GREG BIFFLE-99-Eldon Ford F-150 (Qualified 4th) "Well, we know that we didn't get the pole because Jack (Sprague) was the first to qualify and posted a faster time. Still, that's probably better than if it would have rained and we lined them up...
GREG BIFFLE-99-Eldon Ford F-150 (Qualified 4th)
"Well, we know that we didn't get the pole because Jack (Sprague) was the first to qualify and posted a faster time. Still, that's probably better than if it would have rained and we lined them up by points. I thought I could do it too, but I guess I just had high hopes. I got out there and didn't have the concentration or something. I think it's cooling down and it's losing a bit of grip, but Jack had a good lap. I think we're fair, and that should get us a top-five start."
WHAT HAS THE WEATHER DONE TO THE TRACK?
"It's cooled down a ton from yesterday and there hasn't been a ray of sunshine, but I don't think the concrete changes as much. We wanted to be a little better than that and back up our practice lap, but not quite."
DID THE BRIEF SHOWER BEFORE QUALIFYING CHANGE ANYTHING?
"It might have cooled the temperature of the track down, and that may have hurt us versus other people."
YOU RETURN TO NASHVILLE AS THE DEFENDING BUSCH SERIES EVENT CHAMPION AND THE DEFENDING TRUCK SERIES POINTS CHAMPION. ARE YOU PUTTING ADDED PRESSURE ON YOURSELF?
"No, not really. I'm just here to have fun. I just want to run competitive in the truck, and try do the best that I can."
WAS IT AN ALL-OR-NOTHING DEAL WHERE YOU WANTED TO WIN THE POLE?
"Yeah, I drove it for all I had, so it was kind of all or nothing. Subconsciously, I may have held back a little bit thinking that it rained a little bit, but I don't want to make excuses."
DO YOU ENTER THE RACE TOMORROW WANTING THE WIN AND NOTHING ELSE?
"Yeah, we want to finish, but we're going to race for sure. If the chance arises tomorrow where we can do something a little bit different from everybody else, we might take that chance. We still need to finish and it's not like I'm going to go out and wreck the field to win, but we're not so much racing for points as we are the win."
ARE YOU STILL GETTING ACCLIMATED TO THE TRUCKS?
"Yeah, they changed a lot of things in the off-season, but even since I ran them in Memphis, there have been quite a few rule changes. The track has even gone through some changes since we were here in April. The track seems to have a lot more grip in the trucks than when the Busch Series was here. We just have a little more tweaking to do in Happy Hour, and we'll be in good shape for tomorrow."
CHAD CHAFFIN-84-Manheim Auctions Ford F-150 (Qualified 23rd) - THIS IS YOUR FIRST START IN THIS TRUCK SINCE YOUR FOURTH-PLACE FINISH AT MEMPHIS.
"The best thing that I can say is that I'm glad Remarketing Solutions is going to sponsor us this week; that's a division of Manheim Auto Auctions. They've been gracious enough to sponsor our truck, and after that, that's where the good ends. I'm real disappointed for them and the whole team; we're just not running real good."
YOU CHOSE NOT TO TEST YESTERDAY.
"That wasn't by design. The truck didn't get prepared in time and didn't show up, but not for a lack of effort. I don't want to put it off as that. We wanted to test, but we didn't get here. We were even a little behind this morning when we got here. It's been kind of a dismal day."
IS THIS THE SAME TRUCK THAT WAS RACED IN IRP LAST WEEKEND?
"No, this is a different truck. This isn't even the same vehicle I drove at Memphis, so that's 90 percent of the problem."
YOU'RE KNOWN FOR YOUR PROWESS ON TENNESSEE SPEEDWAYS, BUT THIS YOUR FIRST RACE HERE.
"This is a new thing; this is the first time that I've raced at this speedway. I am planning for a home crowd, so we would like to be a little better than this. We'll do the best we can, and we still have until tomorrow night to find something. Maybe we'll get a little better."
IS HAPPY HOUR MORE IMPORTANT FOR YOU THAN THE REST OF THE FIELD SINCE YOU DIDN'T PRACTICE YESTERDAY?
"I'd love to say that we could make it up in Happy Hour, but we're just behind. Our truck isn't competitive and I don't know if we can even fix it. We're just going to try to make some lemonade out of these lemons."
JON WOOD-50-Eldon Ford F-150 (Qualified 12th)
"We're having a hard time getting a grip on this place, literally. The truck doesn't feel all that bad, I just don't know what to say to make it any better."
IS THE CONCRETE SURFACE STAYING CONSISTENT?
"It is, but it seems that a small change in the truck is having a bigger impact than usual. We're looking at our notes from other races, and the changes we're making, we think are small, but they don't feel it. I'm not used to that, and that's a lot different from what I'm used to in the past."
HAS GREG BIFFLE BEEN AN ASSET to WORK WITH THIS WEEKEND?
"Yeah, we've been talking a lot. I'm hoping we have time to talk before Happy Hour and try to figure something out."
WITH THE NEW FRONT VALANCE, COULD THE TRUCK HANDLE COMPLETELY DIFFERENT IN THE DRAFT?
"It will be totally different in the pack. I don't know if it's going to be better or worse, but it's going to be totally different."
TERRY COOK-29-Power Stroke Diesel Ford F-150 (Qualified 6th)
YOU PICKED UP TIME AND YOU MOVED UP THE LEADERBOARD FROM PRACTICE.
"We did. We ran two pretty identical laps; we just picked up a tick on the second lap. They both drove pretty fast and they're about what we ran in our simulated runs. We don't seem to be finding much speed outside of that. The thing drives consistently over the long runs and we're happy with that. Our job was to qualify up front and have a good spot for a good race."
HAS THE TRACK CHANGED WITH THE WEATHER?
"It's stayed pretty much the same; I'm pretty impressed. When we first got out of the gate this morning, it was pretty slick, but it didn't take for 10 minutes for the track to come around. The rubber got laid down, the truck cleaned the track a little bit and it came right around. I think overall, the concrete surface comes to life right away."
WILL THE NEW FRONT FASCIA ON THE FORD HAVE A BIGGER IMPACT TOMORROW WHEN THE TRUCK IS IN THE DRAFT?
"That's what we're thinking. We didn't see as big of a change here as I thought we would see, but come race time, I think that's where you're going to see a big difference. Hopefully, you'll be able to see the Fords stay fast over a longer run compared to the other guys."
WHERE DO YOU PASS HERE?
"I'll be honest with you, I was a little disappointed. That track is not very conducive to two-wide racing from what I can see. Again, we haven't raced here, and I will say the Craftsman Truck Series will find a second groove if there's a second groove to pass. I think that as a run goes on, guys will start to slide up the track and you'll dive underneath them kinda like Dover and Bristol. Seldom to do you see guys pass on the outside. Usually you drive behind a guy, he'll slide up the track and you'll pass underneath him. I hope that's not the case because I hope we can work in a second groove. It's a new facility and it may take a while, but for right now, the bottom groove is the fastest.