Kyle Busch wins at TX to complete another NASCAR sweep

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Source:   —  April 10, 2016, at 11:01 AM

Busch took the lead after the final restart Saturday night, completing his second NASCAR weekend sweep in a row and becoming the first driver to do that since Harry Gant in 1991."It'south beautiful darn good, I'll tell you that," Busch said when asked what it'south love to be him right now.

Kyle Busch wins at TX to complete another NASCAR sweep

A broom was waiting for Kyle Busch in Triumph Lane at Texas.

Busch took the lead after the final restart Saturday night, completing his second NASCAR weekend sweep in a row and becoming the first driver to do that since Harry Gant in 1991.

"It'south beautiful darn good, I'll tell you that," Busch said when asked what it'south love to be him right now. "I've got a grand wife, a grand son and I'm having a blast, living the dream."

While completing his personal TX two-step, Busch ended Jimmie Johnson'south three-race winning streak at the high-banked, one one/2-mile TX track. It was Busch's thirty-sixth Sprint Cup victory, a week after also winning at Martinsville.

Busch also won the Xfinity race at TX on Friday night, his eightieth win in that series that was coming off a two-week break. At Martinsville, he also got his forty-fifth Camping World Truck Series victory. That'south four consecutive NASCAR Series wins in a span of eight days.

On the first lap after the final restart, lap three hundred two of three hundred thirty-four, Busch went on the exterior of Turn four to shoot around Martin Truex Jr. for the lead. Busch led the rest of the way in his No. eighteen Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota, winning by nearly four seconds over Dale Earnhardt Jr. with Joey Logano third.

"The restart was going to be key. If I could just obtain out in front of him, I knew I could defend the rest of the race," Busch said. "They had a excellent restart, but we got a better one."

It was Busch'south second Sprint Cup triumph at Texas, where in two thousand-thirteenth he also swept both spring races.

Gant had consecutive sweeps at Richmond and Dover in 1991.

NASCAR'south first night race of the season actually went into the following morning, ending a few minutes after midnight TX time because the start was delayed for one hour, fifty minutes while drying the track after a couple of light rain showers during the afternoon.

Johnson, who'd won five of the previous seven TX races, finished fourth. When the Sprint Cup Series returns to TX in November, he'll be trying to win the fall race there for the fifth year in a row.

Chase Elliott, the rookie teammate of Earnhardt and Johnson at Hendrick Motorsports, finished fifth. Elliott has qualified fourth but had to start at the back of the forty-car field after a transmission modify in the No. twenty-four Chevrolet.

The four Hendrick drivers finished in the top eight, with Kasey Kahne eighth.

All four Gibbs drivers finished in the top twelve, with polesitter Carl Edwards seventh, Matt Kenseth eleventh and Denny Hamlin 12th.

Edwards led one hundred twenty-four laps and was running second on a restart with one hundred thirteen laps to go after pitting during a caution. Within a few laps after that, he'd to go back in the pits because of a loose front right wheel and dropped all the way to nineteenth. He's won three Cup races at Texas, the latest when sweeping the two thousand eight races.

Truex led six times for one hundred forty-one laps.

The latest restart followed an incident that involved thirteen cars on the backstretch.

Austin Dillon, on older tires, got loose with 40 laps to go when Hamlin came below him going on the backstretch. Johnson was coming up behind him and tried to avert contact before tapping into the back of Dillon'south No. three that then spun.

Truex, who wasn't involved in the incident, and Dillon had stayed on the track running first and second when everyone else pitted during a caution five laps earlier.

Some other things from Texas:

POINTS RACE: Busch took over the season points lead, six ahead of Johnson and seven ahead of Kevin Harvick, the previous points leader. Harvick finished tenth at Texas, which is one of the four active tracks where he hasn't won. He'south 0 for twenty-seven there.

AFTER THE RAIN: The first five laps of the race were then running below caution while some jet dryers completed their work and the cars got some heat on the track with chilly temperatures in the upper fifty. There was also a scheduled contest caution twenty-five laps after that.

WITH HIS WIFE: Tony Gibson, crew chief for Kurt Busch'south No. forty-one Chevy, was there for Saturday night'south race after lost the team'south first two days in TX to be with his wife, Beth, who was being treated for a colon infection in a NC hospital. Gibson said he'd be returning to the hospital after the race to be with his wife of twenty-five years.

UP NEXT: Bristol Motor Speedway following Sunday. Harvick won from the pole at the .533-mile latest spring, when the first Bristol race was held before Texas.

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