DALE JARRETT - No. 88 UPS Taurus (Finished 3rd) BIFFLE LEADS FORD TO MICHIGAN SWEEP * Greg Biffle posted his second NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series win and the seventh for Ford in 2004. * Ironically, the last time Ford swept the top ...
DALE JARRETT - No. 88 UPS Taurus (Finished 3rd)
BIFFLE LEADS FORD TO MICHIGAN SWEEP
* Greg Biffle posted his second NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series win and the seventh for Ford in 2004.
* Ironically, the last time Ford swept the top three spots in a NNC race was on July 5, 2003 when Biffle won the Pepsi 400 at Daytona. Jeff Burton was second and Ricky Rudd third that night.
* Ford has won the most NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series races at Michigan.
* 11 different Ford drivers have posted 27 victories in 71 all-time series races at MIS.
* When the Mercury brand is included the win total jumps to 39.
* Ford has won four out of the last six MIS races with Greg Biffle, Matt Kenseth, Dale Jarrett and Kurt Busch each posting one win apiece in that stretch.
* Three of the top four all-time winning car owners at MIS currently run Fords, including the Wood Brothers (11), Jack Roush (7), and Robert Yates (6). Harry Melling won all seven of his MIS races with Bill Elliott in a Ford from 1984-89.
WHAT ABOUT THE LAST THREE RACES IN THE CHASE?
"I'm not sure that the format is gonna make Bristol and Richmond anymore wild than it has been. I think it's the competition that's gonna do that. There are 43 cars at Bristol and you've got at least 30 cars that are very competitive. When you have a situation like that you're gonna have a wild not, it usually is. Obviously, what all three of us are thinking about trying to do is just run as hard as we can and be lucky. I think that's the best thing you can hope for is to be lucky there. I think we've all run well there. I think Kasey (Kahne) has only been there the one time, but I think he was running extremely well the first race when somebody maybe took him out. Again, the points deal, I don't think, is gonna have any effect. I think it's just gonna be a wild night anyway."
HOW MUCH WOULD YOU HAVE LIKED TO HAVE STARTED THE SEASON FOUR RACES AGO AND CAN YOU TALK ABOUT THE LAST TWO MONTHS.
"That would have been nice certainly, but that's not the way this business works. You have to make the most of what you're dealt. I think that this credit needs to go to Mike Ford. He'd be the first to tell you that he stepped into a situation and a job that was way more of an undertaking than what he envisioned at the beginning. He's done a terrific job of getting us to this point to where we can be this competitive. I told the TV and radio people outside that whenever we come in here and not be at our best and finish third says a lot about how far this team has come. Earlier in the year and certainly last year when we wouldn't be at our best, we couldn't finish in the top 15 basically. So we have come a long way. I think the thing Mark wasn't wanting to speak of on the question about momentum, I think that says a lot about the teams that are working their way into the top 10 and that are fighting right now to end up there. I think those teams such as Kasey's and Mark's and if we can position ourselves there somehow, we have a lot of momentum going and we could be very dangerous in a 10-race shootout. It's a lot of fun as Mark was saying. It's a lot more fun to race up front, so we're having a good time."
IS THIS ROUSH-YATES ENGINE PACKAGE COMING TOGETHER AT THE RIGHT TIME?
"I don't think there's any doubt that that's a big factor in it. We all would have benefited if it could have come to us at an earlier time, but, obviously, there's only so much that you can get done. I think that, yes, we're all benefiting from that and that shows when you get to a place like this in particular, where horsepower means a lot. Doug Yates and his people have done a tremendous job. I don't know how many people we have from Roush over there, but there are a number of them and they're all working very good together. Certainly, that has to help their program and it's benefited ours, too, so that's a big part of the success that some of the Fords are having right now."
WHAT ABOUT CALIFORNIA COMING UP, IS THIS A GOOD TEST FOR THAT TRACK?
"Yeah, we can. I think we've learned a lot about our program to this point on these type of race tracks. We didn't run very good at Fontana the first race, but I think with the type of cars we're building right now and with the engines, it seems that each week Doug finds a little bit more. I wouldn't necessarily say that he finds more horsepower, but he finds things that are more pleasing to him to see to make the cars run better. So when we get to Fontana, I would say that would have to work to our advantage greatly. I'm looking forward to going out there and being able to compete and that being another race that we can find ourselves in the mix."
CAN YOU DO ANYTHING DIFFERENT AT BRISTOL?
"It's no different. We can't try any harder, first off. We keep getting the question every week, 'What are you gonna do this week to try to get yourself in the top 10?' We can't try any harder. I promise you, we're doing everything we possibly can, but as far as going and I think everybody is trying to make it like we're going to Bristol and gonna go to Richmond and hunt down whoever is ahead of us and take them out. Well, if that's the way I have to get in the top 10, then I'll quit. I'm gonna race them and race them hard. I've never done that and I'm not gonna start now. If we can go in these next three races an outrun everybody that we're racing back there and somehow get in the top 10, that would be great. But there's no way. The guys that are in the top 10, they're not gonna hunt the guys down there 11th through 15th and turn them just to make sure that they get in. We're gonna race hard and it may come that the guys in eighth, ninth, 10th and 11th all end up in the same accident or are banging on each other, but it's not gonna be because of the point system, it's just because of the nature of the race track and how close the competition is."