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Biffle Pulls Away to Give Roush Another Texas Win

FORT WORTH, Texas Greg Bif­fle knew his only chance to get past Jim­mie John­son for good was at the end, and he finally fig­ured out where to do it.

Bif­fle drove down into Turn 3 and charged under John­son with 30 laps remain­ing Sat­ur­day night, then pulled away to end his 49-race win­less streak while giv­ing owner Jack Roush another NASCAR Sprint Cup vic­tory in Texas.

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

Once Bif­fle got his No. 16 Ford around John­son, he went on to a 3.2-second vic­tory in the fastest Cup race in Texas with an aver­age speed of 160.577 mph.

Catch­ing the 48 at the end, it was all I had to be able to get to him,” he said. “It seemed like when we got to him, it was too easy.”

Biffle’s 17th career vic­tory was his first since an Octo­ber 2010 race in Kansas, where the series goes next week.

John­son led three times for 156 of the 334 laps while going for owner Rick Hendrick’s 200th vic­tory. But he never recov­ered, even scrap­ing hard into the wall try­ing to catch up after Bif­fle drove under him and com­pleted the pass before the start-finish line.

It was Roush’s ninth win in 23 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 second-tier series.

I don’t know if this is my last sweep,” Roush said. “But I’m going to remem­ber this one for a long time.”

After start­ing third, sea­son points leader Bif­fle was among the lead pack the entire race, lead­ing 90 laps on a fast-paced and windy night.

There were only two cau­tions for 10 slowed-down laps, both for debris, and the race fin­ished with a record 234 con­sec­u­tive laps of green-flag racing.

Bif­fle said his hands were hurt­ing from fight­ing the wheel through the wind. But he thought there were no major inci­dents because every dri­ver was deal­ing with the same con­di­tions and maybe more cau­tious because of them.

Mark Mar­tin fin­ished third in a Michael Waltrip-owned Toy­ota, fol­lowed by Jeff Gor­don and Roush dri­ver Matt Kenseth. Pole­sit­ter Mar­tin Truex Jr., another Wal­trip car, was sixth after lead­ing 69 laps.

Bif­fle got his eighth con­sec­u­tive top-10 fin­ish at Texas, where he had a vic­tory in 2005 even before that stretch.

He was sur­prised that it was so easy after the final pass gave him his sev­enth and last lead in the race.

I thought he was going to be right there,” Bif­fle said.

Said John­son, who had led 119 laps com­bined his first 17 Texas races, “He got by me and I was chas­ing him from there. I didn’t have any­thing left to go get him. I tried.”

For Hen­drick Motor­sports, it was another close call for its first vic­tory of the sea­son and the owner’s 200th in a career that began in 1984.

John­son, Gor­don and team­mate Dale Earn­hardt Jr. were run­ning in the top three at Mar­tinsville two weeks ago before a late restart in the last race before the Easter week­end break. But Clint Bowyer’s aggres­sive inside move took out John­son and Gor­don, and Earn­hardt ended up third.

It’s nice to be run­ning well. It’s nice to be in this posi­tion,” John­son said. “But I want to get back to our win­ning ways really soon.”

Kasey Kahne, the first-year Hen­drick dri­ver, fin­ished sev­enth ahead of another Roush dri­ver, Carl Edwards. Har­vick and Earn­hardt rounded out the top 10.

The first lead change came on the 32nd lap when Bif­fle went around the top through Turns 1 and 2 and got past Truex on the backstretch.

Five laps later, Kenseth went around the out­side of Truex through Turns 3 and 4 to take over sec­ond place.

The first cau­tion flag came out on lap 67, when a cap was tum­bling around near Turn 2 on a night when the wind was gust­ing more than 30 mph.

Gor­don, who started 34th, was in the top 10 before the sec­ond cau­tion after Trevor Bayne scraped the wall.

The race restarted on lap 100, with Truex in front of Bif­fle for only one lap. There were no more yel­low flags after that.

Our sports betting news features unique sports betting articles as well as current sports news compiled from leading wire services. This arti­cle was dis­trib­uted by Syn­di­cated Sports news wire and aggre­ga­tion ser­vice, For more NASCAR rac­ing news see: Bif­fle pulls away to give Roush another Texas win .

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