Kyle Busch led Joe Gibbs Racing with an 11th-place finish in today’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Samsung Mobile 500 at Texas Motor Speedway, while Denny Hamlin came home 12th and Joey Logano finished 19th.
Busch, started the No. 18 Interstate Batteries Toyota in 17th and despite battling changing handling conditions through the early portion of the night he was able to remain in the top-15. Busch would manage to battle just outside the top ten through the first half of the race, but the team would make a bigger swing at tightening up the car around the midpoint of the race. The adjustments certainly helped as Busch was able to start gaining positions. However, a record long 234 lap green flag run to end the race limited the team’s ability to continue working on the car’s handling. Busch was able to drive the Interstate Batteries Camry up to an 11th-place finish.
Hamlin, started the No. 11 FedEx Office/March of Dimes Toyota in the 13th position and was extremely tight through the race’s first green flag run. Early pit stop adjustments would make the car jump to the free side, but the No. 11 Camry would show improvement with each stop and at the midpoint of the race he was competing for a spot in the top ten. The record long green flag run to end the race limited the opportunity for the FedEx team to make additional adjustments and also made it difficult to gain additional track position. Hamlin managed to bring his No. 11 FedEx/March of Dimes Camry home in 12th.
Logano started the No. 20 Dollar General Toyota in the 14th position and battled handling conditions that were mostly loose through the first half of the race. With each stop the Camry would improve and he managed to battle through the first half of the race just inside the top 20. Unfortunately the race was marked by a long green flag run and provided little opportunity for the Dollar General team to make needed adjustments. The long green flag run to end the race also resulted in Logano falling one lap off the pace with no opportunities to get back to the lead lap. With only 12 cars finishing on the lead lap, Logano would bring the Dollar General Camry home in 19th.
Greg Biffle captured the victory, while Jimmie Johnson was second, Mark Martin third, Jeff Gordon fourth, and Matt Kenseth rounded out the top five. There were only two cautions for a total of 10 laps with 18 lead changes among seven different drivers.
The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series heads to Kansas for the STP 400 next Sunday with live broadcast coverage by Fox starting at 12:30 PM ET (race begins at 1 PM ET). Sirius NASCAR radio channel 90 and MRN Radio will also provide live coverage.