LOOKING AHEAD: Biffle is going "to the beach for a few days for a little R&R." But he also can't wait for the Richmond race on April 26. "We have been running good on short tracks so I am looking forward to Richmond," adds Biffle. "We ran really good there last year and our short track program continues to improve so I am looking forward to that track."
LOOKING BACK: Biffle was all smiles after finishing fifth at Darlington. "We probably didn't have a fifth-place car but we worked really hard on it and we had good pit stops and track position was everything tonight," said Biffle. "Those last restarts we were on the outside, the inside and then the outside and we picked up one or two spots there at the end. We have to get better here, but we will keep working at it."
ETC.: Mustang is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, and Biffle is "glad to make memories with my own Mustang. It is a 2007 Shelby GT 500 and that Mustang has been so much fun for me over the years. I built an engine for it and have done all kinds of stuff with it. That is by far my favorite car to work on and tinker with or take to ZMAX Dragway. I just love to drive on the street, to the shop and back, and it is by far my favorite car."
14 TONY STEWART, Chevrolet
Team: Stewart-Haas Racing
WHERE HE STANDS: 12th, 11 points out of the top 10. Gained two spots last week.
LOOKING AHEAD: Normally Stewart would be spending his off week racing sprint cars somewhere in the US of A. But since he is still recovering from a broken leg suffered last August in a sprint car race, he will be staying home this weekend. Stewart said he still expects to run a few sprint car races this year, but "we are not sure just when yet. I may go see my team run, but I'll just be a spectator," added Stewart.
LOOKING BACK: Excellent pit strategy and a little luck helped Stewart rally in the final half of the race to finish ninth. At one point in the event Stewart was two laps down and running outside the top 25. "To end up ninth after where we were most of the race, we'll take it," said Stewart. "We were stuck in traffic all night, but right at the end, we were able to make some headway and get a top-10. Chad (Johnson, crew chief) did a great job with pit strategy and we caught a couple of cautions just right."
ETC.: When asked what is the biggest asset of the team's strong driver lineup, Stewart replied, "I think each of us can go to any race track and be competitive, but I think there are race tracks that Kevin (Harvick really is that much better. There are tracks Kurt (Busch) is that way, and I think there are tracks that we're that way. Danica (Patrick) has got strengths that we can all feed off as well. I think our personalities lend to that. We all want to push to make each other better because we all understand if we make each other better, we as a group just continue to grow. I feel that's a huge asset for all of us right now."
55 BRIAN VICKERS, Toyota
Team: Michael Waltrip Racing
WHERE HE STANDS: 13th, 11 points out of the top 10. Lost four spots to fall out of the top 10.
LOOKING AHEAD: Vickers is not one to sit at home as he likes to "try a lot of different things. I'm not sure how we will spend our off weekend, but we'll do something a little off the wall. Everybody needs some time off about this time of year so all of us on the team are looking forward to the off weekend."
LOOKING BACK: Vickers led twice for 30 laps and seemed headed for a solid top-10 finish when he ran into all kind of problems with 50 laps to go. A cut tire sent Vickers spinning as he tried to enter pit road. Vickers was able to keep his car from hitting the inside wall, but was penalized for missing the commitment cone at the entrance to pit road. Another cut tire 15 laps later forced an unscheduled pit stop as Vickers ended the night in 26th place. "I think we had at least a top-10 car, maybe a top-five and if the cards would have been played just right maybe even a win," said Vickers. "Just a very frustrating way to end the night."
ETC.: Billy Scott, in his first year as a crew chief, feels "the crew chief stuff for the race car is what I expected. I knew what I was getting into. As crew chief you are always multitasking. The key is remaining calm. The biggest challenge so far has been qualifying. It's new to all of us this year. But we've learned a lot so it's getting a bit easier each weekend."
42 KYLE LARSON, Chevrolet
Team: Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates
WHERE HE STANDS: 14th, 12 points out of the top 10. Gained one spot last week.
LOOKING AHEAD: Larson is the type of driver that wants to race "five, six nights a week" if possible. "That is just the way I was brought up, racing as many nights a week as we could," said Larson, a rookie on the Sprint Cup Series. "So it is going to be a little tough for me not to have a race to go to this week. But maybe I'll find one somewhere."
LOOKING BACK: Larson rallied in the final 100 laps to finish eighth at Darlington in his Sprint Cup debut at the "Track Too Tough to Tame." Larson began the weekend by hitting the wall in practice and having to go to a backup car. And then in the race "we started off really tight, then car got pretty loose," said Larson. "The crew worked hard to make the right adjustments in the first half of the race, and the Target Chevy was pretty fast for the rest of the night. Everyone on this team did a great job to earn this finish."
ETC.: Larson is quite pleased with how his rookie Cup season has gone so far. "We have been good every week," said Larson. "Every week I feel like we have had great speed. Our car has been in the top 10 I feel like most races. Martinsville was probably our worst one and a lot of it had to do with me (making his debut at the short track). I think we have been doing a great job. I feel like we should get a win here shortly."
11 DENNY HAMLIN, Toyota
Team: Joe Gibbs Racing
WHERE HE STANDS: 15th, 12 points out of the top 10. Lost two spots last week.
LOOKING AHEAD: Because of how well he runs at Richmond, Hamlin can't wait for next week to get here. "Oh, I am going to enjoy the week off, but I can't wait to get to Richmond," said Hamlin. "That is my home town track and one where we run good at, so I am anxious to get there. I just feel good about how we are going to run there."