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Kyle Busch Caps Big Trip To Texas With Cup Win

Info Manager | , RacinToday.com Saturday, April 13 2013

Kyle Busch heads for victory at Texas Motor Speedway on Saturday night. (RacinToday/HHP photo by Harold Hinson)

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Kyle Busch pulled away on the final 16-lap green-flag run to win Saturday night at Texas Motor Speedway.

The victory Busch’s 26th in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series  and comes a day after he won the Cup pole and the Nationwide Series event at the 1.5-mile quad-oval speedway.

The victory was Busch’s second of the season and his first at Texas.

Martin Truex Jr. ran second despite leading 142 laps and saw the drought since his first and only Cup win reach 210 races. Carl Edwards was third, followed by Greg Biffle and Joey Logano.

Truex streaked away from the field after a restart on lap 229 and opened a lead of more than 2.5 seconds over Busch. That advantage grew to more than four seconds before a worn-out right front tire threatened Truex’s winning chances.

As Truex brought his No. 56 Toyota to pit road under green on Lap 280, however, David Gilliland turned Marcos Ambrose’s Ford on the backstretch to cause the sixth caution of the night. As the yellow flew, Jeff Burton ran into the back of Mark Martin’s Toyota and spun into the inside wall.

Since both Truex and Busch were already on pit road when NASCAR called the caution, they remained in the lead for a restart on Lap 291. Truex opened a lead once again before a La 314 caution for debris in Turn 4 slowed the field again and allowed the lead-lap cars to pit for four tires.

Busch won the race off pit road, and that proved decisive, as he sped away after a restart on lap 319 and made a bridesmaid of Truex for the sixth time since his only Sprint Cup victory on June 4, 2007.

Trouble started early for the Penske Racing Fords of reigning series champion Brad Keselowski and Logano. NASCAR confiscated the rear-end housings of the cars, forcing the teams to make a change before the race.

Keselowski made it to the grid in time for the start, but Logano’s car was late presenting itself on pit road and had to start from the rear.

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Race

Texas Motor Speedway

Fort Worth, Texas

Saturday, April 13, 2013

1. (1) Kyle Busch, Toyota, 334, $550858.

2. (5) Martin Truex Jr., Toyota, 334, $346555.

3. (9) Carl Edwards, Ford, 334, $268605.

4. (35) Greg Biffle, Ford, 334, $214855.

5. (18) Joey Logano, Ford, 334, $204713.

6. (7) Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, 334, $203341.

7. (3) Aric Almirola, Ford, 334, $182841.

8. (15) Brian Vickers(i), Toyota, 334, $153305.

9. (16) Brad Keselowski, Ford, 334, $183746.

10. (31) Ryan Newman, Chevrolet, 334, $167288.

11. (14) Kasey Kahne, Chevrolet, 334, $144395.

12. (20) Matt Kenseth, Toyota, 334, $165006.

13. (29) Kevin Harvick, Chevrolet, 334, $170701.

14. (23) Mark Martin, Toyota, 334, $134315.

15. (26) Clint Bowyer, Toyota, 334, $164648.

16. (11) Jamie McMurray, Chevrolet, 334, $149455.

17. (19) Paul Menard, Chevrolet, 334, $151751.

18. (22) Trevor Bayne(i), Ford, 334, $119810.

19. (4) Marcos Ambrose, Ford, 333, $145424.

20. (10) Juan Pablo Montoya, Chevrolet, 333, $145024.

21. (13) Tony Stewart, Chevrolet, 333, $158435.

22. (32) Travis Kvapil, Toyota, 332, $139668.

23. (21) Jeff Burton, Chevrolet, 332, $119910.

24. (38) David Reutimann, Toyota, 332, $126468.

25. (28) Dave Blaney, Chevrolet, 332, $123418.

26. (25) David Ragan, Ford, 331, $126768.

27. (33) David Stremme, Toyota, 331, $115132.

28. (42) Danica Patrick #, Chevrolet, 331, $102585.

29. (6) Dale Earnhardt Jr., Chevrolet, 330, $117985.

30. (40) Josh Wise(i), Ford, 330, $102835.

31. (24) Casey Mears, Ford, 330, $104910.

32. (27) David Gilliland, Ford, 329, $95810.

33. (12) Austin Dillon(i), Chevrolet, 326, $102710.

34. (39) Landon Cassill, Chevrolet, 326, $93610.

35. (41) Joe Nemechek(i), Toyota, 324, $92485.

36. (43) Timmy Hill #, Ford, 322, $91360.

37. (2) Kurt Busch, Chevrolet, 316, $117603.

38. (8) Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet, Front Suspension, 306, $130196.

39. (36) JJ Yeley, Chevrolet, Rear Axle, 293, $79260.

40. (17) Ricky Stenhouse Jr. #, Ford, 290, $123596.

41. (34) Mike Bliss(i), Toyota, Brakes, 140, $71260.

42. (30) Bobby Labonte, Toyota, Engine, 138, $75260.

43. (37) Michael McDowell, Ford, Overheating, 44, $63760.

Average Speed of Race Winner: 144.751 mph.

Time of Race: 3 Hrs, 27 Mins, 40 Secs. Margin of Victory: .508 Seconds.

Caution Flags: 7 for 36 laps.

Lead Changes: 18 among 7 drivers.

Lap Leaders: Kyle Busch 1-39; D. Ragan 40; Kyle Busch 41-42; M. Truex Jr. 43-75; Kyle Busch 76-82; D. Gilliland 83; Kyle Busch 84-131; R. Newman 132-134; Kyle Busch 135-187; J. Gordon 188-200; M. Truex Jr. 201-223; Kyle Busch 224; M. Truex Jr. 225-279; J. Gordon 280-281; J. Logano 282; M. Truex Jr. 283-288; Kyle Busch 289; M. Truex Jr. 290-314; Kyle Busch 315-334.

Leaders Summary (Driver, Times Lead, Laps Led): Kyle Busch 8 times for 171 laps; M. Truex Jr. 5 times for 142 laps; J. Gordon 2 times for 15 laps; R. Newman 1 time for 3 laps; D. Ragan 1 time for 1 lap; D. Gilliland 1 time for 1 lap; J. Logano 1 time for 1 lap.

Top 12 in Points: J. Johnson – 269; Brad Keselowski – 260; Kyle Busch – 251; G. Biffle – 239; C. Edwards – 234; D. Earnhardt Jr. – 234; K. Kahne – 232; C. Bowyer – 208; J. Logano – 207; P. Menard – 206; M. Kenseth – 204; K. Harvick – 192.

Info Manager | , RacinToday.com Saturday, April 13 2013
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