Greg Biffle, driver of the No. 16 3M Ford Fusion, is in 10th place in the standings heading into this weekend's race at Michigan International Speedway. Biffle, who has two career wins at MIS, met with the media before Friday's practice ...
Greg Biffle, driver of the No. 16 3M Ford Fusion, is in 10th place in the standings heading into this weekend's race at Michigan International Speedway. Biffle, who has two career wins at MIS, met with the media before Friday's practice session.
MICHIGAN IS A MULTI-GROOVE RACE TRACK. DOES THAT MAKE IT EASIER TO HIT ON A GOOD SET-UP HERE? "You know, it is a little bit easier to get something to work here because this race track provides so many opportunities. This is the only downforce race track we go to that you can four- and five-wide and still have room. It does narrow up a little bit off of turn two, but that's really the only spot. But, in the middle of the corner, entering the corner, you've got plenty of opportunity. Normally, you could get your car to work somewhere -- bottom, top, middle. Normally, you could get it to work somewhere."
SO, IS THE KEY GETTING THE CAR TO WORK FIRST, AND THEN IT WILL WORK IN MOST OF THOSE GROOVES? "Always, as with any race track, it'll work one place better than another, and sometimes you have to drive somewhere you don't want to because that's where the car is the fastest. So, a lot of time I work on my car to be near the bottom of the race track, and you could usually get it to go at the top, but it's not what I prefer."
HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT THE COMBINATION OF YOUR TEAM AND THE CAR RIGHT NOW? "I mean, really good. I like all of the race tracks coming up -- especially this one, my favorite track to come to. I feel really good about the next four races, you know, finishing in the top five."
THE TEAM? "They're doing great. We've got really good cars and the team is doing a fantastic job. Right now, I feel like we're in a great spot. Certainly, we'd like to be higher in points, but these are the cards we're dealt, and we're going to do the best we can."
AT ANY POINT BEFORE THE CHASE, DO YOU START LOOKING AT THOSE FINAL 10 RACES AND PLAN WHAT YOU'RE GOING TO DO THERE? "I suppose at some point we'll start looking at those final 10. We've talked about them a little bit. You know that Loudon and Dover are good race tracks for us. We know that Kansas is a good track. So, really, the ones we're focused on are Martinsville, running good at Talladega, the other mile-and-a-halfs, obviously. There's a lot of great tracks for us in the Chase. There's less that aren't great for us. Martinsville, we've been hit-and-miss at, and Talladega. Other than those, they're great race tracks for us."
OTHER THAN THE OBVIOUS, WHAT DO YOU HAVE TO DO TO BEAT THE GUYS AT THE FRONT, LIKE TONY STEWART AND JIMMIE JOHNSON? "Those guys and just got they're cars running really good. Hendrick has a great platform and a great engine program, they're building good cars, so those guys, they're going to be tough to beat. But, we're just going to have to be as good as they are and then just hope that if we have better track position or whatever, to beat 'em."
HOW DIFFICULT WILL IT TO BE TO FEND OFF THE DRIVERS OUTSIDE OF THE TOP- 12 WHO ARE LOOKING TO KNOCK SOMEBODY OUT? "That's going to be difficult. They were trying last week, and they'll be trying the next couple of weeks, so we're just going to have to run better than them."
AND THEY'LL BE MORE AGGRESSIVE THE NEXT FEW WEEKS? "Yeah, it's going to happen. We're just going to try to keep our nose clean and finish in the top five. We know that we can win here. We know we can run in the top-10, top-five at Bristol. We think we can win at Atlanta. And, hopefully, we'll have a hundred-point lead comingdown to Richmond, and just a top-20 finish will get us in."
ON RETURNING TO MICHIGAN, WHERE HE RAN OUT OF FUEL LATE IN JUNE'S RACE. "A lot of people forgot about that; Mark Martin won. Hopefully, it won't come down to fuel mileage, and if it doesn come down to fuel mileage, our guys have been working really hard that if it does come down to fuel mileage again, hopefully, we'll be able to beat 'em."
DOES THIS RACE TRACK MUCH FROM THE JUNE RACE TO THE AUGUST RACE? "Yeah, it's going to change. It'll be hotter and slicker this weekend."
IS IT DIFFICULT TO COMPETE AGAINST A TEAMMATE (MATT KESNETH) FOR CHASE SPOTS? "It is. It's funny, because Matt and I run fairly close set-ups and we like our cars about the same, and our driving characteristic is not a lot alike, but it's similar. So, hopefully, it won't come down to that; hopefully, Matt and I will both be able to make it. But, we've traded that spot, that 12th-place spot, a couple of times now. Hopefully, we can just continue to both stay in the Chase."
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