Biffle benefits from Johnson's misfortune to win at Michigan
August 19, 2012INDIANA SPORTS PAGE
Brooklyn, MI (Sports Network) - Greg Biffle capitalized on Jimmie Johnson's engine failure in the closing lap to win Sunday's Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway.
Johnson, who had to start from the rear of the field in the 400-mile race after an engine change on Saturday, held the lead with less than 10 laps remaining. But a plume of smoke came from the back of his car, as he slowed on the two-mile racetrack, allowing Biffle to pass him for the lead.
"You've got to be kidding me," Johnson said over his team radio.
Johnson had no comment while he was leaving the track.
Biffle passed second-place runner and Michigan-native Brad Keselowski for position just prior to Johnson's mishap.
"I was closing in on (Johnson), and I don't know if I would have got him in those eight laps or not, but it would have been a hell of a run to the end," Biffle said. "I found some speed in the top line down there in (turns) three and four and was coming on him. I don't know if I would have got there, but we will take them any way we can get them. We had a good car today."