Race Review: Texas Motor Spedway


Welcome race fans to the seventh race of 2009, taking place at Texas Motor Speedway in Ft. Worth, Texas. This is a fast 1.5 mile speedway. Qualifying took place on friday and 00 David Reutimann claimed the pole with a speed of 190.517. 24 Jeff Gordon will start second. Jeff has not won a race in only two tracks. Texas and Miami-Homestead. This is his seventeenth try today.

Today 09 is Mike Bliss from the NASCAR Nationwide series. 78 is last year’s Rookie of the year, Regan Smith. He is in a part time team, so has to qualify on time for all the races he is entered into. In 46 Cup races, he has not a single DNF (Did Not Finish). He finished every single race he has entered. Pretty good, if you ask me. Also in on speed is 21 Bill Elliott, who is also racing only part time. He didn’t need his Champion provisional. 13 is Max Papis, in his second oval race. 25 is Brad Keselowski, also from the Nationwide series. He finished third in the Nationwide race on Saturday after starting 42nd in a back-up car because he crashed in qualifying.

Those failing to qualify are: 87 Joe Nemechek, 41 Jeremy Mayfield, 64 Todd Bodine (from the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series) and 36 Scott Riggs.

So, here we go! 24 and 00 are side by side all the way around the track, with 24 J. Gordon finally taking the lead and running away. 7 Robby Gordon slides up the track. 2 Kurt Busch and 7 get together. 99 Carl Edwards and 16 Greg Biffle battle. The announcers declare “16 is on the move” as he is up to thirteenth from starting fourteenth! 00 and 24 battle for the lead. 00 takes the lead. 17 Matt Kenseth gets by 24 for second.

24 is extremely loose. 16 gets by 48 Jimmy Johnson. 42 Juan Pablo Montoya gets by 48. 11 Denny Hamlin gets by 29 Kevin Harvick, who is loose. 88 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. gets by 48 for twelfth. 17 and 00 battle for the lead. 17 Kenseth takes the lead. 47  Rookie Marcos Ambrose gets by 24 for sixth. 42 pits, along with 17 to start Green Flag Pitting on lap 51. 14 Tony Stewart and 18 Kyle Busch lead and then pit. 5 Mark Martin is the last to lead and pit. Lap 54 finds 17 back in the lead. 14 and 00 battle for second. 14 is catching 17. 00 and 16 battle for third. 29 has an “evil” car.

14 Stewart takes the lead during the commercial. 18, 9 Kasey Kahne and 31 Jeff Burton battle for eleventh. 9 takes eleventh. 31 and 11 Denny Hamlin get by 18. The first caution comes out on lap 97 for debris. 44 AJ Allmendinger is the Lucky Dog and gets his lap back, making it 24 cars on the lead lap. The top ten out of the pits are: 17, 16, 14, 00, 99, 6 David Ragan, 24, 98 Paul Menard, 47 and 31. 18 Kyle Busch had a lug nut hung up on a wheel. He is in 20th for the green.

9 gets by 48. 34 John Andretti and 18 tangle. Andretti didn’t want Kyle to get by and Kyle didn’t like that. So 18 gets into 34 and cuts his tire. He has to pit under green and speeds out of the pits, thus loosing two laps. 2 and 88 battle for thirteenth. 16 Biffle takes the lead during the commercial. 2 gets by 20 Rookie Joey Logano. 26 Jamie McMurray and 88 battle. 88 drives by Team Mate 5 for 14th. 24 and 00 battle for fourth. 24 gets by. 5 gets back by 88. 17 pits to start Green Flag Pitting, once again. 24 leads. 29 was too fast entering the pits and 18 was too fast exiting. 2 leads and 5 leads.

The second caution comes out when 19 Elliott Sadler gets loose and slides into the infield grass. 26 goes to the garage. 00 went over the front pit line. The Officials point this out, but they service the car anyway. He will get a drive-through penalty and loose a lap. The throttle is sticking on the 47 of Ambrose. 48 pitted three times to make corrections.

They go Green on lap 162. 55 Michael Waltrip wasn’t in line and slowed to get behind 21 Elliott. 1 Martin Truex, Jr. gets into 96 Bobby Labonte, who gets into 55. 6 Ragan and 44 Allmendinger battle for position. 16 Biffle is leading. 48 is up eight spots to eighth. 43 Reed Sorenson goes to the garage with fuel pressure issues. 14 gets by 17. 47 has carborator issues.  1, 17 and 55 pit to start Green flag Pitting again. 6 and 2 battle for fourth. 14 Stewart takes the lead. 44 is stalled on pit road. 24 leads, then pits. 88 and 5 lead and pit. 48 and 98 lead, then pit. 16 is back in the lead after all the pitting.

The third caution comes out during the commercial. 47 Ambrose lost the engine. 88 had a missing lug nut, comes back in to put it back on, misses his stall, and has to come back in. 24 and 5 stay out. 17 is first out of the pits. 99 and 14 get loose. 18 is trying to catch 24 to get a lap back. 20 gets into the wall.

The fourth caution comes out when 77 Hornish, Jr. and 33 Bowyer battle. 77 spins and 96 gets into the wall trying to avoid 77. 17 got by 5. 26 changed the transmission and is back on the track 79 laps down. 6 and 2 battle for position. 16 gets by 14 for fourth.

The fifth caution comes out during the commercial. 7 Robby Gordon blows up. 00 David Reutimann is the Lucky Dog and is now on the lead lap. 17 looses a lug nut and looses spots out of the pits. 88 Earnhardt, Jr. leads out of the pits by taking only two tires. They go Green with 76 to go. 24 takes the lead. 88 gets loose. 88 and 48 battle again. 17 gets by 83 Brian Vickers for thirteenth. 16 and 88 battle. 12 David stremme and 17 battle for twelfth. 6 is on pit road, overheating. His grill was covered with trash. 88 and 16 battle. 88 gets into the wall and has to make a Green Flag pit stop.

99 and 24 battle for the lead. And here comes 14 into the mix. 99 takes the lead when 20 gets in the way. 6 goes to the garage. 14 and 24 battle for second. 17 gets by 12 for tenth. 77 gets into the concrete wall. 12 gets  into the wall.

The sixth caution comes out when 12 gets into the wall, flattens a tire and then spins. 39 Ryan Newman is the Lucky Dog. The right tire changer for 99 is slow and he looses spots. 24 leads out of the pits. They go Green with 26 to go. It’s four-wide in turn three! 14 and 48 battle for second. 48 gets by. 17 and 16 battle around 88 for fourth. 17 finally gets by. 17 and 16 battle again. This time 16 gets by. 9 almost gets into the wall. 48 is catching 24 with four to go. 16 gets by 14 for third.

And 24 Jeff Gordon wins the Samsung 500 at the Texas Motor Speedway. This is his 82nd career win. And his first at Texas in seventeen tries. It also breaks his 47 race loosing streak. And secures himself in the top of the standings, 162 points ahead of 48 Jimmy Johnson. Hendrick Motor Sports is one and two in the race as well as in the Standings.

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