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DATE: Saturday, April 9th
SITE: Texas Motor Speedway (1997) -- Fort Worth, Texas
TRACK: 1.5-mile oval- 2,250 feet (Frontstretch); 1,330 feet (Backstretch)
CAPACITY: 138,122 (Total Permanent Seating)
ANNUAL: 15th
ANNOUNCERS: Mike Joy, Darrell Waltrip, Larry McReynolds
RADIO: Performance Racing Network (PRN)/SIRIUS NASCAR Radio
START TIME: 7:30 p.m. (et)/Green Flag: 7:45 p.m. (et)
RUNNER-UP: Jimmie Johnson
POLE WINNER: Tony Stewart (Finished 32nd)
LAPS: 334
MILES: 501
QUALIFYING RECORD: Brian Vickers, 2006 (196.235 m.p.h.)
RACE RECORD: Carl Edwards, 2005 (151.055 m.p.h.)
TOTAL PURSE: $7,094,253 (2010 figures)
PAYOUTS: 1st Place - $502,075; 2nd Place - $359,678; 3rd Place - $277,981
2010 Finish
1Denny Hamlin296Mark Martin30
2Jimmie Johnson47Kevin Harvick19
3Kyle Busch78Dale Earnhardt Jr9
4Kurt Busch119Martin Truex Jr14
5Kasey Kahne510Greg Biffle3
2010 Samsung Mobile 500 Facts and Figures
AVERAGE SPEED: 146.230 m.p.h.
TIME OF RACE: 3 hours, 25 minutes, 34 seconds
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 0.152 second
CAUTION FLAGS: 7 for 32 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 29 among 12 drivers
POLE WINNER: Tony Stewart (191.327 m.p.h.)
Past Samsung Mobile 500 Winners (Starting Position) Car -- Speed
2010 -- Denny Hamlin (29th) -- Toyota -- 146.230 m.p.h.
2009 -- Jeff Gordon (2nd) -- Chevrolet -- 146.372 m.p.h.
2008 -- Carl Edwards (2nd) -- Ford -- 144.814 m.p.h.
2007 -- Jeff Burton (2nd) -- Chevrolet -- 143.359 m.p.h.
2006 -- Kasey Kahne (1st) -- Dodge -- 137.943 m.p.h.
2005 -- Greg Biffle (5th) -- Ford -- 130.055 m.p.h.
2004 -- Elliott Sadler (19th) Ford -- 138.845 m.p.h.
2003 -- Ryan Newman (3rd) -- Dodge -- 134.517 m.p.h.
2002 -- Matt Kenseth (31st) -- Ford -- 142.431 m.p.h.
2001 -- Dale Jarrett (3rd) -- Ford -- 141.804 m.p.h.
2000 -- Dale Earnhardt Jr (4th) -- Chevrolet -- 131.152 m.p.h.
1999 -- Terry Labonte (4th) -- Chevrolet -- 144.276 m.p.h.
1998 -- Mark Martin (7th) -- Ford -- 136.771 m.p.h.
1997 -- Jeff Burton (5th) -- Ford -- 125.111 m.p.h.
NOTE: Previously called Interstate Batteries 500 (1997), Texas 500 (1998,
2000-01), Primestar 500 (1999), Samsung/Radio Shack 500 (2002-06),
Samsung 500 (2007-09).
Past Samsung Mobile 500 Pole Winners (Finish)
2010 -- Denny Hamlin -- 29th
2009 -- David Reutimann -- 11th
2008 -- Dale Earnhardt Jr -- 12th
2007 -- None -- Weather
2006 -- Kasey Kahne -- 1st
2005 -- Ryan Newman -- 16th
2004 -- Bobby Labonte -- 25th
2003 -- Bobby Labonte -- 37th
2002 -- Bill Elliott -- 9th
2001 -- Dale Earnhardt Jr -- 8th
2000 -- Terry Labonte -- 8th
1999 -- Kenny Irwin Jr -- 15th
1998 -- Jeremy Mayfield -- 23rd
1997 -- None -- Weather
Last Race Results
RACE: Goody's Fast Relief 500 (April 3rd)
SITE: Martinsville Speedway -- Martinsville, Virginia
MILES: 263
LAPS: 500
WINNER: Kevin Harvick
RUNNER-UP: Dale Earnhardt Jr
THIRD: Kyle Busch
FOURTH: Juan Pablo Montoya
FIFTH: Jeff Gordon
POLE WINNER: Jamie McMurray (Finished 7th)
TIME OF RACE: 3 hours, 32 minutes, 41 seconds
AVERAGE SPEED: 74.195 m.p.h.
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 0.727 second
CAUTION FLAGS: 11 for 72 laps
LAP LEADERS: J. McMurray 1-31; K. Kahne 32; R. Newman 33-34; D. Hamlin 35-54;
J. Johnson 55-77; Kyle Busch 78-107; D. Hamlin 108; J. Johnson
109-123; D. Hamlin 124-133; C. Bowyer 134-176; D. Hamlin 177; J.
Johnson 178-204; D. Hamlin 205; C. Bowyer 206-250; J. Gordon
251-256; C. Bowyer 257-259; D. Hamlin 260-314; Kyle Busch
315-320; J. Gordon 321-324; R. Newman 325; A. Allmendinger
326-331; C. Edwards 332-334; K. Harvick 335; Kyle Busch 336-352;
D. Hamlin 353; Kyle Busch 354-364; J. Gordon 365-391; Kyle Busch
392-466; K. Harvick 467; Kyle Busch 468-479; D. Earnhardt Jr.
480-496; K. Harvick 497-500.
Samsung Mobile 500 Entry List
CarDriver, HometownCar/Name
00David Reutimann (Zephyrhills, FL)Toyota/Aaron's Dream Machine
1Jamie McMurray (Joplin, MO)Chevrolet/Bass Pro Shops
2Brad Keselowski (Rochester Hills, MI)Dodge/Miller Lite
4Kasey Kahne (Enumclaw, WA)Toyota/Red Bull
5Mark Martin (Batesville, AR)Chevrolet/
6David Ragan (Unadilla, GA)Ford/UPS Freight
7Robby Gordon (Orange, CA)Dodge/Speed Energy
09Landon Cassill (Cedar Rapids, IA)Chevrolet/Security Benefits
9Marcos Ambrose (Launceston, Australia)Ford/Stanley
11 *Denny Hamlin (Chesterfield, VA)Toyota/FedEx Office
13Casey Mears (Bakersfield, CA)Toyota/GEICO
14Tony Stewart (Columbus, IN)Chevrolet/Mobil 1
16Greg Biffle (Vancouver, WA)Ford/3M
17Matt Kenseth (Cambridge, WI)Ford/Crown Royal Black
18Kyle Busch (Las Vegas, NV)Toyota/Interstate Batteries
20Joey Logano (Middletown, CT)Toyota/Home Depot
21Trevor Bayne (Knoxville, TN)Ford/Motorcraft/Quick Lane
22Kurt Busch (Las Vegas, NV)Dodge/Shell/Pennzoil
24Jeff Gordon (Vallejo, CA)Chevrolet/DuPont
27Paul Menard (Eau Claire, WI)Chevrolet/Menards/Quaker State
29Kevin Harvick (Bakersfield, CA)Chevrolet/Budweiser
31Jeff Burton (South Boston, VA)Chevrolet/Caterpillar
32Terry Labonte (Corpus Christi, TX)Ford/VA Mortgage Center
33Clint Bowyer (Emporia, KS)Chevrolet/Cheerios/Hamb. Helper
34David Gilliland (Riverside, CA)Ford/Gander Mountain
36Dave Blaney (Hartford, OH)Chevrolet/Accell Construction
37Tony Raines (LaPorte, IN)Ford/TBA
38Travis Kvapil (Janesville, WI)Ford/Long John Silver's
39Ryan Newman (South Bend, IN)Chevrolet/U.S. Army
42Juan Pablo Montoya (Bogota, Colombia)Chevrolet/Target
43A.J. Allmendinger (Los Gatos, CA)Ford/Valvoline
46J.J. Yeley (Phoenix, AZ)Chevrolet/Red Line Oil
47Bobby Labonte (Corpus Christi, TX)Toyota/Bush's Baked Beans
48Jimmie Johnson (El Cajon, CA)Chevrolet/Lowe's/Kobalt Tools
56Martin Truex Jr. (Mayetta, NJ)Toyota/NAPA
60Todd Bodine (Chemung, NY)Toyota/Big Red
66Michael McDowell (Glendale, AZ)Toyota/HP Racing LLC
71Andy Lally (Northport, NY)Ford/Eco-Fuel Saver
78Regan Smith (Cato, NY)Chevrolet/
83Brian Vickers (Thomasville, NC)Toyota/Red Bull
87Joe Nemechek (Lakeland, FL)Toyota/NEMCO Motorsports
88Dale Earnhardt Jr. (Kannapolis, NC)Chevrolet/Amp Energy/Nat'l Guard
95David Starr (Houston, TX)Ford/WRL General Cont.
99Carl Edwards (Columbia, MO)Ford/Scotts
* - Defending champion
Leading Contenders (Finish the last nine years)
Denny Hamlin------------4th9th5th12thWon
Jimmie Johnson6th8th9th3rd11th38th2nd2nd2nd
Kyle Busch---------21st15th37th3rd18th3rd
Kurt Busch23rd9th6th7th34th11th23rd8th4th
Kasey Kahne------2nd35thWon20th25th19th5th
Mark Martin3rd5th17th20th9th3rd8th6th6th
Kevin Harvick25th15th13th13th5th29th11th27th7th
Dale Earnhardt Jr42nd2nd4th9th12th36th12th20th8th
Martin Truex Jr------------8th7th36th25th9th
Greg Biffle---28th31stWon42nd6th39th3rd10th
Ryan Newman40thWon39th16th40th32nd4th15th11th
Jeff Burton39th20th27th12th6thWon6th9th12th
Brad Keselowski---------------------23rd14th
Matt KensethWon6th16th18th2nd2nd9th5th20th
Joey Logano---------------------30th28th
Jamie McMurray---10th10th2nd37th5th14th38th30th
Jeff Gordon2nd3rd3rd15th22nd4th43rdWon31st
Tony Stewart5th34th8th31st3rd25th7th4th32nd
Carl Edwards---------19th36th12thWon10th33rd
Juan Pablo Montoya---------------8th19th7th34th
Paul Menard---------------15th17th13th35th
Clint Bowyer------------19th16th10th22nd36th
David Reutimann------------------41st11th37th
Brian Vickers------12th34th43rd14th16th16th38th
Mover of the Week
Dale Earnhardt Jr - Started in the 26th position and finished 2nd
Sports Network Selections
Pick to Win - Carl Edwards
Darkhorse - Greg Biffle
Last Week's Pick to Win (Jimmie Johnson) - Finished 11th
Last Week's Darkhorse (Clint Bowyer) - Finished 9th
Starting from the 29th position, Denny Hamlin finagled his way to the top with just 12 laps remaining and hung on to clip Jimmie Johnson by less than a second for his 10th career Sprint Cup title.

2009 winner Jeff Gordon and Tony Stewart dominated most of the race, as Gordon led for 124 laps and pole sitter Stewart 74, but it was Hamlin, who nineteen days earlier underwent surgery to repair the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee, came out on top.

Rain delayed until Monday, Hamlin took the lead for the first time when he stormed past Jeff Burton just after the last restart with 12 laps remaining. He then held off a furious charge from Jimmie Johnson in the final laps for the second of eight wins last season.

Jeff Gordon was finally able to scratch Texas Motor Speedway off his bucket list, as he raced to victory in 2009. It took 17 tries, but Gordon was able to cross the finish line first, as he held off Jimmie Johnson for his 82nd career victory. Although currently 12th on the 2011 points list, Gordon added to his win total earlier this year in Phoenix.

After three lackluster finishes in this race, Carl Edwards dominated the Samsung 500 in 2008, as he led three times for a race-high 123 laps for his 10th career checkered flag. Edwards regained the lead on lap 233 and led the rest of the way to defeat Jimmie Johnson by less than a second. Pole sitter Dale Earnhardt Jr placed 12th. Edwards posted nine wins that year and now owns 19 career Sprint Cup titles.

In 2007, Jeff Burton overtook Matt Kenseth on the final lap to record his 19th career Sprint Cup title. Burton, who started second on the grid, led only one lap, as he edge Kenseth by 0.410 of a second. Jeff Gordon, who started on the front row, led for most of the race, leading 173 laps, but finished fourth. Only five of the 43 cars failed to finish the race, including Dale Earnhardt Jr, who led for 96 laps, but placed 36th due to engine problems. With the win, Burton became the first and only multiple champion of this race.

When pole sitter Kasey Kahne raced to victory in 2006, he outdistanced Matt Kenseth for his third career Sprint Cup title. In all, Kahne led five times for 63 laps, including the final 37 as he posted a 5.229 seconds win over Kenseth. Tony Stewart, who placed third, led twice for a race-high 99 laps. Jimmie Johnson had his string of four straight top-10's at this race snapped, as he finished 11th. Kahne still remains as the lone pole sitter to ever win at TMS.

In 2005, Greg Biffle overtook Casey Mears with just 24 laps remaining to take the lead for the seventh and final time, as he crossed the finish line over three seconds ahead of Jamie McMurray, collecting his second win of that season and fifth of his "Cup" career. Mears, who started in the 32nd position, finished fourth, while pole sitter Ryan Newman finished 16th.

Construction on Texas Motor Speedway began in 1995, with the original configuration calling for an unusual dual banking system that had 24 degrees of banking for stock cars and eight degrees for open-wheel cars. The first NASCAR race at Texas was a NASCAR Nationwide Series event on April 5, 1997. The first Sprint Cup race at Texas was held the following day. In 1998, Turn 4 at Texas was reshaped to ease the transition from the turns to the front straightaway. A second renovation started after the 1998 race which eliminated the dual banking and gave the track its current configuration. In all, there have been 20 Sprint Cup Series races at Texas Motor Speedway, one per season from 1997 through 2004 and two races per year since 2005.

When Matt Kenseth started in the 31st position in 2002, it was the lowest starting position of a race winner at Texas. Jack Roush has posted seven victories at Texas, more than any other car owner. Carl Edwards has won three of those races (2005, 2008 spring and fall). 14 of the previous 20 races at TMS have been won from the top-10 positions, 11 of which have come from the top-5. When Hamlin doubled in 2010, he won from the 29th position in the spring and he started from the 30th spot in the fall.

Jeff Burton will become the ninth driver to start 900 NASCAR national series races on Sunday. The breakdown thus far: 589 in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, 306 in the NASCAR Nationwide Series, four in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. If Kyle Busch leads 117 laps this weekend, he will reach 20,000 in his NASCAR national series career. He can reach the milestone in the NASCAR Nationwide race on Friday, which is scheduled for 200 laps.

The next Sprint Cup Series race is the April 17th running of the Aaron's 499 at Talladega Superspeedway, as Kevin Harvick defends his title.

04/05 17:06:46 ET

As of April 5, 2011, at 05:07 PM ET