Racingone Rewind: Texas

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    A look back at Jeff Burton's 19th career NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series win in Sunday's Samsung 500 at Texas Motor Speedway including news, notes and observations by RacingOne's own Pete Pistone and Jeff Wackerlin.

    Inside Line
    Jeff Burton became the first NEXTEL Cup repeat winner at Texas Motor Speedway as he outraced Matt Kenseth to win Sunday's Samsung 500 at Texas Motor Speedway.

    Keys to Victory Lane
    Burton passed Kenseth on the final lap as the duo raced down the backstretch and drove away for his first win since Dover last September. Complete Results

    Zero to Hero
    We'll go with Kurt Busch on this one, who started the race in a back-up car and without crew chief Roy McCauley. Busch led 42 laps before falling back to the last car on the lead lap when the leaders pitted under caution and was able to go on to an 11th-place finish.

    Hero to Zero
    Dale Earnhardt Jr. looked like a contender to return to victory lane at Texas where he scored his first career Cup win until he got runover by Kyle Busch in a late race skirmish that ended his day.

    Rookie of the Race
    Juan Pablo Montoya began the day 16th and stayed near the front most of the day and overcame a pit road miscue to finish eighth.

    Notables
    Jamie McMurray has turned things around in 2007 and gave Roush Fenway a fifth-place finish. David Stremme's stellar start to the year continued with a 10th-place run. And let's give a call to the hometown Hall of Fame Racing team and Tony Raines, who drove to a 13th-place finish.



    Samsung 500 Loop Data Leaders
  • Average Running Position: Jeff Gordon - 2.1
  • Fastest Early In a Run: Jeff Gordon - 178.607 mph
  • Fastest Late In a Run: Jeff Burton - 172.725 mph
  • Fastest in Turn 1: Jeff Burton - 182.906 mph
  • Fastest in Turn 2: Jeff Burton - 167.355 mph
  • Fastest in Turn 3: Jeff Burton - 175.177 mph
  • Fastest in Turn 4: Jeff Gordon - 169.536 mph
  • Fastest Laps Run: Jeff Gordon - 65
  • Fastest on Restarts: Jeff Gordon - 177.188 mph
  • Most Passes During Green Flag Conditions: Brian Vickers - 78

    Pit Stops
  • Jeff Burton captured his 19th career NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series win - second at Texas - in his 446th start. The win was also his fifth top 10 at at the 1.5-mile speedway. Detailed Active Driver Wins
  • Burton won the 85th race for car owner Richard Childress. Detailed Active Car Owner Wins
  • Burton, who started second, became the first driver to win at Texas from that starting position. He also became the 344th driver overall to win a race from second. Starting Position Facts
  • Burton's only lap led on the day was the most important one - the final lap. Lap Summary
  • Burton won the sixth race of the season for Chevrolet. It was also the 602nd overall win for the manufacturer. All-Time Manufacturer Wins
  • Matt Kenseth now has a 4.8 average finish in the last four races at Texas.
  • Both Mark Martin (third) and Jeff Gordon (fourth) added to their series lead in top fives at Texas after they both scored their sixth.
  • Jamie McMurray captured his third consecutive top 10 in 2007 with a fifth-place finish.
  • Greg Biffle's sixth-place finish was his first top 15 finish at Texas since winning in 2005.
  • Martin Truex Jr scored his best finish of the season with a seventh-place effort.
  • Juan Pablo Montoya was the top finishing rookie after scoring his second career Cup top 10.
  • Denny Hamlin (ninth) still has yet to finish outside the top 10 in four starts at Texas.
  • David Stremme's 10th-place finish was his first career top 10 in 45 NEXTEL Cup starts.
  • The 334-lap race saw 13 lead changes among 9 drivers and an average speed of 143.359 mph.
  • Seven caution flags were thrown for 33 laps.
  • The Samsung 500 lasted 3 hours, 39 minutes, 41 seconds.

    Lug Nuts
  • What was the deal with Earnhardt, Jr. relief driving for Kyle Busch? Could Hendrick Motorsports be Junior's new home if contract talks with DEI fail?
  • Tony Stewart looked like he was riding a bucking bronco Sunday didn't he?
  • There's something about Texas Motor Speedway and Roush-Fenway Racing. Three top ten finishes for the team on Sunday.
  • Hope Mark Martin enjoyed those two weeks off because his car owner has to be kicking himself he didn't lock him up to a full season deal.
  • David Stremme take a bow for your first top ten NEXTEL Cup finish.
  • Has someone fizzled out as fast as Kasey Kahne has this season?

    Garage Talk
  • "To be the first two-time winner means a great deal at this track. This track is really, really tough race track. The place gets really slick and slimy and to win that kind of race means a lot." - Jeff Burton
  • "I could tell that it was a real nice car before we had the accident. Smooth steering, just smooth. I really appreciate them asking me. I was honored, it means a lot to me." - Dale Earnhardt Jr. on driving the No. 5 car.
  • "Are you crazy??" - Earnhardt Jr. response to being asked if driving the No. 5 car was an audition.
  • "He (Tony Stewart) just got really close to me. He got me loose. I went into him and he spun. I tried to pass him three or four times and he never gave me room" - Juan Pablo Montoya
  • "It was bittersweet knowing we had a car that could have won today and didn’t, but all-in-all with the big picture it was a good day for us." - Kurt Busch
  • "I really hate that we missed the top 35. That sucks!" - Brian Vickers
  • "The No. 6 car wrecked me. He wrecked himself too I guess but just stupidity. We hadn't even completed a lap." - J.J. Yeley
  • "It was on the verge of disaster all day and we did things not to have that crash, so it was all right." - Kasey Kahne

    RacingOne Rating
    On a scale of one to ten Dallas Cowboy cheerleaders, we'll give Sunday's Samsung 500 a solid 8. Another down to the wire finish, this time with Burton and Kenseth repeating their Dover battle of last September. There was some great racing throughout the day all over the track and also drama down the stretch with several frontrunners getting sidelined in incidents and with other problems. In the end, Texas provided another exciting day of racing, the fourth straight Cup race that came down to the final laps. Now it's back to the Car of Tomorrow and under the lights for Saturday night show at Phoenix International Raceway and next week's Subway Fresh 500.

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