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NASCAR At Texas Update: Matt Kenseth Dominating As Darkness Falls

Matt Kenseth's No. 17 Ford has been out front for 72 of the 140 laps thus far in the Samsung Mobile 500, and the former Sprint Cup champion looks to possibly be cruising toward his first win in more than two years.

The Roush cars have been strong all night, qualifying and running amongst the top-ten for the duration of the race so far. Polesitter David Ragan runs second, while Greg Biffle holds down the fifth position. Carl Edwards also runs among the top-ten, but has reported being ill in the car earlier.

Hendrick Motorsports has also begun to come around. Jimmie Johnson is up to eighth-place, the highest he has run since starting the race in sixth, while Dale Earnhardt Jr. rounds out the top-ten.

Other contenders include RIchard Childress Racing's Clint Bowyer and Joe Gibbs Racing's Kyle Busch. Bowyer has run near the front of the field all night, while Busch has only recently made his way into the top-five.

Denny Hamlin, attempting to become the first man to win three-consecutive races at Texas, currently holds down the 15th spot.

Photographs by coka_koehler used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.