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Samsung/RadioShack 500

Status: Final Texas Motor Speedway

Race Capsule

Texas Motor Speedway
  • What:

    Race 7 of 36 on Sprint Cup circuit

  • Where:

    Texas Motor Speedway, Fort Worth, TX

  • When:

    March 30, 2003 1:00 pm EST

  • Laps:

    334

  • Track Length:

    1.5 miles

  • Race Length:

    501.00 miles

  • Purse:

    $6,117,759

Drivers to Watch

Bobby Labonte This race is a homecoming of sorts for the 2000 NASCAR Winston Cup champion, a native of Corpus Christi; continued to make progress this season by finishing third at Bristol; advanced six positions to eighth place in the standings; won race at Atlanta on March 9; competed in all six races at Texas Motor Speedway, posting four top-10 efforts, including three third-place finishes; was 30th here last year. Sterling Marlin - In six career races at Texas, Marlin has three top-10 finishes, including a seventh last year; finished in the top-20 in all races this season except for two - Rockingham (engine trouble) and Darlington (accident); will compete in a car he has not used yet this year, but ran it last year at Fontana (California), Michigan, and Chicago.
Jimmie Johnson Improved two positions in the points to sixth thanks to an eighth-place finish at Bristol, his third top 10 this season; steady in the top 10 all season to this point; after six races last year, he was fourth in the standings; finished sixth at Texas in his rookie year 2002.
Bill Elliott This Sunday's race will mark his seventh career start here; has one pole position and one top-10 at this track, both earned in last year's Samsung/RadioShack 500; started first, led 13 laps and finished ninth in last year's event - all career bests at Texas; has placed in the top-15 in four of his six races at the track; set track record with his pole-setting lap of 27.803 seconds and 194.224 miles per hour in qualifying for last year's event; the lap was more than a full mile-per-hour over the second-place qualifying time that day, and wiped out the previous track record by more than two mph (Terry Labonte, 192.137 mph, 28.105 seconds, March 31, 2000); is scheduled to drive the car that sat on the outside pole at Atlanta this year and qualified fourth and finished 11th in the 2002 spring race at Michigan.
Jeff Gordon The four-time Winston Cup champion made up five positions in the standings, breaking into the top 10 following his ninth-place finish at Bristol; trails Matt Kenseth by 241 points; is positioned in the same spot he was at this stage of the season last year; his best run at Texas was a second-place finish last April and also fifth in 2001; prior to that, he did not fare well (30th in 1997, 31st in 1998, 43rd in 1999 and 25th in 2000).
Recorded his first top-10 finish of the season at Bristol, finishing fourth; improved eight spots to ninth in the Winston Cup points; last season after six races, he was 14th in points; best finish at Texas was fourth last April; also has registered two other top-10 results here.
Matt Kenseth Finished second in the Food City 500 and remained the points leader in the series for the third consecutive week; is the only driver to have five top-10 finishes in the season's first six races; last year after six events he was second in points; defending champion of the Samsung/Radio Shack 500 after starting at the rear of the field for changing an engine; another good decision was taking two tires instead of four on his final pit stop on lap 309, a decision that kept him in the lead pack; holds 138-point advantage over Busch.
Tony Stewart The reigning Winston Cup champion was black-flagged at Bristol after an incident with Rudd, who he bumped from behind; damage to his Chevrolet and his inability to keep up the minimum speed forced NASCAR officials to penalize him, resulting in a 26th-place finish; that marked his first DNF of the year; lost a spot and fell into third in the points race, but has been in the top 10 in the standings all season; registered three top-10 finishes in four starts at Texas, including a fifth last season.
Kurt Busch Arguably the hottest driver on the Winston Cup series; win at Bristol last week marked second straight year with a victory there; was runner-up in three other races this year and has finished first or second in seven of his last 11 races; moved up four positions into second in the points standings, 138 points behind Roush Racing teammate Matt Kenseth; in two career starts at Texas, he was 23rd last year and fourth in 2001.
Mark Martin Has had some success at Texas Motor Speedway where he won in 1998, the second year NASCAR scheduled events there; also won Busch Series races here in 1997 and 1999; the past two years he was among the contenders, finishing third in 2002 and ninth the season before.
Michael Waltrip Dropped a position to fourth in the points race after a 25th-place finish at Bristol; has been in the top 10 of the standings every week this season; competed in all six races at Texas Motor Speedway, finishing ninth in the first two races, but has not cracked the top 10 since; was 28th last year.
His victory at Darlington two weeks ago was the closest since NASCAR initiated electronic scoring for Winston Cup races in 1993 (.002 of a second); followed that with a 15th-place showing at Bristol this past weekend but fell two spots to seventh in the standings; has raced three times at Texas, but is without a top-10 finish; his best result was 14th last season.