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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:

    April 17, 2005 1:20 pm EDT

  • Laps:

    334

  • Track Length:

    1.5 miles

  • Race Length:

    501.00 miles

  • Purse:

    $6,886,746

Drivers to Watch

Ryan Newman Passed Earnhardt Jr. with 10 laps to go here en route to the first of his career-high eight victories in 2003; did not enjoy similar success on this track last year as an accident led to a 39th; only driver with multiple poles this season and his 29 poles in 122 career starts represent the highest percentage (23.8) in series history; Texas Motor Speedway is one of just eight circuit speedways on which he has yet to win a pole; qualified second in Martinsville last week before running a season-best fourth in Advance Auto Parts 500; climbed three spots to eighth in the standings with his third top-10 of the season; looking to return to 2003 form here: "This year we made a point to test at TMS and learn all we could about the new rule package and the Dodge Charger before we got to the track. It was a good test session for us. Hopefully we unraveled a few mysteries and we'll be back to our 2003 performance level at TMS this weekend."
Kasey Kahne Celebrated his 25th birthday with a second at Martinsville on Sunday; was his sixth career runner-up, tying Mark Martin for the most before taking a first checkered flag; his third career runner-up came in this event last year as he finished .028 seconds behind Elliott Sadler; climbed six spots to 18th in the standings with his second top-five of the season; has run 14th or better in last three starts after beginning the season with three straight of 22nd or worse: hoping to continue the upward trend in Texas: "I feel like it gives us some momentum to know we can race with some of these guys again and we're getting thing on track. ... It's a pretty interesting year after being 38th in points after three races. We really need to stay on top of it."
Greg Biffle Despite running 29th - his worst result of the season - in last week's Advance Auto Parts 500, maintained second place in the standings, 160 points off the pace set by Jimmie Johnson; won the second event of the season in California to begin a string of four straight top-10s; was his second win in a three-race span as he took the checkered flag ahead of Jimmie Johnson in the 2004 season finale to help clinch the series title for teammate Kurt Busch; engine trouble led to a 31st in this event last year; ran 28th in his first attempt on this circuit here in 2003.
Jeff Gordon Four-time series champion rallied from three laps down to claim his sixth grandfather clock, which is awarded to the race winner at Martinsville, for taking the checkered flag in Sunday's Advance Auto Parts 500; was his 71st career win, moving within five of Dale Earnhardt for sixth place on the all-time list; never has won at Texas Motor Speedway but has come close in recent years, running third here each of the last two years following a runner-up to Matt Kenseth in 2002; climbed six spots to sixth in the standings, 205 points behind front-running teammate Jimmie Johnson.
Elliott Sadler Recorded his second career checkered flag in this event last year; also won the Pop Secret 500 on September 5 to clinch a berth into the inaugural "Chase for the Nextel Cup"; quietly has posted four top-10s in six events this season; ran ninth in Martinsville last weekend to climb two spots to third in the standings, 182 points behind Johnson; his victory last year accounted for his first top-10 here since running 10th on March 28, 1999; considers TMS his favorite track: "Certain things just feel good to you. From the first lap I made in the race track in 1997, I was like, 'wow, I love this race track.' It fits my driving style. I sat on the front row in the Busch car the first two times that I came here and ran very well. Then in the Cup car, I got my first ever top-10 finish as a Cup driver."
Tony Stewart The 2002 series champion led four times for a race-high 247 laps in last week's Advance Auto Parts 500, but a broken wheel with under 70 laps remaining led to a season-worst 26th-place finish; fell two spots to fifth in the standings with 774 points, just two ahead of sixth-place Gordon; ran a season-best third in Bristol two weeks ago; has four top-10s in six career starts here; ran eighth in this race among his 19 top-10s last year.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. Recorded his first premier series victory at Texas in his 12th career start in 2000; was headed for another win here in 2003 but was passed by Ryan Newman with 10 laps to go and settled for second; has endured his share of struggles this year, recording just two top-10s through the first six events; sandwiched a third at the season-opening Daytona 500 and a fourth at Bristol around three finishes of 24th or worse; is 16th in the standings after spending the entire 2004 campaign among the top 10.
Jimmie Johnson Series points leader ran a "disappointing" eighth in Martinsville last week, ending an amazing string of 11 straight finishes of sixth or better dating to last year; took the checkered flag five times during that string, including a victory in Las Vegas on March 13; after coming within eight points of Busch in the closest finish in series history, has led this year since running second to Carl Edwards in the Golden Corral 500 on March 20; ran ninth last year for his third straight top-10 finish here; led the circuit in wins (8) and top-fives (20) last year.
Kurt Busch Defending series champion has run into problems of late, falling from first to ninth in a span of three events; was run into the wall by eventual race winner Jeff Gordon on Sunday and showed his displeasure by trying to block Gordon after falling a lap down; ran 19th to mark his third straight finish outside the top 10 after running in the top three in each of the first three races; had a string of 12 top-10s in a 13-race span dating to his victory in the opener of the 2004 "Chase"; ran sixth in this event last year among his three top-10s in four career starts at Texas.