Greg Biffle took the lead from an off-the-pace Jimmie Johnson with only six laps remaining and held on through the final restart to earn Roush Fenway’s record 12th Sprint Cup victory at Jack Roush’s ‘home track’ of Michigan International Speedway.
The win is Roush Fenway’s 22nd win at MIS and marks the fifth time Biffle has won in NASCAR action (third time in Cup) at the 2-mile track. With the victory Biffle reclaimed the Sprint Cup points lead by 20 over RFR teammate Matt Kenseth, who finished 17th after a late flat tire. Carl Edwards, who started the race outside on the front row, finished sixth.
GREG BIFFLE, No. 16 3M Ford Fusion (Victory Lane Interview)
WHEN YOU LOOKED UP AND SAW THE 48 WITH PROBLEMS, WHAT DID YOU THINK? “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.”
YOU MADE A HECK OF A PASS ON KESELOWSKI TO TAKE SECOND. “Yeah, this car is so fast. Once I got out front in clean air I could pass one car at a time pretty easy. The car was really, really bad in dirty air and I had a tough time with that.” HOW ABOUT THAT LAST RESTART? “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.”
WERE YOU PLAYING POKER TELLING US BEFORE THE RACE IT WAS OKAY? “Yeah, I knew my car was bad ass. I didn’t want to say anything until I got here to victory lane.”
MATT KENSETH, No. 17 Fifth Third Bank Ford Fusion
On His Race: “We just didn’t really pit for fuel at the right time, but Greg was on the same strategy and won the race. We kept getting stuck in the wrong lane on restarts and had some sub-par pit stops and had a flat tire and just couldn’t recover from that.”
MARCOS AMBROSE, No. 9 Stanley Ford Fusion
On His Race: “It is a great day for the Stanley Ford team and everybody at Richard Petty Motorsports. Todd Parrott made some great calls today. We had a plan with tire strategy going into the race and it worked our way. A few more laps and we would have had something for them. We had a great car, we just couldn’t quite get enough track position at the end. We had as good a car as anyone out there today.”
YOU WERE TALKING TO REGAN SMITH, WHAT DID YOU SAY? “I feel terrible for him. I didn’t mean to get into him. I got down in there and he came off my side of the car and I was trying to get out of there for him and just caught him on the way past. I feel bad for him. You can’t take it back, all you can say is sorry.”
CARL EDWARDS, No. 99 Geek Squad Ford Fusion
On His Race: “We just had a lot of fortune there to get the opportunity on the last restart to make it happen. I am glad a Ford is in victory lane. It is big for Greg to win here and Jack and everyone. It is big for Ford, they deserve this. We showed everyone we could do it. We were as fast or faster than Greg was the whole second half of the race. It is just a matter of getting it done now.”