Biffle Ends Drought With Win at Texas

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By Jason Schultz

Greg Biffle took the checkered flag Saturday night in Texas after making a late race pass on Jimmie Johnson with 30 laps to go. Johnson for the second straight week lost his chance of getting team owner Rick Hendrick win number 200 in the Sprint Cup Series. Biffle gained a decent lead over Johnson and crossed the line first.

The biggest story of the night was the 234 laps that were run under green flag conditions to end the race. This was a record-breaking statistic and bored many race fans. Texas Motor Speedway could suffer from the “boring” race with a drop in attendance in November. Pole sitter Martin Truex Jr. led the first 30 laps before eventual race winner Greg Biffle passes Truex Jr. for the lead.

The first caution of the day came out on lap 67 for debris. That let the field line back up again for some action on the restart. The second and final caution of the day came out when 2011 Daytona 500 champion Trevor Bayne got into the turn three wall. Bayne found little success during this race weekend in Texas after not being able to race Friday nights Nationwide race due to lack of sponsorship. Bayne won the 2011 Nationwide Texas race last November. Bayne had a fast Sprint Cup car and couldn’t show results Saturday night.

On lap 113 Jimmie Johnson passed Greg Biffle for the lead. Eventually pole sitter Martin Truex Jr. would gain the lead after green flag pit stops. Now in the midst of the 234 lap green flag run Jimmie Johnson would regain the lead and lead all almost every lap to the finish. Then with 30 laps to go Greg Biffle would take the lead one final time.

Johnson was trying to catch Biffle but Johnson tried too hard and got into the wall slightly and never caught Biffle. On the last lap Marcos Ambrose who had been so strong today ran out of fuel and got a good finish taken from him. Biffle crossed the line just behind two lap cars and took the win.

Biffle was ecstatic to break his 49 race winless drought. When Biffle addressed media members following the race he said “I knew it was a matter of time until I was going to win one of these.” Biffle also grows his points lead over teammate Matt Kenseth. Rounding out the top five in the Samsung Mobile 500 at Texas Motor Speedway is Jimmie Johnson in second, Mark Martin in third, Jeff Gordon in fourth and Matt Kenseth in fifth. Greg Biffle will look to continue his success next week at Kansas Speedway and strive to become the only driver in Nascar history to win a championship in Nascar’s three premiere series.

Results Via Nascar.com

FIN ST CAR DRIVER MAKE SPONSOR PTS/BNS LAPS STATUS
1 3 16 Greg Biffle Ford 3M Filtrete 47/4 334 Running
2 10 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe’s / Kobalt Tools 44/2 334 Running
3 4 55 Mark Martin Toyota Aaron’s 2011 Best of the Best 41/0 334 Running
4 34 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet DuPont 20 Years 41/1 334 Running
5 2 17 Matt Kenseth Ford Best Buy 40/1 334 Running
6 1 56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota NAPA Auto Parts 39/1 334 Running
7 5 5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet Farmers Insurance 37/0 334 Running
8 20 99 Carl Edwards Ford Fastenal 36/0 334 Running
9 15 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Budweiser 35/0 334 Running
10 16 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet Diet Mountain Dew / National Guard 34/0 334 Running
11 17 18 Kyle Busch Toyota Interstate Batteries 33/0 334 Running
12 13 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota FedEx Office / March of Dimes 32/0 334 Running
13 27 51 Kurt Busch Chevrolet Phoenix Construction Services 31/0 333 Running
14 9 1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops / Tracker Boats 30/0 333 Running
15 12 22 AJ Allmendinger Dodge Shell / Pennzoil 29/0 333 Running
16 25 42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet Target 28/0 333 Running
17 18 15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 5-hour Energy 27/0 333 Running
18 11 27 Paul Menard Chevrolet Quaker State / Menards 26/0 333 Running
19 14 20 Joey Logano Toyota Dollar General 25/0 333 Running
20 7 9 Marcos Ambrose Ford Stanley 25/1 333 In Pit
21 6 39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet U.S. Army 23/0 332 Running
22 23 43 Aric Almirola Ford Smithfield 22/0 332 Running
23 26 78 Regan Smith Chevrolet Furniture Row / Farm American 21/0 332 Running
24 29 14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet Mobil 1 Advanced Fuel Economy / Office Depot 20/0 332 Running
25 22 13 Casey Mears Ford GEICO 19/0 331 Running
26 31 10 David Reutimann Chevrolet Accell Construction 18/0 331 Running
27 30 47 Bobby Labonte Toyota Bush’s Baked Beans 17/0 330 Running
28 19 21 Trevor Bayne Ford Motorcraft / Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center 0 330 Running
29 24 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet Caterpillar 15/0 330 Running
30 28 83 Landon Cassill Toyota Burger King / Dr Pepper 14/0 330 Running
31 35 38 David Gilliland Ford ModSpace 13/0 328 Running
32 39 32 Reed Sorenson Ford Jani-King 0 327 Running
33 36 249 J.J. Yeley Toyota JPO Absorbents 11/0 325 Running
34 42 33 Tony Raines Chevrolet Precon Marine 10/0 323 Running
35 21 34 David Ragan Ford Scorpion Truck Bed Liners 10/1 313 Running
36 8 2 Brad Keselowski Dodge Miller Lite 8/0 312 Running
37 41 36 Dave Blaney Chevrolet Jimmie Johnson’s Anything With an Engine 7/0 228 Vibration
38 37 93 Travis Kvapil Toyota Dr Pepper 6/0 114 Engine
39 32 26 Josh Wise * Ford Morristown Driver’s Service 5/0 66 Vibration
40 43 119 Mike Bliss Toyota Humphrey Smith Racing 0 38 Brakes
41 33 98 Michael McDowell Ford Curb Records 3/0 36 Vibration
42 40 23 Scott Riggs Chevrolet North Texas Pipe / Embassy Suites 2/0 25 Vibration
43 38 195 Scott Speed Ford Tommy Williams Drywall 1/0 13 Overheating
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