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Earnhardt Jr. to Start 16th at Texas

By Tyler Overstreet, JR Motorsports | Article Published 4/13/2012
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The lineup is set for Saturday night’s Samsung Mobile 500 at Texas Motor Speedway. Dale Earnhardt Jr. will start 16th after posting a lap of 188.442 mph (28.656 sec.) in the No. 88 Diet Mountain Dew/National Guard Chevrolet. Martin Truex Jr. won the pole with a lap of 190.369 mph (28.366 sec.). Joining Truex on the front row will be Matt Kenseth.

“We had a pretty good Turn 1 and 2, but in (Turns) 3 and 4, the car got real tight. I couldn’t get back to the throttle and it cost us a lot of time down there. But we still got an okay lap." Earnhardt told reporters after making his qualifying run, "So, I think we would have had a real good lap if we could have gotten through 3 and 4 a little bit better. But we’ll race good.”

Greg Biffle, Mark Martin and Kasey Kahne rounded out the fast-five qualifiers for Saturday’s race. Ryan Newman, Marcos Ambrose, Brad Keselowski, Jamie McMurray and Jimmie Johnson completed the top ten.

Earnhardt enters Saturday’s race second in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series points’ standings trailing Biffle by six points. Coverage of the Samsung 500 begins Saturday night at 7 p.m. ET on Fox.

Standings
After GEICO 500
Rank +/- Driver Points Behind
1 -- Joey Logano 3121 0
2 +1 Kevin Harvick 3117 -4
3 +1 Ryan Newman 3117 -4
4 +3 Denny Hamlin 3100 -21
5 +4 Matt Kenseth 3099 -22
6 -1 Carl Edwards 3099 -22
7 -1 Jeff Gordon 3093 -28
8 -- Kasey Kahne 3090 -31
9 -7 Kyle Busch 3086 -35
10 -- Brad Keselowski 3085 -36
11 -- Jimmie Johnson 3053 -68
12 -- Dale Earnhardt Jr. 3045 -76
Full Standings