For the second time this season, Denny Hamlin drove his car to victory lane on a Monday following a rain-out. Hamlin led 12 laps in the Samsung Mobile 500 at Texas Motor Speedway, but they were the final 12 on his way to his second Sprint Cup victory of the season.
Jimmie Johnson, who took four tires when a few cars took two, fell back on the final restart before making a charge towards the front. He ran down Hamlin in the closing laps, but he was unable to pass him before the checkered flag waved.
Top 5: Hamlin, Johnson, Kyle Busch, Kurt Busch, and Kasey Kahne.
Mark Martin, Kevin Harvick, Dale Earnhardt Jr, Martin Truex Jr, and Greg Biffle rounded out the top 10.
Notables: Ryan Newman (11th), Jeff Burton (12th), AJ Allmendinger (13th), Brad Keselowski (14th), Matt Kenseth (20th), Joey Logano (28th), Jamie McMurray (30th), Jeff Gordon (31st), Tony Stewart (32nd), Carl Edwards (33rd), Juan Montoya (34th), Paul Menard (35th), Clint Bowyer (36th), and David Reutimann (37th).
David Reutimann had a good run going — he was running in the top 10 for most of the day, and lingering in the top 5. But, with about 25 laps to go, he lost an engine. He finished 37th.
Several drivers had their days ruined when they were involved in a big wreck. On the restart around lap 317, Dale Earnhardt Jr ducked to the inside of Tony Stewart, making it three wide. Stewart got up into the marbles. A few laps later, Stewart was on the high side with Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson making it three wide.
Gordon made contact with Stewart, forcing Stewart to drift high and slow. When he slowed, Carl Edwards, who was running directly behind Stewart, made contact, spinning him into Gordon. Edwards, AJ Allmendinger, Juan Montoya, Jamie McMurray, Joey Logano, Paul Menard, and Clint Bowyer were invovled. Gordon had a dominant car, but his day was over. He finished 31st.
Afterwards, Stewart said:
Somebody [Earnhardt Jr] put me three-wide in Turns 1 and 2, and that got me up to where I got a lot of crap on my tires, and that started it. It was my fault. Feel bad about it, about doing something stupid like that. I didn’t plan on getting loose, but it is 100 percent my fault.