Advertisement

You will be redirected to the page you want to view in  seconds.

Kyle Busch (18) leads the field during the NRA 500 on Saturday night. / Jerome Miron, USA TODAY Sports

FORT WORTH -- Kyle Busch took the lead from Martin Truex Jr. with a lightning-fast pit stop during the final caution and led the final 19 laps to win the NRA 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on Saturday night.

Busch, who started from the pole position in his 300th start, scored his first Sprint Cup Series victory at the 1.5-mile oval, his second in three races and 26th of his career.

"These guys gave me a great (car), but if it wasn't for my pit crew ... the most awesome group ever," said Busch, who started from the pole and completed a weekend sweep after winning the Nationwide race Friday night. "Those guys pulled out one heck of a stop to bring it home."

Busch moved up a spot to fourth in the Sprint Cup standings, 18 points behind Jimmie Johnson (sixth). He became the first to sweep NASCAR's spring weekend at Texas and has six victories (two Cup, four Nationwide) in 13 starts in the top two circuits this season.

"I'm glad the monkey is off our back," said Busch, who missed the Chase for the Sprint Cup last year. "We're riding a wave that's 30 feet tall, and we're ready to keep riding."

Truex, who was seeking to end a 209-race winless streak, came up 0.508 seconds short of his first checkered flag in nearly six years. It was the sixth runner-up finish since his first and only win in NASCAR's premier series but his first top five of the season.

"What do they say, second sucks?" Truex said. "Second sure sucks tonight. I'm just disappointed. The race was over when we got beat out of the pits. I'm proud of my team. We've had a tough season and definitely had a car capable of winning. Man, I'm tired of finishing second. This is getting old."

The news got worse afterward for his team as the No. 56 Toyota measured too low in postrace inspection. Crew chief Chad Johnston told SiriusXM NASCAR Radio that it was because of debris in its left-front shock. NASCAR spokeswoman Kristi King said it would be reviewed early next week for possible penalties.

Truex had a sizable lead on Busch when the caution flag flew for debris on lap 315 of 334, sending the lead-lap cars into the pits.

Busch's team, which benefited from having the first pit stall because of the pole, completed its stop in 11.7 seconds, according to crew chief Dave Rogers.

"Our boys stepped up to the plate and hit a grand slam," Busch said. "They won me the race getting me off pit road first, being able to dictate the restart and just run a hard pace there for the last 20 laps."

It was a familiar scenario for Truex, who saw wins slip away at Atlanta Motor Speedway and Kansas Speedway in similar ways.

"It just hurts when you give them away," he said. "It's so hard to get in position to win these races. It is so hard to make your car good enough to beat Jimmie Johnson and Kyle Busch, and we had that tonight. We've got to get better at taking advantage of that. That's where we're missing and that's what we need to work on.

"Circumstances didn't play in our favor. We came in with the lead. I still feel like we should have been able to beat him out. It wasn't even close."

Carl Edwards finished third, followed by Greg Biffle and Joey Logano, who managed to finish fifth despite being pushed to the pits when the engines were fired as his team was left scrambling by a prerace inspection failure.

"It was one of the toughest races we've ever dealt with," Logano said. "To come home with a top five, we couldn't be more excited about that.

"If you told me I would have finished fifth today, I would have given you a hug. I'm definitely pumped about this."

It was a long night that somehow bore top-10 results for Penske Racing, whose problems started well before the green flag.

The Fords of Brad Keselowski and Logano required major rear-end overhauls when NASCAR officials discovered something awry on both cars during prerace inspection. The crews scrambled feverishly to get the cars through inspection again, and Keselowski's No. 2 made it to the starting grid on time.

Logano's No. 22 was in final inspection in the pits during pace laps, though, and had to forfeit its starting spot of 18th.

Keselowski finished ninth.

Several big names struggled during the debut of the Gen 6 car at Texas.

Running third with 28 laps remaining, Jeff Gordon was forced to make an unscheduled pit stop for what the four-time champion initially was thought to be a flat tire. But the problem remained when he returned to the track, sending the No. 24 Chevrolet to the garage.

Dale Earnhardt Jr., who scored his first win at this track 13 years ago, was running in third on the 187th lap when he entered the pits after his No. 88 Chevrolet lost power. The problem -- a dead battery -- turned out to have a relatively minor fix, but the damage incurred was major. Earnhardt fell five laps down after speeding in the pits and then served another pass-through penalty because crew chief Steve Letarte mistakenly called for tires while answering the first penalty.

Tony Stewart, a two-time winner at Texas who won at the track in November 2011 on the way to his third championship, wasn't a factor in the spring race here for the second consecutive season and finished 21st. Stewart-Haas Racing teammate Danica Patrick also was well off the pace, placing 28th after a poor qualifying lap that started her in 42nd.

The race featured six caution flags and was relatively devoid of controversy after drawing plenty of attention the past month after the National Rifle Association was announced as a Sprint Cup title sponsor for the first time.

Track President Eddie Gossage tweeted during the race that NRA-emblazoned merchandise sold out two and half hours before the race and was the track's best sales ever.

Follow Nate Ryan on Twitter @nateryan



Copyright 2014 USATODAY.com

Read the original story: Kyle Busch wins NRA 500, sweeps weekend in Texas

More In

test

Real Deals

Flip, shop and save on specials from your favorite retailers in central Ohio.

GET DEALS | COUPONS

Things To Do

THU
27
FRI
28
SAT
29
SUN
30
MON
1
TUE
2
WED
3

CLASSIFIEDS

Classifieds from across Central Ohio
Lancaster
Chillicothe
Newark
Marion
Bucyrus
Mansfield
Zanesville
Coshocton

Weeklies & Shoppers

10TV Headlines

Dispatch Headlines

METROMIX