Running the Samsung Mobile 500 under the lights at Texas Motor Speedway was a fast and furious spectacle.
At a record pace Greg Biffle brought home his Roush-Fenway Racing Ford No. 16 ahead of his dominating competitor Jimmie Johnson capturing his first win of the season.
Hendrick Motor Sports driver Jimmie Johnson had to settle for second. Johnson, who had led the most laps, clipped the wall with 30 Laps to go allowing Biffle the chance to take the lead. Once Biffle took point, Johnson was unable to wrestle it away from him.
Hendrick Motor Sports could hardly call the night a wash. Despite looking for their 200th win, the organization placed all four of their teams in the Top 10. This was especially noteworthy after the rough start of the No. 5 driver Kasey Kahne had with the team to date and Jeff Gordon’s cool start.
Jeff Gordon was fourth and Kasey Kahne took seventh. Dale Earnhardt Jr., a favorite for some to win the race breaking his losing streak, brought up tenth.
Michael Waltrip Racing had a very good night with No. 55 Mark Martin in third and pole-sitter for the race Martin Truex Jr. in sixth.
Greg Biffle’s teammates and former winners at this track Matt Kenseth and Carl Edwards finished fifth and eighth respectively.
Richard Childress Racing’s Kevin Harvick landed in ninth.
Greg Biffle’s win on Saturday night cemented another week atop the NASCAR Sprint Cup leaders’ board.
This year’s Daytona 500 Champion Matt Kenseth ascended two spots to take second. Dale Earnhardt Jr. fell off one position occupying third. Martin Truex Jr.’s Top 10 raised his place two spots to fourth. Kevin Harvick retains fifth for another week.
Joe Gibbs Racing’s No. 11 of Denny Hamlin gained one spot placing him in sixth. Tony Stewart, who had a disappointing night finishing 24th, fell four positions to seventh. Jimmie Johnson picked up two spots placing him in eighth. Stewart’s teammate and Martinsville race winner Ryan Newman’s 21st led to his falling one place to ninth. Michael Waltrip Racing’s Clint Bowyer, finishing 17th in the race, tumbled one spot to round out the Top 10 in points.
Next week the drivers test their mettle at the Kansas Speedway for the STP 400. This 1.5 mile track may show similar results as Texas Motor Speedway, also a one and a half miler. Will another Roush-Fenway driver be dominate or will Greg Biffle repeat his victory? Can Jimmie Johnson find his first victory or will it be another HMS driver to claim the 200th win for the organization? Will MWR find Victory Lane or will RCR do it?
Tune in to the broadcast on Sunday, April 22nd at 12:30pm EST on Fox for all of the action from Kansas.
After the race, be sure to check out my STP 400 Race Recap right here for the lowdown on all of the action, race results, and points standings.
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