"I have been with Ford Motor Company and they have been supporting me for almost 50 years now and we expect to be at our best when we come to MIS and I am glad we could pull it off," said Roush Fenway Racing team owner Jack Roush. "I was a little nervous for a minute there, but I am glad it worked out and glad we could give Ford their 1000th win."
"What a great moment this is," said Jamie Allison, the director of Ford Racing. "Thanks to all the Ford teams and Roush Fenway, Penske, the Wood Brothers, Germain Racing, Front Row Motorsports and Richard Petty Motorsports and all those that have accumulated these wins throughout the years.
"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," he added. " We are celebrating the 110th birthday of Ford Motor Company today, and I can't think of a better birthday present than this win here this afternoon."
It certainly seemed that someone upstairs was looking out for Ford this weekend, while taking every opportunity to stick pins into effigies of the Hendrick cars throughout race day. But usually that just of ill-fortune makes Johnson and his team mates even more determined next time around - which should make for a very interesting road course event next weekend at Sonoma Raceway at Sears Point, California.
Full race results
, interview with the race winner
and Sprint Cup Championship standings