Kyle Busch claims second straight NASCAR Sprint Cup win at Texas

Reigning NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Kyle Busch won his second consecutive race in a frantic finish at Texas Motor Speedway

Kyle Busch claims second straight NASCAR Sprint Cup win at Texas

The Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota driver took advantage of Furniture Row's Martin Truex Jr decision to not to pit for tyres at the final caution and consequently powered by on the outside to take an unlikely win to add to his Xfinity victory the night before.

The race was delayed by rain for two hours and Truex looked the more likely to secure the win, leading leading 141 of the 334 laps and trading the lead with polesitter Carl Edwards for the majority of the race.

The two proved to be in a class of their own, but a botched pitstop by JGR dropped Edwards a lap down before he recovered to finish seventh via a free pass.

Truex still looked the man to beat in the final stages but the decision not to pit for fresh tyres when everybody else did proved critical as he slumped to sixth place.

Team Penske's Joey Logano finished in third to separate the Hendrick Motorsports pairing of Dale Earnhardt Jr and Jimmie Johnson, who fought back from an unfortunate pitstop midway through the race.

Both men pitted under green just before the fourth caution, but while Earnhardt would get the free pass, confusion surrounded Johnson after he failed to beat Truex to the line.

Both men argued they were the last driver on the lead lap before NASCAR officials decided to give Johnson the wave around prompting the six-time Cup champion to fight back through the field.

Rookie Chase Elliott staged a fantastic comeback to finish fifth after a transmission change before the race meant he started in 40th place.

Kevin Harvick looked strong during the race but a speeding penalty at the fourth caution meant he could not recover and finished 10th.

Matt Kenseth was also challenging for the win in the final stages but a loose tyre meant the 2003 Cup champion ended up 11th.

Austin Dillion caused the final caution in a huge 13-car pile-up when he had a moment coming out of Turn 2.

Johnson could not slow down enough and tagged the back of the Richard Childress driver as he struggled to collect the car.

Dillon slammed into the wall and speared back onto the track, collecting 13 others.

RESULTS - 334 LAPS:

Pos Driver Team Car Gap
1 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 3h37m16.s
2 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 3.904s
3 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford 4.841s
4 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 6.661s
5 Chase Elliott Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 6.888s
6 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing Toyota 7.297s
7 Carl Edwards Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 8.927s
8 Kasey Kahne Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 11.860s
9 Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 12.521s
10 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 13.843s
11 Matt Kenseth Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 14.442s
12 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 17.877s
13 Jamie McMurray Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 18.593s
14 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 22.361s
15 Trevor Bayne Roush Fenway Racing Ford 22.433s
16 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford 27.240s
17 Ryan Newman Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 1 Lap
18 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford 2 Laps
19 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 2 Laps
20 Ty Dillon Circle Sport-Leavine Family Racing Chevrolet 2 Laps
21 Danica Patrick Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 2 Laps
22 A.J. Allmendinger JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 2 Laps
23 Casey Mears Germain Racing Chevrolet 2 Laps
24 Aric Almirola Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 3 Laps
25 Landon Cassill Front Row Motorsports Ford 4 Laps
26 Paul Menard Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 4 Laps
27 Brian Scott Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 4 Laps
28 Chris Buescher Front Row Motorsports Ford 4 Laps
29 Ryan Blaney Wood Brothers Racing Ford 4 Laps
30 Cole Whitt Premium Motorsports Chevrolet 5 Laps
31 Regan Smith Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet 5 Laps
32 Michael Annett HScott Motorsports Chevrolet 5 Laps
33 David Ragan BK Racing Toyota 6 Laps
34 Matt DiBenedetto BK Racing Toyota 7 Laps
35 Jeffrey Earnhardt Go FAS Racing Ford 11 Laps
36 Reed Sorenson Premium Motorsports Chevrolet 19 Laps
37 Brian Vickers Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet Accident
38 Clint Bowyer HScott Motorsports Chevrolet Accident
39 Greg Biffle Roush Fenway Racing Ford Accident
40 Josh Wise The Motorsports Group Chevrolet Accident

LEADING CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS

Pos Driver Points
1 Kyle Busch 259
2 Jimmie Johnson 253
3 Kevin Harvick 252
4 Carl Edwards 241
5 Joey Logano 234
6 Dale Earnhardt Jr. 211
7 Kurt Busch 208
8 Denny Hamlin 201
9 Brad Keselowski 201
10 Austin Dillon 198
11 Martin Truex Jr. 187
12 Matt Kenseth 171
13 Jamie McMurray 171
14 Chase Elliott 168
15 A.J. Allmendinger 166
16 Kasey Kahne 161
17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 153
18 Kyle Larson 152
19 Ryan Newman 150
20 Ryan Blaney 144
21 Paul Menard 140
22 Aric Almirola 138
23 Trevor Bayne 136
24 Danica Patrick 117
25 Brian Scott 114
26 Casey Mears 112
27 Greg Biffle 111
28 Landon Cassill 106
29 Regan Smith 105
30 David Ragan 96

PROVISIONALLY INTO CHASE SO FAR

Kyle Busch, Jimmie Johnson (2 wins), Denny Hamlin, Brad Keselowski, Kevin Harvick (1 win)

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