Biffle Wont Back Down
October 24, 2008 | 10:00 A.M. EST
Johnson extended his lead to 149 over Biffle after his win last week in Martinsville and appears to be well on his way to a third straight title.
But Biffle isn't ready to hand over the trophy just yet.
“It's normally you're always looking in front, back,” Biffle said. “You're looking in the rear-view mirror and looking forward. At this point in the season, it seems like I haven't even thought about who is behind me. I don't even care about who is behind me. All I care about is the guy in front of me, and all I can do is try to beat that guy. He's 149 points ahead of me."
So Biffle is focused and looking ahead, not worrying about the like of Jeff Burton and Carl Edwards behind him in the standings.
“Whatever happens behind me - if it they end up beating me or finishing in front of me - that would be a moot point for me," he said. "If I end up third or fourth in the points or something happens - because my goal right now is in front of me.”
With Martinsville now behind him, Biffle is looking forward to the last four races of the season where he feels confident.
“I was excited at the checkered flag at Martinsville, probably more excited than I have been in some other finishes that we finished 12th,” said Biffle. “You know, our strategic plan at Martinsville was to finish in the top 10, and we only missed that by two positions. We didn't count on Jimmie leading the most laps and winning. We felt like he would be strong, we knew that, but to not go to Martinsville and finish 20th or 18th or 30th was – or get back to the lead lap was key for us to have a shot at this title.”
“Atlanta [is] one of our better race tracks obviously, and [I] look forward to trying to close in on the 48 there this weekend. You know, at Texas, Phoenix, Homestead, all four of these race tracks are literally my best race tracks on the circuit. So I think we are in a good position. I'd like to be closer than 149 points, but I don't think that's too much to overcome.”