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Cup: Michigan - Race results

A late engine blow-up for Jimmie Johnson denied the #48 a seemingly certain victory at Michigan, which went instead to Greg Biffle following a green-white-chequered finish.
Greg Biffle claimed his second win of the year by holding on to the lead ahead of Brad Keselowski during a green-white-chequered finish to the Pure Michigan 400 Sprint Cup race at Michigan International Speedway.

The restart had followed an engine blow-up for the previous race leader Jimmie Johnson, in a day that proved rough for a number of the Chevrolet cars. Tony Stewart and Jeff Gordon both suffered valve problems on their own units that put them out of the running.

Polesitter and early leader Mark Martin had earlier exited the race on lap 64 with a spin that left the driver's side of his car impacting the unprotected sharp edge of a concrete wall at an opening in the pit wall, a scary wreck that Martin was fortunate to walk away from without injury.

Biffle's win is his 18th victory in 353 series starts and his third at Michigan, having previously posted wins here in 2004 and 2005. The victory gives him the lead in the Sprint Cup points standings by a margin of 20pts over Roush Fenway Racing team mate Matt Kenseth. Kasey Kahne and Ryan Newman continue to hold the two "most wins" wild card entries for the Chase.

During the Saturday practice session, Jimmie Johnson's car required an engine change and Dale Earnhardt Jr. hit the wall sending him to his backup car for the race. As a result, both Hendrick Motorsports drivers had started from the back on Sunday.

Race results

1. #16 Greg Biffle Ford 201 laps 2hrs 46mins 44secs (47/4 pts)
2. #2 Brad Keselowski Dodge 201 laps + 0.416s (43/1 pts)
3. #5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 201 laps + 0.456s (41/0 pts)
4. #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet 201 laps + 1.189s (41/1 pts)
5. #9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 201 laps + 1.627s (39/0 pts)
6. #99 Carl Edwards Ford 201 laps + 2.015s (39/1 pts)
7. #15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 201 laps + 2.203s (38/1 pts)
8. #39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 201 laps + 2.579s (36/0 pts)
9. #27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 201 laps + 2.688s (36/1 pts)
10. #56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 201 laps + 2.853s (35/1 pts)
11. #11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 201 laps + 3.386s (34/1 pts)
12. #22 Sam Hornish Jr. Dodge 201 laps + 4.027s (0pts)
13. #18 Kyle Busch Toyota 201 laps + 4.502s (31/0 pts)
14. #1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 201 laps + 4.523s (30/0 pts)
15. #93 Travis Kvapil Toyota 201 laps + 4.697s (29/0 pts)
16. #29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 201 laps + 4.794s (28/0 pts)
17. #17 Matt Kenseth Ford 201 laps + 5.149s (28/1 pts)
18. #38 David Gilliland Ford 201 laps + 5.559s (26/0 pts)
19. #31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet 201 laps + 5.669s (25/0 pts)
20. #43 Aric Almirola Ford 201 laps + 6.214s (24/0 pts)
21. #18 David Reutimann Toyota 200 laps + 1 lap (23/0 pts)
22. #47 Bobby Labonte Toyota 199 laps + 2 laps (22/0 pts)
23. #34 David Ragan Ford 199 laps + 2 laps (21/0 pts)
24. #21 Trevor Bayne Ford 199 laps + 2 laps (0pts)
25. #83 Landon Cassill Toyota 198 laps + 3 laps (20/1 pts)
26. #42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet 197 laps + 4 laps (18/0 pts)
27. #48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 195 laps Engine (18/1 pts)
28. #24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 167 laps Engine (16/0 pts)
29. #78 Regan Smith Chevrolet 154 laps + 47 laps (15/0 pts)
30. #51 Kurt Busch Chevrolet 135 laps Accident (14/0 pts)
31. #20 Joey Logano Toyota 132 laps + 69 laps (13/0 pts)
32. #14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet 109 laps Engine (12/0 pts)
33. #32 T.J. Bell Ford 108 laps Transmission (0pts)
34. #30 David Stremme Toyota 72 laps Electrical (10/0 pts)
35. #55 Mark Martin Toyota 64 laps Accident (11/2 pts)
36. #87 Joe Nemechek Toyota 38 laps Rear Gear (0pts)
37. #13 Casey Mears Ford 36 laps Vibration (7/0 pts)
38. #10 Dave Blaney Chevrolet 34 laps Vibration (6/0 pts)
39. #98 Mike Skinner Ford 25 laps Electrical (5/0 pts)
40. #26 Josh Wise * Ford 21 laps Susp. (4/0 pts)
41. #23 Scott Riggs Chevrolet 20 laps Susp. (3/0 pts)
42. #191 Reed Sorenson Ford 15 laps Overheating (0pts)
43. #119 Jason Leffler Ford 14 laps Fuel Pressure (0pts)

Practice 3 times

1. #16 Greg Biffle Ford 36.203s (Leader) 198.878 mph
2. #48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 36.323s (-0.120) 198.221 mph
3. #20 Joey Logano Toyota 36.371s (-0.168) 197.960 mph
4. #17 Matt Kenseth Ford 36.379s (-0.176) 197.916 mph
5. #55 Mark Martin Toyota 36.458s (-0.255) 197.488 mph
6. #5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 36.497s (-0.294) 197.277 mph
7. #14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet 36.519s (-0.316) 197.158 mph
8. #99 Carl Edwards Ford 36.522s (-0.319) 197.141 mph
9. #11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 36.530s (-0.327) 197.098 mph
10. #9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 36.597s (-0.394) 196.737 mph
11. #15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 36.609s (-0.406) 196.673 mph
12. #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet 36.627s (-0.424) 196.576 mph
13. #56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 36.655s (-0.452) 196.426 mph
14. #29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 36.673s (-0.470) 196.330 mph
15. #78 Regan Smith Chevrolet 36.693s (-0.490) 196.223 mph
16. #43 Aric Almirola Ford 36.715s (-0.512) 196.105 mph
17. #31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet 36.723s (-0.520) 196.062 mph
18. #22 Parker Kligerman Dodge 36.750s (-0.547) 195.918 mph
19. #24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 36.754s (-0.551) 195.897 mph
20. #1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 36.759s (-0.556) 195.870 mph
21. #39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 36.782s (-0.579) 195.748 mph
22. #2 Brad Keselowski Dodge 36.783s (-0.580) 195.743 mph
23. #51 Kurt Busch Chevrolet 36.805s (-0.602) 195.626 mph
24. #27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 36.819s (-0.616) 195.551 mph
25. #83 Landon Cassill Toyota 36.881s (-0.678) 195.223 mph
26. #42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet 36.888s (-0.685) 195.185 mph
27. #47 Bobby Labonte Toyota 36.911s (-0.708) 195.064 mph
28. #93 Travis Kvapil Toyota 36.919s (-0.716) 195.021 mph
29. #21 Trevor Bayne Ford 36.948s (-0.745) 194.868 mph
30. #38 David Gilliland Ford 36.983s (-0.780) 194.684 mph
31. #34 David Ragan Ford 37.142s (-0.939) 193.851 mph
32. #13 Casey Mears Ford 37.151s (-0.948) 193.804 mph
33. #98 Mike Skinner Ford 37.395s (-1.192) 192.539 mph
34. #10 David Reutimann Chevrolet 37.433s (-1.230) 192.344 mph
35. #26 Josh Wise* Ford 37.440s (-1.237) 192.308 mph
36. #119 Jason Leffler Ford 37.509s (-1.306) 191.954 mph
37. #30 David Stremme Toyota 37.513s (-1.310) 191.934 mph
38. #32 T.J. Bell Ford 37.588s (-1.385) 191.551 mph
39. #36 Dave Blaney Chevrolet 37.595s (-1.392) 191.515 mph
40. #18 Kyle Busch Toyota 37.663s (-1.460) 191.169 mph
41. #23 Scott Riggs Chevrolet 37.663s (-1.460) 191.169 mph
42. #191 Reed Sorenson Ford 37.885s (-1.682) 190.049 mph
43. #87 Joe Nemechek Toyota 37.948s (-1.745) 189.733 mph

Practice 2 times

1. #16 Greg Biffle Ford 35.935s (Leader) 200.362 mph
2. #5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 36.256s (-0.321) 198.588 mph
3. #99 Carl Edwards Ford 36.262s (-0.327) 198.555 mph
4. #55 Mark Martin Toyota 36.331s (-0.396) 198.178 mph
5. #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet 36.339s (-0.404) 198.134 mph
6. #56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 36.357s (-0.422) 198.036 mph
7. #17 Matt Kenseth Ford 36.459s (-0.524) 197.482 mph
8. #78 Regan Smith Chevrolet 36.461s (-0.526) 197.471 mph
9. #18 Kyle Busch Toyota 36.539s (-0.604) 197.050 mph
10. #11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 36.546s (-0.611) 197.012 mph
11. #29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 36.583s (-0.648) 196.813 mph
12. #51 Kurt Busch Chevrolet 36.627s (-0.692) 196.576 mph
13. #42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet 36.632s (-0.697) 196.549 mph
14. #39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 36.652s (-0.717) 196.442 mph
15. #24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 36.659s (-0.724) 196.405 mph
16. #14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet 36.671s (-0.736) 196.340 mph
17. #15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 36.678s (-0.743) 196.303 mph
18. #20 Joey Logano Toyota 36.682s (-0.747) 196.282 mph
19. #31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet 36.712s (-0.777) 196.121 mph
20. #9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 36.729s (-0.794) 196.030 mph
21. #2 Brad Keselowski Dodge 36.730s (-0.795) 196.025 mph
22. #93 Travis Kvapil Toyota 36.752s (-0.817) 195.908 mph
23. #27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 36.758s (-0.823) 195.876 mph
24. #13 Casey Mears Ford 36.772s (-0.837) 195.801 mph
25. #83 Landon Cassill Toyota 36.794s (-0.859) 195.684 mph
26. #47 Bobby Labonte Toyota 36.868s (-0.933) 195.291 mph
27. #48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 36.900s (-0.965) 195.122 mph
28. #43 Aric Almirola Ford 36.912s (-0.977) 195.059 mph
29. #1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 36.965s (-1.030) 194.779 mph
30. #21 Trevor Bayne Ford 36.996s (-1.061) 194.616 mph
31. #38 David Gilliland Ford 37.014s (-1.079) 194.521 mph
32. #98 Mike Skinner Ford 37.137s (-1.202) 193.877 mph
33. #22 Parker Kligerman Dodge 37.166s (-1.231) 193.725 mph
34. #34 David Ragan Ford 37.287s (-1.352) 193.097 mph
35. #10 David Reutimann Chevrolet 37.292s (-1.357) 193.071 mph
36. #26 Josh Wise* Ford 37.393s (-1.458) 192.549 mph
37. #32 T.J. Bell Ford 37.808s (-1.873) 190.436 mph
38. #23 Scott Riggs Chevrolet 37.837s (-1.902) 190.290 mph
39. #30 David Stremme Toyota 38.179s (-2.244) 188.585 mph
40. #36 Dave Blaney Chevrolet 38.277s (-2.342) 188.102 mph
41. #87 Joe Nemechek Toyota 38.479s (-2.544) 187.115 mph
42. #191 Reed Sorenson Ford 38.772s (-2.837) 185.701 mph
43. #119 Jason Leffler Ford 39.346s (-3.411) 182.992 mph

Sprint Cup championship standings

1. (+1) Greg Biffle 823pts
2. (+1) Matt Kenseth 803pts (-20pts)
3. (+1) Dale Earnhardt Jr. 801pts (-22pts)
4. (-3) Jimmie Johnson 795pts (-28pts)
5. (--) Brad Keselowski 776pts (-47pts)
6. (--) Martin Truex Jr. 763pts (-60pts)
7. (--) Clint Bowyer 757pts (-66pts)
8. (+1) Kevin Harvick 738pts (-85pts)
9. (-1) Tony Stewart 728pts (-95pts)
10. (--) Denny Hamlin 727pts (-96pts)
11. (--) Kasey Kahne 694pts (-129pts)
12. (--) Carl Edwards 689pts (-134pts)
13. (--) Ryan Newman 680pts (-143pts)
14. (--) Kyle Busch 669pts (-154pts)
15. (+1) Paul Menard 665pts (-158pts)
16. (-1) Jeff Gordon 650pts (-173pts)
17. (--) Marcos Ambrose 639pts (-184pts)
18. (--) Joey Logano 600pts (-223pts)
19. (+1) Jamie McMurray 571pts (-252pts)
20. (-1) Jeff Burton 566pts (-257pts)
21. (--) Aric Almirola 548pts (-275pts)
22. (--) Juan Montoya 530pts (-293pts)
23. (--) Regan Smith 488pts (-335pts)
24. (--) Bobby Labonte 483pts (-340pts)
25. (--) Kurt Busch 437pts (-386pts)
26. (--) Mark Martin 417pts (-406pts)
27. (--) Casey Mears 412pts (-411pts)
28. (+2) David Gilliland 401pts (-422pts)
29. (-1) AJ Allmendinger 400pts (-423pts)
30. (-1) David Ragan 397pts (-426pts)
31. (--) Travis Kvapil 373pts (-450pts)
32. (--) Landon Cassill 352pts (-471pts)
33. (+1) David Reutimann 306pts (-517pts)
34. (-1) Dave Blaney 290pts (-533pts)
35. (--) David Stremme 165pts (-658pts)
36. (--) Brian Vickers 136pts (-687pts)
37. (--) J.J. Yeley 135pts (-688pts)
38. (+2) Josh Wise* 101pts (-722pts)
39. (-1) Michael McDowell 101pts (-722pts)
40. (-1) Ken Schrader 100pts (-723pts)
41. (--) Stephen Leicht* 85pts (-738pts)
42. (--) Michael Waltrip 75pts (-748pts)
43. (--) Scott Speed 69pts (-754pts)
44. (--) Tony Raines 67pts (-756pts)
45. (--) Terry Labonte 66pts (-757pts)
46. (--) Brendan Gaughan 50pts (-773pts)
47. (--) Scott Riggs 38pts (-785pts)
48. (--) Boris Said 34pts (-789pts)
49. (--) Bill Elliott 14pts (-809pts)
50. (--) Hermie Sadler 13pts (-810pts)
51. (--) Robby Gordon 11pts (-812pts)
52. (--) Tomy Drissi 6pts (-817pts)
53. (--) Stacy Compton 5pts (-818pts)
54. (--) Mike Skinner 5pts (-818pts)
55. (--) Chris Cook 5pts (-818pts)
56. (--) David Mayhew 4pts (-819pts)
57. (--) Kelly Bires 2pts (-821pts)
58. (--) Patrick Long 2pts (-821pts)

* Denotes Rookie
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