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Biffle And Ford Look Like A Thousand In Michigan

Info Manager | , RacinToday.com Sunday, June 16 2013

Greg Biffle took the checkered flag at Michigan on Sunday. The victory was No. 1,000 for Ford. (RacinToday/HHP file photo by Brian Lawdermilk)

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Greg Biffle gave beleaguered Ford Racing and its fans something to ease the pain Sunday when he and his Roush Fenway Racing Fusion won the Sprint Cup race at Michigan International Speedway.

The victory was the first of the season for Biffle, the third of the season for Ford and the 1,000th overall for Ford in racing.

Biffle led the final 48 of 200 laps. His victory came a week after he finished second at Pocono Raceway.

Finishing second was Kevin Harvick in a Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet. Third was Martin Truex Jr. in a Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota.

Kyle Busch and Tony Stewart rounded out the top five.

“It is a hard fought battle,” Biffle said. “It wasn’t easy. I kept working on this car and working on this car. The guys did a great job. The pit stops were flawless. You know, we beat the 48 today and that says a lot. He was really, really fast. Once we got out in clean air we could match up fairly well with the 48.”

Matt Kenseth was sixth, Clint Bowyer was seventh, Carl Edwards was eighth, Joey Logano was ninth and Jeff Burton 10th.

After the final restart of the day – which came with 23 laps to go, Biffle was able to pull away from the field. It looked like the only car quick enough to catch Biffle’s was that of points leader Jimmie Johnson. Johnson moved to second place but with just over two laps to go, blew a tire and clipped the wall.

The Ford victory total includes 100 wins from Lincoln-Mercury in what is known today as the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, and 900 combined Ford-branded victories in NASCAR Sprint Cup, NASCAR Nationwide and NASCAR Camping World Series competition.

“We expect to be at our best when we come to MIS and I am glad we could pull it off,” team owner Jack Roush said. “I was a little nervous for a minute there, but I am glad it worked out and glad we could give Ford its 1,000th win.”

“Here we are in the summer of 2013 celebrating Henry Ford’s 150th birthday and in the same year we’re celebrating our 1,000th win in NASCAR,” said Jamie Allison, director, Ford Racing. “We all know how Ford Motor Company started, and I think reaching this milestone really honors the spirit of what Henry Ford started.”

Pole winner Edwards, who trailed Johnson by 51 points at the start of the race, cut 20 points off the deficit by finishing eighth.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. took the lead near the halfway point and appeared strong, but a blown engine ended his race on lap 131.

“It made a lot of damage there when it broke,” he said after leading 34 laps at the track where he ended his 143-race dry spell a year ago. “I’m not sure they’re going to be able to figure out what happened.”

Jamie McMurray led 21 laps but fell out of contention when he blew a right front tire on lap 167.

The day’s worst-looking wreck came shortly after the midway point when Kasey Kahne struck the wall near turn 2. The car caught fire as Kahne was getting out, but he stuck his arm back inside to trigger the fire-suppression system. He was not hurt.

Kurt Busch started on the outside of the front row and led the first 21 laps but spun and smacked the turn 2 wall two laps later.

Stewart ran his streak of top-seven finishes to four straight races and jumped from 13th to 10th in the standings.

There were showers after Saturday’s Nationwide Series race and NASCAR gave crews a competition caution 20 laps in to assess tire wear on the clean surface.

The Sprint Cup Series continues next Sunday when drivers run the first road course of the season in the Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma (Calif.) Raceway.

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Race – Quicken Loans 400

Michigan International Speedway

Brooklyn, Michigan

Sunday, June 16, 2013

1. (19) Greg Biffle, Ford, 200, $235260.

2. (21) Kevin Harvick, Chevrolet, 200, $173781.

3. (13) Martin Truex Jr., Toyota, 200, $145670.

4. (9) Kyle Busch, Toyota, 200, $148803.

5. (14) Tony Stewart, Chevrolet, 200, $142085.

6. (8) Matt Kenseth, Toyota, 200, $136026.

7. (27) Clint Bowyer, Toyota, 200, $131943.

8. (1) Carl Edwards, Ford, 200, $138910.

9. (6) Joey Logano, Ford, 200, $119593.

10. (18) Jeff Burton, Chevrolet, 200, $100685.

11. (7) Austin Dillon(i), Chevrolet, 200, $108893.

12. (16) Brad Keselowski, Ford, 200, $139251.

13. (37) Danica Patrick #, Chevrolet, 200, $90910.

14. (4) Paul Menard, Chevrolet, 200, $124126.

15. (25) Trevor Bayne(i), Ford, 200, $89435.

16. (15) Ricky Stenhouse Jr. #, Ford, 200, $132571.

17. (5) Aric Almirola, Ford, 200, $124221.

18. (35) Ryan Newman, Chevrolet, 200, $121043.

19. (32) AJ Allmendinger, Toyota, 200, $110643.

20. (10) Juan Pablo Montoya, Chevrolet, 200, $114474.

21. (24) Casey Mears, Ford, 200, $107818.

22. (26) David Gilliland, Ford, 200, $96993.

23. (23) Marcos Ambrose, Ford, 200, $112199.

24. (40) JJ Yeley, Chevrolet, 200, $84685.

25. (31) David Ragan, Ford, 200, $102557.

26. (22) Mark Martin, Toyota, 200, $91710.

27. (41) Travis Kvapil, Toyota, 200, $89010.

28. (17) Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, 199, $129796.

29. (34) David Stremme, Toyota, 199, $80660.

30. (11) Denny Hamlin, Toyota, 199, $101885.

31. (36) Dave Blaney, Chevrolet, 199, $80435.

32. (33) David Reutimann, Toyota, 198, $80335.

33. (28) Jamie McMurray, Chevrolet, 196, $106605.

34. (39) Ken Schrader, Ford, 195, $80160.

35. (2) Kurt Busch, Chevrolet, 193, $107340.

36. (42) Joe Nemechek(i), Toyota, 193, $79940.

37. (12) Dale Earnhardt Jr., Chevrolet, Engine, 131, $97884.

38. (3) Kasey Kahne, Chevrolet, Accident, 103, $93590.

39. (29) Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet, Accident, 52, $118026.

40. (38) Josh Wise(i), Ford, Vibration, 51, $67090.

41. (43) Mike Bliss(i), Toyota, Vibration, 50, $63090.

42. (30) Michael McDowell, Ford, Vibration, 36, $59090.

43. (20) Bobby Labonte, Chevrolet, Accident, 5, $63590.

Average Speed of Race Winner: 139.278 mph.

Time of Race: 2 Hrs, 52 Mins, 19 Secs. Margin of Victory: 2.989 Seconds.

Caution Flags: 8 for 38 laps.

Lead Changes: 22 among 13 drivers.

Lap Leaders: C. Edwards 0; Kurt Busch 1-21; J. Yeley 22; D. Ragan 23; M. McDowell 24; C. Edwards 25; J. Logano 26-42; J. McMurray 43-63; J. Johnson 64-76; D. Earnhardt Jr. 77; C. Mears 78-79; D. Earnhardt Jr. 80-89; K. Kahne 90-103; J. Johnson 104; D. Earnhardt Jr. 105-127; J. Johnson 128-131; G. Biffle 132; T. Kvapil 133-134; J. Logano 135; C. Edwards 136-150; G. Biffle 151-165; J. Logano 166-168; G. Biffle 169-200.

Leaders Summary (Driver, Times Lead, Laps Led): G. Biffle 3 times for 48 laps; D. Earnhardt Jr. 3 times for 34 laps; Kurt Busch 1 time for 21 laps; J. Logano 3 times for 21 laps; J. McMurray 1 time for 21 laps; J. Johnson 3 times for 18 laps; C. Edwards 2 times for 16 laps; K. Kahne 1 time for 14 laps; C. Mears 1 time for 2 laps; T. Kvapil 1 time for 2 laps; M. McDowell 1 time for 1 lap; D. Ragan 1 time for 1 lap; J. Yeley 1 time for 1 lap.

Top 12 in Points: J. Johnson – 538; C. Edwards – 507; C. Bowyer – 489; K. Harvick – 476; M. Kenseth – 456; Kyle Busch – 452; D. Earnhardt Jr. – 447; G. Biffle – 443; Brad Keselowski – 430; T. Stewart – 417; P. Menard – 415; K. Kahne – 407.

(This story will be updated shortly)

Info Manager | , RacinToday.com Sunday, June 16 2013
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