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 exclaimed over the radio after crossing the finish line.
Biffle would later explain his comment saying “I don’t want to see anybody wreck; I should have said make a mistake. And that’s truly what he did is he made a mistake.”
Kevin Harvick finished second, followed by Martin Truex, Jr., Kyle Busch, Tony Stewart and Matt Kenseth.
It was also a tough day for Hendrick Motorsports as Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Kasey Kahne, and Jeff Gordon all had issues.
Gordon wrecked early in the race, slamming into Bobby Labonte’s spinning car. Kahne wrecked while leading on Lap 103 and Earnhardt experienced engine issues while leading on Lap 139.
Kahne’s No. 5 Chevrolet burst into flames, but he emerged unscathed. Kahne led 14 laps before the wreck capped what already had been a tough weekend in the wake of Leffler’s death.
“Jason Leffler’s a good buddy of mine,” said Kahne. “It’s been neat to see fans, friends and everyone supporting him; it showed (what a good) person and racer he was. I’m glad I can say he was one of my good friends.”
Johnson’s points lead is now 31 over Edwards, and with the win, Biffle moves up to eighth in the championship points standings.
The next race for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series is June 23rd at the Sonoma Raceway.