NSCS Race Recap - Samsung Mobile 500

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Matt Kenseth (No. 17 Ford) broke his 76-race winless streak by capturing the checkered flag at the conclusion of the Samsung Mobile 500. His last victory was back in February 2009 at Auto Club Speedway. This is Kenseth's first victory and fourth top-10 finish in the 2011 Sprint Cup season. He crossed the finish line approximately 8.315 seconds ahead of hard-charging Clint Bowyer (No. 33 Chevy).

"I've said it after every win, but especially after over two years, I didn't know if I'd ever have a chance to get here again," Kenseth said after climbing out of his car in Victory Lane. "We had a packed house tonight, and it probably wasn't the closet finish for them, but we had great racing all night."

Kenseth felt that the long green flag runs aided in his win and he had this to say about that: "A couple of times, when we got behind a little bit, it took a while to get to the front. We were short on fuel (due to a fueling issue on pit road), but because of the tire situation - how much time you could gain on new tires - we got lucky. When we pitted, it forced the field to pit. That was the key to long runs."

Roush Fenway Racing was definitely a dominating force for the entire weekend at Texas Motor Speedway (Carl Edwards won the Nationwide race on Friday night). The next stop for the Sprint Cup Series is Talladega, Alabama, for the Aaron's 499 on April 17 to be broadcast at 1 p.m. EST. 

  • Roush Fenway Racing had all four cars starting in the top-10: David Ragan (Pole), Carl Edwards (P2), Matt Kenseth (P4) and Greg Biffle (P9). They all finished there too: Kenseth (P1), Edwards (P3), Biffle (P4), Ragan (P7).
  • Kenseth led 169 of the 334-lap race

  • 31 lead changes and 13 different race leaders

  • 5 cautions throughout the race: Lap 10 - Tony Raines (No. 37) engine smoke; Lap 46 - David Gilliand (No. 34) hit the wall; Lap 114 - Kenny Schrader (No. 32) blown right front tire; Lap 208 - Debris on the track; and Lap 215 - Three car crash that involved Martin Truex Jr. (No. 56), Mark Martin (No. 5) and Regan Smith (No. 78)
  • Tony Stewart was penalized for entering pit road too fast on Lap 276
  • Andy Lally became the highest-finishing rookie by crossing the finish line 32nd
  • Carl Edwards holds the lead in the points standings by 9 over Kyle Busch

  1. Matt Kenseth
  2. Clint Bowyer
  3. Carl Edwards
  4. Greg Biffle
  5. Paul Menard
  6. Marcos Ambrose
  7. David Ragan
  8. Jimmie Johnson
  9. Dale Earnhardt Jr.
  10. Kurt Busch
  11. Jeff Burton
  12. Tony Stewart
  13. Juan Pablo Montoya
  14. Ryan Newman
  15. Denny Hamlin
  16. Kyle Busch
  17. Trevor Bayne
  18. Brad Keselowski
  19. A.J. Allmendinger
  20. Kevin Harvick
  21. Kasey Kahne
  22. Jamie McMurray
  23. Jeff Gordon
  24. Joey Logano
  25. Bobby Labonte
  26. Casey Mears
  27. Brian Vickers
  28. Landon Cassill
  29. David Reutimann
  30. Dave Blaney
  31. Robby Gordon
  32. Andy Lally*
  33. Ken Schrader
  34. Tony Raines
  35. Martin Truex, Jr.
  36. Mark Martin
  37. Regan Smith
  38. David Starr
  39. Joe Nemechek
  40. Michael McDowell
  41. J. J. Yeley
  42. David Gilliand
  43. Mike Skinner

(* annotates rookie)

NSCS Race Recap - Samsung Mobile 500 NSCS Race Recap - Samsung Mobile 500 Reviewed by Unique Hiram on Sunday, April 10, 2011 Rating: 5