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Texas NASCAR: Kyle Busch converts pole to win

Kyle Busch wins Texas NASCAR Sprint Cup raceKyle Busch held Martin Truex Jr at bay to claim his second NASCAR Sprint Cup win of the 2013 season in Saturday's Texas Motor Speedway night race.

Busch had started from pole and dominated the first half of the race.

But when his Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota's handling drifted away during the transition from evening to night-time conditions, it looked like he might have to settle for a top-three finish at best.

Truex, hunting for his first victory since 2007, twice got his Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota to the front for long stints.

He had a comfortable advantage going into the closing stages, only to be vaulted by Busch when the field pitted for tyres under a debris caution with 20 laps left.

Busch then built a one-second cushion and although that dwindled in last-lap traffic, he was not seriously threatened.

Jeff Gordon was the other major victory contender, holding the lead for several spells. But a puncture when running third late on left him in the Hendrick garage with wheel hub damage.

Roush Fenway's Carl Edwards and Greg Biffle were third and fourth, ahead of Joey Logano.

Both Penske Fords had pre-race drama in technical inspections, with Logano having to start last as work on the car's rear could not be completed in time.

He made it through the field to fifth, ahead of points leader Jimmie Johnson.

Kyle Busch leads Texas NASCAR Sprint Cup raceDale Earnhardt Jr was a top three factor until a battery issue and pit penalties cost him five laps.

Aric Almirola took seventh, better than his fellow qualifying stars managed. His Petty team-mate Marcos Ambrose lost ground in a brush with David Gilliland, while front row starter Kurt Busch spent many laps in the Furniture Row garage due to fuel rail issues.

Denny Hamlin's Gibbs stand-in Brian Vickers took eighth. Champion Brad Keselowski and Ryan Newman completed the top 10.

Results - 334 laps:

Pos  Driver              Team/Car                         Time/Gap
 1.  Kyle Busch          Joe Gibbs Toyota             3h27m40.000s
 2.  Martin Truex Jr     Waltrip Toyota                   + 0.508s
 3.  Carl Edwards        Roush Fenway Ford                + 2.839s
 4.  Greg Biffle         Roush Fenway Ford                + 3.250s
 5.  Joey Logano         Penske Ford                      + 4.482s
 6.  Jimmie Johnson      Hendrick Chevrolet               + 5.657s
 7.  Aric Almirola       Petty Ford                       + 5.884s
 8.  Brian Vickers       Joe Gibbs Toyota                 + 7.584s
 9.  Brad Keselowski     Penske Ford                      + 7.845s
10.  Ryan Newman         Stewart-Haas Chevrolet           + 9.341s
11.  Kasey Kahne         Hendrick Chevrolet              + 10.384s
12.  Matt Kenseth        Roush Fenway Ford               + 10.979s
13.  Kevin Harvick       Childress Chevrolet             + 11.542s
14.  Mark Martin         Waltrip Toyota                  + 11.733s
15.  Clint Bowyer        Waltrip Toyota                  + 14.384s
16.  Jamie McMurray      Earnhardt Ganassi Chevrolet     + 20.091s
17.  Paul Menard         Childress Chevrolet             + 24.748s
18.  Trevor Bayne        Wood Brothers Ford              + 26.714s
19.  Marcos Ambrose      Petty Ford                        + 1 lap
20.  Juan Pablo Montoya  Earnhardt Ganassi Chevrolet       + 1 lap
21.  Tony Stewart        Stewart-Haas Chevrolet            + 1 lap
22.  Travis Kvapil       BK Toyota                        + 2 laps
23.  Jeff Burton         Childress Chevrolet              + 2 laps
24.  David Reutimann     BK Toyota                        + 2 laps
25.  Dave Blaney         Baldwin Chevrolet                + 2 laps
26.  David Ragan         Front Row Ford                   + 2 laps
27.  David Stremme       Swan Toyota                      + 3 laps
28.  Danica Patrick      Stewart-Haas Chevrolet           + 3 laps
29.  Dale Earnhardt Jr   Hendrick Chevrolet               + 4 laps
30.  Josh Wise           Front Row Ford                   + 4 laps
31.  Casey Mears         Germain Ford                     + 4 laps
32.  David Gilliland     Front Row Ford                   + 5 laps
33.  Austin Dillon       Phoenix Chevrolet                + 8 laps
34.  Landon Cassill      Circle Sport Chevrolet           + 8 laps
35.  Joe Nemechek        NEMCO-JRR Toyota                + 10 laps
36.  Timmy Hill          FAS Lane Ford                   + 12 laps
37.  Kurt Busch          Furniture Row Chevrolet         + 18 laps


     Jeff Gordon         Hendrick Chevrolet               306 laps
     JJ Yeley            Baldwin Chevrolet                293 laps
     Ricky Stenhouse Jr  Roush Fenway Ford               290 laps*
     Mike Bliss          Humphrey Smith Toyota            140 laps
     Bobby Labonte       JTG Daugherty Toyota             138 laps
     Michael McDowell    Parsons Ford                      44 laps

* Running again at chequered flag
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