A face we haven’t seen in victory lane in quiet sometime. #17-Matt Kenseth wins the “Samsung Mobile 500” Sprint Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway for his 1st win of 2011, his first win since Auto Club in February 2009, and the 19th of his career.
#33-Clint Bowyer finished second followed by #99-Carl Edwards, #16-Greg Biffle, #27-Paul Menard, #9-Marcos Ambrose, #6-David Ragan [pole sitter], #48-Jimmy Johnson, #88-Dale Earnhardt, Jr., and #22-Kurt Busch. The Ford motor camp looked very strong in this race and the new engine (the FR-9) looks to be a very strong motor. There were 31 lead changes among 13 drivers; 5 cautions for 24 yellow flag laps.
2011 Sprint Cup Driver Championship Points Standings:
[after Texas, race 7 of 36]:
rank, car#, driver, points, behind
1) #99-Carl Edwards [1 win], 256
2) #18-Kyle Busch [1 win], 247, -9
3) #17-Matt Kenseth [1 win], 243, -13
4) #48-Jimmie Johnson, 243, -13
5) #22-Kurt Busch, 240, -16
6) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 235, -21
7) #39-Ryan Newman, 233, -23
8) #42-Juan Montoya, 232, -24
9) #29-Kevin Harvick [2 wins], 228, -28
10) #14-Tony Stewart, 213, -43
11) #27-Menard, 209, -47
12) #33-Bowyer, 201, -55
In The Nationwide Series it was a dominating day for #60 Carl Edwards as he wins the “O'Reilly Auto Parts 300” at Texas Motor Speedway. He lead 169 of the 200 laps for his first win of the season and the 30th of his Nationwide career. #22-Brad Keselowsi finished second followed by #33-Paul Menard, #20-Joey Logano, #2-Elliott Sadler, #31-Justin Allgaier, #32-Reed Sorenson, #6-Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., #99-David Reutimann, and #11-Brian Scott. There were 3 cautions for 15 laps and 7 lead changes among 5 leaders.
Next up for the Sprint Cup Series is the super speedway of Talladega for the “Aarons 449” this Sunday at 1pm on Fox.
The Nationwide Series rolls into Talladega for the “Aarons 312” Saturday at 3pm on ESPN2
The Camping World Truck Series hit’s Nashville Friday April 22nd at 8pm for the “Bully Hill Vineyards 200” live on Speed tv.
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