Biffle on Vegas: “I always enjoy going to Vegas for several reasons. I usually get to go to the sand dunes like I did this week when we’re on the west coast. That’s one of my favorite things I get to do away from the track. I also enjoy playing craps if I get a chance while I’m in Vegas. Probably my favorite part of Vegas though is the track. It’s fast and it’s a lot of fun to race there as a driver. We haven’t started the season the way we hoped but we’re definitely looking forward to getting on the track this weekend to see if we can turn things around.”
Erwin on Vegas: “I like the track and Greg (Biffle) likes track so that immediately gets us off on the right foot at Vegas. The tire we use there has a tremendous amount of grip which leads to high speeds and plays into Biffle’s driving style. We’re very optimistic about the changes we’ve made to the noses in our 2011 Fusions and the benefits they will provide going to a fast track like Vegas. Phoenix didn’t go the way we expected it to but we’ll learn from it and get ready for Vegas this weekend.”
Las Vegas Notes Biffle is currently 28th in the Sprint Cup point standings following his 20th-place finish at Phoenix. Biffle has an average finish of 12.9 from an average starting position of 9.7 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. During last year’s race at Vegas, Biffle was running fourth when he came in for a late-race pit stop. He returned to the track in the 25th position after getting blocked in by a fellow competitor at his pit box. He then drove his way up to 10th in the closing laps. The No. 16 3M Ford will feature a special Post-it paint scheme this weekend in Las Vegas.
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Last time at Vegas:
Following practice on Friday, Greg Biffle felt confident the 3M Ford Fusion could be a contender for the win. He qualified seventh that afternoon and remained in the top 10 for the first 108 laps of the race leading once for four laps. However, during a pit stop on lap 109, Biffle came in fourth for two tires and got blocked in when he tried to exit the pits by AJ Allmendinger. Because it took so long to get out of his pit box, Biffle restarted 25th on lap 113. He drove all the way up to sixth but the handling never seemed as good as it was during those first 100 laps. Biffle was credited with a 10th-place finish and moved up to sixth in the point standings.