Kyle Busch took advantage of a late caution to regain the lead and held on for the final 16 laps after the last restart Saturday night to...
FORT WORTH, Texas — Kyle Busch took advantage of a late caution to regain the lead and held on for the final 16 laps after the last restart Saturday night to win the Sprint Cup race at Texas, completing a NASCAR weekend sweep.
Busch followed Martin Truex Jr. for about 50 laps before a yellow flag for debris with 21 laps left. Busch took the lead off pit road during the caution and charged forward with a strong restart in his Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota.
It was the second time this season, and a NASCAR-record seventh time in his career, that Busch won Cup and Nationwide races in the same weekend. He was the pole-sitter Saturday night, and won the Nationwide race Friday night on the 1 ½-mile, high-banked track.
Busch, who also won both races at Fontana last month, led 171 of 334 laps for his 26th career Cup victory.
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“To be in victory lane in Texas, there’s nothing better,” Busch said. “If it wasn’t for my pit crew, which is the most awesome group ever … They put together a heck of a stop to give us that lead.”
Truex was trying to win for the first time since June 2007, but his winless streak reached 210 races when he finished a half-second behind Busch. Truex came into the race 25th in points with no laps led this season, but had his Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota in front for 142 laps.
“Debris huh????” Truex tweeted about the caution that cost him the lead.
“The race was over in the pits,” Truex said.
Busch has 111 career victories in NASCAR’s three top series — 26 in Sprint Cup, 55 in Nationwide and 30 in Camping World Truck.
Carl Edwards, a three-time winner in Texas who had his seat belt come loose during the race, finished third ahead of Roush Fenway teammate Greg Biffle of Vancouver, Wash.
Jimmie Johnson maintained his series points lead by finishing sixth.
Kasey Kahne of Enumclaw was 11th.
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