Race Results for the Samsung Mobile 500

Posted by imelda sovzky on Monday, April 19, 2010

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NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Race Number 8
Central Samsung Mobile 500 Race
Race Fast Facts
Texas Motor Speedway Provided by NASCAR Statistics 
Fort Worth, TX
1.5 Mile Paved
Total Race Length - 334 Laps - 501 Miles 
Purse: $7,094,253
Mon, April 19, 2010 
Winner: Denny Hamlin
Age: 29
Team : No. 11 - FedEx Ground Toyota
Owner: J.D. Gibbs
Crew Chief: Mike Ford

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Denny Hamlin greets fans on his way to driver introductions at Texas Motor Speedway.

Denny Hamlin won the Samsung Mobile 500, his 10th victory in 159 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races. This is his second victory and second top-10 finish in 2010. This is his first victory and seventh top-10 finish in ten races at Texas Motor Speedway.

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Tony Stewart leads the field through the green flag Monday after weather delayed the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Samsung Mobile 500 at Texas Motor Speedway.


Hamlin has won three of the past four NSCS races run on a Monday including the last two; today and at Martinsville Speedway. Jimmie Johnson (second) posted his 10th top-10 finish in 14 races at Texas Motor Speedway.

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Fans filled the stands for a Monday double-header as Tony Stewart leads the field at the start of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Samsung Mobile 500 at Texas Motor Speedway. The track honored all tickets, so fans were allowed to see races (the NASCAR Nationwide Series O’Reilly 300 followed the Sprint Cup race) for the price of one.


It is his sixth top-10 finish in 2010. Kyle Busch (third) posted his fifth top-10 finish in 11 races at Texas Motor Speedway. Kevin Conway (27th) was the highest finishing rookie. Jimmie Johnson leads the point standings by 108 points over Matt Kenseth.

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Harvick Wins at Nashville With Two-Tire Stop

Posted by imelda sovzky on Monday, April 5, 2010

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LEBANON, Tenn. — Kevin Harvick found out that two tires were enough as he outlasted cars with four fresh tires over the final 35 green-flag laps as he captured the NASCAR Nationwide Series' Nashville 300 on Saturday at Nashville Superspeedway.


Harvick won for the second time this year and the 36th time in his career. He also picked up a $25,000 bonus for winning the first of Nationwide's four "Dash 4 Cash" races this season.

"I knew we had 25-30 laps to hold them off and (the car) got tighter than we would have wanted it to," said Harvick, who was competing at the track for the first time in four years and took home his second guitar trophy from Nashville.

"But we had the track position and it worked out. … It was definitely fun. It's a lot more fun when you win."

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Joey Logano, driver of the No. 20 GameStop Toyota and Kevin Harvick, driver of the No. 33 Armour Chevrolet lead to the field to the start of the NASCAR Nationwide Series Nashville 300 at Nashville Superspeedway on Saturday.

The driver/owner beat Reed Sorenson by 0.199 seconds with Kyle Busch finishing third, Justin Allgaier in fourth and Brad Keselowski in fifth.

"We were a little bit better than (Harvick) the whole time and I was catching him," Sorenson said. "When we got caught in lapped traffic, he was able to hold his own through a couple of those corners. At the end, I was catching him. We needed about five more laps to get to him."

Joey Logano, who led 122 of the 250 laps, and Keselowski were the only two lead-lap cars not to pit when the caution came out with 82 laps remaining. Both had to pit later under green, lost a lap and then the caution came out with 38 laps remaining, leaving Keselowski 18th and Logano 19th on the restart with 35 remaining.

Logano got stalled on the inside lane on that restart and ended up eighth.

"We had a winning car," Logano said. "There's no reason why we couldn't have won. We gave it away."

The accident where Logano and Keselowski stayed out wasn't really an accident—Jason Leffler tagged James Buescher in retaliation for an incident earlier in the race when Buescher got loose underneath Leffler, turning Leffler into the outside wall.

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The crew of the No. 33 Armour Chevrolet service the car during Kevin Harvick’s pit stop Saturday.

NASCAR parked Leffler for the remainder of the race.

It was at that time that Harvick decided to pit. He took four tires and was about a dozen laps short on fuel, as he went into a fuel-conservation mode in case the race went green the rest of the way. Because he hadn't been pushing his car, he made the decision for two tires when the caution came out with 38 laps left.

"I really thought a lot more people would put two tires on because the tires really didn't fall off that much," Harvick said. "Ours didn't fall off that much. I hate putting two tires on. Tonight, we put two tires on and it worked out for us. … Track position was more important than the handling of the car."

Carl Edwards, who finished sixth, retained the points lead, 16 points ahead of Brad Keselowski and 21 points ahead of Keselowski's Penske Racing teammate, Justin Allgaier.
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Kevin Harvick, driver of the No. 33 Armour Chevrolet celebrates in Victory Lane after winning Saturday’s NASCAR Nationwide Series Nashville 300 at Nashville Superspeedway.
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