Biffle Saves The Best For Last At Michigan
BROOKLYN, Mich. — Greg Biffle hung around the front of the pack throughout Sunday’s Pure Michigan 400 and was in the right place at the right time to collect his second NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victory of the season at Michigan Int’l Speedway.
Biffle inherited the lead when Jimmie Johnson’s engine went south with six laps remaining and his Ford held off Brad Keselowski’s Dodge on a green-white-checkered finish, taking the point lead in the process.
It was Biffle’s third victory at Michigan and the 12th for Roush Fenway Racing.
“We have been working pretty hard to get back to victory lane and catch up to those Hendrick cars,” said Biffle. “I was catching the 48 (Johnson) a tiny bit. I don’t know if I could have caught him or not. It is too bad his engine went away. We wanted to race him clean for the win.”
Biffle made a prediction for the remainder of the Sprint Cup season.
“We’re going to make a run at the title,” said Biffle. “They don’t talk about us a lot, but they will when we get to Vegas.”
Keselowski edged Hendrick Motorsports driver Kasey Kahne for third with Kahne’s teammate, Dale Earnhardt Jr. fourth.
“Greg did a great job. He had a fast car and he passed me legit. He did a great job,” said Keselowski. “My team did an awesome job of executing today in strategy and on pit lane to get us up front to have a chance to win this race today. It is an honor to be able to race with guys like Jimmie and Greg and if we can continue to execute like we did today, we have a shot at this championship.”
Marcos Ambrose, who won at Watkins Glen a week earlier, was fifth in a Richard Petty Motorsports Ford.
Biffle leads his Roush Fenway Racing teammate, Matt Kenseth, by 20 points in the standings. Earnhardt is third, 22 points behind Biffle.
It was a forgettable day for the Hendrick Motorsports engine department. Johnson, who changed an engine after practice, had the lead when his engine expired with five laps remaining.
Earlier in the race both Jeff Gordon and Tony Stewart, who uses Hendrick engines in his Stewart-Haas Chevrolet, experienced engine problems.