Alltel 200, February 24, 2001 North Carolina Speedway GREG BIFFLE --60-- Grainger Taurus "It was a great run for the Grainger Ford. We had great pit stops. I'm real happy to be here up in third place because we needed this...
Alltel 200, February 24, 2001 North Carolina Speedway
GREG BIFFLE --60-- Grainger Taurus
"It was a great run for the Grainger Ford. We had great pit stops. I'm real happy to be here up in third place because we needed this for points. I got a run on Kevin there at the end and he kind of blocked me high, so I got underneath him and he kind of cut low protecting for that white-flag lap. We race real good together, so I'm excited to be up here racing with him again."
WITH THE HAPPY HOUR ACCIDENT ARE YOU HAPPY TO FINISH THIRD?
"Yeah, I definitely am. I owe a lot of credit to Mark Martin and Jeff Burton. They've been great to me getting this Busch program on its feet and they've been a great asset. I wrecked the car in happy hour about 15 minutes in, so I really didn't get any happy hour or we might have been just a little bit better today and that's about all it would have taken to win."
WHAT ABOUT YOUR DAY?
"We were able to cycle ourselves up to the front and we really just sat out there and ran all day and learned. We let Jeff Green go and let some of the veteran guys go in the series so we could follow them. What really cost us was that crash in happy hour. We missed the chassis setup a little bit -- had the wrong gear in it. For these shootouts and this three-lap deal with fresh tires, I just didn't have the gear to get with them off the corner."
JEFF GREEN --10-- Nesquik Taurus
"For some reason the tires we started the race with felt like, to me, it had a right-front flat. We were really concerned about that and 18 laps into the race we had to put tires on and nobody else did. I figured they would, but that put us out of sync and put us one set of Goodyears short than everybody else. I thought we were gonna alright, but when that caution came out with 10 to go and I saw everyone come in, we were just a sitting duck. This Nesquik Ford Taurus was awesome. We're still learning about it. We were a little bit off today, but we still had a car that challenged for the lead and that's what I'm happy about. We didn't get the outcome we wanted, but there are 30 more to go and we're looking forward to that."
IF YOU WOULD HAVE HAD ANOTHER SET OF TIRES COULD YOU HAVE WON?
"We would have given it a shot. I don't know if we would have beat Todd. Todd was awfully good and he was the class of the field. We were a little bit better than him on that last set I had and were ahead of him until I ran up on Ryan Newman and tried to lap him. That's when Todd got back by me, but we were gonna be at least second I think."
WHAT ABOUT THE INCIDENT WITH RYAN AND TODD DOWN THE STRETCH?
"First of all, somebody blew an oil line or something off on the very first lap. Going into one, Ryan was on the outside of me and I hit that oil and pushed up into him. That got him up and he spun out, so he was mad at me for that for one. Then when I got to him to lap him with 15 to go, he just raced the hell out of me. I was running high and he took that groove away from me, but you've got to remember with 15 to go, it's not your day, you're a lap down, you need to try next week -- but he raced the hell out of me and Todd was able to catch me. I had 100-yard lead on him at the time and he ran me down because I was so slow trying to get by Ryan. Todd got up under me off two and Ryan was on the outside of me and they sandwiched me and bent my fenders. That really made my car too tight. We were tight all day and that made me way too tight. It just didn't end like we wanted it to, but there are a lot of guys that would like to finish eighth. I still feel like we're learning about the Ford Taurus and I feel like we're getting better everyday. It's a little bit different than what we've had in the past, plus the tire situation is different too. We're all learning and we feel like we're gaining on it more and more everyday."