Kyle Busch, Toyota complete TX sweep with NASCAR Cup win

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Source:   —  April 10, 2016, at 3:49 PM

What’s more, Busch won his fourth straight NASCAR national series race, having swept latest week’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and NASCAR Sprint Cup events at Martinsville and having won Friday night’s NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Texas.

Kyle Busch, Toyota complete TX sweep with NASCAR Cup win

Streaking Busch sweeps NASCAR races for second consecutive week

Opportunistic Kyle Busch sped far from the rest of the field after a restart with thirty-three laps left in Saturday night’s Duck Commander five hundred at TX Motor Speedway and collected his second straight NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victory.

What’s more, Busch won his fourth straight NASCAR national series race, having swept latest week’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and NASCAR Sprint Cup events at Martinsville and having won Friday night’s NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Texas.

Quite simply, the prodigious numbers continue to pile up for the driver of the No. eighteen Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota. Busch posted the thirty-sixth triumph of his Sprint Cup career and his second at Texas, having also swept the spring weekend at the one.five-mile speedway in 2013.

Busch is the second driver to sweep consecutive NASCAR weekends. Harry Gant accomplished the feat in one thousand nine hundred ninety-first, winning both the NASCAR Xfinity Series and NASCAR Sprint Cup races on consecutive weekends at Richmond and Dover.

With the victory, Busch also secured a spot in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, ensuring he'll defend the title he won last year.

“Our car was really, really fast, particularly entry and middle of the corner, and as the night progressed, I think the track actually came to us a tiny bit,” said Busch, who took over the series lead by six points over fourth-place finisher Jimmie Johnson. “Our car got a lot better, and (crew chief) Adam (Stevens) made some grand adjustments all night long.

“We fought it in the beginning. We weren’t very excellent…”

Just excellent sufficient to win at the end.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. came residence second after passing eventual third-place finisher Joey Logano for the runner-up spot with eight laps left. Johnson ran fourth, despite a succession of pit road issues, the first of which involved contact with Busch’s Toyota during the first pit stops of the race on lap thirty.

Sunoco Rookie of the Year candidate Chase Elliott scored a career-best fifth-place finish, one spot ahead of Martin Truex Jr., who led a race-high one hundred forty-one laps but lost ground on elderly tires during the final thirty-three-lap green-flag run.

“It hurts a small bit, but we’ll just get the positives and move on,” said Truex, who was the clear class of the field until divergent pit strategies proved his undoing.

Truex and Austin Dillon stayed out on elderly tires below caution on lap two hundred ninety while all other lead-lap cars came to pit road for fresh tires. Though Truex maintained his lead, the move was disastrous for Dillon, who dropped back rapidly after the restart on lap two hundred ninety-three and washed up the track racing off turn two in near quarters with Denny Hamlin.

Dillon’s Chevrolet slid up into the path of Jimmie Johnson, who was unable to avert contact. Dillon was turned sharply into the exterior wall and bounced across the track into oncoming traffic. The resulting thirteen-car accident damaged all three Richard Childress Racing cars and scrambled the field for the decisive restart on lap 302.

Busch rocketed to the exterior at the drop of the green flag, and cleared Logano through turns three and four as Truex faded on old rubber.

“The restart was going to be key,” Busch said. “If I could just obtain out in front of him, I knew I could defend the rest of the race. They'd a excellent restart, but we got a better one, and I just had to obtain up on his door. He chose the interior and the interior has been winning the race all night long, but this time, on the latest restart, (the outside) finally prevailed for us.”

Pole-sitter Carl Edwards led one hundred twenty-four laps but returned to pit road with a loose wheel after a restart on lap two hundred twenty-two and spent nearly seventy circuits one lap down before working his way back to seventh at the finish. Kasey Kahne, Kurt Busch and Kevin Harvick completed the top ten.

one. (fifteen) Kyle Busch, Toyota, 334.

two. (sixteen) Dale Earnhardt Jr., Chevrolet, 334.

three. (two) Joey Logano, Ford, 334.

four. (eleven) Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, 334.

five. (four) Chase Elliott #, Chevrolet, 334.

six. (three) Martin Truex Jr., Toyota, 334.

seven. (one) Carl Edwards, Toyota, 334.

eight. (seventeen) Kasey Kahne, Chevrolet, 334.

nine. (twenty-one) Kurt Busch, Chevrolet, 334.

ten. (twenty-two) Kevin Harvick, Chevrolet, 334.

eleven. (nine) Matt Kenseth, Toyota, 334.

twelve. (six) Denny Hamlin, Toyota, 334.

thirteen. (eighteen) Jamie McMurray, Chevrolet, 334.

fourteen. (twenty) Kyle Larson, Chevrolet, 334.

fifteen. (twelve) Trevor Bayne, Ford, 334.

sixteen. (5) Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Ford, 334.

seventeen. (nineteen) Ryan Newman, Chevrolet, 333.

eighteen. (eight) Brad Keselowski, Ford, 332.

nineteen. (10) Austin Dillon, Chevrolet, 332.

twenty. (thirty) Ty Dillon(i), Chevrolet, 332.

twenty-one. (twenty-six) Danica Patrick, Chevrolet, 332.

twenty-two. (twenty-three) AJ Allmendinger, Chevrolet, 332.

twenty-three. (thirty-two) Casey Mears, Chevrolet, 332.

twenty-four. (twenty-four) Aric Almirola, Ford, 331.

twenty-five. (thirty-three) Landon Cassill, Ford, 330.

twenty-six. (twenty-five) Paul Menard, Chevrolet, 330.

twenty-seven. (twenty-seven) Brian Scott #, Ford, 330.

twenty-eight. (thirty-four) Chris Buescher #, Ford, 330.

twenty-nine. (seven) * Ryan Blaney #, Ford, 330.

30. (thirty-seven) * Cole Whitt, Chevrolet, 329.

thirty-one. (twenty-eight) Regan Smith, Chevrolet, 329.

thirty-two. (thirty-five) Michael Annett, Chevrolet, 329.

33. (thirty-one) David Ragan, Toyota, 328.

thirty-four. (twenty-nine) Matt DiBenedetto, Toyota, 327.

thirty-five. (thirty-eight) Jeffrey Earnhardt #, Ford, 323.

thirty-six. (forty) * Reed Sorenson, Chevrolet, 315.

thirty-seven. (13) Brian Vickers, Chevrolet, Accident, 290.

thirty-eight. (thirty-six) Clint Bowyer, Chevrolet, Accident, 289.

thirty-nine. (fourteen) Greg Biffle, Ford, Accident, 286.

forty. (thirty-nine) * Josh Wise, Chevrolet, Accident, one hundred seventy-eight.

138.355 mph.

three Hrs, thirty-seven Mins, sixteen Secs. Edge of Victory: 3.904 Seconds.

seven for forty-one laps.

seventeen among eight drivers.

C. Edwards one-30; D. Ragan thirty-one; C. Edwards 32-58; M. Truex Jr. 59-72; M. Kenseth seventy-three; C. Elliott # seventy-four; M. Truex Jr. 75-137; C. Edwards 138-174; M. Truex Jr. 175-176; Kyle Busch one hundred seventy-seven; K. Harvick 178; C. Edwards 179-two hundred eight; M. Truex Jr. 209-216; M. Kenseth 217-235; M. Truex Jr. 236-two hundred fifty-nine; T. Bayne 260-271; M. Truex Jr. 272-301; Kyle Busch 302-334.

M. Truex Jr. six times for one hundred forty-one laps; C. Edwards four times for one hundred twenty-four laps; Kyle Busch two times for thirty-four laps; M. Kenseth two times for twenty laps; T. Bayne one time for twelve laps; D. Ragan one time for one lap; C. Elliott # one time for one lap; K. Harvick 1 time for 1 lap.

Kyle Busch - 259; J. Johnson - two hundred fifty-three; K. Harvick - two hundred fifty-two; C. Edwards - two hundred forty-one; J. Logano - two hundred thirty-four; D. Earnhardt Jr. - two hundred eleven; Kurt Busch - 208; D. Hamlin - two hundred one; B. Keselowski - two hundred one; A. Dillon - one hundred ninety-eight; M. Truex Jr. - one hundred eighty-seven; M. Kenseth - one hundred seventy-one; J. McMurray - one hundred seventy-one; C. Elliott # - one hundred sixty-eight; A. Allmendinger - one hundred sixty-six; K. Kahne - 161.

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