BIFFLE IS CHAMPION!!! Fort Worth, TX (October 13, 2000) - Not Friday the 13th, not a full moon, not even a crash on lap 79 could keep Greg Biffle from becoming the 2000 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Champion tonight at the Texas Motor ...
BIFFLE IS CHAMPION!!!
Fort Worth, TX (October 13, 2000) - Not Friday the 13th, not a full moon, not even a crash on lap 79 could keep Greg Biffle from becoming the 2000 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Champion tonight at the Texas Motor Speedway. With a twenty-fifth place finish he was awarded the championship at the conclusion of the O'Reilly 400. Teammate Kurt Busch finished a strong third and moving him into the second spot in points. Mike Wallace finished twenty-first, after a clutch failure on the pace lap caused him to miss the first 40 laps of the race.
GREG BIFFLE #50 Grainger Ford F-150- (Finished 25th) - "I'm ok. I think that I hurt my ribs a little bit and I'm a little sore, but I'll be ok. I was probably driving the truck a little harder than I should have been and it got loose on me. I thought I had it but then it really caught and snapped up into the wall. I'm really sorry for the guys on the team. They gave me a great truck that really could have won the race tonight. You can bet that we'll be running for a win in California, but it's great to lock up the championship here in Texas."
DO YOU FEEL LIKE FINISHING SECOND LAST YEAR WAS FUEL FOR THIS YEAR?
"After the season last year, we sat down and decided that we had to put last year behind us and focus on winning the championship this year. We really learned a lot last year and knew that we were ready to win a championship, it really should have been our second in a row."
HOW DO YOU FEEL THAT YOU HAVE COME ALONG AS A DRIVER IN THE NASCAR CRAFTSMAN
"This is a really competitive series. There is very serious competition in the top ten, and that allows the drivers with a little more experience to get prepared for the next level in NASCAR Competition. The next level, from about 11-20, is great for drivers to develop their skills in this type of racing. This series has really come a long way. I was just sitting in a tree stand the other day thinking about how far along I have come as a driver, and it's pretty incredible to be sitting here as the champion considering where I was three years ago."
WHAT DOES IT FEEL LIKE TO BE THE CHAMPION?
"I'm really still in shock. I think that I wrapped it up in my mind after Dover, but it really took all of the celebrations and fanfare tonight to have it sink in. This is really awesome. I really want to thank all of the fans and my team and all of the great people that have supported this effort all season. When I wake up tomorrow I think that all of the reality of the situation will be there and we can really start to celebrate. We still have one more race in California and I think we'd like to go out with a win; that would be great. Right now I think a lot of our thoughts are with Tony Roper and I hope he can recover from his injuries."
#02 Team ASE/Ultra Wheels Ford F-150-(Finished 21st)-"It was just some bad luck tonight. We lost a clutch right off the bat and we were in trouble. That's the first time I have ever not started a race. Then we had a little bit of a motor problem there at the end. You know, some things are meant to be and some things aren't. Right now we're a little bit more concerned about Tony Roper. I hear he was hurt pretty bad. I also want to give my condolences to the families of the guys on the USS Cole that gave their lives so that we could go out here and race tonight."
#99 Exide Batteries Ford F-150-(Finished 3rd)-"That's the kind of run we needed. We had a good points night tonight. It was tough to see Biffle have trouble like that. I was going to let my teammate go and he had a good shot a win here. We've really had some awesome teamwork all season long and I really want to commend the Exide guys. They have really put their heart in to this season and it had paid huge for me."
#14 Milwaukee Electric Tools Ford F-150-(Finished 6th)- "The Milwaukee Electric Tools Ford F-150 ran great tonight. The guys really worked hard to get this truck ready to race and gave me an awesome piece. We really made some strides from qualifying and Ray Stonkus and the whole team really worked together to make this thing fantastic. We're really happy with the finish and it was another great night for the whole team."
#46 Acxiom/AbiliTec Ford F-150-(Finished 31st)-"We really struggled all weekend. This place really has my number. Once again we were taken out by a wreck that we should have never been involved in. We had some trouble early with the engine running poorly and it dropped us back. That's why we were involved in the wreck in the first place. It's really just how our whole season has gone."