When Jeff Burton won for the first time in the inaugural race in Texas, he was a young driver still trying to prove himself.
A decade later, Burton is still proving things -- and still winning.
Burton passed Matt Kenseth on the final lap of the Samsung 500 yesterday for his only lead to become the first repeat winner at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth.
"I feel like I did then. I feel like a guy that just came back," said Burton, who turns 40 in June. "I didn't forget how to drive. Some other people forgot I could drive. Richard Childress didn't."
Burton won his second race for Childress since moving from Roush Racing midway through the 2004 season, and moved within eight points of Nextel Cup points leader Jeff Gordon. It was the 19th career victory for Burton, who last won for Roush in 2001.
As the first repeat winner at the 1 1/2-mile, high-banked Texas track, Burton denied a true Texas two-step for Kenseth, his former Roush teammate. Kenseth won the Busch race Saturday and was going for a weekend sweep.
It also ended a four-race winning streak by Hendrick Motorsports.
Gordon led 173 of 334 laps and finished fourth, the fifth top-five finish in the seven races this season for the Hendrick driver. But he is 0 for 13 at Texas, one of three active tracks where the four-time NASCAR champion hasn't won a Nextel Cup race.
"Man, I'm just sick," Gordon said. "I don't want to give away races. I felt like we had the car to beat there . . . Another Texas race getting away from us."
Gordon was still leading with 21 laps to go when he scraped the outside wall coming out of Turn 4 -- the first of a couple of times he did that. Gordon managed to stay in front five more laps before Kenseth passed him.
Soon after that, Burton got past Gordon and caught up to Kenseth.
Lap after lap, Burton tried to get past Kenseth, and finally did with only a half-lap left when he overtook him on the backstretch coming out of Turn 2.
"Honestly, I thought he was going to pass me way before that because he was running me down like crazy," Kenseth said. "He was running me down and had the faster car, but I was just enough of a pain in the his neck to hold him off for a while."
Burton won with an average speed of 143.359 miles per hour and was the last of nine leaders. Gordon, who started on the pole after qualifying was canceled because of storms, led four times and Dale Earnhardt Jr. had three leads for 96 laps.
Jimmie Johnson, the Hendrick driver who won three of the last four races, was knocked out of contention on Lap 240 when he ran into Tony Stewart's sliding car. He finished 38th.
Champ Car -- A week after the worst race weekend of his career, Sebastien Bourdais was back where he expects to be -- in Victory Circle.
The Frenchman dominated on the way to his third straight win in the
"That race was like a bad dream. This is a whole lot nicer," he said after leading 58 of the 78 laps on the 1.968-mile, 11-turn downtown street circuit.
After finishing 13th a week earlier, Bourdais, who has won 24 of 61 starts and three straight season titles in the Champ Car World Series, was certainly the class of the field, taking the lead for good on Lap 68.
Formula One -- Felipe Massa of Ferrari won the Bahrain Grand Prix, and Lewis Hamilton of McLaren finished second, becoming the first driver to start his Formula One career with three straight podium finishes.
Kimi Raikkonen of Ferrari was third, and Nick Heidfeld of BMW-Sauber was fourth.
Hamilton, Formula One's first black driver, finished third at the Australian GP and second at the Malaysian GP. The previous best start to an F1 career was Peter Arundell with two podiums in two starts in 1964.
Massa won in 1 hour 33 minutes 27.515 seconds.