Greg Biffle, driver of the No. 16 3M Ford Fusion, is in eighth place in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series points standings heading into this weekend's race. Biffle won at New Hampshire last September, and has four top-fives in his last eight starts at...
Greg Biffle, driver of the No. 16 3M Ford Fusion, is in eighth place in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series points standings heading into this weekend's race. Biffle won at New Hampshire last September, and has four top-fives in his last eight starts at the track.
THERE HAVE BEEN EIGHT DIFFERENT WINNERS HERE IN THE LAST EIGHT RACES. IS THERE ANYTHING TO WHICH YOU CAN POINT AS TO WHY NO ONE HAS REPEATED IN A WHILE? "Certainly, this race track is one of the harder flat tracks that we go to. It's really, really flat, and I think that it changes a lot, and the guy that hits it just right that weekend is why you see different winners all the time with no repeat winners. Hopefully, we'll break that trend this weekend. We'll just have to wait and see."
HEADING INTO THIS RACE LAST FALL, YOU HAD MADE THE CHASE BUT HADN'T YET WON A RACE. DO YOU FEEL YOUR TEAM IS JUST AS CAPABLE RIGHT NOW AS IT WAS THEN? "I really do, yeah. We're running really well and I feel like we're just as capable. What's really funny is we ran very good, and then went to the new car and didn't run worth a dang, and then came back and won in the fall. So, we took a couple of years just trying to figure this place out with the new car. Hopefully, we're past that now and we run well this weekend and are a threat to win again. But, we'll see. We've had our opportunities to win again this year, but have just missed." HAVE THE LAST FEW WEEKS BEEN ENCOURAGING, EVEN THOUGH YOU HAVEN'T WON? "Yeah, absolutely. We ran good at Sonoma, and had bad pit strategy, and we ran really good at Michigan and just ended up a little short."
HOW MUCH HAS THE NEW CAR CHANGED SINCE YOU WON HERE? WILL IT BE THE SAME SETUP? "Well, we're going to start with the exact same setup that we won here with -- but, to be determined. It's a lot hotter, it seems like, now compared to what it's normally like in the spring. It's normally fairly cool here -- I remember, both races -- and now it's pretty hot, so we'll have to wait and see."
YOU'VE WON A NUMBER OF RACES IN THIS SERIES. DOES EACH WIN HAVE A SPECIFIC CHARACTERISTIC, AND, IF SO, WHAT DO YOU REMEMBER MOST FROM LAST YEAR'S WIN HERE? "What I remember the most from last fall -- and each race is kind of specific -- I remember working on that car and working on that car and just getting it better and better and better, and figuring where I could beat him at. The 48 was leading, and I found a spot that he wasn't quite as good at and just capitalized on that. And, I kept working on my car and we had good pit stops, kept me up front, but I remember the pass like it was last night."
ON THOSE WEEKENDS THAT YOU DO WIN, AT WHAT POINT IN THE WEEKEND DO YOU KNOW YOU HAVE A CAR THAT CAN WIN? "About four hours from now, after the first practice gets done. We were pretty confident in the car, and then Saturday's practice went very well. You'll know when you unload here. It's kind of like restrictor-plate racing; you can improve a lot, but you're not going to normally go from one extreme to the other with the limited amount of practice."
MANY PEOPLE LOOK AT VICTORIES AS THE BEST INDICATOR OF A TEAM'S SUCCESS. ROUSH FENWAY HAS TWO WINS THIS YEAR. HOW WOULD YOU CHARACTERIZE YOUR SEASON? "If you look across our organization, our season has been a tick better than all the other guys, compared to last year -- Carl winning, you know, a lot of races, and whatnot, and us kind of coming on late in the season. Up to this point, we've run about like we did last year and close to how we ran in the Chase, with almost a few wins.
"So, we feel good about that. We feel like we can still win, but as an organization, we're off a little bit. But, we're working hard to catch these guys. We don't know what it is, but we'll just keep working until we find something."
THAT AREA THAT YOU TALKED ABOUT, ABOUT TRYING TO FIND SOMETHING NEW, IS THAT THE AREA MOST AFFECTED THESE DAYS BY NO TESTING? "Yes and no. If you remember last year, we learned more almost at the shop and figuring things out, working on bump stops, than we did at the race track, because it's a controlled environment. I wouldn't say it's not from a lack of testing, I'd say it's more from just the other guys are figuring out a little better mousetrap right now."
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