GREG BIFFLE-60-Grainger Ford Taurus (Qualified 1st) DID YOU USE WHAT YOU LEARNED HERE LAST YEAR TO HELP YOU TODAY? "We used a fair amount of what we raced with here last year. There seems to be quite a bit less grip when you want to put the ...
GREG BIFFLE-60-Grainger Ford Taurus (Qualified 1st)
DID YOU USE WHAT YOU LEARNED HERE LAST YEAR TO HELP YOU TODAY? "We used a fair amount of what we raced with here last year. There seems to be quite a bit less grip when you want to put the power down. I was a little frustrated when we started doing practice qualifying runs because last year we did a 29.32 in practice and actually qualified at a 42. I was a little concerned when the fastest we went was a 70 and we started looking and everybody was doing 60s and 70s. The track has just slowed up a little bit, but there's such a fine line there because this track is so technical. Between my qualifying time and Jason's, it's just a fraction of putting the throttle down or letting up on the gas or stepping on the brakes. We were really lucky to get that lap in. We're pretty close to the same we were last year. We're using some different front springs or front suspension geometry, so we've got some different springs in it. But, we're pretty close."
HOW SENSITIVE IS THIS TRACK TO CHANGES IN THE TEMPERATURE? "We haven't tested as much here and I don't have as much track time here as I'd like to, but it seems like it does change some. It will change extremely after the truck race. I'm kinda happy that we've got Happy Hour after the truck race. They will put down a lot of rubber on the rack and it will probably get slicker than it is now. We'll probably have to make some adjustments for that. It certainly is temperature sensitive. It's really hard to get the throttle down because it's so flat. You've got to have a lot of throttle control, especially with the trucks. They have less downforce than we do."
TALK ABOUT RACE STRATEGY HERE. "Like Jason said, track position is going to be key. So that means that pit stops will be important to stay in sync with all of the other guys. I don't think this will be a two-tire race track because of how slick it is, so I think you'll see people putting four tires on every time. You just need keep decent track position. Whoever makes the right adjustments during the race, air pressure, spring rubber, things like that, that's what's going to be key. It's not that the race track is so slick, it's just that our cars are going so fast and are making so much power now that we can't get the car to stick to the track race. The increased amount of power that we have is just quite a bit of difference than we've had in the past."