Second Straight Sweep for Kyle Busch
By: Pete Pistone - @PPistone | MRN.com on April 10, 2016 | 1:13 A.M. EST
Kyle Busch wins for the second consecutive week and for the 36th time in his Sprint Cup Series career. (Photo: Getty Images)
Kyle Busch won Saturday night's Duck Commander 500 at Texas Motor Speedway and scored his second straight weekend sweep.
Busch followed up his Camping World Truck Series-Sprint Cup sweep a week ago at Martinsville Speedway by winning both this weekend’s XFINITY Series and Cup races at TMS.
“It’s pretty darn good, I’ll tell you that,” Busch said. “I’ve got a great wife, a great son and I’m having a blast, living the dream with Adam Stevens (crew chief) and these guys, and Joe (Gibbs, JGR owner) and JD (Gibbs, JGR co-chairman), thinking about you guys back at home and of course Coy (Gibbs, JGR COO) is here with us.
“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.”
It was his 36th career Sprint Cup win and his ninth weekend sweep. He led twice for 34 laps including the final 33.
Dale Earnhardt Jr., Joey Logano and Chase Elliott rounded out the top five.
Truex Jr., pole sitter Carl Edwards, Kasey Kahne, Kurt Busch and Kevin Harvick completed the first 10 finishers.
The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series now heads to Bristol Motor Speedway next Sunday afternoon.
How Busch Won: After a late race restart, Busch got around Martin Truex Jr. with 33 laps to go to wrestle away the top spot. Once he cleared the Furniture Row racing driver, Busch set sail for Victory Lane and was virtually unchallenged on his way to winning his fourth NASCAR national series race in a row.
Who Had a Good Day: Earnhardt Jr. rallied back from an unscheduled pit stop on lap 209 to finish second...Logano scored his fifth top five at Texas in seven starts for Team Penske...Harvick rebounded from a speeding and loose tire pit road violation to finish 10th.
Who Had a Bad Day: Truex Jr. looked like he might score his first win of the season but strategy wound up costing him that shot. Crew chief Cole Pearn elected not to pit for fresh tires on what turned out to be the final trip down pit road of the night and that turned out to be a huge mistake. Busch, who had fresh rubber, easily was able to charge by for the lead on the final restart and before it was over Truex Jr. slipped to finish sixth...Several other drivers had a worse night than Truex Jr. as a 13-car accident broke out late in the race. Denny Hamlin was racing close with Austin Dillon on the backstretch and Dillon wiggled up in front of Jimmie Johnson and set off a chain reaction that before it ended swept up his Richard Childress Racing teammates Paul Menard and Ryan Newman as well as Trevor Bayne, Brian Vickers, Brian Scott and others.
What Else Happened: The race was delayed by nearly two hours by rain and NASCAR decided to throw a competition caution at lap 25 after the rubber was washed off the track. Once things got going the lower downforce aerodynamic package didn’t appear to make as much an impact as it has at previous intermediate tracks early this year and passing appeared to be difficult.
Quote of the Day: "It's frustrating but it's racing. That's how it goes sometimes. I'm proud of my guys,” Truex Jr. on the strategy decision that did not work out.
Notables: Elliott scored his best career Sprint Cup Series finish in his 12th start...Kasey Kahne’s eighth was his best performance of the year...Saturday night was the first time since Texas last year Hendrick Motorsports had four cars finish inside the top 10.
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