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Shake Up at TMS: Burton and Gordon in Turn 4 and Hamlin Takes the Points Lead

Steven IlesContributor INovember 8, 2010

Jeff Gordon and Jeff Burton in turn 4 at TMS after Burton Wrecked Gordon
Jeff Gordon and Jeff Burton in turn 4 at TMS after Burton Wrecked GordonJonathan Ferrey/Getty Images

Fort Worth, Texas

Is a winless season starting to get to Jeff Gordon driver of the No. 24 DuPont Chevrolet? Even though Gordon, was nowhere in contention to win the AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway, the contact between he and No. 31 Caterpillar Chevrolet will be the talk of the AAA Texas 500.

On Lap 191, it appeared that Burton had turned into Gordon’s DuPont Chevrolet during the seventh ServiceMaster Clean caution. That was brought out by Martin Truex Jr. driver of the No. 56 NAPA Auto Parts/Susan G. Komen Toyota after smacking the wall in turn three. Jeff Burton and Jeff Gordon got into fisticuffs on the backstretch after Gordon walked to where Burton was standing instead of getting into his own ambulance.

Now to get you back to the race, Elliott Sadler driver of the No. 19 Stanley Ford would bring the field to the green but could not hold off the No. 16 American Red Cross Ford of Greg Biffle, who would lead the first lap. Biffle continued to lead until the first ServiceMaster Clean caution was thrown due to the No. 87 of Joe Nemechek smoking. 

The green flag dropped again at Lap 17 with Biffle still the leader. Jimmie Johnson, driver of the No. 48 Lowes Chevrolet, started to make a move on Biffle after restarting in the 16th spot. By Lap 19, Johnson had picked up five spots to eleven. Johnson continued to gain momentum, picking up another two spots to ninth by Lap 21 and made it to the fifth spot by Lap 42—before the second ServiceMaster Clean caution was thrown for debris.

Mark Martin was the first car off pit road and took over the lead. He was followed by Carl Edwards, Kyle Busch, Greg Biffle and Elliott Sadler. Martin brought the field to the green flag and continued to lead until Lap 49. When again, the No. 16 of Greg Biffle took the lead. Biffle continued to lead, with a gap of about a second ahead of Mark Martin.

The third ServiceMaster Clean caution would fly at Lap 58 when Sam Hornish Jr. got into the outside wall in turns three and four. We finally started to see some different leaders, due to pitting.  Kurt Busch and Patrick Carpentier both led a lap under caution, but once again, Biffle took the lead once they cycled through the pit window. Biffle continued to lead from Lap 64 through Lap 97 until the No. 5 of Mark Martin took the lead.

Martin led briefly as Biffle regained the top spot on Lap 105 as Martin pitted under the green flag. Biffle led from Laps 105 to 110 as he too pitted under the green. Points leader Jimmie Johnson led for the first time at Lap 110; Johnson lead briefly as he too had to pit. So, with a smart pit strategy, Mark Martin regained the lead at Lap 112 and led until Lap 134 as the leaders came to pit road. After the fourth ServiceMaster Clean caution came out for Martin Truex Jr., he got loose in turn four and hit the wall before sliding into the infield grass.

Under caution, both Casey Mears and Joey Logano took the lead, Logano led the cars to the green and led for two laps before Biffle once again took the lead on Lap 139. Biffle continued to lead until Lap 151, when we saw our fifth ServiceMaster Clean caution for Truex again, as this time he blew a tire.

Logano, took the lead again under caution and brought the cars to the green, as he and Biffle battled for the lead once again. Logano, led one lap before Biffle regained on Lap 159.  We would see our sixth ServiceMaster Clean caution as the No. 18 spun in turn one. Biffle brought the cars to the green and led for 14 laps until Logano took the lead at Lap 177. 

Logano continued to lead through the Burton and Gordon fiasco and brought the cars to the green at Lap 201 and continued to lead until Biffle took the lead at Lap 204.

Biffle led from Lap 204 through Lap 246. He made a green flag stop, and Kevin Harvick took the lead for his first lap of the day for five bonus points. Matt Kenseth and David Gilliland picked up five bonus points each under this caution as well.  Biffle led from Lap 249 through lap 288, until Joey Logano regained the lead at TMS. Logano led for one lap, before Biffle once again took the lead at Lap 289.

Biffle led from Lap 289 until the eighth ServiceMaster Clean caution was thrown at Lap 300 for debris. The leaders would pit at Lap 302, and after this, it was Denny Hamlin’s race to lose. Martin battled several times, but ultimately, Hamlin was the winner of the AAA Texas 500.

Hamlin has swept both races at TMS this year. With his win tonight, he overtook Jimmie Johnson in the NSCS Chase by 33. The unofficial Top 10 in the AAA Texas 500 are: Denny Hamlin, Matt Kenseth, Mark Martin, Joey Logano, Greg Biffle, Kevin Harvick, Clint Bowyer, David Ragan, Jimmie Johnson and Paul Menard.

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