Greg Biffle, driver of the No. 16 3M Ford Fusion, is in 12th place in the standings heading into this weekend's race at Watkins Glen. Biffle met with the media before Friday's practice session. A NUMBER OF DRIVERS WILL NO DOUBT BE POINTS ARCING...
Greg Biffle, driver of the No. 16 3M Ford Fusion, is in 12th place in the standings heading into this weekend's race at Watkins Glen. Biffle met with the media before Friday's practice session.
A NUMBER OF DRIVERS WILL NO DOUBT BE POINTS ARCING THIS WEEKEND. WILL THAT HALP CREATE A BETTER OPPORTUNITY TO WIN HERE? "Yeah, it is. Fortunately, the guys up front aren't points racing. They're trying to win every week. We are, too. We know that's the way to get the most points is to win. We're running as hard as we can, but we're trying to stay on the course, not break anything or not get involved in a wreck. We're doing all we can do to win races."
DO YOU LIKE THIS PLACE? "I love this place."
WHEN A DRIVER LIKE KYLE BUSCH IS BEHIND YOU IN POINTS, THAT MUST MAKE IT DIFFICULT TO RACE CONSERVATIVELY. DOES THAT WORRY YOU A LITTLE BIT? "We're certainly not racing conservatively; we're racing to win. But, we're not going to do anything stupid. But. Certainly, we're racing to win, and try to stay on the course, not hurt our car. I race Kyle for position all race at Pocono, we were around each other all day -- we ended up beating him at the end, but only by one spot. We know we have to stay in front of those guys. It's tight back there, and we're doing all we can do."
THERE WAS A LOT OF CONTACT AT POCONO LAST WEEK. WAS SOME OF THAT BECAUSE OF THE NEW DOUBLE-FILE RE-START RULE? "That probably has a little bit. But the thing about what happens is, when you're double-file is somebody loses a little momentum or gets a little wiggly or something happens, and then there's so many cars in the general vicinity that there's nowhere to go. So the guy runs into the guy, this guy runs into that guy. They're trying to stay tightened up to the rear bumper so that you don't leave a gap for somebody to pull in front of you, then when somebody has a little issue, then you run into them. So, more cars in the general vicinity when something minor happens -- a guy slips or a guy gets a little run or something happens. It probably led to some of the little bit of chaos off of the re-starts."
SO, DO YOU CHANGE YOUR STYLE? "I've tried not to change my style. I just try to keep the momentum up and keeping the right line. But about three re-starts last week I lost a bunch of spots, and two re-starts I gained a bunch of spots. So, was I even? Close, but would rather have been the other way around, but it's always going to happen. One line is going to predominantly, off each re-start, run better -- usually not always the same one, but whoever gets the better jump and who's got the preferred groove in the corner coming up. That's the key.
HOW IMPORTANT IS HAVING A FEEL FOR THE CHICANE HERE? "That's important. A lot of passing can take place there, but you've got to be careful getting through there as well. You can get off the track easy. That's an important part of this race track. A lot of passing takes place there."
HOW CONCERNED ARE YOU ABOUT FINISHING THE RACE ON SUNDAY? "We're real concerned. That's our first priority, is finishing, not hurting any parts of the car, the brakes and the gearbox and things like that. And then, secondly, track position is everything here."
YOU TRAIL YOUR TEAMMATE MATT KENSETH BY ONE SPOT IN THE STANDINGS. HOW FRIENDLY WILL IT BE ON THE TRACK BETWEEN THE 16 AND 17? "The good part about it is -- if there is a good part -- is Matt and I are both in the Chase right now, so it's not he's 13th and I'm 12th or vice-versa and we're fighting for the last spot, so ultimately it could come down to that at the end. Matt and I race very good together. We're trying to be as courteous as we can on the race track to each other, but we also know that it may come down to one of us not being in it. I hope that's not the case, though."
HOW CRAZY WILL TURN ONE GET ON THOSE DOUBLE-FILE RE-STARTS? INSIDE OR OUTSIDE? WHERE'S THE BEST PLACE TO BE? "The far inside is probably going to be the best spot to be so that nobody runs into you. When you're in the middle, the second, third or fourth or fifth groove going around turn one, the further up the race track you get, the more chance you have of running out of real estate."
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