10 Questions: Greg Biffle

In this edition of "10 Questions" RacingOne sat down with Greg Biffle, and we discovered his ideal vacation spot, the music he has on his IPod, and his recollection of his first race.

RacingOne: Do you have any pre-race rituals?

Biffle: A little bit. Nothing special obviously, but in the morning it's probably so busy in the autograph session and all that business, that after the driver's meeting, about an hour and a half before the race, I go back to my bus and eat a light lunch and kind of cool off and get ready to go. Quiet time. I always get dressed there and then hop in, but that's sort of what I like to do. I like to do it that way; I don't like to do anything after the driver's meeting, you know, as far as media obligations, or signing autographs or anything.

RacingOne: What kind of music do you have on your iPod?

Biffle: I have a tremendous amount of stuff. Anything from Nickelback, Buck Cherry, Metallica. Ya know, I've got all kinds of stuff, Third Eye Blind, I don't know. That's the great thing about iPods; you can have just about anything. A song of this, a song of that - that's what I like about it.

RacingOne: Where is your ideal vacation spot and how often do you get the chance to go there?

Biffle: I have a house in San Carlos, Mexico, and I love it. I don't go there as much as I'd like to, but it's my ideal spot to go.

I usually go in the wintertime, about right now. I'd love to be there right now, out in the water, fishing. I usually go in the winter, spring and fall, and I'll go when we're racing on the west coast. So, I'll usually go down there in between the Vegas and California races. Then, at the end of the year, we go from Phoenix and Talladega, I think. I'll usually go then, for about three or four days. Then, I always go January 1st, kind of a guys New Year's fishing trip. About eight or 10 of us go. So, I go about five or six times a year.

RacingOne: What is it like juggling between the NASCAR Series?

Biffle: Well, I race the Busch Series and Cup Series. Sometimes it's hectic getting back and forth, you know, with practice and all that, but I enjoy it.

RacingOne: What is your most interesting interaction with a fan?

Biffle: Well, probably the most interesting thing to date is when somebody won a contest or trip on mycokerewards.com sweepstakes, and we took two fans from Phoenix and flew them on my airplane to Mexico at my house there and went fishing for two days. That was next to Phoenix and Homestead, but that was probably the neatest thing I've done with a fan.

RacingOne: Can you describe your first race?

Biffle: Wow, that was a long time ago. I ran a street-stock car a long, long time ago, and it was about a 1/4-mile paved race track. It was just a 25 lap, oval track race. You know, beat and banged, ran into a few things probably, and learned some stuff. It was a lot of fun. I can remember a few of those earlier races, and they were a lot of fun.

RacingOne: Oustide of racing, what is the most extreme sport you've ever participated in?

Biffle: I would say extreme sport ... um, I wrestled in high school. That was probably, well, I don't know if you'd call it an extreme sport, but it was one of the funnest things that I did. You know, one-on-one athlete type stuff. I mean, I played basketball and baseball. I played football for like one year, but I wasn't big enough. When I was a freshman, I was about the same size as everybody else, but then everybody else grew. Plus, I wanted to be light, so I wrestled all through high school. I wrestled 127 pounds - lean and mean. In football, you want to weigh as much as you can, and in wrestling, you want to weigh as least as you can, so they kind of conflict each other.

RacingOne: What is the best thing about being a race car driver?

Biffle: Well, there's a lot of good things about it, but probably the best thing about it is, I get to do what I love to do for a living. The other thing is, we do make a good living and that enables us to do a lot of things we enjoy. Third, it takes a lot of our time. But, another thing I really enjoy doing is flying. I have my pilot's license, so I think it (racing) affords us to be able to have our own airplanes. That's a lot of fun for me. To be able to do that. It's a necessity, you know. Unfortuanatley, it's a necessity because it's very expensive, but they get you to all the places in order to get to your obligations. We have to have them. It's a good-bad thing to have, I guess.

RacingOne: You said that racing takes up a lot of your time, but what would be the worst thing about being a race car driver?

Biffle: Probably the worst thing is having to do... I don't know if there's really a bad thing, but the thing that takes the most time is if you have appearances or obligations that are far away from the track you're racing that weekend. So, you know, we're racing in Martinsville, we live in Charlotte right down the street; then, we have to go to Kansas for a two-hour appearance for the sponsor or something on Wednesday, you know, in the middle of the week, we're at the shop, we're doing all those things. I wouldn't say that's horrible, but probably one of the harder things is the travel. You know, when you're spending a lot of time on airplanes, and going from place to place.

RacingOne: If you had the chance, who would you trade places with and why?

Biffle: Well, I'm a big fan of boxing and ultimate fighting, so I like to watch those things. I don't know that I'd want to do that though, or trade places with them. I would have traded places with Jimmie Johnson last week in New York. That would probably be one of the things I'd like to have. I mean, you know, it'd be nice to have $80 billion just to decide to do something random. I think my 400 foot boathouse arrives today, so that's something.

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