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GREG BIFFLE, No. 16 3M/Give Kids a Smile Ford Fusion
ON HIS LAP: “We really don’t know what is going to happen because of the early draw for us. I think the lap was decent. I told Matt (Puccia) we could have been a tenth or two better knowing how the car drove if I had to do it over again. That sure doesn’t help us though. The 20 beat us pretty good already and I have a feeling we will have a tough time staying in the top-20 for qualifying. There are a lot of cars to go and everybody has to do it and as long as it doesn’t cool off too much between now and the end of the session. We will work on it tomorrow for race trim and see what we’ve got for Sunday.”
CARL EDWARDS, No. 99 Fastenal Ford Fusion
ON HIS LAP: “I don’t think that is as fast at Marcos Ambrose ran, but that is fast for me. I am happy with that lap. I don’t think I could go any faster if I ran it again. A couple guys might go fast or faster. There are some really fast cars here. I am really proud of that though. Hopefully we can put a Roush Fenway Ford in victory lane. It is so cool to run here at Michigan. The fans are great and Ford Motor Company is so great for us. We’ve had fun the last couple of days driving all their new products and for Jack Roush, if we can do well here it is really cool.”
IN TERMS OF THE RACE TRACK, WHERE IS IT COMPARED TO LAST YEAR HERE? “I don’t know if it has changed a lot. It seems like the track has aged a little bit which is going to be good. If the tires can fall off a little in the run it will be great. It is so fast. It is hard to describe what it feels like to go through the corner that fast in a 3,500 lb stock car. It feels like an IndyCar looks to me. I don’t know what those feel like but it stuck.”
BRAD KESELOWSKI, No. 2 Miller Lite Ford Fusion
ON HIS LAP: “It is better than I thought I was. We will probably end up about 15th or so, right in that range. That is a big pickup from where we were so I will take it. You know tracks are always changing and I think this one has changed a little bit but not a lot. We will see what we have come Sunday.”
ARIC ALMIROLA, No. 43 Eckrich Ford Fusion
ON HIS LAP: “We just missed it just a little bit and that is all it takes on a big racetrack like this. That was a heck of a lap. I was going for it. Carl put that lap out there and I probably should have just done what I did in practice. I messed up a little bit and cost us a little time. Todd Parrott and all these guys on the 43 team have been working really hard. This Eckrich Ford Fusion has been fast all weekend. That will be a really good starting spot. We haven’t been qualifying great the last few weeks but that will be a good one. We want to get a pole but I am proud of that lap. We will keep working on it in race trim tomorrow.”
JOEY LOGANO, No. 22 Shell Penzoil Ford Fusion
ON HIS LAP: “That wasn’t terrible. The guys did a good job tuning this thing in a little bit and I am just trying to figure out how Carl ran so fast. I guess I need to find a half-second somewhere. I tried really hard and slid up the track a little bit in one and two and the car was a little bit too snug for me. We will still have a decent starting spot and we will try to make something happen here in Michigan. This is one of the places we want to win, being in Ford’s backyard and Roger’s (Penske) backyard. We want to show them what we have been working on.”
RICKY STENHOUSE JR., No. 17 Zest Ford Fusion
ON HIS LAP: “That was better than in qualifying than race trim. We only got one good qualifying run in practice so I think that kind of hurt us a little bit. We bottomed out and then went back out and we were really loose in practice so all in all I think it was a good pickup for us. We picked up almost four-and-a-half tenths which isn’t too bad. We just needed a little more overall grip. We needed more rear grip. That was a little on the sketchy side but all in all we will take that. We will start practice tomorrow and I feel like we had a good car in race trim in practice. We will go to work tomorrow and see if we can get it dialed in. That was a heck of a lap by Carl. That was really cool. The engines are running really well and we are working hard to get the speed in these things. It is a smooth, fast racetrack where we have typically been fast. It is like Kansas, smooth and fast. We are looking for another good run like we had at Kansas.”
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Greg Biffle led the charge for Ford Racing's comeback with the 1,000th win for the 'Blue Oval' brigade -- a win at their home track, Michigan International Speedway -- in Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Quicken Loans 400.
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Team: No. 16 3M /Give Kids a Smile Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Matt Puccia
Primary Chassis: RK-817 Last ran the All-Star race – finished 15th
Backup Chassis: RK-803 Last ran Bristol – finished 11th
Biffle at Michigan:
Biffle has 20 Sprint Cup career starts at Michigan, earning three wins, nine top-five and 12 top-10 finishes.
Michigan is Biffle’s second-best average finishing...
Greg Biffle comes into Sunday’s Quicken Loans 400 from the Michigan International Speedway with a bit more confidence in his step. Biffle and his Roush Fenway Racing team have struggled since finishing fourth at Texas six races ago. His finishes have been 19th, 36th, 13th, 31st, and 15th. Using strategy he was able to finish second last weekend at Pocono.
“Coming off our second...
GREG BIFFLE, No. 16 3M Ford Fusion — TALK ABOUT YOUR WIN HERE, THE RACE TEAM, THE VICTORY, THE SIGNIFICANCE OF WINNING THIS 1,000TH WIN FOR FORD, AS WELL. “Yeah, it’s definitely a special day. It was Father’s Day, my first, Emma’s first victory lane today, so that was pretty special for me. You know, we certainly didn’t probably have the fastest car today at times and...
BROOKLYN, Mich. — Greg Biffle raced to his second straight Sprint Cup race at Michigan International Speedway, easily holding off Kevin Harvick after points leader Jimmie Johnson smacked the wall in the final laps Sunday.
It was the 1,000th victory for Ford across NASCAR’s three national series — Cup, Nationwide and Truck.
It was Biffle’s first win since he overtook Johnson...
Credit: Will Schneekloth/Getty Images
With a late tire-issue for Jimmie Johnson, Greg Biffle cruised to his second Michigan win in a row and the first victory of the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup season on Sunday afternoon.
Biffle’s win was also Ford Racing’s 1,000th victory across NASCAR’s three national series.
“I love it when the 48 crashes trying to catch me. Love it,” Biffle...
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...