Within the shadow of the Motor City, Roush Fenway Racing, Ford and Greg Biffle celebrated in Victory Lane after a war of attrition in the Pure Michigan 400. For the third time at Michigan International Speedway Biffle took the checkered flag. With the victory, he took over the points lead from Jimmie Johnson. Johnson finished 27th, after something in his engine broke loose, the third Hendrick-made engine to give up the ghost during the race.
Biffle felt that clean air was very important, "We were so good out front. I told Matt, If we get out front, I know we can win with this race, the car is really good. Once I passed the car, I could run the next guy down by half a second a lap."
Brad Keselowski tried to catch Biffle during a two-lap run to the finish but fell four tenths of a second short, taking second in a photo finish over a fast-closing Kasey Kahne. "I'm very proud of that. Just extremely proud of that. We're in a great position as a team as the Chase is about to start here to make some noise. I'm just feeling lucky to be there," said Keselowski
Third place finisher Kahne came back from a spin that sent race leader Mark Martin into the pit wall. Martin walked away from the savage hit.
Kahne was trying to pick up some spots on the track, "tracked down Mark Martin who was hung up behind a couple slow guys. I thought I might try to pass him and those guys. I don't know if Mark was tight behind them or cruising behind them, but either way I wanted to get by those three."
Several people in the NASCAR community tweeted their concerns after seeing the damage of the number 55 Aaron's Toyota after it slammed into the end of the pit road wall. ESPN's Marty Smith commented on whether it was Martin's ability or his luck, but was glad to see him climb out.
Fellow driver Keselowski was also glad to see Martin was unhurt, as well as the crew of Kasey Kahne Chevy, whose pit stall Martin struck. Martin himself thanked everyone for the concern, saying he was all good.