BY DARREN REESE
SUN SPORTS EDITOR
BRISTOL - Greg Biffle has been a "Ford Guy" nearly his entire NASCAR racing career.
So it was only fitting that he provided the company with one of its most memorable milestones as of late.
Biffle's victory in the Quicken Loans 400 at Michigan International Speedway back on Father's Day gave Ford Motor Company its 1,000th victory across NASCAR's three top series - Sprint Cup, Nationwide, and Camping World Truck.
The driver of the No. 16 Roush-Fenway Fusion was at Bristol Thursday for a media event, which included one-on-one interviews and ride-alongs around the half-mile concrete oval.
"It was very exciting for us to be able to (get that win)," Biffle said. "It was near perfect, the way everything came together - for us to be able to get Ford's 1000th NASCAR win, and for it to come at Michigan with (so many Ford executives there). Who would have thought?"
Not only has Biffle driven a Ford for most of his career, but he has also belonged to the same organization since he became a full-time driver on the Craftsman Truck Series in 1998.
Biffle was behind the wheel of a Roush Racing machine through his climb up the ladder, from trucks, to Nationwide, to his 2002 Cup Series debut.
It's a perk that the Vancouver, Washington native doesn't take lightly.
"It's definitely a unique situation," Biffle said. "A lot of guys that have made it, the Jimmy Johnsons and the Jeff Gordons, you don't see them move around much once they've made it (at the Sprint Cup level)."
"But it's rare to see someone go through their whole career, through the trucks and Nationwide with the same organization. But luckily for me, Roush had such a strong program for both, I didn't have to go anywhere else as I came along."
Biffle said there were times when he weighed his options as far as
switching teams, but always came back to Roush.
"You always think the grass is greener on the other side, but is it really?," Biffle said. "I see how hard this team works and how hard this organization works."
"And the thing about being at Roush is that I have always had great sponsors."
With the Irwin Tools 500 at Bristol less than two months away, Biffle was excited to talk about what is one of his favorite tracks on the circuit.
He is also one of the most successful active drivers at BMS, even though he has never won at the track.
In 21 career races at the half-mile, Biffle has an average finish of 12.14. He has finished inside the top 10, ten times and has been running at the end in all but one of the 21.
"We've been fortunate enough to stay clear of some things and have a lot of solid runs," Biffle said. "This track is very high on the experience factor. A lot of things can happen."
"The corners here are very unforgivable. When accidents happen, you have to have good reflexes. You have to know what to do, where to go. A lot of it is reaction, some of it is luck. This race track is very tough."
The Bristol night race used to be the hardest ticket to get on the NASCAR circuit. With tickets now available, Biffle hopes to see a packed house return this August.
"It is such a fun race, especially for the night race," Biffle said. It's unbelieable the electricity when you walk ito the facility. You come in at night and see the sparks, see the action. It's just a fun race track, especially at night."