Pocono II: Biffle - Friday media visit

Ford driver Greg Biffle held a Q&A session after Friday's practice session at Pocono Raceway to discuss the weekend ahead and other issues. GREG BIFFLE -- No. 16 3M Ford Fusion SIX RACES TO THE CHASE. HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT YOUR POSITION? ...

Ford driver Greg Biffle held a Q&A session after Friday's practice session at Pocono Raceway to discuss the weekend ahead and other issues.

GREG BIFFLE -- No. 16 3M Ford Fusion

SIX RACES TO THE CHASE. HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT YOUR POSITION? "We need to do the same thing we did at Indy -- top 10 finishes are what we need to do to secure out spot to get in the chase to go to New York and all that. We're working hard at it. I tell you what, we're working very hard. We're thinking about what we need to do, execute every race and we're running decent enough here that we feel this is another top-10 and just try to inch our way closer and closer to locking into that chase."

ANY FURTHER THOUGHTS ON INDY? "It's just surprising the track didn't take rubber, just like everybody else. At the least it was kind of challenging, and to be perfectly honest with you, I find it fun when things are challenging. It's not the normal, 'OK, here we go, is the caution gonna come out?' The challenge was how to manage the tires that we have, how to get track position, how hard can I run now and still have a tire in 12 laps. So it was something different and sometimes that's fun. It's like going road racing. It's not the normal what you'd expect. It wasn't what we expected. We had to adapt. We had to deal with it and we dealt with it the best that we could."

CAN YOU BREATHE EASIER ON THIS TRACK WITH THE TIRE? "Yeah, this track -- the surface -- is pretty normal here, so you can take just rights if you want. You want to put them on every couple of runs, but this track is fine on tire wear."

HOW DOES THIS TRACK CHANGE FROM JUNE? "History has it that this track changes a tremendous amount. We came back with the same setup and the same car and we're a little bit slower. The balance is about the same, so we're happy about that."

HOW DOES IT HELP COMING BACK TO THE SAME TRACK WITH THIS CAR? "It helps. We're learning a little bit that we can with this car. Track position is still ever important as it always is, so qualifying is really important for us today, but it's the same setup and the same car that we race here five weeks ago and I'm pretty happy with how it's going."

WITH SIX WEEKS LEFT BEFORE THE CHASE IS IT RIDICULOUS TO ASK YOUR THOUGHTS ON WHERE YOU ARE RIGHT NOW? "We're worried about being in the chase. We think about it every week. Those top-10 finishes we keep getting just get us closer and closer and we just need to continue to do that and not make mistakes -- get top-10 runs. Getting top-10s are good as long as the nine guys you're trying to beat to get in aren't in front of you. We're just paying attention to them and what we're doing and trying not to make mistakes."

IS MOMENTUM OR CONFIDENCE? "I think momentum. We came off of two good runs -- Chicago and Indy -- we're running good here. We finished 15th in the spring after a speeding penalty. We were running second to Kasey Kahne, so that's a lot of momentum for us."

WHAT DO YOU NEED HERE? "Track position and staying up front in clean air. Green flag runs are good for us because it spreads the field out a little bit and the car will run better. It's just about balance. You don't want a car too loose or too tight. It's difficult to get a car balanced here because you've got three completely different corners."

HAS THE TRACK CHANGED A LOT? "It's surprising because I've heard from a lot of drivers that there's not as much grip on that new piece of pavement as the last time we were here. Just the heat throughout the summer and the five weeks of age, it's lost a little bit of grip. But I've been up there and it's still fast enough, so we'll just have to wait and see."

-credit: ford racing

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Greg Biffle , Kasey Kahne