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Results
Quicken Loans 400
At Michigan International Speedway
Top 5 finishers
1. Greg Biffle…Ford
2. Kevin Harvick…Chevrolet
3. Martin Truex Jr.…Toyota
4. Kyle Busch…Toyota
5. Tony Stewart…Chevrolet
Top 5 points
1. Jimmie Johnson…538
2. Carl Edwards…–31
3. Clint Bowyer…–49
4. KevinHarvick…–62
5. Matt Kenseth–82
Associated Press
Sprint Cup driver Greg Biffle celebrates his win in the Quicken Loans 400 at Michigan International Speedway on Sunday.

Biffle helps Ford to milestone victory

Drives carmaker to 1,000th NASCAR win at MIS

– Greg Biffle gave Ford a milestone victory – right down the road from company headquarters.

Biffle raced to his second straight Sprint Cup win 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 Motor Co. across NASCAR’s three national series – Cup, Nationwide and Trucks.

“What a great moment this is,” said Jamie Allison, director of Ford Racing. “We couldn’t be prouder to have this moment come here today at Michigan in front of so many of our Ford friends. What a great race and a great day for Ford.”

It was Biffle’s first win since he overtook Johnson to win at MIS in August. Johnson’s engine faltered with six laps left in that race. This time, he was about a second behind Biffle with three laps to go – but a tire give way, and he dropped all the way to 28th.

“I don’t want to see anybody wreck,” Biffle said. “It makes you feel good when you push the guy over the edge. He made a mistake, and that’s what makes you feel good. You outsmarted him, or you beat him at his game.”

Harvick was second, 3 seconds behind Biffle. Martin Truex Jr. was next, followed by Kyle Busch and Tony Stewart.

Johnson wasn’t the only big name who ran into trouble. Jeff Gordon was out of contention almost immediately when he hit a spinning Bobby Labonte less than 10 laps into the 200-lap, 400-mile race. Gordon finished 39th, one spot behind Kasey Kahne, who led at the halfway point but appeared to blow a tire and went sliding into the wall.

Kahne’s car caught fire, but he was able to climb out quickly.

Dale Earnhardt Jr., who won at MIS last June, finished 37th Sunday. He led for 34 laps, but his engine acted up about two-thirds of the way through the race.

There were eight cautions for 38 laps.

Biffle cruised to the finish in his No. 16 Ford. He finished second to Johnson the previous weekend at Pocono, but this time there was nobody left to challenge him at the end.

It was Ford’s third Cup victory of the year – Carl Edwards and David Ragan won at Phoenix and Talladega. Sunday was Ford Motor Co.’s 110th birthday.

“There have been a lot of great teams and a lot of great drivers, a lot of great engine builders that have contributed to Ford’s success,” Roush Fenway Racing owner Jack Roush said. “I’m just proud and honored to be part of that.”

This was the second Cup win of the year for Roush Fenway.

Biffle earned his 19th career victory and boosted his chances to reach the Chase for the Sprint Cup, moving from 10th to eighth in the standings. Biffle finished in the top 10 for the 13th time in 21 races at MIS, which is about 60 miles from Ford headquarters in Dearborn.

Edwards finished eighth. Kurt Busch qualified second but went into an early spin and finished 35th.

Johnson still has a comfortable lead in standings, although Edwards closed the gap at the top from 51 points to 31.

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