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Saturday
Samsung Mobile 500
At Texas
Motor Speedway
Top 5 finishers
1. Biffle … Ford
2. Johnson … Chevrolet
3. Martin … Toyota
4. Gordon … Chevrolet
5. Kenseth … Ford
Top 5 points
1. Biffle … 273
2. Kenseth … –19
3. Earnhardt Jr. … –19
4. Truex Jr. … –20
5. Harvick … –24

Points leader returns to Victory Lane

Biffle

– While the 49-race winless streak was wearing somewhat on Greg Biffle, there were also enough encouraging signs during the 18-month drought that he would win more races.

“It will take years off your life. I’ve probably lost several,” Biffle said. “What kept me going or what keeps your spirit up is when you run good. ... We have run good, we just hadn’t finished.”

Until getting to Texas, where Jack Roush’s drivers have nine victories in 23 Cup races.

Biffle held on tight in the fastest Sprint Cup race ever on the 1 1/2 -mile, high-banked track, pulling away after charging below Jimmie Johnson for a winning pass with 30 laps remaining Saturday night.

The NASCAR Sprint Cup season points leader after five consecutive races now has a victory to go with that lofty status.

“To win like this and put a bunch of ground on the guys behind us certainly makes a statement, I think, for all the people that were wondering if this was kind of a fluke that we were still leading the points this far in,” said Biffle, who had a 3.2-second victory with an average speed of 160.577 mph.

Biffle’s 17th career win was his first since an October 2010 race in Kansas, where the series goes this week.

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