Biffle Gives Ford 1,000th NASCAR Win
With his primary challenger eliminated, Biffle cruised to a comfortable 2.989-second victory over Harvick.
“You know, we beat the 48 (Johnson) today and that says a lot,” Biffle said. “He was really, really fast. Once we got out in clean air we could match up fairly well with the 48. He made a small mistake trying to catch us.”
“1,000 wins for Ford. Pretty exciting.”
Jamie Allison, the director of Ford Racing, shared his excitement after the landmark victory.
“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 Allison. “We all know how Ford Motor Company started, and I think reaching this milestone really honors the spirit of what Henry Ford started.”
Johnson ended up 28th after leading 18 laps. His problems in the closing laps made the day even worse for Hendrick Motorsports. Jeff Gordon crashed early and finished 39th, Kasey Kahne crashed after blowing a tire and finished 38th and Dale Earnhardt Jr. finished 37th after losing an engine.
“Strategy was a challenge today,” Johnson said. “We struggled with maintaining track position. We had a fast car and I could drive up through there. As soon as I would get to first or second a caution would come out and then something would happen again and we’d lose track position.
“Great race car and I hate having that problem at the end. I had to run the car really hard to get through all those guys and I must have worn through that right-front tire and with two or three to go it went down in turn one.”
Martin Truex Jr. finished third in his Toyota, followed by Kyle Busch and Tony Stewart. Kenseth, Clint Bowyer, Carl Edwards, Joey Logano and Jeff Burton completed the top 10.