By: Adam Niemeyer (FOX19 Sports)
Texas Motor Speedway's first Sprint Cup night race was full of long, green-flag runs, and that benefitted Matt Kenseth.
Kenseth was dominant throughout the race, leading a total of 169 of the 334 circuits completed on the evening. He beat Clint Bowyer to the line by eight seconds to become the sixth winner in seven Sprint Cup races this season.
"After two years I never thought I'd get back here," he said in Victory Lane after the race.
Three Roush Fenway Racing cars finished in the top five, including Carl Edwards, who finished third and Greg Biffle who finished fourth. Paul Menard rounded out the top five.
Edwards took the points lead from Kyle Busch, and now leads the younger Busch by nine points. Kenseth moved to third in the standings.
Kenseth snapped a 76-race winless streak. His last win was in California in February of 2009. Kenseth began that season with back-to-back victories in the Daytona 500 and at California the next weekend.
It was Kenseth's second win at Texas. He won in April of 2002 as well at the track in Fort Worth.
Kenseth became the all-time lap leader at Texas. He now has led 669 laps at Texas.
Tony Stewart was caught speeding on his final pit stop with 58 to go. "Sorry, I knew I did it," he radioed to his crew. Stewart was running third late in the race, trying to stretch his fuel to the finish, but he ran out of gas on the final lap, and finished as the final lead lap car in 12th.
Denny Hamlin, who swept the Texas races last season finished 15th, one lap down.
The Sprint Cup Series heads to Alabama next week where the series visits the biggest and fastest track on the schedule, the 2.66-mile Talladega Superspeedway. FOX's prerace coverage begins at noon and the race will start at 1 p.m.