GREG BIFFLE -66-Duraflame Ford Taurus (Finished 2nd) IT LOOKED LIKE YOU ALMOST HAD NEWMAN AT THE END. "It did. I could have pushed him out of the way, but that's not the way I want to get wins for the Duraflame team. We want to get wins, but...
GREG BIFFLE -66-Duraflame Ford Taurus (Finished 2nd)
IT LOOKED LIKE YOU ALMOST HAD NEWMAN AT THE END.
"It did. I could have pushed him out of the way, but that's not the way I want to get wins for the Duraflame team. We want to get wins, but he was protecting the bottom. His car was really slow and we were way faster than he was, and it tough, this place is hard to pass. And, when you protect the bottom and get a good run off the corner, it's hard to get beside a guy. But, we had a really good car tonight. We could run off and leave Kevin and those guys behind us for a good 10 laps, but then when Ryan's car started getting loose and his tires got hot, he'd start backing up and backing up, and all of a sudden I've got mirror full of Kevin's car again because we're going so slow and fighting for position. And then a couple of times, I got my nose inside Ryan and the caution came out. It was a tough night as far as that goes. Kevin got inside me a couple of times there and he let me go, so it was nice of him to do that and not turn me around. It's just protecting the bottom, and that's what you've got to do here at Bristol."
HOW DID THE RAIN DELAYS AND RED FLAGS PLAY INTO THE OUTCOME TONIGHT?
"It drug it out a lot, but it wasn't that big of an issue for us. We would have rather it gone straight through, but I just didn't want to see those cautions at the end. I could have got Ryan so easy, but I just needed him to have about 15 green-flag laps and then I think I could have put some pressure on him. But, it's too bad."
DID YOU HAVE AN ISSUE WITH NEWMAN'S RESTARTS?
"Not really. Well, the thing was my spotter was watching the flagman, and the problem is the flagman is throwing the green flag prior to Ryan going, so I'm coming around there and I'm ready to go and then they say, 'Green flag. Green flag.' So instantly you start to push on the gas pedal, well, Ryan hasn't even thought about going yet. The leader starts the race. Ryan is the one to put the gas down in the area of the double-red line. It's up to him. When the flagman throws the green flag prior to him taking off, that's what confuses things and it can get it bottled up. But, I didn't really have a problem with the way he was starting there. I was spinning my tires; I don't know why. My car would spin its tires really bad and that's how Kevin would get such a run on me on the restarts and then we'd just drive off and leave him. But, he's the third car back and they can lay back and get a little run at you, and then when the leader takes off they can close on you so fast."
WHAT WAS YOUR TAKE ON THE COLLISION BETWEEN THE NOS. 6 AND 39 AT THE END?
"It was clear that the 6 had position on the 39, and the 39 left him about three-quarters of a car width and that's kind of typically how this race track ends up. You want to give the guy room, but how much room to give him? Kasey got his tires down on the apron and then touched the 39 at the same time and it just spun him around like a top. It's just the way that it happened. Ryan just didn't leave him enough room down there, but that's just racing. That's the way it goes. There's nothing that says you have to leave a guy room, but a lot of times when that happens you get spun out when you chop down on a guy like that. Kasey was trying to stay off of him, obviously, but I think the combination of hitting the apron and the 39 at the same time just spun him around."