The Busch brothers picked off the front row for the NRA 500 at Texas. The pair has become the fourth set of brothers to start on the front row.
"Anything can happen today," said Danica Patrick.
Both the Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano cars had to go through some extra tech inspection sessions to get the car legal for the race. Also Mike Bliss is on standby for Bobby Labonte that has the flu.
The race started off with Kyle Busch leading laps while Kurt Busch slowly dropped back to fourth. Kyle Busch kept on leading laps and built around a 2 second lead over Martin Truex Jr. until the first caution came out for debris on lap 37. The caution brought in the leaders and Kyle Busch kept the lead of the race.
After the green flag dropped it was only short time before the caution came out on lap 43 for the wrecking Car of Ricky Stenhouse Jr. that also wound up hitting the Austin Dillion car. At lap 41 though Bobby Labonte went behind the wall due to his flu, but Mike Bliss was still out on the race track.
"I think we cut a left rear tire," said Ricky.
After the green flag dropped again Martin Truex Jr. was now logging laps as the leader. As the green flag laps continued Carl Edwards and his car started to slow down at around lap 78. At lap 81 though Ricky Stenhosue Jr. brings out another caution for his smoking car. This caution brought in the leaders and after Matt Kenseth left his pits a small gas fire started.
At lap 83 Michael McDowell was the replacement driver for Bobby Labonte.
As the race restarted Kyle Busch got to lead laps. He then started to break out into a nice sized lead over the field. The green flag racing went on for so long that at lap 127 the first round of green flag pit started. Tony Stewart wound up locking his breaks trying to get into his pit stall. Tony was avoiding the Greg Biffle car.
After all the pit stops were over Kyle Busch was back into the race lead with Jeff Gordon in second. At lap 137 Brad Keselowski made an unscheduled pit stop for a vibration. The caution finally came out on lap 149 for debris. This caution though brought in the leaders and Kyle Busch won the race off pit road again.
As the green flag dropped Carlo Edwards and his car did not move fast at all as Kyle Busch took the race lead. At lap 178 Kurt Busch took his car behind the wall as Jeff Gordon was getting real hot and was chasing down Kyle Busch. At lap 185 the 47 car that was the Bobby Labonte ride slowed up big time. Three more laps go by and Dale Earnhardt Jr. goes down pit road to replace a bad battery. Jeff Gordon though at this time was taking the race lead.
At lap 197 the next round of green flag pit stops started. After the pit stops were over Martin Truex Jr. wound up the race leader. Jeff Gordon was getting hot at this time and started to chase down Martin. With 111 laps left Jeff was about to pass Martin, but the caution came out for Travis Kvapil that hit the wall. The caution brought in the leaders and Martin Truex Jr. won the race off pit road.
Jeff Gordon did not get a good restart again while Martin Truex Jr easily took the race lead. Martin started to break out into a huge lead the green to over 4 seconds with 60 laps left as cars started to make a new round of green flag pit stops. With 55 laps left Martin finally pits. While on pit road Jeff Burton winds up crashing to bring out the caution. Jeff wrecked after Marcos Ambrose spun out.
The race restarted with 44 laps left and Martin Truex Jr. easily getting the race lead. With 28 laps left the solid run by Jeff Gordon went away as he wound up with a flat tire. The caution did not come out though and he did go behind the wall for repairs. With 21 laps left the caution did come out for debris. The leaders pit and Kyle Busch won the race off pit road.
The race restarted with 16 laps left and Kyle Busch made it real easy to get the race lead. Kyle quickly built a one second lead then Martin Truex Jr. started to close the gap in the final laps, but it was not enough as Kyle sweeps at Texas.
"That feels good," said Kyle Busch. This is the first win for Kyle in a Sprint Cup car at Texas.
"I'm just disappointed," said Martin Truex Jr. He also stated that he ran out of time. That second place finish is his sixth second place finish since his last win.
Joey Logano stated that his car was not fast on the short run.
"Got a great crew chief," said Carl Edwards. "Third place is like a win tonight."
"I had my hands full tonight," said Greg Biffle.