GREG BIFFLE - No. 66 Subway Taurus - 2nd PRESS CONFERENCE WHAT ABOUT THE LAST LAP? "The last couple of laps Kasey did what he had to do. He tried to protect the bottom and my car wasn't that good up top. I should have looked in the mirror...
- No. 66 Subway Taurus - 2nd
WHAT ABOUT THE LAST LAP?
"The last couple of laps Kasey did what he had to do. He tried to protect the bottom and my car wasn't that good up top. I should have looked in the mirror and saw if I had some room behind me. I should have tried the top. I probably could have beat him up top pretty easy I guess. My mistake, though. I should have done that, but I knew I could move him off the bottom and get a run on him and that's what I did, and then he drove it in the corner right on my right-rear quarterpanel and sucked me sideways, which that's pretty brave to do that because usually you wreck two people when you do that. But he knew I had a good car so he did what he had to do there. So we went back down the backstretch dead even again and the lap before that - getting into three - he kept down the straightaway. I had a run on him and he blocked me all the way to the bottom. It's just tough to finish second and have a car like that. Maybe I should have taken two tires. Like I was telling Johnny, if it would have been the Cup race I would have definitely moved him up out of the way a little bit with the bumper. I could have moved him real easy down there in three and four and not even hurt him because when he came down to block me I could have just touched him a little and moved him out of the way. He still would have finished second, but I'll save that for that for when I'm Cup racing and not Busch racing."
IS THIS AN INDICATOR OF WHAT WE'LL SEE TOMORROW?
"Yeah, you're gonna see good racing tomorrow. I think it's gonna be one-groove racing - definitely the shorter spoilers on the Cup cars. Normally the Busch cars will run two-wide and sometimes three-wide - move up - I didn't see anybody really up the track today doing any good, so that's a pretty good indicator that the bottom tomorrow is gonna be the best also. I'm just so happy with this Brewco team. They give me great race cars to drive. I clearly had the fastest car today and it seems like everytime we have Subway on the car the thing flies, but it was a good run for us today. I wouldn't have changed a thing. Maybe if I would have taken two tires I would have got to Kasey sooner and been able to do something with him, but his car was pretty fast so I'm not sure, if I had to, if I would have been able to race him as good as I did before. You just never know."
IS IT BETTER TO GO TO THE OUTSIDE?
"What happens is if you're brave enough, you drive it in on the outside and you squeeze the guy down and what it does is it takes the air off his car. If he's a good enough driver, he typically won't wreck, but you get down there and you wait for him to start to get sideways and then you move up and give him a little bit of room to save it. That loses all of his momentum, so the bottom groove is the faster way around the race track, but when you take the air off the guy on the bottom, then, all of a sudden, the top groove is the faster way around the race track. When the guy on the bottom can't step on the gas pedal, the guy on the top is gonna be the fastest. Down there in the middle of three and four I couldn't push the gas pedal down. I was just holding it and turning the wheel to the right because he had all the air sucked off my car pulling it sideways. But, typically, you don't race like that except for the win. You wouldn't see him doing that in the middle of the race because eventually the guy on the bottom is gonna prevail. If we would have had three more laps, he wouldn't have been able to hang there on the top. That's why you see that last lap deal."
WOULD YOU HAVE TURNED HIM AROUND IF IT WAS THE CUP RACE?
"I would have used my finesse and moved him up the race track one lane. When we're going down the backstretch and he was crowding me down going down the middle of the straightway, I'd just put my nose against him and moved him right back up there. Then when he got down on the bottom there, we're going around the bottom, he can't give it any gas because he can't go because his car is so loose. So I'm sitting there having to wait for him to go because he's on old tires. If I would have just given him a little nudge, I could have just moved him up the race track just a little bit and went on about my business and been done with it. But tomorrow I have to race him for 500 miles tomorrow, so I don't want him doing that to me tomorrow. I wouldn't turn him around for the win. That doesn't take any skill to do that. I could have moved him out of the way very easily at the right spot and it wouldn't have affected him, but I've got to race with him tomorrow. If it's the Cup race and it's the last lap and that same stuff is going on, trust me, it's gonna be a different outcome, I promise you."
HOW WERE YOU TRYING TO RACE HIM?
"I was trying to race him like a gentleman. There's $60,000 on the line today and there's $5.5 million tomorrow, so I'm looking at that big picture. It is frustrating to get those second place finishes and thirds and fourths. It's frustrating in a manner that those other ones probably weren't frustrating. The one that was was Michigan when Ryan beat me on the restart when we led a lot of that race. Here it's kind of frustrating because we had a pretty fast car the whole day and to finish second that's kind of frustrating, but the other races I didn't have a good enough car to win and finished second, third, whatever. Yeah, it gets to you, but you've got to hold your head up because finishing second here today is a tall order. That's a tough deal to do. Any top five finishes are good for the team."
DID YOU DO ANYTHING TO THE CAR TO MAKE IT SO GOOD AT THE END?
"I just wasn't real excited when the green flag dropped and I kind of hung out behind my teammate for a while and he was real loose. I just kind of started working my way up there. I wasn't gonna push the issue early and I knew my car was really good. I didn't know that until the green flag dropped and I made about five or eight laps, then I felt, 'Geez, this thing is pretty dang good.' So then I just waited it out and got one position at a time and I just worked my way up there, and just realized the car was just a little tight so I took a little bit of wedge out. Then I got it to really eat that white line up across the bottom of the track like I wanted and I just left it like that."
IF YOU WERE IN KASEY'S SEAT DO YOU DO ANYTHING DIFFERENTLY?
"No way. He's the one out there getting the trophy. Why would you do it any different? No, certainly. He did what he had to do. Yeah, I'd have done the same thing, absolutely. You have to. You've got to know inside the car, 'Hey, I'm blocking this guy and I'm holding him up. He may nudge me out of the way.' It's that simple. You've got to be ready for that and he was probably ready for it. I wanted to race him clean, but, shoot, I would have done the same thing. I just wish I would have gone to the top because I think I could have beat him on top, but hindsight. I wish I could have got the gas down on the bottom, but I just couldn't get it down with him on the outside."
WOULD YOU HAVE BEATEN HIM IF THE CAUTION HADN'T COME OUT?
"Absolutely. I was right on him and had seven laps to get him. If he would have had three or four more laps, his tires were old and he wouldn't have been able to cut to the bottom."