Biffle Big Time in Texas

Greg Biffle

Greg Biffle captured his first victory of the season in Saturday's Samsung Mobile 500 at Texas Motor Speedway. (Photo: Getty Images)

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Greg Biffle outran Jimmie Johnson to win Saturday night's Samsung Mobile 500 at Texas Motor Speedway for his first victory since October of 2010.

Biffle got past Johnson on lap 304 and never looked back on his way to career win number 17 and his first Sprint Cup Series victory in 50 races.

He crossed the finish line 3.2-seconds ahead of Johnson and in the process padded his lead in the series standings.

"A fan yelled that we would never win again one day when we were leaving the track, and I was determined to get this 16 back to victory lane," said Biffle.

Although Biffle hasn’t made a trip to Victory Lane in some time, he says he never got down on his team or crew.

“Yeah but I know right where it is at,” he laughed about finding TMS’ Victory Lane celebration. “I have been here before. I tell you what, these guys did a great job in the pits and adjusting on the car all day. 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.”

Biffle recapped his battle with Johnson for the top spot before he was finally able to move ahead and take the win.

“I just dug deep,” he said. “I knew I had to do it and I kept trying and trying and trying. I knew the team would forgive me if I wrecked it trying to beat him so I just gave it all I had.”

It was RFR’s ninth win in 23 Sprint Cup races at Texas, and completed a Lone Star State weekend sweep. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. won the Nationwide race on Friday night for Roush's fourth Texas victory in a row and ninth overall in the division.

Johnson had led much of the 334-lap affair around the 1.5-mile track until Biffle finally ran him down in the closing stages. The Hendrick Motorsports driver, who was trying to give team owner Rick Hendrick his long awaited 200th career Sprint Cup Series victory, tried his best to catch Biffle but couldn’t close the gap.

"Second sucks," said Johnson, who also smacked the wall on lap 319 trying to get back to the front. "I'm definitely disappointed, but we had a great car. A little more respect from some lapped traffic, and things would have been different."

Mark Martin was third for Michael Waltrip Racing to score his third top-five finish in five starts this season.

“I am just so proud of MWR and all the people there and the teamwork that they have shown there starting with Martin Truex, Jr., who has put so much work into getting the program where it was when we started the season and everybody combined,” said Martin. “They really have a lot of great people there with great attitude, great teamwork, and man, have I got one awesome crew chief in Rodney Childers.”

Jeff Gordon and defending race winner Matt Kenseth rounded out the top five.

Pole sitter Martin Truex Jr., Kasey Kahne, Carl Edwards, Kevin Harvick and Dale Earnhardt Jr. completed the first 10 finishers.

The race set a pair of track records. There were only two caution flags over the 334-lap event and Biffle’s average speed of 160.575 mph set a new mark.

Biffle leads Martin and Earnhardt Jr. by 19 points in the standings with Truex Jr. and Harvick the first five.

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series now heads to Kansas Speedway for next Sunday’s STP 400.

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