All eight Ford NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series drivers participated in media day at Daytona International Speedway on Thursday. GREG BIFFLE - No. 16 National Guard/Subway Taurus WHY ARE YOU RUNNING FULL SCHEDULES IN THE BUSCH AND CUP SERIES? "I...
All eight Ford NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series drivers participated in media day at Daytona International Speedway on Thursday.
GREG BIFFLE - No. 16 National Guard/Subway Taurus
WHY ARE YOU RUNNING FULL SCHEDULES IN THE BUSCH AND CUP SERIES? "I love to race. One of the reasons why is I didn't want to run 20 or 25 races and be that close in the points race and not run the other - there are actually five or six conflicting races. Last year I ran the Busch Series and they asked me to run on my weekends off - Milwaukee and some others. It just so happened that was an off week last year, but it didn't line up the way it is this year. It was something like that. But I was volunteering. I mean, I'm gonna go home and sit on the couch. I want to go race St. Louis over at Gateway and race Nashville or whatever, so really it comes down to only five or six races I'm not gonna race and I could be in a title race at that point. So, in my opinion, why not do them all. I might as well do it while I can. I've got the opportunities. I've got the sponsors. I've got the ambition. I've got the drive to do it and I want to do it."
WILL YOU GET WITH SAUTER AND KAHNE AND WORK SOMETHING OUT WITH THEM? "Yeah, I need to talk to them about it definitely because it's gonna be an issue. If we can put all of our money together, we could certainly get something faster and bigger."
HOW DO YOU ADDRESS THE CONDITIONING ISSUE? "That's something I'm gonna have to keep up on constantly. I'm gonna have to keep hydrated and I'm gonna have to eat right and stay in shape. I've got a plan set forth that's gonna keep me in shape and keep me down the right road as far as nutrition goes and I'm ready to do it. I think I can stick to it. I haven't had any problem running two races before in the past. The only time I could tell I had a long day was when I ran the Charlotte Busch and Cup race. I won the Busch race and had to race the Cup race that night. Your adrenaline from winning and all the media and then I had to go out and sign autographs at the souvenir trailer, and then I had to go to Grainger hospitality and everybody wants to talk to you. So your adrenaline is going and you're excited for several hours and then it's two hours before the race and you're trying to calm down because you've got to go race another 500-mile race."
ARE YOU DOING MORE THAN BEFORE FROM A TRAINING STANDPOINT? "It's pretty much gonna be the same. I'm probably gonna watch what I eat a little bit more. I really didn't have a specific diet, so to speak. I ate kind of healthy, but I'm probably gonna have to cut out a little bit of the stuff I eat and eat a little healthier - stuff that keeps your metabolism up and your energy level. I've learned a little bit about that."
IS JACK OK WITH THIS? "Yeah, Jack thinks it's great. Any of his drivers that want to race, he's a racer at heart so he's the guy that's full steam ahead on it, too."
HOW DO YOU FEEL COMING BACK TO DAYTONA AFTER WINNING IN JULY? "I feel really good about my chances. We've got a really fast race car. The guys have worked really hard on the National Guard/Subway car and I think we've got an opportunity just like 42 other guys do. It's gonna be the right place at the right time again. You're gonna have to get some help from teammates or other race cars out there. You're gonna have to set yourself up pit strategy-wise to be in the top 10 or top 5 toward the end of the race. If the race is strung out a little bit, you're certainly gonna have to be in the lead draft to have a chance at it. I think we've got the opportunity to win, it's just a case of if it presents itself to us this time or not."
THERE IS AN EXTRA 100 MILES IN THIS RACE FROM THE 400 AND MORE FUEL STOPS. HOW DOES THAT CHANGE YOUR STRATEGY? "Not at all, it's just gonna be a couple more pit stops than what we had done in the past. We were putting tires and fuel in it before. It was kind of unique how we got set up into that pit window. There was about half the field in that same window that couldn't make the end of the race, so we just happened to be the fastest car and up front when it came down to it. We work the end of the race backwards to find out where we have to full of gas at and what's the next place we have to be full of gas. We'll just work it backwards and make sure we've got ourselves in the hunt at the end."
WAS THERE A BIG INCREASE IN YOUR FAN BASE SINCE THE WIN? "Oh yeah, it's been a huge increase. It's exciting the amount of fans that are so supportive of you. They want the Dale Earnhardt, Jrs. to win and the Bobby Labontes, but they're so excited when a new guy has won because they can share the excitement that we have as winning for our first time. I think all the fans get excited about that as well."