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Greg Biffle, Roush Fenway Racing - Q&A

Race winner Greg Biffle spoke to the media after the Quicken Loans 400 at Michigan International Speedway to talk about what the victory meant for him and Roush Fenway Racing.
Q:
Talk about your win here, the race team, the victory, the significance of winning this 1000th win for Ford, as well.

Greg Biffle:
Yeah, it's definitely a special day. It was Father's Day, my first, Emma's first victory lane today, so that was pretty special for me.

You know, we certainly didn't probably have the fastest car today at times and kept working on it, kept making slight adjustments on pit stops, and you know, track position is huge with our car, and it's been well documented that we feel like we've been a little bit behind this season. We've been gaining on it. We've probably gotten a little more than we deserved the past two weeks with a second and a win, but we certainly have gotten much, much better, and it looks like we're well on our way to getting some speed back in these cars, and continue to work on them and figure them out and get them to be just a little bit better yet.

It was fun racing with those guys. The #29 was coming at the start of that last run there, and then he kind of started to fade, and then the #48 was coming, so then I stepped it up a notch, run just about as hard as I could, and so I was matching his lap time for lap time, and turn one got really slippery with about six or eight to go, I'm not sure why, and I don't know exactly what happened to the #48, but I about busted my butt down there a couple times trying to get all I could get.

I am just super excited for Ford. It's the 1000th win for them, and we got to go drive a bunch of their cars and trucks over at the proving grounds this week, see some of the great 2014 and 2015 stuff coming to market. It's really exciting to see all that and all the racing heritage, and to be able to be a part of that with the 1000th win, I think I contributed over 50 of those, which is a small number compared to 1000, but still sure excited to be the number 1000.

Q:
You've talked the last few weeks about trying to find something, get the cars right, second last week, first this week. Would that lead us to believe that you have found something?

Greg Biffle:
Well, I think that I certainly don't want to downplay our success at all because this is pretty exciting for our team and what we've done. But we feel like ‑‑ I feel like we've just scratched the surface of how much better our cars are going to get, and we're going to work towards getting them better until the end of the season.

We were nowhere near competing with the #48 car and the #5 and a few others last week at Pocono, but we got up there, got track position, our car was fast in fairly clean air and we finished second. And here today it was obvious that the #48 was a little bit faster than us again. So we've gained on it, definitely we've gained on it. But we're not celebrating quite yet.

If you want to put it on a scale, we've probably found half of the speed we needed to and downforce or front suspension or whatever. But we've got some work to do still. Qualified 19th; we need to qualify better. We were way off when we came off the truck, and we got better, and we thought we could have been better qualifying, and then Saturday got the car felt like where we wanted, and just kept dialing it in all day and getting track position. And we had a real tough time on pit road. We lost track position every pit stop that was under yellow and gained every - well, broke even or gained under green.

It was kind of a long answer, but we definitely feel like we've made gains, 100 per cent. We're certainly not celebrating that we've found everything yet.

Q:
Did you have a sense for what you had left and what you could have done at that point?

Greg Biffle:



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