BIFFLE’S SALUTE: Roush Racing driver Greg Biffle, who is currently fourth in the Nextel Chase for the Championship, will have a special decal on his No. 16 Ford this weekend to honor fallen members of the 48th Brigade, a National Guard unit based in Georgia.
"A lot of the soldiers defending our country in Afganistan and Iraq are National Guard and Reserves, which they like to call citizen soldiers." Biffle said. "They are also the ones that support our country when we have hurricanes and things. The 48th brigade that’s based here in Georgia have lost a tremendous amount of people. It’s unfortunate, and we’re thinking about them."
Biffle spent Thursday at Fort Benning, two hours south of Atlanta, meeting Army Rangers and watching their training. He even was allowed to shoot live ammunition in a 2-4-9 Suburban Assault Weapon and an M-16.
ON HIS CHANCES IN THE CHASE: "Well certainly it’s known we’re going to have to be first, second or third these next four races, to have a chance to win the title and that certainly won’t guarantee us the win, by any means. If we won all four of them, and lead all the laps that still won’t win us the title, depending on where Tony and Jimmy finish. We have our work cut out for us. I would think we’re going to win one of them, two of them maybe, or at least be there for an opportunity to win."
ON RACING THE TOP 3 DRIVERS IN THE CHASE: "Tony (Stewart) has been the easier guy to race around in the Chase than the other two. Ryan Newman is very difficult to pass. It’s tough to get position on him. Jimmie is hard to get position on as well. Tony’s just easier to race around that those two, just in my opinion, that’s what I’ve experienced inside the car."
ON TEAMMATE CARL EDWARDS: "I’m very surprised … about his performance. He’s done a very good job. The way our Roush system works today, versus when I came in or Kurt (Busch) came in, we provided much better communication and he can pick my setup. He’s been able to shortcut the learning process by a tremendous amount by being able to rely on Matt, Kurt, me and Mark to get his car right. And then if you give him the right car and he’s got to drive it, it makes it much easier to bring a guy in and be competitive right off. I’m proud of that. I’m excited that we’re able to do that as a company."