By Steve Pouliot - 15 April 2012:
NASCAR Sprint Cup points leader Greg Biffle added to his points lead, breaking a 49 race winless streak last night at Texas Motor speedway. Biffle took the lead on Lap 304 of 334 and pulled away to win his first race since Oct. 3, 2010, holding off Jimmie Johnson, who led a race high 156 laps en route to a second place finish.
"I just dug deep," Biffle said. "I knew I had to do it and kept trying and trying and trying. I knew the team would forgive me if I wrecked it trying to beat him, so I gave it all I had."
|Biffle and Johnson battle at Texas|
Johnson was unable to track down Biffle, slapping the #48 into the wall in the effort. "...Second sucks. I wish we could have won." the runner up said. "We were in contention, had a great race car. Pit stops were just amazing all night long. Car was great. You know, at the end the 16 -- really probably the last two or three runs the 16 and I were pretty equal, run pretty similar lap times, and right before the last pit stop I got caught in some traffic, he got to me and came out of the pits and was pacing him and had a second half lead and then we caught traffic, some guys were multiple laps down that didn't show much respect to myself, the leader, and before I know it 16 was there on the side of me and got by. We ran with him for the next eight or ten laps and then I made a mistake into 3 and hit the fence, and at that point just needed to make sure I brought it home."
Mark Martin came home third, followed by Jeff Gordon and Matt Kenseth. With Kasey Kahne finishing seventh and Dale Earnhardt Jr. 10th, all four Hendrick Motorsports drivers ran in the top 10, but Biffle denied them their most coveted prize, a 200th Cup victory for team owner Rick Hendrick.
Johnson talked about the possibility of Hendrick's 200th win slipping by so close for the second week in a row. "To be honest it hasn't played much on my mind because I just want to win and I know winning is what my job is about, winning is what Hendrick Motorsports is about, and if we win we'll take care of the 200th. I seem to think about the 200th after the fact and think, man, Martinsville could have been an amazing one, two, three, this weekend, previous weekends. I think about it more after the fact, not leading up to or during the event." Johnson said.
NASCAR stops at Kansas next week, the track that Biffle last won at. The Roush Racing team has momentum and good history moving forward on the schedule. Biffle has certainly shown he'll be one of the driver's headed in to the Chase this fall.
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