Kyle Busch got his 26th career cup win with Sprint Cup victory at Texas Motor Speedway

Kyle Busch’s double delight with the perfect weekend victories of NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide races at Texas Motor Speedway. In the car #18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota, Kyle won the NRA 500 race by just 0.508 seconds ahead of runner-up Martin Truex J and picked up his first Sprint Cup at the 1.5-mile Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas.

For Busch, it was the first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victory at Texas, the second time victory of this season(first was at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana), and a NASCAR-record seventh time in his career as he won the Sprint Cup and Nationwide races in the same weekend. It was started with a pole winning run on the Friday night in nationwide race held on the 1 1/2-mile, high-banked track. Busch received a tradition steeped cowboy hat and got to fire trophy six-shooters loaded with blanks in Victory Lane.

Truex was striving hard to win for the first time since June 2007. However, he finished a half-second behind Busch. He got 25th in points with no laps led this season, but had his Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota in front for 142 laps at Texas. Finally, Busch led a race-high 171 laps to 142 for Truex.

NASCAR said that Truex’s No. 56 car was too low in the front as found in a post race inspection and will be taken to NASCAR’s research-and-development center in Concord, N.C. for further examination.

Carl Edwards, who had his seatbelt come loose during the race, claimed the third position ahead of Roush Fenway teammate Greg Biffle and Joey Logano. Greg has also been a three-time winner at Texas.  However Logano and his racing teammate Brad Keselowski may face penalties as NASCAR confiscated rear-end housing parts from Logano’s No. 22 Ford and the No. 2 of Penkse Racing.

Kyle Bush wins NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Race at Texas Motor Speedway 2013

Brian Vickers finished eighth followed by Brad Keselowski. Keselowski was also nine points behind leader Jimmie Johnson who finished sixth ahead of Aric Almirolaz on Saturday.

Kurt Busch began race on the front row next to his brother and finished 37th and 18 laps off the lead.

This was the 25th Sprint Cup race at Texas Speed way opened in 1997. The track has initiated hosting two races a year since 2005. It was also the first night race of this season as well as the first for NASCAR’s new cup cars.

Result of 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup NRA 500 at Texas Motor Speedway
Position Driver Car No.[#] Automaker Start Total Laps Laps Led Position Improved(+/-) Earned Points/Bonus
1 Kyle Busch 18 Toyota 1 334 171
2
Running 48/5
2 Martin Truex Jr 56 Toyota 5 334 142
6
Running 43/1
3 Carl Edwards 99 Ford 9 334 0
2
Running 41/0
4 Greg Biffle 16 Ford 35 334 0
3
Running 40/0
5 Joey Logano 22 Ford 18 334 1
-3
Running 40/1
6 Jimmie Johnson 48 Chevrolet 7 334 0
0
Running 38/0
7 Aric Almirola 43 Ford 3 334 0
3
Running 37/0
8 Brian Vickers 11 Toyota 15 334 0
0
Running 0/0
9 Brad Keselowski 2 Ford 16 334 0
-2
Running 35/0
10 Ryan Newman 39 Chevrolet 31 334 3
7
Running 35/1
11 Kasey Kahne 5 Chevrolet 14 334 0
-2
Running 33/0
12 Matt Kenseth 20 Toyota 20 334 0
0
Running 32/0
13 Kevin Harvick 29 Chevrolet 29 334 0
3
Running 31/0
14 Mark Martin 55 Toyota 23 334 0
3
Running 30/0
15 Clint Bowyer 15 Toyota 26 334 0
0
Running 29/0
16 Jamie McMurray 1 Chevrolet 11 334 0
1
Running 28/0
17 Paul Menard 27 Chevrolet 19 334 0
0
Running 27/0
18 Trevor Bayne 21 Ford 22 334 0
1
Running 0/0
19 Marcos Ambrose 9 Ford 4 333 0
3
Running 25/0
20 Juan Pablo Montoya 42 Chevrolet 10 333 0
3
Running 24/0
21 Tony Stewart 14 Chevrolet 13 333 0
0
Running 23/0
22 Travis Kvapil 93 Toyota 32 332 0
0
Running 22/0
23 Jeff Burton 31 Chevrolet 21 332 0
1
Running 21/0
24 David Reutimann 83 Toyota 38 332 0
1
Running 20/0
25 Dave Blaney 7 Chevrolet 28 332 0
1
Running 19/0
26 David Ragan 34 Ford 25 331 1
1
Running 19/1
27 David Stremme 30 Toyota 33 331 0
0
Running 17/0
28 Danica Patrick 10 Chevrolet 42 331 0
0
Running 16/0
29 Dale Earnhardt Jr 88 Chevrolet 6 330 0
-3
Running 15/0
30 Josh Wise 35 Ford 40 330 0
0
Running 0/0
31 Casey Mears 13 Ford 24 330 0
-4
Running 13/0
32 David Gilliland 38 Ford 27 329 1
1
Running 13/1
33 Austin Dillon 51 Chevrolet 12 326 0
-1
Running 0/0
34 Landon Cassill 33 Chevrolet 39 326 0
0
Running 10/0
35 Joe Nemechek 87 Toyota 41 324 0
0
Running 0/0
36 Timmy Hill 32 Ford 43 322 0
1
Running 8/0
37 Kurt Busch 78 Chevrolet 2 316 0
-5
Running 7/0
38 Jeff Gordon 24 Chevrolet 8 306 15
-3
Suspension 7/1
39 J.J. Yeley 36 Chevrolet 36 293 0
-2
Rear Axle 5/0
40 Ricky Stenhouse Jr 17 Ford 17 290 0
-5
Running 4/0
41 Mike Bliss 19 Toyota 34 140 0
0
Brakes 0/0
42 Bobby Labonte 47 Toyota 30 138 0
-2
Engine 2/0
43 Michael McDowell 98 Ford 37 44 0
0
Overheating 1/0

 

Overall Standings of the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series – after NRA 500 at Texas Motor Speedway
Rank Driver Position Improved(+/-) Car No.(#) Earned Points Behind Wins Starts Top 5 Top 10 DNF
1
Hendrick Motorsports
Jimmie Johnson
0 48 269 0 2 7 3 5 0
2
Joe Gibbs Racing
Kyle Busch
2 18 251 18 2 7 5 5 1
3
Roush Fenway Racing
Greg Biffle
3 16 239 30 0 7 1 4 0
4
Penske Racing
Brad Keselowski
-2 2 235 34 0 7 4 6 0
5
Roush Fenway Racing
Carl Edwards
2 99 234 35 1 7 4 4 0
6
Hendrick Motorsports
Dale Earnhardt Jr
-3 88 234 35 0 7 3 5 0
7
Hendrick Motorsports
Kasey Kahne
-2 5 232 37 1 7 3 4 0
8
Michael Waltrip Racing
Clint Bowyer
0 15 208 61 0 7 2 3 1
9
Richard Childress Racing
Paul Menard
0 27 206 63 0 7 0 3 0
10
Joe Gibbs Racing
Matt Kenseth
0 20 204 65 1 7 1 3 2
11
Richard Childress Racing
Kevin Harvick
3 29 192 77 0 7 0 1 1
12
Earnhardt Ganassi Racing
Jamie McMurray
1 1 190 79 0 7 0 2 0
13
Richard Petty Motorsports
Aric Almirola
3 43 186 83 0 7 0 1 1
14
Penske Racing
Joey Logano
-3 22 182 87 0 7 2 2 0
15
Hendrick Motorsports
Jeff Gordon
-3 24 171 98 0 7 1 2 2
16
Stewart-Haas Racing
Ryan Newman
7 39 169 100 0 7 1 4 2
17
Richard Petty Motorsports
Marcos Ambrose
3 9 169 100 0 7 0 1 0
18
Michael Waltrip Racing
Mark Martin
3 55 166 103 0 6 1 2 0
19
Michael Waltrip Racing
Martin Truex Jr
6 56 163 106 0 7 1 2 0
20
Roush Fenway Racing
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
-5 17 162 107 0 7 0 0 0
21
Germain Racing
Casey Mears
-4 13 159 110 0 7 0 0 0
22
Stewart-Haas Racing
Tony Stewart
0 14 158 111 0 7 0 1 0
23
Richard Childress Racing
Jeff Burton
1 31 152 117 0 7 0 1 1
24
Furniture Row Racing
Kurt Busch
-5 78 151 118 0 7 2 2 1
25
Joe Gibbs Racing
Denny Hamlin
145 124 0 5 1 1 1

Photos of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway 2013

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