Fontana II: Biffle - Friday media visit

Greg Biffle sits inside the top-12 of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series point standings going into Sunday's Pepsi 500. He addressed the media after Friday's practice session at California Speedway. GREG BIFFLE -- No. 16 3M Ford Fusion HOW WILL...

Greg Biffle sits inside the top-12 of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series point standings going into Sunday's Pepsi 500. He addressed the media after Friday's practice session at California Speedway.

GREG BIFFLE -- No. 16 3M Ford Fusion

HOW WILL THIS RACE BE DIFFERENT THAN THE SPRING EVENT? "It's kind of ironic because I remember in the spring it rained out, and the race started late and ended up being a night race. We were about a full straightaway ahead when it started raining again and we had a really, really fast car. Then the next day in the sun, I think it was Monday, we weren't that great and finished in the 12th, 13th, 14th -- somewhere in there. The night before, it looked like we had the thing won, the next day we weren't that great, so, hopefully, that's something for us that the night race will be good for us."

DO YOU FEEL YOU'RE CLOSE TO HAVING A REALLY GOOD RUN? "Yeah, I do. I feel really close and a lot of those not-so-great runs have been self-inflicted. Speeding at Pocono, we had a great car. Caught the air hose at Michigan and had to do a pass-through. A couple others were stupid stuff that happened, so I think that when the chase comes, if we make it, I feel pretty confident we can put together 10 flawless races. I feel like I can as a driver. I don't know if our 10 flawless races is gonna be enough to win the title or not, as of right now it doesn't look like it is because the 18 and the 99 are a little bit faster than we are, but they're gonna have to put together 10 flawless races also. Hopefully, our 10 best races we can put together are gonna be good enough, if we can get ourselves in these next couple of races."

WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON THE NATIONWIDE SERIES THIS YEAR? "There's been a lot to it because they changed the engine package and that's thrown a lot of people curve balls. The cars have to be set up different. You've got to drive them different. It makes it tremendously harder to pass, so people have positioned themselves at the front of the field and have been able to win races there, so it's a competitive series. That series is super-competitiveness and that says a lot about the competitiveness of that right now. I think it's really good."

IS 2008 A VINDICATION FOR YOU AFTER NOT MAKING THE CHASE IN '06? "Yeah, I think so. If we get in the chase, that's the thing we're gonna have to be tough on is not making any mistakes and put together 10 races. Ironically enough in '06 if the point system was like it is today, we would have made it. We missed it in '07 by a little bit, so I'm glad that we're on our way back to getting ourselves in, and I think we can be a tremendous amount better right now than where we're at. I think we could be third in points or fourth in points if we just got some of those finishes. There are a handful of them that are just such dumb things. That's the difference between this year and '06 and '07. In '06 and '07, we didn't have a fast enough car. I said the exact same thing Denny Hamlin said two weeks ago word for word. 'We don't deserve a chase spot,' because we weren't running good enough to get it. We just weren't. We were just gonna take up space. We were gonna take up oxygen being one of the 12 and that's exactly how I felt the last two years. I feel completely different now. We're running good enough to get in and we're running competitive enough to make a run at it. We've got six races that we finished 40th or back there a long ways where we were running in the top five, so if we could just kind of shift the clock back a little bit, that would have put us up third or fourth with Darlington being one of them, possibly a win for us, and maybe a couple others being close to a win. So I feel good about getting in the chase and that we can do something when we get there, but, yeah, this year feels a lot different."

IS THE CARL/KYLE RIVALRY A POSITIVE FOR THE SPORT? "Yeah, absolutely. I think it helps tremendously. There are times when you could have created that rivalry yourself, but do you want to throw yourself in the spotlight in that way? I'm not saying they purposely did that, but that happens sometimes just racing. Yes, it's good for our sport. We didn't see either one of them get fined points for what they did, which I could argue a little bit with you on that because history has it that that should have been, and it wouldn't have made a difference, but it would have set the precedence that you can't spin the guy out after the race is over or run into him, which we've not been able to in the past. But, like I said, it wouldn't have affected them. If you take 25 points from both of them, it doesn't matter so at least it would have been consistent with what we've been doing in the past, but I think it's perfect for the sport. I think we needed it. That rivalry is great and there will be a lot of focus on it and the media will build it up to more than what it is, too. You can count on that."

WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE TO SAY TO ALL THE SAILORS AND MARINES COMING TO THE TRACK THIS WEEKEND? "I drove the National Guard car for several years and really enjoyed my association with it and cared deeply for all the men and women that served our country, and I'm certainly proud of what they're doing for us."

DO YOU LIKE BEING AN UNDERDOG? "Yeah, I think so. I just like to slide under the radar a little bit. I don't know. I don't necessarily say I like to, but that's the way it is and I'm certainly OK with that because right now it looks like we've got ourselves a good spot in the chase. If we were sitting here doing this in front of the Richmond race or after, I'd be pretty damn excited being seventh in points. I know the seeding deal is gonna be different, but I'm pretty happy with what we did."

-credit: ford racing

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Greg Biffle , Denny Hamlin