Catching up with ... Biffle Greg
from the Hardin County News
A victory at Darlington (left) helped Greg Biffle in his four-race climb from 23rd to 12th in the standings.
After a horrible start to the 2006 season, Greg Biffle is once again a solid contender for one of the 10 berths in the season-ending, championship-deciding Chase for the Nextel Cup, which begins after the Sept. 9 race at Richmond International Raceway.
In the past four races, Biffle has had finishes of fourth, first, seventh and eighth, respectively. During that span, he has climbed from 23rd in points to 12th, and he's 85 points out of 10th place. The veteran Roush Racing driver spoke with reporters last week on NASCAR's weekly teleconference.
Q. Should the rules be changed so injured drivers don't have to start races to earn points?
A. "Yeah, because of our sport, the way it's designed, it could help us... There has been discussion about the points as well; like if you fall out of a race, instead of getting 43rd-place points, have there be a cutoff. Let's say everybody from 30th back gets the same amount of points. ... It could be a topic of discussion in the future, [but] I don't really know how that will actually work."
Q. Should NASCAR run smaller cars, like the Ford Mustang, in the Busch Series?
A. "I think bringing the Mustang and the [Chevrolet] Camaro, those type of cars into that division, would be a great idea, great idea for the marketing, sports and the series."
Q. How did your team members keep up their spirits as the team struggled early in the season?
A. "We simply had to put the last race totally behind us like, OK, we went to Phoenix, we ran well, whatever happened, happened. This week we're concentrating on winning."
Q. How do you feel about the strong performance of Roush Racing teammate Mark Martin in his final year of full-time Nextel Cup competition?
A. "It doesn't really surprise me. Mark Martin has a ton of talent. He's extremely passionate about driving these race cars.We've got, as a company, really good race cars. If we have good equipment and good cars, Mark is always going to be one of our guys running up front."