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June 20, 2013

Biffle, Edwards not on same page

BROOKLYN, Mich. — Greg Biffle was thrilled after his victory last weekend in Michigan.

Teammate Carl Edwards was a little bit miffed.

Biffle’s Sprint Cup victory gave Ford Motor Co. 1,000 wins across NASCAR’s three national series — Cup, Nationwide and Truck. It took place just down the road from company headquarters, but not every Ford driver raced as well as he’d hoped. Edwards, the pole winner, finished eighth and said there was a point in the race when he wished Biffle would have dropped back to help him clean off his grille. The two both drive for Roush Fenway Racing.

“It’s his job to help me,” Edwards said after the race. “We’ll take care of it.”

Biffle defended his approach to the race.

“These races are very, very hard to win,” he said. “I didn’t feel like I could take that risk at that particular time to back up, lose all that track position and — it may have changed the outcome of the race.”

Edwards later told ESPN.com he was referring to a moment relatively early in the race when he could have used help from Biffle, so their post-race comments may have been a misunderstanding. Still, despite the victory, it wasn’t a perfect week for Ford.

Brad Keselowski, who won the Cup last year for team owner Roger Penske, finished 12th in his No. 2 Ford. He’s now ninth in the points standings with no wins, and although there’s plenty of time for him to solidify his spot in the Chase, lately he’s been making news for reasons other than his driving.

Keselowski was at Ford headquarters in Dearborn last week when he accused Hendrick Motorsports and Joe Gibbs Racing of luring away Penske employees in an effort to steal information. Penske said over the weekend he thought Keselowski had some “misinformation” — and team owners Rick Hendrick and Joe Gibbs blasted the defending champion for spreading false information.

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