Chat with Greg Biffle
After a third place finish in the standings last year, Biffle has his No. 16 3M car in ninth place this year for Roush Fenway Racing. Of his 13 starts so far, he has seven top 10 finishes, including four top five. Biffle owns two championships in his racing career -- the 2000 Craftsman Truck Series and the 2002 Busch Series.
Send your questions now and then join Biffle at 11 a.m. ET Thursday!
Buzzmaster (10:56 AM)
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David (Phoenix, AZ
With all this talk about NASCAR seriously considering implementing the All-Star format double file restarts to every race, what are your thoughts regarding it? Will that probably change depending on your situation in a given race whether your a lead lap or lapped car?
Greg Biffle (11:01 AM)
I think it's definitely going to make the restarts more exciting. There will be some difficulties and growing pains with that. Getting the lineup and the two and three and four lap down cars into that. Smoe of the tracks will be more difficult and some single lane grove type tracks. If they do it at road courses, the restart is different there anyway. I dno't know if they'll change the road courses to a doublefile restart anyway.
Greg, what is your opinion on the 'Are NASCAR drivers athletes?' debate? A friend swears you guys aren't. I disagree.
Greg Biffle (11:02 AM)
I would challenge your friend to put a treadmill inside of a car that's about 150 degrees for about five hours. And keep very very close concentration, communicate and don't ever make a mistake, because it could kill you.
Greg Biffle (11:03 AM)
With no timeouts. No water break. No bathroom break.
Paul G (Tucson, Az)
Pocono has some long straights. Ever lose concentration?
Greg Biffle (11:04 AM)
I have to admit, Pocono's straightaways are very long. You do have a loto f time to think about the next corner. You don't lose concentration, because you're going 200 MPH. You're executing the next corner in your mind. You've got a guy three car lengths behind you who might try to outbreak you in the corner. In Bristol, you don't have that. You're going crazy.
Adam in Ohio
Hey Greg. You're getting so close to winning, but the #16 just can't quite finish. What do you think can be done to the car to stay strong when it counts at the end?
Greg Biffle (11:06 AM)
Well we're working on that very hard. Part of the issue is keeping the car handling for the entire race. The last fifty laps are important that's where the cars are won at. We had a chance to do some testing at Indy this week and learned some things. At Pocono and Michigan, we have some chances.
Why do you think TV ratings are dropping so much this season? I have found myself watching less NASCAR, but I don't know why.
Greg Biffle (11:07 AM)
Certainly we've heard about it as well. Some of the things that have come out of that is that maybe they evaluate the process a little different which could make the numbers slightly different. But I don't think it's off an alarming amount. I don't think it's a major difference. I don't see where you can find more exciting racing than the last few races. I think about exciting races and exciting finishes. We've had some unfortunate rain races, like the Daytona 500. That will truly effect the TV ratings. There are no excuses when you look at the TV ratings.
Greg, good to see you up front again! My question is with all the time in the motorcoach lot on race weekends, what do you guys do? What drivers do you tend to hang out with to pass the time? Thanks
Greg Biffle (11:09 AM)
That's a good question, because we do have a lot of times. People ask me you're so busy, how do you have time to do that? Believe it or not, at the track, I have more down time than I do during the week. You have four hours on the track and media and that's it. I surf the 'Net. I research stuff, read about stuff. Watch TV. Play video games some. Get together with other drivers and have dinner, or barbecue. It's kind of nice. I look forward now to get to the track.
Huge fan of the no. 16 greg, you've had some troubles in the pit throughout the year do you think taking two in the final pit on sunday was the right idea? Or do you think you couldve caught jimmie riding on 4 new tires?
Greg Biffle (11:12 AM)
I really think two was the right call because really what screwed us up last weekend was being on pit road when the caution lap came out. IT took 250 laps to get back to the front. Two laps would have won me the race and Tony would have never caught me. But you can't go back and do it over again. Would four have won me the race? I don't know for sure. You can always second guess your decisions. Our pit stops have been very good lately. We did have some issues early that kept us out of victory lane. In the pit crew's defense, its' been the lug nuts more than the pit crew making a mistake.
Tommy (Sacramento, CA)
Greg, luv you man! Began following you after a Bakersfield race in the #60 Grainger truck. Do you still apply the same philosophy to racing now as you did then?
Greg Biffle (11:13 AM)
Yes I do, but I probably would win more races if I would think about those days more. I miss running the truck series and that was a great track out in Bakersfield. The one thing that I miss is going to tracks like that. I try to use the same philosophy, be focused and concentrate and try not to make any mistakes.
Bryan Butler (Belmont, OH)
What was your "Welcome to NASCAR moment". thanks and hope to meet you next week at michigan!
Greg Biffle (11:14 AM)
Yeah, I think of a few of them. One that sticks out in my mind is the 120 point penalty I got with three races to go int he season when I lost the championship by eight points that season in 1999. That was a moment, there have been a few encounters with other drivers or mistakes I've made on the race track or stupid things I've done.
Scott Roberts Vancouver Wa
Do you do anything regarding your foundation in Vancouver?
Greg Biffle (11:16 AM)
Yes, we have recently. We grant money out one time a year and we gave some money out to some shelters. We're going to do a fund raising events on July 18, we're doing an autograph session and selling the pet calendar at PIR, Camping World West race. Do an even to raise money for local animal shelters. Sunset Speedway, I'll be racing at as well on July 18.
mike g. sunbury, pa
how do you feel about pocono? do you like the track? i know us infielders absolutely love the track and the action.
Greg Biffle (11:17 AM)
Yeah, I really like the race track. It's fun because it's different. It's so different that it's a very challenging place. Three different corners, odd shape, long straightaways. When our transmission and gear roll come out and took our shifting away, it didn't make it as fun for the drivers, but it's still a fun track.
Greg Biffle (11:18 AM)
I appreciate all the support. I look forward to getting the 16 car into the chase and win this year. GregBiffle.com Monday night at 9 p.m. I do my radio show. TalkToTheBif@gmail.com to e-mail the show. And I'll be on NASCAR Now on ESPN2 at 5 p.m. and I'll be on the 6 p.m. ET SportsCenter.