Greg Biffle, driver of the No. 16 3M Ford Fusion, enters the Price Chopper 400 at Kansas Speedway ninth in the Chase standings, 140 points behind leader Denny Hamlin, but only 75 points out of fifth. Biffle has a 2007 victory at Kansas to his ...
Greg Biffle, driver of the No. 16 3M Ford Fusion, enters the Price Chopper 400 at Kansas Speedway ninth in the Chase standings, 140 points behind leader Denny Hamlin, but only 75 points out of fifth. Biffle has a 2007 victory at Kansas to his credit and led the most laps last season before finishing third. With an average starting finish of ninth at Kansas, Biffle talked about his success at the track, his crazy win here and if he is still racing for a title or being a good teammate.
WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON RACING HERE AT THIS TRACK? "I am glad to be back. It feels like we are sort of back in our core at these mile-and-a-half tracks. We have been pretty good on those this year. The car seems to be decent. We have a little work left to do though. We are looking forward to tomorrow's practice and qualifying this afternoon. It looks like we should be in the top-15 or top-10 possibly. If we can just get a good lap, hopefully I don't make a mistake, then we will be there."
YOU HAVEN'T HAD THE GREATEST START TO THE CHASE, BUT NOT HORRIBLE. ARE YOU LOOKING FORWARD TO THIS TRACK, A PLACE YOU HAVE HAD SUCCESS AT OVER THE YEARS? "We are off to a horrible start so yeah it is nice to get here. I was looking forward to Dover because I think the last five or six times we had been there we were in the top five and had won there twice. I have won here once and was leading last year before I decided to take four and Tony (Stewart) took two and he ended up beating us at the end. I was looking forward to last week and the same carries forward here. We just need a good run. We certainly aren't giving up, but mathematically it is an uphill battle at this point to get back in the fight. It is going to take about five weeks of good runs and to have some of those other guys have a little trouble to put us back in the hunt."
HAVE YOU EVER HAD A WEIRDER WIN THAN HERE AT KANSAS? "There has been some different stuff go on with wins but that was weird. The thing started running out of gas on the back stretch so I shut it off and coasted. I ran it around the corner and up next to the back of the pace car and then I decided, after thinking about the rule for a minute that says you must maintain a reasonable pace, to coast the rest of the way and not try to start it again. It has fuel left in it because we did start it after that. I knew as long as I stayed coasting I was okay. If I had let the clutch out, for those of you that have tried to start a stick shift car, perhaps it doesn't start right away and you could lose your momentum. If you let the clutch out and it doesn't start it will really slow you down and then you maybe aren't keeping a cautious pace. I just decided to let it coast the rest of the way. The reason that NASCAR gave me the win was because when Jimmie Johnson and Clint Bowyer went past me, they were going 70-something miles per hour and pit road speed was 55. I was going 47 or 48. Whatever the miles per hour were, they were 15-20 miles per hour over when they raced by me. I could have started it and made some more speed, but I really didn't have to."
DO YOU STILL FEEL YOU HAVE A SHOT AT THE CHAMPIONSHIP, OR IS THE RACING SO COMPETITIVE RIGHT NOW IN THE TOP-12 WITH A LOT OF THEM IN THE TOP-5 EVERY WEEK THAT YOU FEEL LIKE MAYBE YOU COULD JUST HELP CARL HAVE A SHOT AT IT? "I haven't even looked at how far Carl is out of the points. I know he is only a couple of positions ahead of us, but I don't know where he is at points wise. I am not going to look at anything other than we are trying to win a championship for our 16 team. That is what I am here to do and that is what they pay me to do. We are not out of it but like I said earlier, it is going to be an uphill battle because there are a bunch of good guys up there. Anything can happen. Guys can have trouble. We have seen the 11 car have engine trouble and mechanical things. We have seen the wheels fall of the 18. The 48 car's first Chase race wasn't very good and a few leading up to it weren't very good. He came around and won at Dover though. We know that guys up there can have trouble and are vulnerable. We will just keep our head down and when we get to three or four to go we will make another assessment of where we are."
-source: ford racing