Outback Steakhouse 300 June 16, 2001 Kentucky Speedway JEFF GREEN-10-Nestle Nesquik Ford Taurus (Finished 32nd) WHAT HAPPENED WITH THE 92? "He just seems to race me harder than anybody else out here. Everybody gets to him and he lets them go,...
Outback Steakhouse 300
June 16, 2001
JEFF GREEN-10-Nestle Nesquik Ford Taurus (Finished 32nd)
WHAT HAPPENED WITH THE 92?
"He just seems to race me harder than anybody else out here. Everybody gets to him and he lets them go, but I don't know, he's trying to prove something to his crew chief or something. I was racing and I was a little loose in and we lost six or seven spots in the pits, and we go back there where we didn't need to be. So, I got in a little too deep and got loose. I was probably stupid enough to put up with him. I should have let him go and got him later, but I was just trying to get by him there and get back up front. For some reason, Jimmie Johnson races me harder than anybody and I don't know why. He's done it ever since he's raced with us and I guess he'll keep on doing it."
WHAT HAPPENED AFTER THE RACE?
"I just asked him why he races me so hard. It was 70 laps into the race and we have to make it to 200. We can't wreck on 70 and win these races; we have to make it to 200."
GREG BIFFLE-60-Grainger Ford Taurus (Finished 2nd)
"We had to come from the back and I really didn't know what to do with the chassis. What happened is, I was in traffic driving up through there the whole way and I thought I needed to free it up, but I wasn't sure because of all the traffic and the air turbulence. We got a couple of chances to work on it, but we needed one more one stop. I think that if we had one more stop, we could have run with the 2 easily, but I didn't want to go too far and start going backwards like we did at Charlotte. We didn't make enough of an adjustment on that last pit stop, but we could have run with him. We were running the same times as him at the end, but we just needed a little bit more."
ELTON SAWYER-98-Starter/Hot Tamales Ford Taurus (Finished 4th)
"First of all, this is a great facility. We couldn't be more happy for everyone here in Kentucky. We're really honored for being here. I think the fans saw a great race. Our Starter/Hot Tamales Ford Taurus was really good. I thought we had something for Tony (Raines) at the end, but the 2 and the 60 were pretty stout. On the last restart, I didn't get a very good start, but it was a good top five and a good effort for everybody. We had good pit stops and Ricky (Viers) and everyone did a good job. We have a week off and then we go to Milwaukee."
YOU SAID EARLIER THAT YOU THOUGHT THIS TRACK WOULD GO THROUGH SOME OF THE
CHANGES THAT OCCUR AT CHARLOTTE. WAS THAT THE CASE?
"Well, it tightened up a little bit, but not bad. We started out a little tight and on the first pit stop Ricky made a good adjustment and the car was fine from there, we just put tires on it. I wasn't very good on the last restart like I needed to be. I spun the tires and they kind of got away from us and I needed to be right there with them. Kevin and the guys ahead of were good, so I'm not disappointed finishing fourth."
WHAT ARE YOUR FEELINGS ABOUT THIS TRACK?
"I love this track. If you have a fast race car you can pass. There's plenty of room and it's not single lane. You saw a lot of passing tonight."
BRAD TEAGUE-77-PRW Racing Ford Taurus (Finished 41st)
IT WAS A TOUGH NIGHT FOR YOU.
"Well, it was tough. The first thing happened, we had a couple of spins there and I got on the brakes and got a half-a-lap down. They didn't throw the caution out, and then coming off of Turn 2 something happened to the motor."
GREG BIFFLE PRESS CONFERENCE
YOU WERE HERE IN THE TRUCKS. IS IT A DIFFERENT EXPERIENCE IN A CAR?
"It's a lot different experience. I'll tell you what, my guys did a great job on pit stops tonight. We probably didn't make enough adjustments in the pits. Starting 37th, I really wanted to take my time coming up through there. I knew it was going to be treacherous and that there were going to be some accidents. It was a lot more green-flag racing than I expected there for the first part. We only had two pit stops and only a couple of chances to adjust on the car. We really had to use the first couple sets of tires to get to the front and once we got to the front, I think we only needed one more pit stop to run with the 2. After our second pit stop, I made some pretty wholesale changes and we could run with him there at the end. In fact, we were closing in on him at one point, but I was a little bit better than he was in 1 and 2, but he'd beat me in 3 and 4, so we traded off a little bit. Just one more pit stop could have got the Grainger Ford a little bit better, and I'm sure I could have run with him if I had one more chance to adjust on the car."
YOU SAID THERE WAS MORE GREEN-FLAG RACING THAN YOU EXPECTED. IS THERE
SOMETHING ABOUT THIS TRACK THAT MAKES IT PRONE TO CAUTION PERIODS?
"We were on a medium-hard tire and there were a few more crashes than usual in practice, and that kind of gave an indication that it gets difficult when you get side-by-side and there isn't a lot of grip with the back of the car. I was thinking that there might be a guy spin here or there, more than there was at that first part. And then some cautions came later on. You usually see that stuff after pit stops. People get new tires on and they get racy and stuff can happen. Kevin did a great job; they had their car right. We struggled a little bit this whole weekend, back and forth, and we weren't quite right tonight. We were working on getting it better, but we just needed one more opportunity."
MOST OF THE ACCIDENTS OCCURRED IN TURNS 3 AND 4. WHY WAS THAT?
"It's because of the way the banking is. There are some bumps over there on the race track. They patched the race track in a few spots over there. Maybe some asphalt just didn't take or whatnot and they had to replace some of and there are just a couple of bumps and it's in a little bit different shape than this corner down here (Turns 1 and 2). Nothing really more about that corner than anything else, but that's all I can think. It's just a little bit looser in my car, so it has to be that way for everybody else."
THERE SEEMED TO BE A LOT OF CHANCES AT THE END FOR YOU TO PASS KEVIN
HARVICK. WERE THERE MIND GAMES GOING ON?
"What will happen on a track like this is that if you get up behind a car it gets aero-tight and it won't turn. So, you try to get the best jump you can on the start and try to stick with the guy in front of you. What really happens is the guy in the front will play a little cat-and-mouse about slowing down and speeding up and slowing down a little bit to keep you guessing when he's going to get in the throttle. It's hard to get that split decision when to get in the gas and Kevin got me two times and got me sleeping on throttle. One time I got up against the chip in first gear before I shifted and kind of stopped the flow of the momentum of the car. But, we were able to catch him pretty good in Turns 1 and 2, but just couldn't get up behind him close enough to make him loose or get a pass in."
DID THE TRACK CONDITIONS CHANGE AS NIGHTFALL DESCENDED?
"It did, it changed a considerable amount. I was a lot tighter when the sun was out at the start of the race. It was hard for me to tell. I say that, and I was running in a tremendous amount of traffic. I felt it tightened up at the end of the night, but at the start I was tight running in all that traffic. It probably tightened up as the night went on, but I made adjustments to make it turn better the whole way."
HOW FRUSTRATING WAS IT TO SEE KEVIN TAKE OFF ON THE RESTARTS?
"I'd catch him in 1 and 2. They're always going to get a little bit of jump on you because they are putting the throttle down first. No matter what you do, you're not going to beat the guy who's going to put the throttle down first or you'll run in the back of him. They're always going to get a little bit on you, but usually you can make it up in the corner down there, which I was able to do, but I still couldn't do anything because of the tightness. I'd drive up under his bumper and my nose would push out. I couldn't keep it turning to get down under there. I was too tight to race with him. I'm sure that if I got in front of him, he wouldn't have been able to pass me. I'm pretty confident of that. That the way these cars work. You get within that 10-carlength range and your car doesn't quite turn as good."