Kyle Busch unstoppable at Texas

Kyle Busch takes a bow after another outstanding performance

Kyle Busch takes a bow after another outstanding performance

Kyle Busch has continued his awesome run since the Easter break in NASCAR winning at Texas Motor Speedway, making it four-straight victories across the sport’s three national series’.

He has finished in the top-5 in six of the season’s seven races and it was also his ninth sweep of weekend races in his career. Since breaking his leg at the start of the 2015 season, Kyle Busch has a winning percentage of 22% or victory in just under one of each of the five Sprint Cup races he has contested.

His late-race surge at the Duck Commander 500 saw him back-up his win in the Xfinity Series the night before at Texas, and his sweep of both the Sprint Cup and Camping World Truck Series last weekend at Martinsville. All in the space of eight days.

Busch led 34 of 334 laps, including grabbing the lead off the final re-start from Martin Truex Jr., to complete a dominant evening for Toyota and the Joe Gibbs Racing organisation. It was his second win at the 1.5-mile track and the 36th of his Sprint Cup career.

“It’s pretty darn good, I’ll tell you that,” Busch said.

“Everybody back at the shop has been building great race cars, they’ve been doing a great job for us. The crew chiefs here have been really working together, gelling together and putting everything together. It’s just fun, right now it’s all clicking and going together.”

Despite a pit road fire, Dale Earnhardt Jr. came home second, ahead of Joey Logano, Jimmie Johnson and rookie Chase Elliott completed the top five.

The hard luck story was Truex Jr., who dominated the majority of the race to lead 141 laps. However, being the man out front was not the place to be in the closing stages of the race.

A full course yellow with less than 50 laps to run had the field all waiting to see what he would do. After he stayed out, all the other leading drivers pitted and put on fresh tyres.

Then a major 13-car mishap on the 293rd lap brought out another caution. Upon the re-start he was unable to hold off his rivals and he faded to a sixth-place finish.

The race was a story of tyres after rain delayed the start and cleaned-off the track surface. Usually drivers will run to fuel, but the pit stop window was around 80% of the distance due to the performance drop-off in the tyres.

The best cars seemed to be Truex Jr. and pole sitter Carl Edwards.

Truex Jr. was the best on the longer runs, while Edwards’ crew were quicker in the pits. That was until a loose fitted wheel forced an unscheduled stop and Edwards dropped out of contention for the win.

Pit road seemed to end Johnson’s hopes when he was being serviced when a caution came out. His pit stall was before the start/finish line and he went down a lap. He did fight back thanks to the ‘Lucky Dog’.

He was also involved in the 13-car wreck, after Austin Dillon came across the front of Johnson and went into the outside wall before spinning in front of the field.

NASCAR heads next week to the ‘World’s Fastest Halfmile’ at the 150,000 seat Bristol Motor Speedway for the Food City 500.

VIDEO: Kyle Busch wins – again

RESULTS: Duck Commander 500 – Texas Motor Speedway

POS. CAR # DRIVER MAKE START LAPS LAPS LED FINAL STATUS POINTS BONUS POINTS
1 18 Kyle Busch Toyota 15 334 34 Running 44 4
2 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr Chevrolet 16 334 0 Running 39 0
3 22 Joey Logano Ford 2 334 0 Running 38 0
4 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 11 334 0 Running 37 0
5 24 Chase Elliott Chevrolet 4 334 1 Running 37 1
6 78 Martin Truex Jr Toyota 3 334 141 Running 37 2
7 19 Carl Edwards Toyota 1 334 124 Running 35 1
8 5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 17 334 0 Running 33 0
9 41 Kurt Busch Chevrolet 21 334 0 Running 32 0
10 4 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 22 334 1 Running 32 1
11 20 Matt Kenseth Toyota 9 334 20 Running 31 1
12 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 6 334 0 Running 29 0
13 1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 18 334 0 Running 28 0
14 42 Kyle Larson Chevrolet 20 334 0 Running 27 0
15 6 Trevor Bayne Ford 12 334 12 Running 27 1
16 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr Ford 5 334 0 Running 25 0
17 31 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 19 333 0 Running 24 0
18 2 Brad Keselowski Ford 8 332 0 Running 23 0
19 3 Austin Dillon Chevrolet 10 332 0 Running 22 0
20 95 Ty Dillon Chevrolet 30 332 0 Running 0 0
21 10 Danica Patrick Chevrolet 26 332 0 Running 20 0
22 47 AJ Allmendinger Chevrolet 23 332 0 Running 19 0
23 13 Casey Mears Chevrolet 32 332 0 Running 18 0
24 43 Aric Almirola Ford 24 331 0 Running 17 0
25 38 Landon Cassill Ford 33 330 0 Running 16 0
26 27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 25 330 0 Running 15 0
27 44 Brian Scott Ford 27 330 0 Running 14 0
28 34 Chris Buescher Ford 34 330 0 Running 13 0
29 21 Ryan Blaney Ford 7 330 0 Running 12 0
30 98 Cole Whitt Chevrolet 37 329 0 Running 11 0
31 7 Regan Smith Chevrolet 28 329 0 Running 10 0
32 46 Michael Annett Chevrolet 35 329 0 Running 9 0
33 23 David Ragan Toyota 31 328 1 Running 9 1
34 83 Matt DiBenedetto Toyota 29 327 0 Running 7 0
35 32 Jeffrey Earnhardt Ford 38 323 0 Running 6 0
36 55 Reed Sorenson Chevrolet 40 315 0 Running 5 0
37 14 Brian Vickers Chevrolet 13 290 0 Accident 4 0
38 15 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet 36 289 0 Accident 3 0
39 16 Greg Biffle Ford 14 286 0 Accident 2 0
40 30 Josh Wise Chevrolet 39 178 0 Accident 1 0

 

STANDINGS

POS DRIVER POINTS BEHIND STARTS WINS TOP 5 TOP 10 DNF
1 Kyle Busch 259 Leader 7 2 6 6 0
2 Jimmie Johnson 253 -6 7 2 4 5 0
3 Kevin Harvick 252 -7 7 1 3 6 0
4 Carl Edwards 241 -18 7 0 3 6 0
5 Joey Logano 234 -25 7 0 3 4 0
6 Dale Earnhardt Jr 211 -48 7 0 3 4 1
7 Kurt Busch 208 -51 7 0 1 5 0
8 Denny Hamlin 201 -58 7 1 3 3 1
9 Brad Keselowski 201 -58 7 1 2 4 0
10 Austin Dillon 198 -61 7 0 2 4 0
11 Martin Truex Jr 187 -72 7 0 1 3 0
12 Matt Kenseth 171 -88 7 0 0 1 1
13 Jamie McMurray 171 -88 7 0 0 1 0
14 Chase Elliott 168 -91 7 0 1 4 1
15 AJ Allmendinger 166 -93 7 0 1 2 0
16 Kasey Kahne 161 -98 7 0 0 2 0
17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr 153 -106 7 0 1 2 1
18 Kyle Larson 152 -107 7 0 1 2 1
19 Ryan Newman 150 -109 7 0 0 1 1
20 Ryan Blaney 144 -115 7 0 0 2 1
21 Paul Menard 140 -119 7 0 0 1 1
22 Aric Almirola 138 -121 7 0 0 0 1
23 Trevor Bayne 136 -123 7 0 0 0 0
24 Danica Patrick 117 -142 7 0 0 0 2
25 Brian Scott 114 -145 7 0 0 0 0
26 Casey Mears 112 -147 7 0 0 0 0
27 Greg Biffle 111 -148 7 0 0 0 2
28 Landon Cassill 106 -153 7 0 0 0 0
29 Regan Smith 105 -154 7 0 0 1 0
30 David Ragan 96 -163 7 0 0 0 0
31 Brian Vickers 86 -173 5 0 0 1 1
32 Clint Bowyer 85 -174 7 0 0 0 1
33 Michael McDowell 78 -181 6 0 0 0 0
34 Matt DiBenedetto 77 -182 7 0 0 0 1
35 Michael Annett 72 -187 7 0 0 0 0
36 Chris Buescher 70 -189 7 0 0 0 1
37 Cole Whitt 49 -210 6 0 0 0 2
38 Jeffrey Earnhardt 24 -235 4 0 0 0 0
39 Josh Wise 24 -235 6 0 0 0 2
40 Michael Waltrip 12 -247 1 0 0 0 0
41 Bobby Labonte 11 -248 1 0 0 0 0
42 Reed Sorenson 9 -250 2 0 0 0 0
43 Robert Richardson 3 -256 1 0 0 0 1
44 Ty Dillon 0 -259 4 0 0 0 0
45 Joey Gase 0 -259 2 0 0 0 0
46 David Gilliland 0 -259 0 0 0 0 0

 

 

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