The first road course race of the 2010 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season is set for Sunday at Infineon Raceway, and Ford driver Greg Biffle spoke about his expectations. GREG BIFFLE - No. 16 3M Ford Fusion - HOW WAS PRACTICE? "I thought it was...
The first road course race of the 2010 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season is set for Sunday at Infineon Raceway, and Ford driver Greg Biffle spoke about his expectations.
GREG BIFFLE - No. 16 3M Ford Fusion - HOW WAS PRACTICE? "I thought it was pretty good. We came with a little bit different package than we've been road racing the last couple of years. It's something the RPM cars have had. It seems like it turns pretty good. It's real fast on all the high-speed stuff, and not so fast on the low-speed stuff, so we're working on that. It's a little bit tight and it spins the tires, but we were pretty decent in qualifying trim. I'm looking forward to maybe a top-15 or top-10 if we don't make any mistakes in qualifying, so I'm pretty happy with the car so far."
WHERE DO YOU FALL AS FAR AS ROAD RACERS GO? "I know I'm not brilliant. We've got that part figured out (laughing). I'm inherently an aggressive type of driver and tend to overdrive the race car a lot of times, so I'm a little more 'go get 'em' on the race track, but you can only do what your car will do as well. I try and stay calm enough to not break the gear box and keep on the race track and not run the brakes off of it, so, other than that, I go as hard as I can. Track position is important. Two years ago I got track position here leading the race and I drove off the end of the race track when the green came out going up the hill, so that was probably a little overaggressive and I didn't have the tires cleaned off is really what happened. I'm probably that nature. I don't know what our fuel mileage is gonna turn out like. That really kind of sets the tone. I know about three years ago we had really, really good fuel mileage - a little bit better than the rest of the field, and we'll have to wait and see this time. And the other thing that is a big question mark is, 'Are you gonna put enough fuel in the tank to run three green-white-checkers at a road course like this? Are you gonna bank on maybe running one?' That's probably gonna be the biggest factor is who stops first and who can make it how far, and then who is gonna gamble on how many green-white-checkers we're gonna have."
WHEN DO YOU START PREPPING FOR THE CHASE? "I don't think we can start our prep for the chase until it looks like after Richmond now. We're on the bubble of making it. We're certainly thinking about it. We're always prepared for it and we're gonna be the best prepared we can be for the last 10, whether we're in it or not. We're working hard to keep ourselves in it. We had a few bad weeks there, and we're not over the hump yet. We still have a little ways to go to secure our position in that chase, but, realistically, unless you're really locked in there, you can't really get out of the box, so to speak, to try and get a jump start on everybody in that chase."
DO YOU WORRY ABOUT THE RINGERS BEING MORE AGGRESSIVE BECAUSE THERE'S NO PAYBACK. DO YOU WORRY ABOUT THAT? "Yeah, we definitely see that. Probably what we see more than anything out of the road race guys is they don't race the same as we race. Road racing, you have to be beside the guy or they're closing the door right to the bottom of the race track. That's just the way they race. That's a different culture over there. They're not probably as used to the spotters, and it's not every corner they've got a guy inside. A lot of times they're not even racing each other. They're running a lot slower with a lot slower cars - three different divisions on the race track at the same time - so a true road course ringer that that's all he does is road race and never oval track races in this series, you can totally tell when you come up on him that when you get a nose inside of him down in the corner that he doesn't know you're there or doesn't care that you're there. So you may not know what he's planning or thinking about doing. You definitely have to be aware of who you're racing around."
YOU HAVE A $1 MILLION STICKER ON YOUR CAR. CAN YOU TALK ABOUT THE SMALL BUSINESS PROMOTION? "Yeah, it's pretty exciting. Office Depot and 3M are teaming up for the Official Small Business of NASCAR. I think they picked a terrible race to do the contest at, but you enter at Officedepotracing.com and they're gonna pick two small businesses out of everybody that enters and the name of the business will be on our car and Tony Stewart's car at Dover. I don't know if you've looked at either one of our records at Dover, but they're pretty good. If either one of us wins the race with the small business on our car, the business wins $1 million. The two finalists win $10,000 no matter what, so it's a pretty exciting contest that 3M and Office Depot are running. I went and entered my business, but I'm not sure if I'll be eligible or not, and I don't know how I'd feel if I got on Tony's car versus mine. That might be a conflict (laughing)."
WHAT'S THE MOST VALUABLE LESSON YOU'VE LEARNED HERE AND DOES IT STILL APPLY? "I'm pretty decent at this race track, but I still haven't mastered this place. There are some things about it. I tell you what, I do know one thing I learned when I first came here is I spent most of practice over on the side of the hill when I brought a Northwest Tour car here, and we spent probably three-quarters of practice raising the seat up so I could see where I was going because we inherently sit low in the race cars and eyeballs just above the dash. You can barely see over the hood because we oval track race constantly, but here there were three or four spots on the race track, where you come over the hill and all the way down until I hit the brakes I couldn't see where I was going. I couldn't see anything because the track was going away, so I raised the car up and bolted two-by-fours under the seat so I could see where I was going. That's one thing I learned that still applies today is everytime I come here road racing I raise the seat up so I can see with the elevation changes where I'm going."
-source: ford racing