GREG BIFFLE -60- Grainger Ford Taurus (Finished 7th) TELL US ABOUT YOUR DAY. "It was eventful. We had a pretty good car at the beginning, we started out 16th, that wasn't a really good qualifying run, but we were really good in Happy Hour...
GREG BIFFLE -60- Grainger Ford Taurus (Finished 7th)
TELL US ABOUT YOUR DAY.
"It was eventful. We had a pretty good car at the beginning, we started out 16th, that wasn't a really good qualifying run, but we were really good in Happy Hour and moved our way up. I think we were running in the top 10 today and the 10 got turned around coming off of (Turn) 4, I think the 17 was trying to avoid him and came down and hit me and I got him from behind and sent through the grass backwards. I think it bent up the bodywork on the right side, but I don't know how much that had to do with the way the car handled the rest of the day. It wasn't near as good as it needed to be, we came from the back and fought all day and it seemed like the cautions didn't come out in our favor because we were on a little bit different fuel window. We just worked as hard as we could, and we have made a mistake not stopping there at the end like Nemechek did because we were near the last car on the lead lap, so that may be something that we need to go back and look at, but overall it was a pretty good run for the Grainger Ford. The guys did a great job in the pits today. We have been really struggling on pit stops and today we nailed them pretty good and had a good green-flag pit stop and a couple of other good stops. It was a pretty good day for us overall, so seventh, in the top 10, keep knocking away and maybe we can catch the 2 one of these days."
ARE YOU BETTER THAN YOU THOUGHT YOU'D BE SO FAR IN THE SEASON?
"I'm really about where I thought we'd be. Before we came here, I felt we could win here and after Happy Hour yesterday, I really felt we would be the ones to beat today and that didn't turn out like that. In the beginning, I felt that it would work that way, and I'm not sure that if going through the grass at 170 and jumping that asphalt thing in the middle bent the chassis up. That could have made a difference the way it handled the rest of the day and that was about lap 40. Overall, I've adapted really well to the Busch Series from the Trucks. It's been a lot easier than I suspected as far as driving them. The competition level is still pretty tough, tougher than I expected, but the car seem to be pretty easy to drive. Mine was an animal all day to drive, so I'm happy with seventh."
HOW DOES AN INCIDENT LIKE THAT AFFECT YOUR MINDSET?
"I was pretty excited after the spin that the car wasn't torn up very bad. The nose is very critical in these cars, and I knew it didn't hit the nose and I didn't feel it hit the tire when Matt got sideways and hit the side of me. I was pretty happy about that. It was driving good once I got it back going, so I felt that we were going to be really good and that we would go right back through the field pretty easy and get up there and get in and put some tires on it and regroup. I really struggled with traffic. When the green dropped the car didn't handle like it used to and I thought I would drive by some guys. In fact, I tried the outside at one point and I thought I could sneak up beside them, and I almost wrecked and I decided to take what I could get and ride on the bottom of the race track."