GREG BIFFLE -16-Ameriquest Mortgage Ford Fusion (Finished 2nd) "It was kind of a long day for us. It started out really, really tight and we just kept working on the race car trying to get it to turn. Any time I'd get around cars I got really...
GREG BIFFLE -16-Ameriquest Mortgage Ford Fusion (Finished 2nd)
"It was kind of a long day for us. It started out really, really tight and we just kept working on the race car trying to get it to turn. Any time I'd get around cars I got really bad. Even lapped cars, you'd start catching them, maybe 20 car lengths in front of you, you just kind of stall out. You can't get any closer to make a pass. I took a ton of wedge out. I think I took six turns of wedge out, and we put air in the right rear to try to get the car freed up to rotate with the back of the car more than turn with the front. That seemed to really wake it up. There at the end, I'd get behind Kurt and I'd start getting close to him, and I'd get within probably two car lengths of him and it would start chattering the front tires. I'd either have to lift or just hold my mouth right and hope I didn't hit the fence coming off the corner and try and stay with him down the straightaway and run in on him on the next corner, just trying to get the air off his spoiler. I tried the top, I tried everything. I pulled out the whole handbook on that deal and I couldn't do a lot with him."
IS IT FAIR THAT A GUY RUNNING HIS FIRST BUSCH RACE WINS HIS FIRST BUSCH RACE?
"I don't know what the ratio was, but I think anytime the 39 car showed up last year it won. I think he didn't win but one or two times that the Penske Busch program came to the Busch Series. You take a good driver like Kurt and put him in that equipment, and certainly it's going to spell success. Kurt is a Nextel Cup champion, so whether it be his first race or not, these cars are kind of similar and the same kind of race track he's used to racing on. It's a big deal to win for your first time out. I wouldn't have handicapped him two percent for the start of this race. I figured him as one of the guys to beat. Him, Jeff Burton and Matt, and I felt like maybe Carl were going to be the guys to beat."
HOW DID THE CAUTION-FILLED END OF THE RACE AFFECT YOU?
"I had a couple of opportunities to get past Kurt and there were lapped cars on the inside of me and I couldn't get to the bottom. I got a couple of good starts and what I needed to do was be right on his bumper getting into turn one because he wasn't that good in turn one. I needed to be on him and then I could pressure on him in three and four. The first two corners after the restart was when I could really put a lot of heat on him. When I felt like I had a way to get by I couldn't get to the bottom in turn one. I had to wait till I got to three and four. I think I kinda maybe lost my opportunity there. It's so tough difficult to pass the guy in front. I feel like if I could have got in front of Kurt, I feel like I could hover drove off, maybe eight to 10 car lengths in four to five laps because you feel like your car is that fast and you know how handicapped you are behind a guy. But, that was my best chance to do something right there on the restarts."
"I needed the long run because you could see I was gaining back on him again. If I had 20 laps I think I could have probably got him and wore him down. He came so close to hitting the fence coming off of two three laps in a row before that caution came out. He was getting too tight coming off the corner, so I felt like it was coming to me, but you never know. You can't Monday morning quarterback it when the caution comes out. I don't know if I'd ever got him. My car might have got just as tight as his, and I might not be able to get a run on him."
THERE WERE SIX ROUSH CARS IN TODAY'S RACE. WHAT DID YOU THINK THE CHANCE WAS THAT A ROUSH CAR WOULD WIN TODAY?
"I would have said it would have been a pretty decent chance. I knew Matt was pretty good. I didn't think I was as good as what I ended up here today. I thought I had a top-five car, but I didn't know that I would be filling the leader's mirror up every corner for the last 20 laps. I don't know what happened to Mark, but Matt, myself and Carl; we've all won here. I would have thought that we had a pretty good chance at winning here today."
"I might start my Nextel Cup car with less wedge in it than I was anticipating starting with how tight the track was and continued to get tight today. I was pretty far off on my Busch car, so it's possible I'm off a little bit on the Cup car, but those are adjustments I can make during the race, too. But, I'm not necessary going to change it that much compared to what I learned today."