Biffle and Edwards not on same page after Michigan race

NOAH TRISTER AP Sports Writer Published:

BROOKLYN, Mich. (AP) -- 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.

Johnson running around

Ready to thrill a few hundred school kids, Jimmie Johnson hopped into a replica of his No. 48 car to fire up the engine.

The battery was dead.

He and some members of his group tried to bump start the car. That just bashed in the show car's bumper, led to some odd grinding noises and the car started leaking oil. Undaunted, the NASCAR star jogged through the parking lot to the grass plot where the kids were gathered, chanting his name.

It was an appropriate entrance, considering that Johnson was at Chase Avenue Elementary in his hometown to check out a jogging track that was built with a Jimmie Johnson Foundation/Lowe's Toolbox for Education Champions Grant.

"I thought, 'Well, since we're running around the track, I'll just run on in,'" Johnson said.

Making history

Victor Gonzalez, Jr. will make NASCAR history on Sunday in Sonoma when he becomes the first Caribbean driver to drive in a Sprint Cup race. Victor will join Juan Pablo Montoya in the race as the only two Hispanic drivers racing at the highest level of NASCAR. Victor will pilot the No. 36 Chevrolet.

Stolen trailer

NASCAR driver Mike Harmon has turned himself in to authorities in North Carolina after warrants were issued for him and a business partner. Investigators say the men allegedly stole at least seven vehicles from NASCAR's truck racer Jennifer Jo Cobb last year.

Harmon once was the team manager for Cobb's Nationwide team.

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The charges are a result of search warrants executed at a storage shed at a North Carolina location and at Harmon's shop in Mooresville on May 28.

Harmon surrendered in Shelby on Monday afternoon. It was not clear if he has an attorney.

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