In a race where every driver wants to win for their manufacturer in the Motor City, it was Greg Biffle who came out on top at Michigan International Speedway.
Biffle captured his first win of the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season in the Quicken Loans 400 after taking the lead late in the race. Despite a late race charge from last week’s race winner and points leader Jimmie Johnson, Biffle rode to victory lane after Johnson blew a tire with three laps to go.
The win on Sunday not only gave Biffle his second straight win at Michigan since last August, but also gave Ford their 1,000th NASCAR win.
Kevin Harvick finished in second followed Martin Truex Jr., Kyle Busch and Tony Stewart.
The win at Michigan continues the latest momentum Biffle has had since finishing in second at Pocono Raceway. After the latest slump that the Ford teams had faced in recent weeks, Michigan was the showing the teams needed. His win gives Ford their second win of the season along with Carl Edwards win at Phoenix.
Many of the Ford drivers led for several laps throughout the race including Biffle, Edwards and Joey Logano.
Meanwhile it was the opposite for Hendrick Motorsports. The race at Michigan was the first time all Hendrick teams finished outside of the top 25 since Sonoma in 2005.
An early crash sent Jeff Gordon to the garage for repairs but it ended his day in the bottom. Kasey Kahne was the leader when a wreck into the wall ended his day, while a blown engine ended what could have been a great day for defending race winner Dale Earnhardt Jr. After his tire blew with three laps to go, Johnson ended his day in 28th after competing for the win.
Johnson still remains as the points leader heading out of Michigan, but the gap between him and Edwards has dropped to 31 points.