Brooklyn, MI, United States (4E Sports) – Greg Biffle gave Ford its 1,000th NASCAR national series victory after capturing his fourth career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series win at Michigan International Speedway Sunday.
With Biffle’s win, Ford now has 615 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victories, 200 NASCAR Nationwide Series and 85 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series wins while Mercury has 96 Sprint Cup and Lincoln added four Sprint Cup victories.
“There are a lot of things on the line for us as far as that win,” Biffle said. “One, it would be our first of the season; two, it would propel us towards the Chase; and three, the 1,000th win for Ford Racing in NASCAR.”
Biffle led for 48 laps and edged Kevin Harvick by 2.989 seconds for the victory that vaulted him from 10th to eighth place in the standings. Martin Truex Jr. placed third while Kyle Busch placed fourth.
Completing the top 10 were Tony Stewart, Matt Kenseth, Clint Bowyer, Carl Edwards, Joey Logano and Jeff Burton.
Biffle’s win, however, came with a controversy after he made some controversial comments on radio after Roush Fenway Racing driver Jimmie Johnson’s front front tire went down and sent the No. 48 car into the wall.
“I love it when the 48 crashes trying to catch us,” Biffle said on his radio.
Later, Biffle apologized for his comment, which came days after NASCAR driver Jason Leffler was killed when his sprint car crashed into the wall at a dirt track in New Jersey.
“I don’t want to see anybody wreck. I should have said ‘make a mistake,’” Biffle said.
The crash, however, failed to dampen Ford’s celebration of its milestone victory that started when Jim Roper, driving a Lincoln, won the first Strictly Stock (now Sprint Cup Series) race on June 19, 1949 at the old Charlotte Speedway.
Ford now supports 11 full-time drivers in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series competition, five in the Nationwide Series and two in the Camping World Truck Series.
Also, Ford now competes in all three national series with support of Front Row Motorsports, Germain Racing, Penske Racing, Richard Petty Motorsports, Roush Fenway Racing and the Wood Brothers.
This season, Ford added full-time support of Brad Keselowski Racing in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.
“Ford has been an important part of our sport since their first win,” said NASCAR president Mike Helton. “We congratulate the entire Ford Motor Company and the race teams, past and present, that have contributed in this very significant milestone of their 1,000th win.”