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Winning at Michigan always means more for Ford Racing.
No matter which manufacturer is able to win at Michigan, in the backyard of America's Big Three automobile companies, it's a huge deal.
For the Big Two currently left running in NASCAR—Ford and Chevrolet—perhaps it's a bigger deal than ever. The outsider amongst the manufacturers competing in the Sprint Cup Series, Toyota, just likes to win at MIS to rub it in the others' noses.
Ford Racing came out the big winner with Joey Logano, who drives a Ford for Penske Racing, capturing the checkered flag on Sunday. It's not just that Logano won for one of the most respected car owners in the garage in Roger Penske, it's that he did it in a year that has been marked by struggle for Penske's organization after a controversial switch in manufacturers from Dodge to Ford.
Remember, Penske driver Brad Keselowski drove to the Cup Championship last year in a lame-duck Dodge. After Ford lured Penske into its stable with a lucrative offer that Dodge was in no position to match at the time, all eyes have been on the two Penske drivers this year. Sunday marked the first time either of them had made it to Victory Lane for Ford Racing—and while it could have come sooner, it could not have come at a better place.