Jack Roush wore a cowboy hat and a grin into the Texas Motor Speedway media center on Saturday night, which is a pretty good sign his Roush Fenway Racing team had a great race.
"I'm really proud of what we've been able to do in 2011," Roush said, crediting his team's engineering, new Ford nose and FR9 engines.
Roush's memorable evening resulted in an average finish of 3.75 for the team's drivers: Matt Kenseth won the race, Carl Edwards was third, Greg Biffle was fourth and pole-sitter David Ragan finished seventh.
Here's how the three other major multi-car teams fared Saturday night at Texas Motor Speedway:
Richard Childress Racing (average finish 9.5)
Clint Bowyer was clearly the second-best car all evening, and finished right where he should have – in second. His strong run moved him up four spots to 12th in the point standings.
Paul Menard had another top-five run. The fifth-place finish was Menard's second top-five of the season, but only the fourth of his career. His potential breakout season seems as though it will continue, and he moved up to 11th in points.
Kevin Harvick had won the last two Sprint Cup races, but faltered with a 20th-place finish on Saturday. Crew chief Gil Martin said the team's fortunes were bound to change at some point.
"We've had a good race every race this year," Martin said. "Sooner or later you're going to have a bad one. We'll bounce back from it."
The news was a bit better for teammate Jeff Burton, who has struggled with bad breaks this season but finished 11th at Texas.
Hendrick Motorsports (average finish 19.0)
Though it was a decent day for Hendrick Motorsports (Jimmie Johnson and Dale Earnhardt Jr. both had top-10 finishes), the results were weighed down by Mark Martin's wreck and Jeff Gordon's misfortune.
Gordon ran out of gas at the end of the race and finished 22nd; Martin's 36th-place result dropped him five spots in the standings, all the way down to 15th.
Joe Gibbs Racing (average finish 18.3)
Oh boy. This just hasn't been a good season for JGR as a whole.
Joey Logano (24th) had another sub-par race, Kyle Busch's loose wheel left him 16th and Denny Hamlin – who swept both Texas races last season – was a disappointing 15th.
Busch is still in good shape, sitting second in the points. But Hamlin (20th) and Logano (28th) may be wondering what the heck is going on with their teams with this rough start to the season.
Is it time for Hamlin fans to panic?