Before NASCAR Winston Cup qualifying was cancelled due to rain, Greg Biffle, driver of the No. 16 Grainger Taurus, took part in a Raybestos Rookie press conference Friday morning at New Hampshire International Speedway. GREG BIFFLE - No. 16 ...
Before NASCAR Winston Cup qualifying was cancelled due to rain, Greg Biffle, driver of the No. 16 Grainger Taurus, took part in a Raybestos Rookie press conference Friday morning at New Hampshire International Speedway.
GREG BIFFLE - No. 16 Grainger Taurus - HOW HAVE THINGS CHANGED FOR YOU SINCE WINNING AT DAYTONA?
"It's given us a lot of momentum. The team is excited because we're capable of winning races. It seems you see a team do a lot better after they win a race and it's not because you didn't know you could, but because you kind of proved that you can. Everybody is excited about it. They're all upbeat about it every week. We came back and had a good qualifying run at Chicago. We missed the setup a little bit and were a little too loose the whole race, so we didn't show real good, but I think we had a top 15 car at least. It's just changed a lot. I'm pretty excited about it because I thought this team was capable of winning a race or two this season and didn't really think we'd win at a restrictor plate track. I still feel that we're coming into some good race tracks for me - that I enjoy racing on - especially here. We've got Pocono and then Indy, so I feel pretty good about our performances these next three or four weeks."
HOW DID YOUR INDY TEST GO?
"Our test at Indy went really good. We weren't as good in qualifying trim as I thought we needed to be, but in race trim we were pretty decent. What I'm excited about is we had two good cars at Indy. We had two really, really good cars so one of them we're going to take to Pocono and the other one we're going to run at Indy, so I'm pretty excited about that. That's been our team's weak point is having good race cars aerodynamically. That's all we're doing anymore today is really aero racing, so getting that balance right and getting enough front down force and getting the car to cut right are crucial. A driver can't make it do all of those things, it has to do it on its own and then we can adjust on it from there. At Indy I felt I had two cars that would do that, so I like Pocono. It's a fun race track, for me, and I like Indy. I enjoy racing up here, too."
HOW DID IT FEEL TO RACE AROUND THE BRICKYARD?
"It was pretty neat to go around there for the first time, it was a lot of fun. I'm really looking forward to going back. I know I probably don't stand a chance of winning my first time there, but I think we've got a good opportunity to run up in the top 10."
DO YOU FEEL YOUR TEAM HAS TURNED THE CORNER TO WHERE YOU CAN CONSISTENTLY BE A TOP 10 OR TOP 15 TEAM EVERY WEEK?
"I think so. It just so happens that we've gotten to the point where we're getting better race cars to bring to the track every week. We're starting to turn that corner right now. We tested good at Chicago, we won at Daytona and we went to Indy and had a really good test there, so we've really got some good race cars and that's what you need. You need really good race cars to be competitive today. I like to use Bobby Labonte as an example. He was running 18th in points last year and they didn't run real strong. They haven't changed anything this year and they've got a couple of poles and a win and he's running really good. What we're driving means so much to our success and our team is working hard to get that."
PATIENCE MUST BE HARD TO DEAL WITH.
"Yes it is. I was totally frustrated after Sears Point because we had a decent race car. Aerodynamics isn't as big of a role - it's just me as the driver and the crew. We positioned ourselves to get up in the top 10 and then ran out of gas, so I was pretty upset about that. Things happened to the car. The shifter handle broke off on lap five and that's tough when you're shifting 14 times a lap, so frustration had set in. I was like, 'My God, are we ever gonna get over the hump?' Last week we had problems again and ran out of gas. That got us two laps down, instead of one. I was way too loose at the start of the race and that was probably my fault, but we can't have those things happening to us. We've got to be better than that."