Biffle wins blazing-fast Samsung Mobile 500

Greg Biffle (16) pulls ahead of Jimmie Johnson to go ahead for the rest of the race at the Samsung Mobile 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Texas Motor Speedway on Saturday, April 14, 2012. (Rodger Mallison/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/MCT)
Greg Biffle (16) pulls ahead of Jimmie Johnson to go ahead for the rest of the race at the Samsung Mobile 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Texas Motor Speedway on Saturday, April 14, 2012. (Rodger Mallison/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/MCT)

While it may be one of the more controversial races of the 2012 Sprint Cup season for what didn’t happen, one thing did at the end of Saturday night’s Samsung Mobile 500 at Texas Motor Speedway – there was a winner.
Points leader Greg Biffle captured his first win since an October 2010 victory at Kansas Speedway (a span of 49 races), taking the checkers in a race that saw just two cautions for 10 laps and ended with a 233-lap green-flag run.
The 501-mile race took three hours and seven minutes to finish – undoubtedly the quickest pace in quite some time, even with harsh winds possibly affecting downforce on the cars.
Biffle had a stout Roush Fenway Racing Ford all evening, falling in lock-step at the start of the race behind pole-sitter Martin Truex Jr. On Lap 31, Biffle passed the No. 56 Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota to take the lead for the first time.
He held the lead through the first round of green-flag pit stops, but lost the lead to Truex during a set of stops during the first caution of the evening – a debris yellow on Lap 67.
Fifteen laps later, Matt Kenseth passed his teammate for the lead until another debris caution on lap 93, caused by Trevor Bayne’s contact with the wall.
Truex won the final set of yellow-flag stops and had the lead when the race resumed on Lap 101 for about one turn, when Biffle passed him coming out of Turn 1.
Jimmie Johnson – part of Hendrick Motorsports’ never-ending search for its 200th win – grabbed the lead for the first time on Lap 113, until a cycle of green-flag stops saw Truex retake the top spot.
Truex dominated until Lap 190, when – you guessed it – another round of green-flag pit stops returned the lead to Johnson.
The No. 48 Chevy looked destined for Victory Lane, but Biffle made a charge after conserving his equipment, passing Johnson in lapped traffic on Lap 303 and running away with the victory.
Johnson attempted to make a final charge to steal the win, but a brush with the wall cost him valuable time and, ultimately, a shot at a victory.
Johnson settled for a second-place finish, while Mark Martin, Jeff Gordon, Kenseth, Truex, Kasey Kahne, Carl Edwards, Kevin Harvick and Dale Earnhardt Jr. rounded out the top 10.
As for the points standings, Biffle extended his lead to 19 points over Kenseth and Earnhardt Jr. If the season ended today, Kenseth would own the tiebreaker due to his Daytona 500 victory. Truex (-20) and Harvick (-24) rounded out the top five.
Next up for the Sprint Cup Series is a trip to Kansas Speedway for a race moved up two months from last season. The STP 400 will be a 1:15 p.m. Eastern start at the 1.5 mile oval.

Brad Keselowski Passes Kurt Busch In Wild Last Lap at Auto Club Speedway


The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series headed to wrap up the West Coast tour on Sunday afternoon. Kevin Harvick was looking to sweep the three races that included Las Vegas, Phoenix and Auto Club Speedway. Kurt Busch who was starting just his second race of the year, earned the pole and was looking to sweep the weekend as he led every practice and of course won the pole.

Toyota which hadn’t won yet in 2015 was looking to pull an upset in their own backyard as the headquarters for Toyota is not too far from ACS. Tony Stewart, who has had a disappointing start to the season is looking to start his turnaround was starting 20th. Jeff Gordon who had some issues with his HANS device would have issues rolling off but he would be able to lineup in seventh behind Kyle Larson.

Busch would lead the field to green as drivers prepared for three, four and five wide heading into turn one. The field would fan out on the start but Busch would hold the lead as Harvick would take the lead by lap seven as Busch settled into second. The battle of teammates between, David Ragan, Matt Kenseth and Denny Hamlin for third, fourth and fifth started to heat up as they tried to run down the leaders.

Caution waved for Ragan who got loose when Jeff Gordon and him were racing and he spun out. Kenseth would take the lead off of pit road and Harvick would restart third. On the restart Kenseth would hold the lead over  Hamlin but Harvick and Busch were trying to make their way back to the front,. Hamlin took the lead on lap 32 from Kenseth with Harvick, Busch, and Brad Keselowski rounding out the top five just 35 laps in.

Hamlin would pace the field but Harvick would begin to cut into his lead as this run went on. Harvick and Busch weren’t as good on this second run as Hamlin was able maintain about a two second lead over Harvick and Busch. Green flag pit stops began as Joey Logano would be some of the first to hit pit road. Hamlin would be able to stretch his lead on Harvick.

Caution waved on la 86 for debris and the field would have a chance to hit pit road for tires and fuel. Kenseth would take the lead off of pit road. Busch would take the lead on that restart. On lap 96, Trevor Bayne and Sam Hornish, Jr. made contact and Hornish had hard contact into the wall. The leaders would hit pit road for fuel and tires. Stewart and Martin Truex, Jr. would take just two tires.

While Truex and Stewart gained some track position on the restart we saw what four tires meant as Busch and Harvick went right back to first and second as Truex settled into eighth and Stewart to 13th.

Green flag stops began on lap 138 as the leaders began to hit pit road. The leaders would hit pit road together and come off the same way as the teams had their first real long green flag run of the day. With this pit stop it would make it a one stop race. With 55 laps to go, Harvick would take the lead from Busch. With 47 laps to go caution waved for debris on the track. Everyone would hit pit road for fuel and tires and what would be the last scheduled stop of the day.
Kenseth would once again blister the field when it came to pit stop and would take the lead off of pit road. Joey Logano would have a uncontrolled tire and would be forced to start tail end of the field. Kenseth would hold off Busch as Harvick seemed to struggle with his race car as he would ride behind the charging Jimmie Johnson. Teams were also worrying about fuel as that last stop would still make some drivers short on fuel. That would be a moot point as caution waved for the fifth time of the day for debris. Kesneth would come in the leaders but would have issues exiting his box and break a axle. With two laps to go caution waved for debris forcing pit crews to make a decision on whether to pit or not.

Gordon, Stewart and Greg Biffle all stayed out while everyone else took two tires. Biffle and would drop through the field and Larson and Ragan would make contact and the caution would wave and it would be the second attempt at a green, white checkered.

Busch would lead Harvick followed by Gordon, Paul Menard and Truex rounded out the top five. It would be Brad Keselowski who would use his four fresh tires and a late crash by Biffle to take advantage of Busch who would hit the wall coming out of turn four.
Keselowski would win his first race of 2015 and his first at ACS. The rest of the top 10 were Harvick, Busch, Menard, Ryan Newman, Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Logano, Truex, Johnson and Gordon.

Next up is Martinsville Speedway next Sunday on FOXSPORTS 1.

Chase Recap: At ACS some title hopes went up in s…

123Auto Club Speedway has become Jimmie Johnson’s house. He came into ACS winning the last three races at the track and looking for four in a row. Sunday he quickly made his way to the front and led a total of 22 laps. Johnson didn’t have the car though on Sunday to really dominate the race like he has in the past. Johnson and his team ran top 10 all day long and brought home a third place finish. Team struggled a bit on pit road but Johnson overcame the slower stop on the track. His solid run at ACS padded his points lead as we head to another track that is Johnson’s house.


Points: Leader


Denny Hamlin



The day for Denny Hamlin didn’t look very good for Hamlin when he qualified 34th but then went to the rear for a transmission change. Hamlin and his team struggled with finding speed in the car on Sunday. The handling was balanced but the team made changes and as the lap wound down Hamlin found his way to the top 10. He didn’t have a winning car on Sunday but his eighth place finish keeps him in striking distance of Johnson.


Points: – 36


Kevin Harvick


Once again Kevin Harvick did everything he had to do to keep his name in the title hunt. It wasn’t easy for them on Sunday after a speeding penalty on pit road forced them on lap 101 at the tail end of longest line. It meant Harvick would have to rally and rally he did. He drove through the field and finished seventh when the checkered flag waved. Harvick is quietly lurking behind Johnson and Hamlin waiting to for them to stumble.


Points: -54


Jeff Gordon


For the second time in three weeks pit road has cost Jeff Gordon a sure top five finish .At ACS, Gordon had a fast car. It looked like he would gain some much needed points on the competition. During a caution flag pit stop on lap 156, Gordon was caught speeding on pit road. He would restart tail end and go nowhere on the restart. It was the final two cautions of the race that Gordon went from 24th to ninth. It was a huge rebound for this team that keeps them in the title picture. Gordon’s run through the field in final 20 laps of the race was old school Gordon but it saved his title hopes.


Points: -85


Tony Stewart


Just imagine had Tony Stewart not run out of fuel at Loudon? He would very well be leading the standings but instead he sits fifth now. Stewart had a fast car all day and after starting mid pack in 22nd, Stewart finally got track position. When he did Stewart was able to drive his way to the lead and his pit crew got it done on pit road on the final stop, giving him the lead for good. Stewart win and second of the Chase has brought him right back into the title picture. It’s a five man battle now and Stewart can’t afford any mistakes.


Points: -107


Kurt Busch


Kurt Busch knew he didn’t have the car to win on Sunday after a dismal starting position of 38th. Busch and his team worked their way to the top 20.  As other Chasers were making mistakes or struggling Busch was looking like a top 10 finish was in the cards. That was until David Ragan got loose and took Kurt Busch into the wall on lap 194. Busch’s good day turned quickly as he finished 21st and lost ground to the Johnson and the rest of the Chasers. Busch is on the cusp of being out of the title hunt and needs a top 10 or better yet a win.


Points: -140


Carl Edwards


Carl Edwards was sitting fourth in the points. He was looking like he had a dog in this fight until a distributor failure sent him to the garage and ended all but ended his hope of a title. Edwards started 20th and quietly worked his way into the top 10. On lap 58 on the restart following Marcos Ambrose’s spin, Edwards couldn’t get the car to re-fire. The crew went to the garage and 14 laps later Edwards was back on track. He finished 34th on Sunday and now has a long uphill battle to climb.


Points: -162


Jeff Burton


Well Jeff Burton on Sunday continued his streak of starting the race off fast and then losing the handling of the car and posting a dismal finish. Burton started off looking like he would contend for the win. He started 15th and was able to run in the top 10. They made an adjustment on the car though during one of their green flag stops and the car never handled the same again. Burton finish 23rd and dropped in the standings. He is going to need a miracle; a big one.


Points: -177


Kyle Busch


Kyle Busch was within striking distance of the points lead at halfway through the race on Sunday. They were struggling with the handling of his car but Busch was running up front and even led laps at ACS. It wasn’t meant to be for Busch on Sunday as his engine blew up on lap 155 sending him to garage and home with a 35th place finish. His engine woes on Sunday all but ended his title hopes for 2010. Now the team will focus on winning races and 2011.

Points: -187

Greg Biffle


After winning at Kansas and jumping back into the title picture, Greg Biffle ha high hopes coming to ACS. Those high hopes went up in smoke early in the race. Biffle was the first of the RFR drivers to suffer mechanical failure. Biffle started seventh on Sunday and was running in the top 15 when his engine blew on lap 40.Not the day he expected after his win at Kansas. Biffle was looking for more instead his 41st place finish all but put an end to his title hopes in 2010.

Points: -215


Matt Kenseth


In recent week’s Matt Kenseth has run better in fact if it weren’t for his mistake on pit road at Dover, Kenseth had been a contender. Sunday was no different for Kenseth as he ran in the top 10 and top five for most of the day. As his teammates Biffle and Edwards suffered mechanical failures, Kenseth was looking like he could bring home a top five. No such luck though as Kenseth hearing a miss in the engine and slowly he fell off the pace. He finished 30th and now his title hopes are over with only six races left.

Points: -241


Clint Bowyer


Clint Bowyer is on a mission. His mission is to quiet the apparent whispers that his win at Loudon was not legit. Bowyer started the race 13th but worked his way into the top 10 early.  Bowyer was sitting in the lead when on lap 183; NASCAR slowed the field for debris in turn three. Bowyer was furious, on his radio he told the team that had been sitting there the whole run. Bowyer lost the lead on pit road and would restart third behind Johnson and Stewart. Bowyer was only able to get by Johnson for second, his best finish since Loudon. His title hopes are long over but Bowyer’s mantra is “us against them” and on Sunday it nearly worked.