NASCAR announced that starting with Friday's morning practice session, the Ford Busch Series teams would receive a quarter-inch reduction in spoiler height for Saturday's race. Drivers Greg Biffle and Jason Keller, and crew chief Randy Goss ...
NASCAR announced that starting with Friday's morning practice session, the Ford Busch Series teams would receive a quarter-inch reduction in spoiler height for Saturday's race. Drivers Greg Biffle and Jason Keller, and crew chief Randy Goss commented on the rule change.
GREG BIFFLE - 60-Grainger Ford Taurus
YOU DROVE A WINSTON CUP CAR EARLIER THIS WEEK WHEN THE SAME CONCESSION WAS MADE TO FORDS. HOW WILL THIS CHANGE AFFECT THE BUSCH CAR? "The quarter-inch on the Cup car wasn't enough to get the Fords to where they could pull up and stay with the draft. The half-inch is what did it. Right now, we're as far off the Pontiacs and the Chevys as the Fords were in the Cup series before Speedweeks. The Fords have since received a half-inch reduction and they still weren't in contention to win the 125s. I think we need at least a half-inch, but NASCAR seems to only want to give a quarter-inch at a time. We'll wait and see what the quarter-inch does here and hopefully they'll consider the other quarter-inch before the race. I know it's going to need it and I told them that to start with, but we'll see what happens."
WITH THE CHANGE TAKING EFFECT PRIOR TO FRIDAY'S FIRST PRACTICE SESSION, IS THERE ANY CHANCE OF GETTING ANOTHER RULE CHANGE PRIOR TO THE RACE TOMORROW? "I would hope so, especially if we're still way off the pace. We'll have to wait and see what the cars do today. I don't think we'll get any more while we're here this weekend. We may get something for next time, but who knows, there could be a totally different set of rules when we come back in July."
VERY FEW TEAMS OPTED TO PRACTICE DRAFTING HERE DURING THE JANUARY TEST SESSION. HOW WAS THE CAR IN THE DRAFT YESTERDAY? "Yesterday was really the first time that this car was in the draft. It's good when you're in a group of cars, but if I even try to take a sniff of clean air, I go straight backwards. The 47 was in front of me yesterday, and I couldn't do anything with him. We can draft OK, but that means we could, maybe, finish second, but there's no way we can pull out of line and lead this thing tomorrow with the current set of rules."
JASON KELLER - 57-Albertsons Ford Taurus
IS THIS THE CHANGE THAT YOU WERE HOPING TO GET? "It's something, but I don't know if it's going to be enough. We'll have to wait and see when we get on the race track, but every little bit helps. I just want to be competitive and I know that we're not right now. We drafted for the first time all year in yesterday's practice session and we just couldn't keep pace. We stayed up last night trying to figure out what we can try this morning that might help with this change."
DO YOU BELIEVE THIS WILL BE THE ONLY RULE CHANGE PRIOR TO TOMORROW'S RACE? "Maybe if we go out in the draft this morning and they see we don't have a shot at it, maybe they'll rethink it. I think that they're just trying to pacify us right now."
WAS THE CAR ANY BETTER IN THE DRAFT? "I was terrible yesterday in the draft. There's no disguising it; I was terrible. Apparently some of the Fords were a little better than I was so we have even more work to do before tomorrow. I guess it's our package right now and we need every minute of practice to get our car better before tomorrow."
RANDY GOSS, Crew Chief-60-Grainger Ford Taurus
THE WINSTON CUP CARS RECEIVED A QUARTER-INCH REDUCTION EARLIER IN THE WEEK, HOW DID THAT AFFECT THE CAR AND WHAT DO YOU EXPECT IT TO DO TO THE BUSCH CARS? "It didn't affect our Cup car that much. We didn't see a big gain. Some of the other Fords did, so I don't know if it's individual cars that it affects better. It's probably going to help us a little bit to get closer to the top 10 with the car we've got. It's probably the right thing to do, but I wish they would have done it sooner. We might have got a better pick on pit road if they gave it to us yesterday because we knew going into qualifying that we weren't competing for a top-10 starting spot."
WILL THE REDUCTION HELP THE CAR PULL OUT OF LINE OR SUCK UP BETTER IN THE DRAFT? "I don't know if the change will help us lead the race, but I think it will help you if you're about to lose the draft. I don't know if it's that big of a deal once you're all in the big pack."
DO YOU SEE THIS AS THE FINAL CHANGE BEFORE TOMORROW'S RACE? "I don't see them giving us anything else right now. Whether it's right or wrong to give us more, there's too much political stuff and TV stuff going on to make the right decision, so they have to make one that looks OK, too."