This Week in Ford Racing August 24, 2004 NASCAR Busch Series Greg Biffle, driver of the No. 60 Taurus, isn't ready to call the Busch Series championship chase a two-man race. Biffle, the 2002 Busch Series champion, has remained in the ...
This Week in Ford Racing
August 24, 2004
NASCAR Busch Series
Greg Biffle, driver of the No. 60 Taurus, isn't ready to call the Busch Series championship chase a two-man race. Biffle, the 2002 Busch Series champion, has remained in the championship picture despite some early-season misfortune. Now, as the Busch Series heads to Bristol Motor Speedway this weekend for the 24th of 34 races on the schedule, Biffle will try to close the 436-point deficit at the fast-paced .533-mile oval.
GREG BIFFLE -60-Charter Communications Ford Taurus
YOU ARE CURRENTLY FOURTH IN THE POINT STANDINGS, 436 POINTS OUT THE LEAD. HAS THE CHASE FOR THE BUSCH SERIES CHAMPIONSHIP BECOME A TWO-MAN RACE?
"Yes and no. We're not totally out of it, but it's going to be difficult. We had nearly a 400-point swing in just six races in 2002, and that's what we need to have happen again. Jimmie Johnson fell out of the race three of the last four, so it's certainly possible to still win a title, but both of those guys are going to have to have some trouble. Is our mentality to just go out and win races? Absolutely, because that's the only way we can get back in the championship picture. Our goal and target every week is to be the first car across the start-finish line at the end of the race."
BOTH MARTIN TRUEX, JR AND KYLE BUSCH ARE ROOKIES IN THE SERIES. DO YOU FEEL THAT THEIR INEXPERIENCE MIGHT LEAVE THE DOOR OPEN FOR YOU TO GET BACK IN THE CHAMPIONSHIP CHASE?
"That thought has crossed my mind. They can make mistakes very easily, but they do have very experienced teams backing them up, and that is a huge help to young drivers. I'm looking for that, and I'm lying like a fox waiting for them to make mistakes so we can gain some points on them. We're coming to some places that are key, like Bristol, and it's easy to tear stuff up there."
YOUR TEAM, LED BY CREW CHIEF BRAD PARROTT, HAS MADE SOME RISKY CALLS IN TERMS OF PIT STRATEGY THIS YEAR. IS IT EASIER TO MAKE THOSE CALLS WHEN YOU'RE TRYING TO GET BACK IN THE HUNT?
"It does make it easier to make that decision to gamble because we are further back. That's one thing we did at Pikes Peak that I sort of did myself was say, 'Hey, let's roll the dice here a little bit more than we normally would and see what happens because we don't have a lot to lose.'"
CAN YOU LOOK BACK AT YOUR ROOKIE SEASON AND SEE ANY OF THE MISTAKES THAT YOU MADE BEING MADE BY BUSCH?
"It's not that he's losing his cool, but having a lack of experience, and having been there and done that before and being under pressure, things can happen. I see a little bit, but it was more like the team not being prepared in our rookie campaign. There were some things that we weren't ready for as a team. He doesn't have that situation to work around. He's with an experienced team that has won championships. A lot of people forgot that when we took the 60 team and made it a full-time Busch operation, we basically built that operation from the ground up. And then when it ceased operations last year, we had to do it all over again this year. I think that's why it took us a little while to get going, and I don't expect to have some of the problems we had early in the season, so if there is a chance to capitalize on somebody's else misfortune, we'll be there."
COMPETING IN BOTH THE NEXTEL CUP AND BUSCH SERIES FULL TIME THIS YEAR, HAVE YOU NOTICED A SIGNIFICANT AMOUNT OF DATA THAT CAN BE TRANSFERRED FROM ONE CAR TO THE OTHER?
"It's a definite advantage. You learn a little bit about tires, you learn a little bit about the track conditions and all kinds of stuff. It's an advantage when you can run both series, but the key is having good equipment and that's something we've been able to this year that has allowed us to win in both series."
MARK MARTIN MADE HIS RETURN TO THE BUSCH SERIES LAST WEEK, AND FINISHED SECOND BEHIND YOU IN THE CUP RACE. WAS THAT A BYPRODUCT OF COMPETING IN THE BUSCH RACE ON SATURDAY?
"It may have had just a little bit to do with I, but not really a whole lot. At Michigan aerodynamics are very important. It's more aerodynamics there, but some shock stuff did carry over for me."
AFTER COMPETING IN BOTH SERIES THIS YEAR, WILL YOU NEED A YEAR OFF FROM BUSCH RACING OR DO YOU PLAN ON RUNNING A LIMITED SCHEDULE?
"I love the Busch Series and I'm going to continue to Busch race, but not do as many races as I'm doing. This has been pretty grueling so far, but not more so than I originally thought. I know how much it helped me when I raced the Cup guys in Busch Series a couple of years ago, and it's a big confidence booster when you can outrun them and I know there are guys there now that think the same way. It's a great series, and it has its share of great races this year, too."