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NASCAR Sprint Cup Series: Crown Royal presents the Curtiss Shaver 400

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Stock Car Racing Topics:  Crown Royal presents the Curtiss Shaver 400

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series: Crown Royal presents the Curtiss Shaver 400

Greg Biffle
July 29, 2012


KERRY THARP:  We're also joined third place finisher in today's race, Greg Biffle, and Greg drove the No.16 3M Ford for Roush Fenway Racing.  His third place finish here today equals his best finish ever at the Brickyard.  Greg, talk about your performance out there this afternoon.
GREG BIFFLE:  Well, it was a pretty good day for us.  We were just super loose all day long, and we‑‑ pretty short practice session for us.  Pretty compact.  And toward the end of practice, we put a different package on our car that seemed like it had pretty good speed on the lap tracker but was a little bit free, and we thought that might be good for today if it was going to need the car to turn.  We decided to race that package, and just really loose all day.  It made it difficult after about four or five laps my car just started to get real loose.  We did two tires there at the end, and I thought a lot of people would do two tires, and it turned out most everybody did four.  That hurt us a little bit, but still, we ended up third.  Kind of flattened off.
That caution right there probably helped us, probably helped the tires equalize, and when we fired off there again we were able to maintain.
We'll go back to the drawing board on what we got.  We've got to test tomorrow and then Pocono and Michigan, and we'll keep working on it.

Q.  When you're going around on the last long yellow, do you sit in there and plot in your mind how can we get around this guy that's leading and then he takes off?  Does it bother you or what?
GREG BIFFLE:  It didn't really matter if you were in front of him or not, he was going to pass you in about four or five laps anyway.  His car was just really, really good.  Sometimes you don't want the guy behind you, you know, if inevitably he's going to pass you no matter what.  Sometimes it's not an advantage to be in front of him to be honest with you, because it puts you in a position for more guys to be battling with you than the one.
But he ran me down in two laps from 25 car lengths.  I don't know about Kyle.  He was a little better, but still looked like Jimmie was pretty fast.
KERRY THARP:  Kyle, Greg, good effort out there.  We'll see you at Pocono.

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