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FYI WIRZ: NASCAR Teams Slip and Rise as Jimmie Johnson Falls in Michigan

During the final laps of the Quicken Loans 400 at Michigan when Jimmie Johnson was chasing Greg Biffle, it looked like the Team 48 perfectionist was about to score another triumph.

Then the wall won.

Johnson’s No. 48 car blew a tire with two laps to go, and went from a strong second to a trailing 28th place finish. Three of the dominating machines of Hendrick Motorsports ended up in the garage and Johnson had no time to advance.

It’s no secret that Ford has struggled some with the new Gen-6 car early in the season, but they seem to be turning a corner with performance. Biffle’s strong run and win at Michigan and second place finish in the previous race at Pocono is evidence of a Ford surge. Biffle's...

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