Originally written on Start 'N' Park Blog  |  Last updated 7/31/14

LAS VEGAS - DECEMBER 03: NASCAR driver Greg Biffle speaks during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champions Week NMPA Myers Brothers Awards at the Venetian Resort Hotel & Casino on December 3, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images for NASCAR)
It wasn’t the typical Michigan race Sunday afternoon. This race featured lots of action and varying strategy which left many different faces at the front throughout the event. By the conclusion of the race, Ford claimed the Motor City as Greg Biffle pulled into victory lane for his first victory of the season. The end of the race was best for Biffle and lady luck was on his side when a fast Jimmie Johnson had problems as he was closing in on the lead. An early caution left Hendrick Motorsports down one car before the race even hit the ten laps. On lap 6, Bobby Labonte got loose in turn 2 and he spun up the track and right into Jeff Gordon. Both cars suffered heavy damage, but Gordon was able to return to the track later in the race. After the second caution of the day, Carl Edwards was leading the field back to green, but Joey Logano was able to get around him. Kurt Busch had led early in the race, but that would be the best part of his day since he wrecked in turn 2 on lap 29. Jimmie Johnson has never won at Michigan and today looked like his day. He went to the lead for the first time of the afternoon on lap 64. After a quick debris caution, Dale Earnhardt Jr. found himself up front, but he would soon be passed by Hendrick teammate Kasey Kahne. Kahne’s day erupted on lap 103 when he blew a tire in turns 1 and 2 while leading and that put him hard into the turn 2 wall. The issues would only increase for Hendrick Motorsports after that incident when Dale Earnhardt Jr. was passed for the lead on lap 128 by Johnson when he had an issue. He would slow way down on the track and his engine let go on lap 131 to bring out the seventh caution of the afternoon. Greg Biffle didn’t see the lead until the last 50 laps of the day and he took over the top spot on lap 150. He was able to make his final pit stop under green flag conditions, but many drivers couldn’t. Jamie McMurray blew a tire on the frontstretch with 33 laps to go to bring out the eighth and final yellow-flag of the day. Biffle held the lead on the restart and he wasn’t planning on letting it go for the remainder of the race. Jimmie Johnson found himself back in the pack on the restart, but he was quick to recover his lost ground. It was getting close by the time the final five laps came around and it looked like this was Biffle’s race to lose. The closing Johnson was just about there with 3 laps to go when he blew his tire in turn 2 and hit the wall. No caution came out, likely because Biffle’s big sigh of relief blew any debris off the track. Biffle now was in control of the race once again and he was clear to the checkers. This season had started out much differently for Biffle and this win proved to not only his fans, but to the whole garage that he is here to compete this season and he will not be going anywhere anytime soon. It was a special win for Ford, their 1,000th in NASCAR and it couldn’t have come at a more special track. Michigan is in Ford’s backyard and lots of their employees were celebrating at the track today. Biffle will look to twist his string of luck into Sonoma next weekend where the drivers will be turning all kinds of ways before the conclusion of the race. Results via ESPN.com POS DRIVER CAR MANUFACTURER LAPS MONEY START LED PTS BONUS PENALTY 1 Greg Biffle 16 Ford 200   19 48 48 5 0 2 Kevin Harvick 29 Chevrolet 200   21 0 42 0 0 3 Martin Truex Jr. 56 Toyota 200   13 0 41 0 0 4 Kyle Busch 18 Toyota 200   9 0 40 0 0 5 Tony Stewart 14 Chevrolet 200   14 0 39 0 0 6 Matt Kenseth 20 Toyota 200   8 0 38 0 0 7 Clint Bowyer 15 Toyota 200   27 0 37 0 0 8 Carl Edwards 99 Ford 200   1 16 37 1 0 9 Joey Logano 22 Ford 200   6 21 36 1 0 10 Jeff Burton 31 Chevrolet 200   18 0 34 0 0 11 Austin Dillon 33 Chevrolet 200   7 0 0 0 0 12 Brad Keselowski 2 Ford 200   16 0 32 0 0 13 Danica Patrick 10 Chevrolet 200   37 0 31 0 0 14 Paul Menard 27 Chevrolet 200   4 0 30 0 0 15 Trevor Bayne 21 Ford 200   25 0 0 0 0 16 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 17 Ford 200   15 0 28 0 0 17 Aric Almirola 43 Ford 200   5 0 27 0 0 18 Ryan Newman 39 Chevrolet 200   35 0 26 0 0 19 AJ Allmendinger 47 Toyota 200   32 0 25 0 0 20 Juan Pablo Montoya 42 Chevrolet 200   10 0 24 0 0 21 Casey Mears 13 Ford 200   24 2 24 1 0 22 David Gilliland 38 Ford 200   26 0 22 0 0 23 Marcos Ambrose 9 Ford 200   23 0 21 0 0 24 J.J. Yeley 36 Chevrolet 200   40 1 21 1 0 25 David Ragan 34 Ford 200   31 1 20 1 0 26 Mark Martin 55 Toyota 200   22 0 18 0 0 27 Travis Kvapil 93 Toyota 200   41 2 18 1 0 28 Jimmie Johnson 48 Chevrolet 199   17 18 17 1 0 29 David Stremme 30 Toyota 199   34 0 15 0 0 30 Denny Hamlin 11 Toyota 199   11 0 14 0 0 31 Dave Blaney 7 Chevrolet 199   36 0 13 0 0 32 David Reutimann 83 Toyota 198   33 0 12 0 0 33 Jamie McMurray 1 Chevrolet 196   28 21 12 1 0 34 Ken Schrader 32 Ford 195   39 0 10 0 0 35 Kurt Busch 78 Chevrolet 193   2 21 10 1 0 36 Joe Nemechek 87 Toyota 193   42 0 0 0 0 37 Dale Earnhardt Jr. 88 Chevrolet 131   12 34 8 1 0 38 Kasey Kahne 5 Chevrolet 103   3 14 7 1 0 39 Jeff Gordon 24 Chevrolet 52   29 0 5 0 0 40 Josh Wise 35 Ford 51   38 0 0 0 0 41 Mike Bliss 19 Toyota 50   43 0 0 0 0 42 Michael McDowell 98 Ford 36   30 1 3 1 0 43 Bobby Labonte 51 Chevrolet 5   20 0 1 0 0  
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