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Danielle's Garage Of Drivers: Texas

MARTINSVILLE, VA - MARCH 29: David Stremme, driver of the #12 Penske Dodge, during driver introductions prior to the start of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Goody's Fast Pain Relief 500 at the Martinsville Speedway on March 29, 2009 in Martinsville, Virginia.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
Danielle hendersonCorrespondent IApril 6, 2009

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.

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