard in the early stages of the race. There was a hole there when I went to drift into line. I don't know if Bill (Elliott) was watching his mirror or whatever, but he got me in the back bumper and turned me right into the wall. Our day was over then and we were just riding it out for the points, but, man, we're just sort of snake bit in 2005. We need to get going. We've got us a good race car, but we just haven't been able to show it yet."
HOW DID THE COMMUNICATION WITH FATBACK IN NORTH CAROLINA GO? "I think that was gonna work out fine. That was gonna be excellent. They made a few adjustments after the car got banged up. That bent the front suspension up pretty badly. I was surprised we could even ride around and meet the minimum NASCAR speed, but it was gonna work. That was not gonna be an issue. Some days it's not your day and definitely today was not ours in the Motorcraft Taurus."
GREG BIFFLE - No. 16 Post-It/National Guard Taurus - VICTORY LANE INTERVIEW
HOW MUCH LONGER COULD YOU HAVE HELD THEM OFF? "Oh man, I needed those two rounds of wedge back in it that we took out. I was just way, way too free there at the end. We had the fastest race car on the race track, but just not right there at the end. We adjusted for being back in traffic. We got the lead due to some guys pitting. I tell you what, these guys just worked really hard on this National Guard/Post-It car. Just thinking about all the soldiers that are out protecting our country right now - all the race fans here in southern California. What a great day this has been for us."
TALK ABOUT THE DECISION TO STAY OUT? "It wasn't a really hard decision. We had seven laps on the tires. These Goodyear tires that they brought here are a really good compound and it takes five laps for them to come in, so we only had a two-lap advantage by pitting. We knew a lot of guys were gonna two-tire, so why put ourselves in that position? We just went for it."
YOU GOT THE LUCKY PASS AT ONE POINT. "I came from 30th twice. I had to pass every car and earned it. That's why I freed the car up so much is because I was back in that traffic. Then when I got back out front it was so dang loose that I couldn't drive it. But we were able to hang onto it. That's a big credit to these guys and everybody that works on these race cars." IS THIS A SIGN OF THINGS TO COME? "I don't know. I'll let everyone else figure it out. This is the second race of the season. We had a decent run going at Daytona and the 48 car moved up on us a little bit there and I tried to avoid wrecking him. That got myself in a position where I ended up getting spun out, but I think so."
KURT BUSCH - No. 97 Sharpie/IRWIN Taurus (Finished 3rd)
YOU STAYED OUT ON THE LAST CAUTION. "It helped us finish where we did. We had a great run with our Sharpie Ford. Racing with my teammate, that's what you dream about. That's what you want. You want to race Greg Biffle, who is a teammate, and put it all out on the line and that's what we did. I gave too much too early. That was the only advantage that I had on my side. Biffle got us at the end and the 48, he had four fresh tires and he was coming. It was a great balance of guys that took two tires and guys that took four, and then for Biffle and I who stayed out. It's an awesome race track to run on and I hope everybody had a great time. We're coming back."
BACK IN THE POINTS LEAD. "It's way too early to even talk points, but we're having fun. It's a good effort that our team put together to build these cars. We tested California, at Daytona and Vegas. We hope everything goes to plan. We've got two more races and then an off week, so that's the way I'm looking at it right now. We've got Vegas and then Atlanta and then we'll go to Bristol and test and get ready for that."
CARL EDWARDS - No. 99 Office Depot Taurus (Finished 5th)
YOU GOT FOUR TIRES AT THE END. "Bob Osborne and the whole Office Depot team did a great job making the right adjustments. The adjustment we didn't need was the right-front fender adjustment on Jamie McMurray's car on pit road. That kind of tightened us up for the last two runs, but, man, to lead those laps and have that feeling like, 'Man, we are the fastest car here.' Even if it was only for 20 or 30 laps today, it was still a great feeling. I think it's the sign of a lot of good things to come for this team."
WHAT KIND OF CONFIDENCE DOES IT GIVE YOU? "It gives us a lot of confidence. It gives me as a driver a lot of confidence. It is different leading these races. It's one thing to follow these guys and change your line a little bit from theirs, but it's another thing to be the guy out front with them chasing you. I'm learning a little bit and I'm just glad to be here. It's cool to see this many folks in the grandstand and we had a good time.'
ELLIOTT SADLER - No. 38 Pedigree/M&M's Taurus (Finished 8th)
"We battled all day. To get a top 10 is great. We had great pit strategy and it was a great call by the guys to get two tires that last stop. If you can't win the race, get all the points that you can. We've had two great points race so far. We're right where we want to be. We're learning and we'll just keep digging from here."
YOU TOOK TWO TIRES TWICE. "I think it was better on two tires than four. The two tires kind of loosened it up enough to where I could run with the guys. I'm just proud of them. That was a great call. We were kind of thinking on the same page, but didn't really want to say it over the radio so nobody else could hear it. It's just a good car. To take eighth today after what we went through - going to the rear of the field and starting 41st, to come up to eighth is a great, great day for everybody."
DALE JARRETT - No. 88 UPS Taurus (Finished 11th)
"We just fought the same thing all day. We were just tight all day and it didn't matter what we did to it, it did the same thing. It's just something we could never adjust out. The last set of tires was the tightest I had been all day and that's not what I needed right then."
YOU STILL HAVE TWO DECENT FINISHES. "Yeah, but if we would have been right, we could have made a lot of ground and been in really good shape. Still, it could have been a lot worse. It just felt like with as many opportunities as we had to adjust on the car today, it just didn't respond to anything. But we're OK. We've got a week off and we'll work at trying to figure some more out."