Watkins Glen: This Week in Ford Racing

This Week in Ford Racing August 9, 2005 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Greg Biffle, driver of the No. 16 National Guard/Subway Taurus, is in third place in the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series standings heading into this weekend's Sirius Satellite Radio...

This Week in Ford Racing
August 9, 2005

NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series

Greg Biffle, driver of the No. 16 National Guard/Subway Taurus, is in third place in the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series standings heading into this weekend's Sirius Satellite Radio at the Glen, the second and final road-course race of the season. Biffle leads the series with five victories.

GREG BIFFLE - No. 16 National Guard/Subway Taurus

DO YOU LIKE ROAD COURSES? "It's something I look forward to do. I like to road race and the Glen is my best track that I can race at for road racing, so I'm really excited about that being the next road course on the circuit. I'm glad it's there and not Sears Point, so to speak. I was passing Jimmie Johnson for fourth last year in the closing laps and was gonna get tangled up with Rusty Wallace, who broke down coasting into the inner loop. We were coming in there at about a buck-seventy and having to figure out how I'm gonna get around this guy. It was one lane. It was like, 'You hit the curb here and hit the curb there,' and there's no way to get around the guy and still make the corner. Unfortunately, I went straight and got penalized for that, but going back there I'm thinking a top-five for sure."

IS WATKINS GLEN MORE SUITABLE FOR STOCK CARS THAN SEARS POINT? "I really don't know that. Sears Point is just a different style of track. It's more of a low-speed grip. A lot of positions are first-gear, low-speed corners and I'm particularly not as good at those types of corners than others. Watkins Glen is more of a higher-speed type of race track and I excel better there at that place."

YOU TESTED YOUR BUSCH CAR THERE LAST WEEK AND THE TRACK HAS GONE THROUGH SOME CHANGES, INCLUDING THE REMOVAL OF THE SAND TRAP IN TURN ONE. WHAT DO YOU THINK? "Yeah, it's all pavement (in turn one), so that's changed a bunch. They also cut the curbs down going up through the esses, and they changed the curb going through the inner loop. I think that's about it. They changed the curbing, I think, coming onto the mainstretch, too, so they've changed a lot."

WHAT DOES THAT DO FOR YOU? "It's gonna speed the lap time up."

BUT DOES THAT RUN THE RISK OF GETTING IN TROUBLE? "I don't think so. Obviously, the faster you go on a road course the easier it is to get in trouble, but it's gonna speed the race up. When you're out there by yourself, it makes it easier to drive, but when you're trying to catch the guy in front of you and he's utilizing the same amount of real estate you are, it's still gonna make it tough to pass the guy. Before, it was tough going through those esses. You're holding your breath every corner and now it's a little bit easier, but it's probably gonna still be the same amount of difficulty once you get other cars around you."

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Rusty Wallace , Greg Biffle