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.
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