The 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series went under the lights in the Lone Star state of Texas for the Samsung Mobile 500.

Matt Kenseth led 169 of the 334 laps in Saturday night’s Samsung Mobile 500 en route to ending a drought of 76 races without a victory.

“It has been a long time, ” Kenseth said. “I have lost a lot of close ones at this track. It feels good to be able to close it out.”

Since his other win at Texas in 2002, Kenseth had four runner-up finishes, including last fall behind Denny Hamlin, and six other top-10 finishes at the track.

He beat second-place Clint Bowyer by 8.315 seconds. Bowyer was the only car within 15 seconds of Kenseth and just one of 12 cars to finish on the lead lap.

So, Clint Bowyer finished second, while Kenseth’s Roush Fenway Racing teammates Carl Edwards and Greg Biffle placed third and fourth, respectively.


photo credit: Christa L Thomas


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