Biffle on Kansas: “Kansas is a unique track that I have always enjoyed racing at. I think I enjoy it because I’ve run well there. We finished third there the last two years and had a win there in 2007 so we know we can get to victory lane there. The last two weekends have not been a great start to the Chase for us so we really need to get to victory lane to try to make up some of the points. This is a resilient team though and we are definitely going to give it all we have until the checkered flag drops at Homestead.”
Erwin on Kansas: “We’re taking a brand new car to Kansas this weekend based on what we’ve learned at tests and races throughout this season. We’re definitely glad to get back to a mile-and-a-half race track. Kansas is a fast track that allows for a lot of good racing and we’ve had a lot of success there. My first win with this team was at Kansas in 2007 so it would be great to repeat that success there this weekend. Kansas is easy on tire wear so that allows for flexibility in pit strategy as far as taking two tires or fuel only. Hopefully that will play into our hands and we’ll have a solid run this weekend.”
• Biffle and the 3M team are currently ninth in the standings; they are 140 points behind leader Denny Hamlin but only 75 points out of fifth.
• Last year following Biffle’s 13th-place finish at Dover, he was ninth in the standings and 138 points behind the leader who was Mark Martin at that time.
• Biffle’s average finish at Kansas is ninth from an average starting position of 18.8.
• During last season’s race at Kansas, Biffle led the most laps but reported that the car was just too loose after a late-race pit stop for four tires. He finished third to Tony Stewart and Jeff Gordon but held off Juan Pablo Montoya in the closing laps.
• This weekend the No. 16 Ford Fusion will feature a Sherwin Williams paint scheme. The car was actually painted with a more environmentally friendly paint by Sherwin Williams called AWX Waterborne Basecoat System which has the following advantages: Up to a 96% decrease in VOC emissions compared to solvent borne basecoats; Reduces hazardous waste generation; Eliminates flammability hazard associated with solvent borne coatings; Uses less material to cover more area.