Muscle Mustangs & Fast Fords
2012 NASCAR Texas Race Recap
Muscle Mustangs on Friday, Fast Fords on Saturday
The "Cat In The Hat" couldn't have hoped for a better finish to the NASCAR weekend at the Texas Motor Speedway. Roush Fenway-built Fusions and Mustangs were at or near the top of the speed charts whenever the Texas Motor Speedway went hot. Jack Roush topped off the weekend with a win in Sprint Cup, the Samsung Mobile 500 with Greg Biffle driving and in Nationwide with a win by Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. in the O'Reilly Auto Parts 300.
Qualifying third in his 3M Filtrete Ford Fusion, it only took four laps for Biffle to take the lead under the lights Saturday night at the Texas Motor Speedway. Aggressive pit strategy by his competitors moved Biffle out of the lead during subsequent green flag pit stops to as low as fifth. Carl Edwards, in his Fastenal Ford Fusion, worked his way up to the top 10 after a disappointing 20th place start, but a questionable lug nut secure on the right rear forced the #99 crew and chief Bob Osborne to bring Carl back down pit lane for a second time to re-secure the wheel. Carl would drive his Fastenal Fusion back through the field a second time from 30th place to an eventual eighth place finish.
Great calls by Biffle's crew chief Matt Puccia, perfect execution by the 3M Pit Bulls and skillful driving moved Greg Biffle into second place, where he stayed for some time to size up his competition and save his tires for the end. Biffle finally dropped the hammer with 30 laps to go and passed five-time Sprint Cup Champion Jimmie Johnson for the lead. He never looked back and cruised to his second career win in Texas. This win was the first Sprint Cup win for his new crew chief, Matt Puccia, who moved up to the top crew spot from Roush Fenway's NASCAR Camping World Truck Series organization.
"I am just thankful to get the opportunity to drive these cars as fast as they are," said Biffle. "Vegas we were off a little bit, and that ate at us a little bit because that's a good track for us. So we came here and really focused on our car to get it driving the best we could." Matt Puccia added "Looking ahead to the season, what we've built and what we have in front of us, we've got some good racetracks coming. We've got Kansas, Richmond, Talladega and Darlington and we look ahead and there's not one race I can't say we can't go and run good and be in contention to win every week, so we're looking forward to getting going the next part of this little stint."