FORT WORTH, Texas (April 13, 2013) -- Kyle Busch grabbed the lead on the final yellow-flag pit stop and surged to the victory in Saturday evening's NRA 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway.
Busch (No. 18 Interstate Batteries Toyota) and Martin Truex Jr. (No. 56 NAPA Auto Parts Toyota) established themselves as the dominant cars in the 334-lap race, but it was Busch's pit crew that helped give him the edge for his first career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series win at Texas Motor Speedway.
Truex Jr. owned more than a second lead on Busch when the caution came out for debris on Lap 318. The leaders pitted and Busch, the polesitter who had the pit at the front of pit road, came out first with Truex Jr. and Carl Edwards (No. 99 Fastenal Ford) trailing.
Busch led the final 17 laps to record his second win of the season and 26th of his career. Busch, who won the O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 on Friday evening, landed his the seventh Sprint Cup/Nationwide career sweep, a NASCAR record. Busch also became the first driver to win in all three top-tier NASCAR series (Cup, Nationwide, Camping World Truck Series) at Texas Motor Speedway.
It was a bittersweet season-best, runner-up finish for Truex Jr., who was looking to end a 209-race winless drought since his first career win in 2007 at Dover. The Roush Fenway Racing duo of Edwards and defending race winner Greg Biffle (No. 16 3M Ford) finished third and fourth, respectively, while Joey Logano (No. 22 Shell Pennzoil Ford) rounded out the top five.
Busch and Truex Jr. showed from the outset that they would be contenders as they led 82 of the first 84 laps and wound up leading a combined 313 of the 334 laps.
Busch took command midway through the race, but Jeff Gordon (No. 24 Cromax Pro Chevrolet) continued to close. Gordon finally was able to overtake Busch and claimed the lead on Lap 188 while Hendrick Motorsports teammate Jimmie Johnson (No. 48 Lowe's Chevrolet) ran third. After a round of ensuing green-flag pit stops around the 200-lap mark, Gordon was shuffled to third while Martin Truex Jr. took over the lead with Busch in tow. Gordon's bid to contend ended when he had a front suspension problem and retired after completing 306 laps.
Truex Jr.ran the point until that pivotal final caution period where Busch reclaimed the lead and went on to the win.