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Points leader Greg Biffle cruises to Texas win

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Sunday 15th April, 2012 - 2:05pm

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Greg Biffle celebrates his win at Texas

Greg Biffle celebrates his win at Texas

Sprint Cup Series points leader Greg Biffle has finally put a win on the board, cruising to victory over Jimmie Johnson in the Samsung Mobile 500 at Texas Motor Speedway.

Biffle took the lead on Lap 304 of 334 and pulled away to win his first race since Kansas in October 2010, beating Johnson, who was the race’s dominant figure, leading a race-high 156 laps.

Mark Martin finished third, followed by Jeff Gordon, Matt Kenseth, pole-sitter Martin Truex Jr, Kasey Kahne, Carl Edwards, Kevin Harvick and Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Biffle said he was delighted with his first win in 18 months.

“I tell you what, these guys did a great job in the pits and adjusting on the car all day,” Biffle said.

“I can’t thank everybody enough for sticking behind the 3M 16 car. The fans that have supported us all the way. It is so exciting to get Ford and 3M and everybody that has been such a supporter back here to victory lane.”

The race featured only two cautions and ended with a green-flag run of 234 laps. That was a race record, as were the average speed (160.575 mph), fewest number of cautions and fewest number of caution laps (10).

Australian Marcos Ambrose led his first laps for the 2012 season, and enjoyed a competitive run. He sat in fourth place when he stalled in pit road, but still could have been in line for a top 10 finish until he ran out of fuel in the closing stages. Ambrose was classified 20th.

Race results

FIN START CAR DRIVER MAKE SPONSOR PTS/BNS LAPS STATUS
1 3 16 Greg Biffle Ford 3M Filtrete 47/1 334 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
8 20 99 Carl Edwards Ford Fastenal 36/0 334 Running
9 15 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Budweiser 35/0 334 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 31/0 334 Running
14 9 1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops / Tracker Boats 30/0 334 Running
15 12 22 AJ Allmendinger Dodge Shell / Pennzoil 29/0 334 Running
16 25 42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet Target 28/0 334 Running
17 18 15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 5-hour Energy 27/0 334 Running
18 11 27 Paul Menard Chevrolet Quaker State / Menards 26/0 334 Running
19 14 20 Joey Logano Toyota Dollar General 25/0 334 Running
20 7 9 Marcos Ambrose Ford Stanley 25/1 334 In Pit
21 6 39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet U.S. Army 23/0 332 Running
22 23 43 Aric Almirola Ford Smithfield 22/0 332 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
25 22 13 Casey Mears Ford GEICO 19/0 331 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
29 24 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet Caterpillar 15/0 330 Running
30 28 83 Landon Cassill Toyota Burger King / Dr Pepper 14/0 330 Running
31 35 38 David Gilliland Ford ModSpace 13/0 328 Running
32 39 32 Reed Sorenson Ford Jani-King 0 327 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 In Pit
38 37 93 Travis Kvapil Toyota Dr Pepper 6/0 114 Out of Race
39 32 26 Josh Wise * Ford Morristown Driver’s Service 5/0 66 In Pit
40 43 119 Mike Bliss Toyota Humphrey Smith Racing 0 38 In Pit
41 33 98 Michael McDowell Ford Curb Records 3/0 36 In Pit
42 40 23 Scott Riggs Chevrolet North Texas Pipe / Embassy Suites 2/0 25 In Pit
43 38 195 Scott Speed Ford Tommy Williams Drywall 1/0 13 In Pit

 

 

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