Ford Beats out Chevy as Biffle Wins at Michigan

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It wasn’t the typical Michigan race Sunday afternoon. This race featured lots of action and varying strategy which left many different faces at the front throughout the event. By the conclusion of the race, Ford claimed the Motor City as Greg Biffle pulled into victory lane for his first victory of the season. The end of the race was best for Biffle and lady luck was on his side when a fast Jimmie Johnson had problems as he was closing in on the lead.

An early caution left Hendrick Motorsports down one car before the race even hit the ten laps. On lap 6, Bobby Labonte got loose in turn 2 and he spun up the track and right into Jeff Gordon. Both cars suffered heavy damage, but Gordon was able to return to the track later in the race.

After the second caution of the day, Carl Edwards was leading the field back to green, but Joey Logano was able to get around him. Kurt Busch had led early in the race, but that would be the best part of his day since he wrecked in turn 2 on lap 29.

Jimmie Johnson has never won at Michigan and today looked like his day. He went to the lead for the first time of the afternoon on lap 64. After a quick debris caution, Dale Earnhardt Jr. found himself up front, but he would soon be passed by Hendrick teammate Kasey Kahne. Kahne’s day erupted on lap 103 when he blew a tire in turns 1 and 2 while leading and that put him hard into the turn 2 wall.

The issues would only increase for Hendrick Motorsports after that incident when Dale Earnhardt Jr. was passed for the lead on lap 128 by Johnson when he had an issue. He would slow way down on the track and his engine let go on lap 131 to bring out the seventh caution of the afternoon.

Greg Biffle didn’t see the lead until the last 50 laps of the day and he took over the top spot on lap 150. He was able to make his final pit stop under green flag conditions, but many drivers couldn’t. Jamie McMurray blew a tire on the frontstretch with 33 laps to go to bring out the eighth and final yellow-flag of the day. Biffle held the lead on the restart and he wasn’t planning on letting it go for the remainder of the race.

Jimmie Johnson found himself back in the pack on the restart, but he was quick to recover his lost ground. It was getting close by the time the final five laps came around and it looked like this was Biffle’s race to lose. The closing Johnson was just about there with 3 laps to go when he blew his tire in turn 2 and hit the wall. No caution came out, likely because Biffle’s big sigh of relief blew any debris off the track. Biffle now was in control of the race once again and he was clear to the checkers.

This season had started out much differently for Biffle and this win proved to not only his fans, but to the whole garage that he is here to compete this season and he will not be going anywhere anytime soon. It was a special win for Ford, their 1,000th in NASCAR and it couldn’t have come at a more special track. Michigan is in Ford’s backyard and lots of their employees were celebrating at the track today.

Biffle will look to twist his string of luck into Sonoma next weekend where the drivers will be turning all kinds of ways before the conclusion of the race.

By Jason Schultz

Results via ESPN.com

POS DRIVER CAR MANUFACTURER

LAPS

MONEY

START

LED

PTS

BONUS

PENALTY

1 Greg Biffle 16 Ford

200

19

48

48

5

0

2 Kevin Harvick 29 Chevrolet

200

21

0

42

0

0

3 Martin Truex Jr. 56 Toyota

200

13

0

41

0

0

4 Kyle Busch 18 Toyota

200

9

0

40

0

0

5 Tony Stewart 14 Chevrolet

200

14

0

39

0

0

6 Matt Kenseth 20 Toyota

200

8

0

38

0

0

7 Clint Bowyer 15 Toyota

200

27

0

37

0

0

8 Carl Edwards 99 Ford

200

1

16

37

1

0

9 Joey Logano 22 Ford

200

6

21

36

1

0

10 Jeff Burton 31 Chevrolet

200

18

0

34

0

0

11 Austin Dillon 33 Chevrolet

200

7

0

0

0

0

12 Brad Keselowski 2 Ford

200

16

0

32

0

0

13 Danica Patrick 10 Chevrolet

200

37

0

31

0

0

14 Paul Menard 27 Chevrolet

200

4

0

30

0

0

15 Trevor Bayne 21 Ford

200

25

0

0

0

0

16 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 17 Ford

200

15

0

28

0

0

17 Aric Almirola 43 Ford

200

5

0

27

0

0

18 Ryan Newman 39 Chevrolet

200

35

0

26

0

0

19 AJ Allmendinger 47 Toyota

200

32

0

25

0

0

20 Juan Pablo Montoya 42 Chevrolet

200

10

0

24

0

0

21 Casey Mears 13 Ford

200

24

2

24

1

0

22 David Gilliland 38 Ford

200

26

0

22

0

0

23 Marcos Ambrose 9 Ford

200

23

0

21

0

0

24 J.J. Yeley 36 Chevrolet

200

40

1

21

1

0

25 David Ragan 34 Ford

200

31

1

20

1

0

26 Mark Martin 55 Toyota

200

22

0

18

0

0

27 Travis Kvapil 93 Toyota

200

41

2

18

1

0

28 Jimmie Johnson 48 Chevrolet

199

17

18

17

1

0

29 David Stremme 30 Toyota

199

34

0

15

0

0

30 Denny Hamlin 11 Toyota

199

11

0

14

0

0

31 Dave Blaney 7 Chevrolet

199

36

0

13

0

0

32 David Reutimann 83 Toyota

198

33

0

12

0

0

33 Jamie McMurray 1 Chevrolet

196

28

21

12

1

0

34 Ken Schrader 32 Ford

195

39

0

10

0

0

35 Kurt Busch 78 Chevrolet

193

2

21

10

1

0

36 Joe Nemechek 87 Toyota

193

42

0

0

0

0

37 Dale Earnhardt Jr. 88 Chevrolet

131

12

34

8

1

0

38 Kasey Kahne 5 Chevrolet

103

3

14

7

1

0

39 Jeff Gordon 24 Chevrolet

52

29

0

5

0

0

40 Josh Wise 35 Ford

51

38

0

0

0

0

41 Mike Bliss 19 Toyota

50

43

0

0

0

0

42 Michael McDowell 98 Ford

36

30

1

3

1

0

43 Bobby Labonte 51 Chevrolet

5

20

0

1

0

0

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