BIFFLE TALKS ROUSH RACING on NASCAR RACEDAY WHAT'S BEEN THE DIFFERENCE FROM THIS YEAR TO LAST? Greg Biffle, driver of Roush Racing's No. 16 National Guard Ford, took time out of his pre-race routine to speak with the NASCAR RaceDay on SPEED...
BIFFLE TALKS ROUSH RACING on NASCAR RACEDAY
WHAT'S BEEN THE DIFFERENCE FROM THIS YEAR TO LAST?
Greg Biffle, driver of Roush Racing's No. 16 National Guard Ford, took time out of his pre-race routine to speak with the NASCAR RaceDay on SPEED crew of John Roberts, Jimmy Spencer and Kenny Wallace prior to this past weekend's NASCAR Nextel Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway.
He had some interesting comments about why Roush Racing has experienced a diminished level performance over last year's effort, where five team cars made The Chase for the Championship.
The following are highlights from the interview.
Roberts: Greg, this season hasn't quite been what you have wanted it to be.
Biffle: No it hasn't. Now, we've started to come back a little bit lately and had a top-five run (Atlanta Motor Speedway), and probably could have finished third and we're really excited about that. We then tested down in Homestead (Fla.) and were really fast there.
Wallace: Matt Kenseth, your teammate, said that he doesn't feel like Roush Racing is as strong this year, and if you look at the numbers, he's probably right. What can you put your fingers on as to why you haven't been as dominant this year as you were on the mile and half (race tracks) last year?
Biffle: It's a couple of things. We're not as good about getting our cars down on the race track as everybody else. We're not as good aerodynamically. I think we've slipped a little bit aerodynamically, where other teams have improved. I think that's left us just outside a little bit. I think it's a combination of handling, chassis and aerodynamics. Obviously, that's what makes up the components to running well on a mile-and-a-half race track. We felt like we gained some last weekend with the run in Atlanta. But I think we're off a little bit again (Texas Motor Speedway).
Wallace: We know you're a great race car driver and you won on those mile and half (race tracks) last year. Explain why a great race car driver can not make up for the car not handling. Explain to everyone that we are in a new era, where a great driver can't make up for this.
Biffle: It's frustrating to a driver. You're looking at the car in front of you, like the #42 car or whatever, and you watch him arc the car down in the corner and stay on the gas pedal. If I do that, I'm going to spin out and wreck and there's nothing I can do to be able to make my car do that. I come in, make my adjustments, and go back out, but just can't get the car to stick to the race track like some of the other guys are right now. That's the thing the driver can't make up. We can adjust on a lot of things, but if it's lacking downforce or side force for some reason, when you're going 208 mph into the corner, there's not a lot we can do to overcome some of those things.
Spencer: You were the odds on favorite to win the championship last year, everybody had you picked -- including myself -- so my question is this. I believe some of the problems you've had this year came from the engine failure at California, another competitor putting you out in Texas. If you don't carry that momentum, don't you think that's something that plays on the team?
Biffle: Absolutely. A lot of this thing is momentum driven. We've had three engine failures this year, and a couple of them were when we had really strong race cars. Those things will make a difference for a team and kind of get you down a little bit. We've always fought back and the team was really up after last week. We're competitive again and excited about these last few races.
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