Sprint Cup - Biffle Wins Michigan
Brooklyn, Aug. 19, 2012: 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.
“It’s an important win,” said Biffle after the race. “We have been working really hard to get back into victory lane. Everybody has been working so hard and it’s been awesome to have the support of 3M and Ford and everyone behind us.“We are going to make a run at the title,” said Biffle. “I know they don’t talk about us a lot, but they will when we get to Vegas.”
The win marked Biffle’s second of the season and Roush Fenway’s third in the Sprint Cup Series. With three races remaining before the Chase cutoff mark (Bristol, Atlanta and Richmond), Edwards leaves Michigan 12th in the points; 38 points outside of 10th and most likely needing a victory in one of the final three races to secure another Chase berth.
“We have got to get it done in the next three weeks,” said Edwards after the race. This week shows us we have the speed, we just have to get it done. We don’t give up; we have three races left and we can do this.”