This is a new column I've decided to do.
I am going to rank each driver in the top 12 in points for his progress in the race. And I might throw in a wild card driver.
Jeff Gordon: first. He breaks a 47 race winless streak, wins his first ever race at Texas on his 17th try. I'm not a Gordon fan, but I was pulling for him on Sunday.
Jimmie Johnson: second. Coming of his win at Martinsville had to have given Johnson some momentum. Johnson and the 48 team ran a strong race and if they had a few more laps probably would have won the race.
Tony Stewart: third. He seems to be fitting in as the "boss." Let's hope Stewart can keep the top five finishes coming.
Matt Kenseth: fourth. He had his best finish since he won at Fontana. I'm anxious to see if Kenseth can keep finishing in the top-10.
David Reutimann: fifth.His new nick name "The Franchise" seems to fit Reutimann just fine. After winning the pole and then finishing 11th, Reutimann maintained his place in the top 12.
Kurt Busch: sixth. Busch had a fast car all day, but couldn't get a hold on the handling. Maybe the No. 2 team will figure out the COT before too long.
Jeff Burton: seventh. Burton had good car through traffic, but once he got up to ninth, he just stayed there.
Kasey Kahne: eighth. The No. 9 team drove a good race and seemed happy with their car, but once again didn't produce the finish they should have.
Denny Hamlin: ninth. Hamlin had an OK race, but could never get the car just right. Better luck to the team next week.
Clint Bowyer: 10th. Bowyer started the season off strong, but lost two positions in the points.
Carl Edwards: 11th. Bob Osborne was planning on pit strategy to help Edwards win, but that didn't happen.
Kyle Busch: 12th. Looks like Busch's luck ran out at Texas. After getting caught speeding on pit road, Busch went two laps down.
Wild Card: David Stremme: The young driver showed he belonged in Sprint Cup after all. He finished 14th, which surprised me. Congratulations to Stremme and No. 12 team.