SCOTT RIGGS-10-Nestle Nesquik Ford Taurus (Finished 40th) WHAT HAPPENED? "We just lost an engine there. It's been a pretty tough weekend for all of us here. A pretty tough week, really, with a lot of trials and tribulations going on this week.
SCOTT RIGGS-10-Nestle Nesquik Ford Taurus (Finished 40th)
WHAT HAPPENED? "We just lost an engine there. It's been a pretty tough weekend for all of us here. A pretty tough week, really, with a lot of trials and tribulations going on this week. Everybody is trying to keep their head up. It was our worst qualifying effort ever and it wasn't because we didn't try hard or work hard. We just made a lot of changes off of the truck and made a lot of changes before qualifying and it was too much in qualifying. Then we came back in happy hour and felt pretty good about it, and made some more this morning and the car felt pretty good. I was pretty happy with the car. We were going to do something to get our track position up there. We stopped there on that second caution and no one else did, so we when everybody else came for the next stop we were going to stay out for track position and try to have a top-10 finish here. I just hate it because all of the guys work awful hard and we needed a good one this week more than any week this whole year. We'll try to get it turned around. We have one more race and we're going to keep our heads up and take all of this as a learning curve and go into next year stronger and bigger and better
GREG BIFFLE-60-Grainger Ford Taurus (Finished 3rd)
"It's been a long season, and Jason Keller, what a competitor. He put a lot of pressure on me today and made me run my tires too hard. Scott Wimmer had a great car and got us at the end, but I'll tell you why, I had a great time out here in Phoenix; I will every time. I look forward to coming back next year in a Winston Cup car. I just want to thank everyone that made this possible: Grainger, Roush, and Jack, I'm happy he is with us this year. My mom and dad, and Benny Parson, my brother, my family; everybody has been supportive. I'm just excited to get my second title."
IT DIDN'T LOOK LIKE YOU WERE POINTS RACING TODAY. "I never had somebody put so much pressure on me as Wimmer and not bump into me. The guy ran me clean. He had plenty of opportunities. I'm sure he had to get out of the throttle to keep from hitting me. I was just trying my best to stay out in front of him and finally I realized that I didn't have the race car. I ran my tires off and he played it smart. He sat back and waited a while. Congratulations to those guys on their third win."
CONSISTENCY SEEMED TO WIN YOU THE CHAMPIONSHIP THIS YEAR. "We went though some growing pains with our engines this year and everybody made us step up our program. Edgar (Aleman) and the engine shop came to the call of duty and they got the engines to where we could run them today. We turned a lot of RPMs and made a lot of horsepower here. Just lost a little bit of the handle at the end. I didn't want to make any adjustments to the car, but just an excellent season."
YOU'RE THE FIRST DRIVER TO WIN THE TRUCK AND BUSCH SERIES CHAMPIONSHIPS. "It is really special. I've just got one more quest to hopefully finish off my career and that's a Winston Cup title. But, I've got a long ways to go for that, and I've got many years, hopefully, to accomplish that."
JASON KELLER-57-Albertsons Ford Taurus (Finished 4th)
"We definitely have a left-front flat, and we were real lucky; God was on our side. When we came in we knew this deal was going to be a real long shot of us winning the championship, and Greg did what he needed to do and ran up front all day long. This Albertsons team is getting stronger and stronger. We had to make some changes here as of late. I hate to say that we're already forward to next year, but we already are."
YOU WERE WITH GREG BIFFLE MOST OF THE RACE. WHAT WERE YOU THINKING? "I think the left-front starting going flat, and I really felt that in the middle part of the race that I was as good as he was and it just wasn't meant to be. We can go back and ask, 'What if?' but another top-five and we're never going to be sad with top-fives."
ARE YOU ALREADY LOOKING TOWARDS NEXT SEASON? "We still want a good run in Homestead. We want to end the year on a good note. We were actually a little off coming here. We didn't have a good setup, but we just battled back hard and qualified in the top-five and ran in the top-five all day. Actually, we had a flat left-front, so things did work out for us."
DID YOU KNOW YOU HAD A TIRE GOING DOWN? "They never told me. I knew something was going on with the left-front, and I didn't really understand what was going on. I'm glad they didn't and it all worked out. We had a great win, a top-five, I can't complain with that."
KASEY KAHNE-98-Channellock Ford Taurus (Finished 18th)
A SOLID TOP-20 FINISH. "It was pretty terrible, really. We were no better than we were yesterday. I think that because of my experience at this track that I should have gotten a much better finish than this. During the middle of the runs, we could go for about 15 to 20 laps pretty good on the outside, but as soon as the tires heated up, we were pushing the front all day. Once the tires heated I was loose in and loose and couldn't drive it. It was just 'drive it where you're at,' and I screwed up a few times because of it."
RANDY GOSS, Crew Chief-60-Grainger Ford Taurus
OBVIOUSLY, GREG WASN'T POINTS RACING TODAY. WERE YOU NERVOUS AS HE TRIED TO KEEP WIMMER BEHIND HIM? "The thing I was nervous about is that he hangs on and hangs on, and the 23 is better than us. He just keeps digging, but that's what he is best at, getting the most out of the car. Scott could have moved us six or seven laps earlier, he was that much better. Then, when the wreck happened, I know exactly what Greg was thinking. He was thinking, 'I can still win this thing on a restart.' So when they decided not to go back to green, which was probably a good thing. I think that should be left up to NASCAR. All of us are competitors, every single one of us if we aren't winning, we want to go back racing. NASCAR knowing that it probably would have been a mess, and not red-flagging it was probably the right thing today if you look at the mindset of the competitors at this time of year. A lot of drivers don't have anything to lose and a lot to gain these last two races, so I think it was the right decision today."
BIFFLE SEEMED TO THINK HE HAD THE CHAMPIONSHIP WON GOING INTO THIS WEEKEND'S RACE. DID YOU HAVE TO KEEP HIM GROUNDED THIS WEEK? "I've been racing since I've been 14 years old and I've seen almost everything you could think about happening. There's always a chance something can go wrong, even three laps from the end. You can give them a chance and when someone still has a chance there's still a chance something can go wrong. I'm just happy to get it over with today. Now we can go down to Homestead and race real hard, race as hard as we've raced all year. These guys that have been working all year deserve this, the mechanics at the shop that bolted this thing together. If you think that one mistake by one guy, one loose oil line or one anything, and it's not sewed up today."
YOU'VE BEEN BIFFLE'S CREW CHIEF SINCE HE STARTED COMPETING FOR ROUSH IN THE TRUCK SERIES, AND YOU'VE WON TWO CHAMPIONSHIPS TOGETHER. TALK ABOUT THE BOND YOU HAVE WITH BIFFLE. "It's a love-hate relationship on a bad day. He's such a competitor that he gets frustrated easily. I've been lucky enough to be surrounded by good enough people that give him good equipment to do his deal. I'm a little bit nervous about next year, to tell the truth. I know that he's a good enough driver to be in the top 10 in Winston Cup. I think that if he's not it's not because he doesn't have good enough cars, so that's back on me and the guys in the shop and our wind tunnel people and the whole bag of worms. Like always, I'm nervous about making sure we have good enough stuff for him."