Race Recap: Samsung Mobile 500

15 Apr

During the NASCAR pre-race show on FOX yesterday, the hosts talked about Greg Biffle (@gbiffle) seemingly flying under the radar this year even though he led the Sprint Cup Series in points.

They also suggested that maybe he was hadn’t earned the respect he deserved since he hadn’t won a race yet this year.

Well, Biffle changed all that yesterday, earning his first win of the season at Texas Motor Speedway. He earned this sweet trophy in the process:

I caught most of the race last night, but I fell asleep (again… whoops) during the last half hour and woke up just as Biffle was doing his celebratory donuts on the track.

Of the racing that I did see, I noticed that there were very few cautions in yesterday’s race, which I think led to more cars falling a lap (or more) behind the leader. Fair assessment?

Interestingly, I don’t remember hearing the announcers say the actual name of the race (Samsung Mobile 500) once. Admittedly, I left the room a few times and fell asleep at the end, but I definitely think it’s strange to have a company sponsor a race and not hear their name stated even one time while I was watching.


As always, I picked up some new NASCAR knowledge this week thanks to Twitter, and the announcers on FOX during the race. Here’s a summary:

  • Race qualifying order determines the order in which teams are allowed to select their pit road location. (Makes sense to me).
  • Apparently, drivers can return to a race in another car than they started in (see below). This blows my mind.


As always, some questions came up yesterday as I was watching. If you can answer them, help me out in the comments section below or tweet @NASCARneophyte.

1. At one point in the race, a car in pit road had to be pushed out of the pit box by the pit crew (I didn’t catch the car number). Why did this happen, and does it happen a lot?

2. I know that the “pole-sitter” is the driver who starts in first place, but where did the term come from? Is the “pole” the stand where they wave the flags from?

3. Was that a hotel overlooking the Texas Motor Speedway? (If so, I wonder if people watched from there).

4. How often do NASCAR tracks get re-paved?

5. Serious question: Has there ever been an African American driver in NASCAR?


Next weekend, the Sprint Cup Series will move to Kansas for the STP 400. The week after that, on April 28th, I’ll be going to my first live NASCAR race in Richmond. I can’t wait!


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