Greg Biffle Wins a Wild Michigan 400
Greg Biffle won the 43rd Annual NASCAR Sprint Cup Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway. He started the race 13th, he wasn’t doing very well but his team worked on the car on every pit stop. He drove up in the top ten and in contention for the race win.
Mark Martin started the race on the pole and led the field to green. He proceeded to lead the first 35 laps and was well on his way to a dominating run. On lap 65, Bobby Labonte in the 47 got loose coming off turn 4 in front of Mark Martin, bunching up the field. Kasey Kahne and Mark Martin got together and spun. Mark Martin spun through the grass, onto pit road and had a wicked crash with the end of the pit wall. The pit wall went deep into the car directly behind Mark. Mark is OK. Mark said, “That was a pretty freak angle that I got at that. I’m not sure what you could do. It could have been really bad if I would have got in that hole a little deeper where it caught me in the door instead of in the crush area back there.”
Racing at Michigan International Speedway is known for long green flag runs with very few cautions. There was a quick caution at the start of the race for Scott Riggs spinning into the grass on the front stretch and then it looked like it was going to be a typical race. The race went 56 laps without any issues until Mark Martin’s crash. After that it was anything but typical. Cars with Hendrick motors of Tony Stewart and Jeff Gordon broke. Jimmie Johnson was seemingly driving away to his first win here and his engine went with 10 laps to go. Overall there were eight cautions for everything from spins, debris, and blown engines for 35 laps. Jimmie Johnson’s engine led to a long cleanup and a Green White Checker finish.
Greg Biffle, “Well, I thought that I knew I would be able to get him then. I was closing in on him and I don’t know if I would have got him in those eight laps or not but it would have been a hell of a run to the end. I found some speed in the top line down there in three and four and was coming on him. I don’t know if I would have got there but we will take them any way we can get them. We had a damn good car today.”
Greg Biffle was leading the race for the last restart. Greg said, “Junior gave me a huge push for that win. I have to thank him for that. I saw Brad laying back like always and he got a little jump on me. It probably would have been leveled out by turn one.”
Brad Keselowski was second, Kasey Kahne third, Dale Earnhardt Jr. fourth and last week’s winner Marcos Ambrose was fifth. Greg’s win is Roush Fenway Racings 12th win at Michigan and breaks the tie for most wins between them and the Wood Brothers. Roush Fenway Racing had not won here since Carl Edwards won in August of 2008.
Greg Biffle is now the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series points leader. His teammate Matt Kenseth is second 20 points back. Dale Earnhardt Jr. is third 22 points behind. Jimmie Johnson who was the points leader going into this race dropped to fourth, 28 points back.
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