Racingone Rewind: Texas

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    FORT WORTH, Tex. - A look back at Carl Edwards' 10th career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series win in Sunday's Samsung 500 at Texas Motor Speedway including news, notes and observations by the RacingOne staff.

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    Click Here to watch RacingOne's recap of Sunday's Samsung 500 that includes comments from Carl Edwards, Jimmie Johnson and Kyle Busch. itunes Podcast

    Inside Line
    Carl Edwards scored his third win of the season and second at Texas Motor Speedway as he took the checkered flag in Sunday's Samsung 500.

    Keys to Victory Lane
    Edwards held off Jimmie Johnson on a green-white-checkered finish to notch the win.

    Zero to Hero
    Defending race winner Jeff Burton started 35th and came back to the front of the field to finish sixth.

    Hero to Zero
    Dale Earnhardt, Jr. started from the pole and had high hopes of scoring his second career Cup win at texas, but finished 12th.

    Rookie of the Race
    Patrick Carpentier brought the Valvoline Dodge home in 28th place.

    Notables
    Mark Martin started 31st and despite a two-week layoff scored an eighth-place finish. Jamie McMurray took the green flag 32nd and picked up a 14th-place finish. And David Gilliland took the green flag from the 41st spot and finished 15th.

    Top 35 Standings
    Jeremy Mayfield took the biggest hit among the drivers in the race after he dropped two positions and fell outside the top 35. Sam Hornish Jr. jumped back into the top 35 to 34th after his 32nd-place finish. Both Michael Waltrip and Dario Franchitti continue to fall in the standings, dropping to 38th and 39th, respectively. Regan Smith continues to sit on the bubble as the series heads to Phoenix.

    Samsung 500 Loop Data Leaders
  • Average Running Position: Jimmie Johnson - 2.3
  • Fastest Early In a Run: Jimmie Johnson - 173.519 mph
  • Fastest Late In a Run: Carl Edwards - 166.002 mph
  • Fastest Laps Run: Carl Edwards - 90
  • Fastest on Restarts: Jimmie Johnson - 174.522 mph
  • Most Passes During Green Flag Conditions: Kurt Busch and David Gilliland - 87
  • Laps In Top 15: Carl Edwards and Jimmie Johnson - 339
  • Quality Passes: Kyle Busch - 51
  • Speed in Traffic: Tony Stewart - 168.608 mph

    Pit Stops
  • Carl Edwards captured his 10th career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series win in his 128th career start. Detailed Active Driver Wins
  • Edwards won the sixth race for car owner Jack Roush at TMS and 105th overall. Detailed Active Car Owner Wins
  • Edwards became the second driver to win at Texas from the second position. He also became the 349th driver overall to win a race from that position. Starting Position Facts
  • Edwards won the eighth Cup Series race for Ford at Texas and 587th overall. All-Time Manufacturer Wins
  • Edwards led the most laps in Sunday's race, leading three times for 123 laps.
  • Second-place finisher Jimmie Johnson has now finished in the top 10 in eight of his 10 starts at TMS.
  • Kyle Busch posted his best career finish at Texas (third) in his first start there with Joe Gibbs Racing and seventh career start.
  • Ryan Newman's fourth-place finish was his best result at TMS since his win there in 2003.
  • Denny Hamlin posted his fifth top-10 finish at TMS with his fifth-place start. He now holds an average finish there of 10.7.
  • Jeff Burton posted his second straight sixth-place finish at Texas and seventh career top-10 there.
  • Tony Stewart's seventh-place finish at Texas rounded out the best combined finish so far this year for Joe Gibbs Racing's three-car Toyota effort.
  • Mark Martin posted his eighth career top-10 finish at TMS with his eighth-place result.
  • Matt Kenseth (ninth) posted his fourth top 10 of the season and seventh at TMS.
  • Clint Bowyer posted his second consecutive 10th-place finish this season.
  • The extended 339-lap race saw 16 lead changes among six drivers and an average speed of 144.814 mph.
  • Six caution flags were thrown for 27 laps.
  • The Samsung 500 lasted 3 hours, 30 minutes, 41 seconds.

    Lug Nuts
  • We take great pride here at RacingOne that unlike some of our other media colleagues (take a bow FOX), we were lame Texas cliche headline-free this weekend.
  • Jeff Gordon has to feel the clock is ticking at this point on the season.
  • Chip Ganassi can't be too happy with another mediocre performance by his team.
  • Hard to believe that even with a new car we still have the same old aero problems isn't it?
  • Michael McDowell finished 33rd Sunday. Now that deserves a bow.

    Garage Talk
  • "Well, we didn't wreck, so that's okay. We battled the car all day long and couldn't really ever get it right. Was it fun to drive? No. Did it survive the day? Yes. So was it a good day." -Kyle Busch

  • "I'd love to see NASCAR talk to some team engineers and their guys get together and say, all right, what's the logical step that's not going to cost millions and millions of dollars to get more front downforce in the car so you didn't get so tight in traffic, because we went rear drift from time to time with the aero balance and you can adjust the wing balance there, but the cars need more front downforce." -Jimmie Johnson

  • "It's not supposed to be easy for everyone and not supposed to be driving down the interstate; and I'm tired of hearing people complain, the media make up stories about how terrible it is and stuff. This is auto racing. There are going to be people that are faster and days we won't be able to keep up because the car is too hard to drive and somebody is going to win. That's racing." -Carl Edwards

  • "I feel great after running 500 miles. I wish we would have had a better finish, but I am glad we were able to go the distance today." -Michael McDowell

  • "The longer the race went, the better our car got. And we really actually had a top five car there at the end. I hated to see the caution come out." -Mark Martin

  • "(David Reutimann) saw that I got a run on him and went to go to the inside and he tried to block me and we got together. And then I got a little bit mad and decided to bump him. It was an interesting half a lap." -Sam Hornish Jr.

    RacingOne Rating
    On a scale of 1 to 10 Texas Rangers (see, we refuse to give into those lame Texas cliches), we'll give Sunday's Samsung 500 a 6. Right state but wrong city, however Houston we have a problem. Passing is at a premium on the mid-sized tracks with these new cars and it's something NASCAR needs to address. In the meantime, you have to tip your cap to Roush Fenway and Carl Edwards who have these tracks figured out. Now it's off to do a little night racing next Saturday at Phoenix International Raceway.

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