This Week in Ford Racing November 16, 2004 NASCAR Busch Series Greg Biffle is slated to make his return to the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series on Friday when he pilots a second Circle Bar Racing entry in the Ford 200. Biffle's No. 44 Ford ...
This Week in Ford Racing
November 16, 2004
NASCAR Busch Series
Greg Biffle is slated to make his return to the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series on Friday when he pilots a second Circle Bar Racing entry in the Ford 200. Biffle's No. 44 Ford F-150 will sport a Hispanic heritage-inspired paint scheme designed by Florida fifth-grader Brien Henry that features elements of the national flag of Mexico. As part of the 2004 Hispanic Heritage Art Contest, sponsored by The Miami Herald's "Newspaper in Education" program and Ford Motor Company Fund, Henry's rendering was selected to adorn the Ford F-150 of Biffle for this weekend's truck series finale. Biffle spoke about his return to the series and his attempt to finish the season pulling triple duty at Homestead-Miami Speedway this weekend.
GREG BIFFLE -44-Newspapers in Education Ford F-150
YOU ARE ENDING YOUR DOUBLE-DUTY SEASON BETWEEN BUSCH AND CUP WITH TRIPLE DUTY AT HOMESTEAD. TALK ABOUT THE RIGORS OF COMPETING IN MORE THAN ONE SERIES OVER THE COURSE OF A WEEKEND.
"I think a couple of guys throughout the year have done triple duty. I don't think it's going to be that big of a deal. I think my biggest concern is my neck is still a little bit sore from the Ron Hornaday brake-check incident on Saturday, so that's still bothering me. With all three series being at the same track and having three days to compete in the three races is shouldn't be a big deal. Nowadays, with motorhomes and being able to stay at the track it's not that fatiguing for the drivers."
HAS THE THOUGHT OF CAPTURING WINS IN ALL THREE SERIES THIS WEEKEND CROSSED YOUR MIND?
"To be honest with you, not really. I haven't been in the truck series in a long time and those guys really have their game on. They've got really good equipment, and, plus, I'd want to be careful that I don't get in the middle of a championship race and upset that too bad. But, on the other hand, I'm there to win. Certainly, I'm going to take my fair share of the prize if I can."
AT WHAT POINT IN THE RACE DOES THE EVERY-MAN-FOR-HIMSELF MENTALITY COME INTO PLAY?
"If Setzer is leading and I'm having a difficult time trying to pass him, I'm not going to rough him up to get a spot away from him, or take the chance of doing that. The same goes with Carl or Bobby Hamilton. I have to be cautious of that. I want to win, but I definitely don't want to be the determining factor of the championship of any other series. You don't want to be remembered as that guy."
YOU HAVEN'T COMPETED IN A TRUCK SERIES EVENT SINCE 2001, WHERE YOU FINISHED NINTH AT MEMPHIS. HOW HAVE THE TRUCKS CHANGED SINCE YOU LAST COMPETED IN THE SERIES?
"Aerodynamics has changed tremendously. I think they've gone through two body changes since I've driven them. Man, just the revolution of our sport, just what we've done on the Cup and Busch side has changed a tremendous amount, so I can imagine how different they are over there from when I drove them."
WILL THERE BE A SENSE OF NOSTALGIA THIS WEEKEND RACING SOME OF THE DRIVERS YOU ONCE COMPETED AGAINST ON A WEEKLY BASIS LIKE JACK SPRAGUE, DENNIS SETZER AND RICK CRAWFORD?
"It absolutely is. It's going to be kind of fun. A lot of it is determined on how competitive the actual truck that you are driving is compared to those guys. I feel comfortable that I can compete with those guys no problem as long as I have the piece to compete against them with. That's the main thing. Not having tested a truck, and not having ever driven this truck is a big unknown as to whether it's going to handle real good and be balanced right, or whatever the cases are. That's some of the mystery I'll deal with this weekend. It's the first time that this truck will have raced this season as well, and those are a lot of question marks that can vary the outcome."
YOU ARE DRIVING A CIRCLE BAR RACING ENTRY ON FRIDAY, BUT YOU HAVE A ROUSH RACING TEAMMATE IN THE CHAMPIONSHIP HUNT. WILL YOU BE ABLE TO HELP CARL EDWARDS THIS WEEKEND IN HIS QUEST FOR THE CHAMPIONSHIP?
"I don't think that I'm going to be able to help Carl just coming in for one race. Certainly, he's welcome to all of the information that we can get on our own. I will probably be looking at what he's doing versus him looking at me just because he's run the series all year. That will definitely make a difference for me, but if I can help him I will. I'm certainly not going to get in the middle of the points championship."
FROM YOUR PAST EXPERIENCES, WHAT ARE THE MAJOR DIFFERENCES BETWEEN THE CARS AND THE TRUCKS?
"From what I remember, the trucks are a lot more aero-tight because of the big spoiler on the back of them and how big of a hole they make in the air. That's one thing that you're going to have to be conscious of, they're going to be a lot more aero-tight than the cars are. Other than that, they're pretty forgiving as far as when you get them sideways. They're a little more forgiving to drive, so I think I'm going to have some fun. It's all about having some fun this weekend and helping promote the Newspapers In Education initiative for Ford. This deal gives me the chance to get back in there and drive a race, and I'm looking forward to it."