All four Roush Fenway Fords finish top seven; Edwards takes over point lead
FT. WORTH, TEXAS (April 9, 2011) — Matt Kenseth led 169 laps en route to a dominating victory at Texas Motor Speedway, as all four Roush Fenway Fords finished inside the top seven in Saturday night’s Samsung 500. Kenseth’s victory, combined with Carl Edwards’ victory in the Nationwide race on Friday gave Roush Fenway a clean sweep of the weekend’s action, with the organization winning both races and both poles.
“I really want to thank Jimmy (Fennig) and this whole team for working as hard as they do for this victory,” said Kenseth. “I have to thank Crown Royal Black and all the fans up there. We had a packed house up there and it might not have been the closest finish, but it was great racing all night.
‘The goal every year is to win a championship and you can’t do that if you aren’t in the Chase so we have been pretty good over the last four weeks and now we have a pretty dominating win,” added Kenseth. “Hopefully we can carry this momentum back to victory lane a couple of times.”
Kenseth took the lead early and never really looked back, leading by as many as 13 seconds. He used the victory to move up six places to third in the Sprint Cup point standings. The win was the 19th of Sprint Cup career.
The win was Kenseth’s second at TMS in the Sprint Cup Series and Roush Fenway’s eighth Cup win at the 1.5-mile track. It marked the 15th NASCAR win for Roush Fenway at TMS. For the weekend, Roush Fenway saw a total of six entries lead a combined 364 laps.
Edwards finished third to retake the points lead and Greg Biffle, who led seven laps, finished fourth. David Ragan earned his first career Sprint Cup pole for the race, led 11 laps and finished seventh; his second straight top 10 finish.
Roush Fenway now leads the points in both the Nationwide (Ricky Stenhouse Jr.) and Sprint Cup Series, which heads to Talladega Superspeedway next weekend.