Fontana II: Biffle - Friday media visit

Greg Biffle, driver of the 3M Ford Fusion, is in eighth place in the Chase standings heading into this weekend's race at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif. Biffle, who led a race-high 113 laps en route to a third-place finish at Kansas last ...

Greg Biffle, driver of the 3M Ford Fusion, is in eighth place in the Chase standings heading into this weekend's race at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif. Biffle, who led a race-high 113 laps en route to a third-place finish at Kansas last weekend, won in Fontana in 2005, and has two top-four finishes in his last two starts at the two-mile oval. Biffle met with the media prior to Friday's practice session.

ON IMPROVEMENTS THE ORGANIZATION HAS MADE IN RECENT WEEKS. "I think we've really improved as an organization the last four weeks. It started with Richmond. It was kind of a science project for us, and we continued to try and get a better grip on the front of the car -- the front end is obviously bump stops -- and Matt Kenseth probably paid the biggest price, outside of the box of what we normally do. And then at Dover it kind of hurt us a little bit, and then it paid off at Kansas. We're starting to make progress. We hope that here, you know, we're going to stick with that program and see if we can continue to improve and be more competitive every week."

YOUR FINISHES HERE HAVE BEEN EITHER REALLY GOOD OR NOT SO GOOD. IS THAT A CONCERN FOR YOU HEADING INTO THE WEEKEND? "Not really. We've always run good here. We may not have some finishes because of transmission, or we blew a right-rear tire one race, so we've always had good finishes as long as the car is still running."

A FORMER TEAMMATE OF YOURS, MARK MARTIN, MADE HIS FIRST NASCAR CUP START IN 1981.

WHAT WERE YOU DOING IN 1981? "That was a definitely a long time ago, but I don't remember what I was doing in '81. I'm not real sure; may riding my motorcycle. I started when I was five."

WHAT CAN TRANSFER FROM KANSAS TO THIS TRACK? "I think quite a bit. You hear us talk about bump stops all of the time, and it's really a combination, getting those exactly right. So, that's cause for concern going to different race tracks -- will they like the same bump stops? -- but this is a similar tire -- in fact, I think it's exactly the same tire, but I think it will transfer to here. We'll see in a couple of hours."

WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON THE NEW STANDARD START TIMES? "I think it's a great thing, I really do. Fans want to do other stuff during the day. I believe that the 1 o'clock start is the right thing to do. It's the same every week, that's the most important. It's kind of been all over the map. I think 1 o'clock is going to help us."

ON RACING AT FONTANA IN A CHASE RACE. "I real excited that California is in the Chase. I think the holiday weekend was not a good time to come to California. I think [now] is a great time. I really like this race track, and I'm glad to be here in October.

-credit: ford racing

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Matt Kenseth , Greg Biffle