Samsung Mobile 500 Race, Qualifying, & Practice

Published on April 17th, 2012

The Nascar Sprint Cup Series returned to Texas Motor Speedway on Saturday for the Samsung Mobile 500. The race for the chase is on and when the weekend began Greg Biffle was the points leader. Few could have predicted he would leave Texas still leading, not to mention a win under his belt to validate his lead.

The Samsung Mobile 500 win marked the 18th win for Roush Motorsports at the Texas Motor Speedway, the most of any team at the track. The race also set a record for fewest cautions with only two being called, also making the race a very quick one.

Biffle’s battle to win the race wasn’t an easy one, but when he finally made his way up to the front of the pack again on lap 304, he had a big 3 second lead on Jimmie Johnson. The number 16 car led off and on during the race for a total of 90 laps. Biffle said he had to “dig deep” to pull off the win and get past Johnson, and also talked about the wind factoring in, making the cars incredibly difficult to handle.

Second place finisher Johnson dominated the race for 156 laps, but that wasn’t enough, once again falling just short of bringing 200 wins to the Hendrick Motorsports team. However Johnsons finish and lap leading gained him much needed points in the chase. Mark Martin came in third, Jeff Gordon and Matt Kenseth make up the rest of the top 5.

Rounding out the top 10 were Martin Truex Jr., Kasey Kahne, Carl Edwards, Kevin Harvick, and Dale Jr. Brad Keselowski who was among the top 10 at the start had fuel pressure issues and was almost black flagged on lap 212. His team replaced his fuel cell and got him back on the track, but he finished more than 20 laps down.

The current point standings in the Chase for the Cup are Biffle, Kenseth, Earnhardt Jr., Truex Jr, Harvick, Hamlin, Stewart, Johnson, Newman, Bowyer, Edwards, Menard. The top ten finishes for Kahne, Gordon, and Martin gave them a needed boost in the standings, but they will need to keep it up if they want to be real contenders later this year.

As always at this point, I truly believe it’s anyones game. However, as of right now it looks like it’s going to be a Roush and Hendrick dominated top 12.

 

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