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2014 Talladega: Greg Biffle NASCAR Sprint Cup Post-Race Press Conference
Posted by: ASkyler on May 04, 2014 - 06:17 PM
2014 Talladega: Greg Biffle NASCAR Sprint Cup Post-Race Press Conference

GREG BIFFLE - No. 16 3M Ford Fusion - "The last few restarts were actually really good for us. The 88, or somebody got, I think the 11 got shoved by or they got a run on the top and this race track is so wide here I didn’t really even attempt a block or try and go up and block the upper lane because you lose some momentum and it’s so wide, so I just focused on staying on the bottom and keep the momentum up. That final restart Clint gave us a huge, huge push and we had a huge run at the 11 car. I looked in the mirror and saw the smoke behind me and I wasn’t really sure whether the caution was gonna come out and I didn’t know what to do and I thought about making my move on the 11 right then because I had a huge run and I could have, and then probably off of two I could have passed him again - got beside him and sucked by him - but I just didn’t want to pass too early. I was gonna be the lone soldier on the outside lane and I was gonna be 15th by the time we got back around to the start-finish line. So I was just waiting. I was backing up off of him quite a bit on the backstretch and I got probably two-and-a-half, three cars away from him and they said, ‘Caution is out.’ I was setting up to go by him, but just never had the chance. I wish I had known we weren’t gonna race all the way back, but it was a good day for us. The car was really fast, a lot of speed, and I’m just happy to come out of here with a clean car."


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WHERE WERE YOU WHEN THE CAUTION CAME OUT? "We were about halfway down the backstretch, I guess, and I thought when I saw the smoke and I was trying to make a decision to go or not, and I decided to wait, I figured once we got in the middle of one and two if the caution wasn’t out then it wasn’t gonna come out. I figured, ‘OK, we’re good all the way back,’ so I figured if it hadn’t come out yet, we were gonna be OK. When I got back around I was wondering why nobody told me there was half of a car laying on the track, we’re probably not gonna race back so go ahead and try to pass him now, but that’s a lot to happen in a short amount of time."

IS IT FRUSTRATING OR GRATIFYING TO HAVE A RESULT LIKE THIS BEING IN A CONTRACT YEAR? "It’s sort of bittersweet for us. We’ve run a little bit better the last couple weeks. I wasn’t sure how we were gonna run here and I was extremely happy with the speed my car had on Friday and then today all day. I’m really happy with it. Our restrictor plate program is in decent shape. We still have some work to do, but it sure would have been nice to get a win toward the Chase, but we’ve got some great race tracks coming up as well. That would have been nice."

YOU COULD BE THE FIRST THREE-TIME WINNER AT KANSAS NEXT WEEK. WHAT WOULD THAT MEAN? "I didn’t know that stat. I’d be super-excited to win there to start with, but to be the first guy to win three there would be pretty neat. I love that race track. It’s a lot of fun to race on and puts on a good race. Clint really wants to win there, too. I love Kansas."

DID YOU HAVE PROBLEMS WITH YOUR FEET GETTING HOT? "I’m glad somebody else’s feet were hot because my feet were on fire all day. It wasn’t even that hot out." CLINT ASKS IF GREG DID THE OLD CROSSOVER FOR A WHILE. "Yeah, my heels are burned up. I’m not sure why." WHERE WAS YOUR RIGHT FOOT? "Up off the hot floor. It was hot."

GREG BIFFLE CONTINUED -- IS IT SATISFYING TO FINISH SECOND WITH A FAST CAR? "I just wish I was where the 11 was on that final restart when the white came out and they were getting ready to make a run at me, but it was pretty satisfying. Once the outside lane got a push there towards the end and I got shuffled back to about the third row and we were three-wide I was a little bit nervous that the bottom lane was gonna start stalling out. It seems like the bottom lane for some reason, when the outside two lanes get up there it seems like the bottom lane wants to stall, but if the outside lane isn’t shoved up there that far, the bottom lane seems to have speed so it’s kind of weird how that works. But I’m extremely happy to finish second. We’ve been moving up a little bit in points. I know it doesn’t mean all that much this day and time, but it’s not as much about points as wins, but it will help us kind of keep trudging toward the front a little bit."

WERE YOU SURPRISED EARNHARDT WASN’T UP THERE AT THE END? "He was leading until the caution came out and he pitted, so he probably would have been leading or right there if he wouldn’t have pitted. I thought he was on the same plan as everyone else, but he was the only car to pit from the lead. It’s hard to pass here. I was back there and got shuffled out of line and got moved to the back and you just hold it to the floor and there’s nowhere to go. You try a lane - the third lane it just stalls out and won’t go - so it’s hard to get back up there."

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