BIFFLE BACKUP WINS AT TEXAS * Greg Biffle won for the second time this season and third time in the last eight NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series events with today's triumph in the Samsung RadioShack 500. Biffle won the season-ending Ford 400 ...
BIFFLE BACKUP WINS AT TEXAS
* Greg Biffle won for the second time this season and third time in the last eight NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series events with today's triumph in the Samsung RadioShack 500. Biffle won the season-ending Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway and then captured the Auto Club 500 at California earlier this year.
* Biffle now owns five NNC wins (Daytona, Michigan, Homestead-Miami, California, Texas).
* Today's win was the third of the season for Ford (Biffle at California; Carl Edwards at Atlanta).
* Taurus has now won 87 points races and 94 overall when taking into account victories in the Budweiser Shootout and All-Star race. Ford has 557 all-time NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series triumphs.
* Today's win marked the 6th all-time win for Ford at TMS, which is the most of any manufacturer at the speedway. Chevrolet has two wins and Dodge one in nine NNC events.
GREG BIFFLE - No. 16 National Guard/Post-It Taurus
"I tell you what, this Post-It/National Guard car was awesome. I mean, our guys in the pits - look at our pit stops - look at the guys putting this race car together off the truck. We crashed in practice and blew a right-front tire and I thought there might be a tire problem, and sure enough there was a tire problem. I must have run over something, but we lost our good car and had to pull the backup out. I tell you what, it's just all the hard work of these guys. I really appreciate the hard work from the Viagra team and the 99 team and the Charter car - all of those guys came over and we had six different uniforms working on this race car yesterday and that means a lot to me that anybody would jump in there and dig in deep for anybody."
IT WAS A DIFFERENT TRACK FROM YESTERDAY. "It really was. I wasn't as good as some guys up there that were doing a good job at the top, but my car was just unbelievable on the bottom and I just couldn't come off the bottom because it was so good down there. I just had to remind myself not to use too much brakes and take care of that right-front. I was nervous the whole day, but, really, there was nothing to be worried about."
THIS HAS TO MAKE YOU FEEL LIKE IT COULD BE YOUR YEAR TO WIN A TITLE. "Yeah, it really does. It's working that way right now. The racing Gods are looking on us and everybody else. This team, we're really blessed to have these kind of race cars and these guys working on them. I couldn't be happier right now. It was an awesome day."
MARK MARTIN - No. 6 Viagra Taurus (Finished 20th)
"I messed up there at the end. I was getting a little frustrated. We had an awful good car and we got ourselves back in the pack and I got caught over-driving just a little bit and got up in the wall. That cost us about eight or 10 spots and I hate that for my team. They were so on it all day, but we had a couple of problems there late in the race and got behind. I tried to make it up too much, too fast."
ELLIOTT SADLER - No. 38 M&M's Taurus (Finished 29th)
WHAT HAPPENED? "I have no Earthly idea. I don't know, but it's somewhere in the drive train. I'd like to comment on it more, but I just don't know what happened. We were gonna have a top 15. We had about a 40th-place car at the beginning of the race and then Todd and the guys kept adjusting on it and made it better. We had a top 15 car and that's about where we finished, but it just wasn't meant to be."
KURT BUSCH - No. 97 IRWIN/Sharpie Taurus (Finished 7th)
"It was a good finish to our day. It was great to run up front because it kept me in the car and kept me more focused and just having a good handling car was better. It was a tough day. I'm somewhat dizzy right now, but for us to finish in the top 10 and get good points - we were running in the top 5 all day and had just one bad pit stop, but the guys gave me another good one to get back in there. We were just a little bit short on track position, but I'm a little sore and dizzy."
HAPPY? "Yeah, I'm just real sore - everything about me. I just want to get home and go get a breather before Phoenix."
RICKY RUDD - No. 21 Motorcraft Genuine Parts Taurus (Finished 8th)
TWO GOOD ONES IN A ROW. "We just need to finish to find out what we've got. We know we've had good cars, we just don't know how good and now it's starting to take shape. We're just finding out now what we do have, but we're six races behind on these tracks. We know we're pretty good, but we've got some tweaking to do. We've got a solid team, but we can't do nothing about buying bad luck. We've had our share of it and now it's swinging the other way. The team has been there and the crew has been there, but we're just now starting to see what we've got."
DO YOU HAVE MOMENTUM? "I think so. It's a huge difference from last year. Last year we were back in the points, but we ran bad so we deserved to be back there. This year we've got a good team. We've got a good, solid team and we're just finding out how good it is."
DALE JARRETT - No. 88 UPS Taurus (Finished 14th)
YOU TOOK ADVANTAGE OF GETTING YOUR LAP BACK AND PICKED UP SEVEN OR EIGHT SPOTS. "You hate to rely on that, but a lot of people do it. You have to take what's given you. We were never that close to getting lapped and then we tried freeing the car up and got so loose I couldn't go on new tires. That's when I got lapped. We just fight a situation that we've got some work to do. We were aero-tight and we tried to free the chassis up, but then I was loose. We were right in that same area. We stayed about 10th in points, so that part of it is good, but we have to improve our on-track performance."
CARL EDWARDS - No. 99 Scotts Taurus (Finished 19th)
"The team did a good job of fighting back from the incident at the start. We just had a little bit of body damage, but we worked really hard all day. The car was just never really right, fight - especially on a short run. Then at the end I gave up seven or eight spots by smacking the wall racing those guys too hard. I was just trying really hard to pick up some positions. I saw an opportunity and I got to the high side and just got real tight. I scrubbed the fence enough to where it slowed us down."
WAS IT HARD TO TELL HOW MUCH THAT DAMAGE AT THE START HURT YOUR CAR? "Yeah, it's hard to tell how much damage it does. You can't really put your finger on that, but it doesn't help at all. I don't think that was the end of the world. I think our car was actually fast enough to run up front, we just needed to have it dialed in perfectly and we couldn't get it just right."