Iracingone Rewind:/I Texas
April 17, 2005 | 6:15 P.M. EST
Time of Race: 3 hours, 51 minutes, 8 seconds
Average Speed: 130.055 mph
Margin of Victory: 3.244 Seconds
Caution Flags 11 for 56 laps: Laps 4-6 (43,07 spun turn 4); 9-11 (#10 accident turn 4); 24-27 (#11 accident backstretch); 33-39 (#18,22,25,43,6,32,77 accident backstretch); 80-84 (Debris ); 124-127 (Debris); 212-218 (Debris); 242-245 (#7 accident turn 2); 272-280 (#9 accident turn 4); 298-303 (Oil on track); 305-308 (#07 accident turn 2).
Lead Changes 25 among 14 drivers: R. Newman 1; J. Mayfield 2-24; K. Petty 25; S. Marlin 26-28; J. Mayfield 29-39; T. Stewart 40-79; K. Busch 80; M. Wallace 81; T. Stewart 82-86; G. Biffle 87-123; M. Waltrip 124-127; G. Biffle 128-184; M. Waltrip 185-187; M. Kenseth 188; K. Schrader 189-191; G. Biffle 192-211; K. Busch 212; G. Biffle 213-241; C. Mears 242; E. Sadler 243; G. Biffle 244-276; C. Mears 277; J. Gordon 278; G. Biffle 279-297; C. Mears 298-310; G. Biffle 311-334.
Greg Biffle overcame starting 41st in his back-up car to win Sunday’s Samsung/Radio Shack 500. Biffle scored his fifth career NEXTEL Cup Series win driving the same car he took to victory lane in February’s Auto Club 500 at California Speedway.
KEYS TO VICTORY LANE
Biffle had the dominant car of the day but took the lead for good with 23 laps to go from Casey Mears, who had taken the lead on a late race pit stop after only changing two tires. Once past Mears, Biffle easily sailed to the checkered flag.
HIGHWAY TO HELL
Tony Stewart had a strong car early in the race and led 48 laps. But a blown engine on lap 296 ended Stewart's day in a fireball when oil from the expired motor ignited flames. Stewart suffered burns on his foot in the incident.
ZERO TO HERO
Jimmie Johnson qualified 18th but fell back in the field with an ill handling race car. His crew made significant changes to the Lowe’s Chevrolet throughout the day and Johnson was able to rally back to finish third and maintained his NEXTEL Cup Series point lead.
HERO TO ZERO
Kasey Kahne’s bid to sweep the weekend at Texas came to an abrupt ending on lap 269 when his Evernham Motorsports Dodge crashed hard into the turn four wall. Kahne was uninjured in the hard crash, which he attributed to “something breaking.”
ROOKIE OF THE RACE
Kyle Busch slipped and slid his way to a 21st place finish, easily outdistancing fellow rookie competitor Travis Kvapil, who finished 30th. Neither driver was a factor in the lead pack all day.
"It's wasn't 'wreckin' tight,' but it was worse that run. I need you guys to start using your heads. Talk to me. All I've heard all day is 10-4, 10-4, 10-4, 10-4!
Dale Earnhardt, Jr. to his crew over the radio.
"We were trying to win the race, not finish second."
Casey Mears on his two tire pit stop.
RACING ONE RATING
On our scale of one to ten Lone Star State 10 Gallon Hats (Just like the one Jeff Hammond wore)...we'll give the Samsung/Radio Shack 500 a six. Not even close to last year’s stirring finish between Elliott Sadler and Kasey Kahne, but interesting enough to see Biffle come from the back to the front. Some side-by-side racing throughout the race as Texas has finally become a two-groove race track. Hopefully the return in November as part of the "Chase for the Championship" will give us a bit more thrilling finish.