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
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|30||28||83||Landon Cassill||Toyota||Burger King / Dr Pepper||14/0||330||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|