Busch Qualifying Rained Out
May 25, 2001 | 12:00 A.M. EST
Biffle and Harvick, who had an off-track confrontation at New Hampshire two weeks ago, had two playful exchanges Friday during a press conference after qualifying for the CarQuest 300 Busch Series race at Lowe’s Motor Speedway.
Biffle was lamenting his lack of experience at the 1.5-mile track and his inability to get a handle on it.
“If Happy Hour’s rained out, I’m in real trouble,” Biffle said. “I’m in huge trouble. I don’t have a clue where to start for the race.”
Before he could go on, Biffle was interrupted.
“He’s so full of it,” Harvick said in jest. “Every time he’d come over and say, ‘You know, I think my car is really bad,’ he’d go out and kick everybody’s butt.”
Later, after being asked about their rivalry, things got a little hairy.
“The only thing you’ve got to worry about is if Biffle ever drives as bad as his hair color, he’s in trouble,” Harvick said.
“He’s just mad because he doesn’t have any hair,” Biffle said.
So much for controversy, at least off the track.
“We’re giving you guys something to talk about,” Harvick said. “We’re both hard racers, and stuff happens. I got a little riled up at Loudon and got a little carried away. But I was ticked off at the moment. I expect the same thing out of him.”
Intensity is one reason why both drivers have progressed so far in NASCAR.
“If we weren’t that heated about it, we wouldn’t be where we’re at,” Biffle said. “We wouldn’t be the racers we are if we just drove back to the garage and parked it. … That’s what it takes to win. You’re going to bump heads.”
They could bump heads Saturday, when Harvick starts first and Biffle third for the 200-lap race. The field was set by points standings after qualifying was rained out. Twelve drivers made attempts around two delays, but NASCAR decided to scrap qualifying in favor of getting in Happy Hour.
Biffle, for one, was thankful.
“I just don’t have any experience around here at all,” Biffle said. “Happy Hour is pretty important to us. I really hope we get that in.”
Jimmy Spencer, who starts 21st, posted the fastest lap in Happy Hour at 177.801 mph.
Jeff Burton, the defending race champion who was fastest in the morning practice, lines up 36th in the starting lineup. Dale Earnhardt Jr., subbing for the injured Joe Nemechek, starts 33rd.
Four drivers missed the field: Dave Blaney, Dan Pardus, Dwayne Leik and Rich Woodland Jr.,who withdrew after crashing in practice.