Monday, June 17, 2013

Greg Biffle on Top at Michigan

BROOKLYN, MI – The Quiken Loans 400  was payday for Greg Biffle.  With 32 laps to go, Biffle grabbed the lead on the final restart and stayed there to win the 1,000th NASCAR victory for Ford Racing. “The 1,000 wins for Ford, that's pretty exciting,” said Biffle.  “I was worried about the 48 [Jimmie Johnson], but when I got in clean air, it was over.”  It was not a downhill ride for the Roush team as Sprint Cup leader Jimmie Johnson had a hot car and was gaining on Biffle.  With only 0.908 seconds between him and the leader, a cut tire forced him into the wall in Turn 2 with only two laps to go, placing him at 28th.  “We had a fast race car,” Johnson said. “I hate having that problem at the end.
Jack Roush was of course elated with his win at the home track.  "We expect to be at our best when we come to MIS and I am glad we could pull it off," Roush said. "I was a little nervous for a minute there, but I am glad it worked out and glad we could give Ford its 1,000th win."  Kevin Harvick finished in second place followed by Martin Truex in third.

The mood on Saturday however was somber as the drivers and teams remembered Jason Leffler who died last week in a Sprint Car crash in New Jersey. Denny Hamlin and the Joe Gibbs Racing team paid tribute to Jason with wrapping his #11-car with the FedEx livery that it carried when Leffler last drove it. "We feel fortunate to have had (Leffler) as part of both our Nationwide Series program and of course in the Cup Series where he helped us launch the No. 11 team with FedEx," team owner Joe Gibbs said earlier this week. "NASCAR is unique in that it really is one large family and Jason was well liked by all that knew him. His loss will be felt across the entire sport."

Danica Patrick finished a respectable 13th after a poor day of qualifying placed her 28th on  the grid.  Danica’s rookie year has been a struggle.  "It's nice to just get a decent finish for the team and for GoDaddy," Patrick said. "It's been rough going since Martinsville. This will hopefully get everyone's head up a little bit and we will go on.”

Other NASCAR news this week includes some off-the-cuff remarks by Brad Keslowski regarding the Hendrick’s and Gibbs’ teams. According to, Brad said, "What keeps it from going too far is the fact Hendrick and (Joe Gibbs Racing) have this nasty little habit of going to our teams and outbidding different people and taking those employees and stealing our information." Both Gibbs and Hendrick rebutted the comments, with the Gibbs response most telling "We were surprised to read the recent comments and accusations made by Brad Keselowski," JGR said. "Clearly those comments are misguided and irresponsible. Brad's candor is well documented, but he would do well to only speak to subjects on which he is properly informed."

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