This Week in Ford Racing November 2, 2010 Ford Racing drivers Matt Kenseth and Greg Biffle have both won NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Texas Motor Speedway, and as the series heads to the Lone Star state for the second time this season, both...
This Week in Ford Racing
November 2, 2010
Ford Racing drivers Matt Kenseth and Greg Biffle have both won NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Texas Motor Speedway, and as the series heads to the Lone Star state for the second time this season, both talked about what it takes to be successful at the 1.5-mile facility.
MATT KENSETH - No. 17 Crown Royal Ford Fusion
WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO BE SUCCESSFUL AT TEXAS? "Everybody compares all of the mile and a halves to try and make them the same, but Texas is very unique. The exit and entry to the corners are really flat and the track has a lot of banking in the middle of the corner, so it takes kind of a unique setup to be able get through the banked part of the corner and still be good where it gets so flat off the corner. It's like most of the tracks in that handling is really important."
WHICH DO YOU PREFER, TEXAS OR HOMESTEAD? "I like them both. There really aren't a lot of tracks that I don't enjoy a lot. They're both way different. You can't even compare Homestead and Texas. Homestead is very unique. There's not another track on the circuit like it, being a true oval and having the banking so high up on the top of the track, so Homestead is really unique and a lot of fun. I wish we had some more tracks like that which are kind of different. That's one we always look forward to going to."
DO YOU FEEL THE MILE AND A HALF TRACKS REMAIN THE STRENGTH OF ROUSH FENWAY? "We seem to run a little better at the intermediate tracks and maybe some of the others, but there are way more intermediate tracks than there are the rest of them, so it's hard to say. I think you've got to be good everywhere to have a shot. Certainly, I think we're better at places like Texas than we are at New Hampshire and Martinsville and Richmond and probably even Phoenix right now, but we're working on trying to get better everywhere."
WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON DAYTONA TESTING AND TESTING IN GENERAL FOR 2011? "You kind of look forward to going there in the off-season and running a little bit since they're repaving the track. I think we're all curious to see what the race track is gonna be like. I think the racing will be a lot different and the track will be a lot different, but the one car and three days with all the rules they have, I think we'll probably run out of stuff to do in a couple days because there are a lot of rules and regulations. But I think it'll be good for Goodyear to get all the cars on the track in race conditions. It'll be good for NASCAR for the rules package because that will probably be different than what it was with the track wore out, and it'll probably be a little different than what it is here as well, so I think it'll be good to get everybody ready for the season."
GREG BIFFLE - No. 16 3M Ford Fusion
HOW IMPORTANT IS IT FOR RPM TO KEEP GOING? "I think it's important that they keep going forward. We've learned a lot from them and I think we've been able to help them a great deal, so it's definitely important that they continue on."
WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT TEXAS? "Texas is a fun race track. It has that high speed, but it slows down, it falls off. Some of the race tracks that we go to like that - Charlotte in particular - the speed stays there the whole run and at that race track it seems to fall off. It puts on pretty good races, so I'm really looking forward to Texas."
WHICH DO YOU LIKE TEXAS AND HOMESTEAD COMPARED TO OTHER 1.5 MILE TRACKS? "I really like Homestead and Texas. I like those a little bit better than the tracks that don't fall off as much. When the speed falls off, tires are important, track position is important and it makes the racing better, so I like those places more than the others."
WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON DAYTONA TESTING AND FOR 2011? "I don't know what they're gonna do with testing in 2011, but I'm looking forward to testing Daytona with the new surface. It's been a fun race track. I'm looking forward to seeing how different it's gonna be. Obviously, Talladega is way different. Las Vegas, Darlington were way different when they paved it, so I'm curious to see how it changes."
HAS THE LACK OF TESTING IMPROVED COMPETITION? "It's probably improved it a tiny bit, possibly, but I don't think it's hurt it. Whether not testing has helped it, I certainly believe it did not hurt the competition."
-source: ford racing