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2013 Texas NASCAR: Busch wins Cup race to complete Texas sweep

Worse was to come for Truex: the #56 failed pot-race technical inspection after it was found that the car's ride-height was too low at the front. The car was taken away for further investigation by NASCAR, and while Truex will keep the win - the series doesn't like re-writing race results after the event - but if the initial finding is confirmed then Truex will probably face points and cash penalties for the infringement.

The only driver other than Busch and Truex to take the lead for a double-digit number of laps all evening was Hendrick Motorsports' Jeff Gordon, but his race came to a premature end on lap 306 when the #24 suffered a front suspension failure.

"I'm not sure maybe a burned wheel bearing or something. No signs, just went down the back straightaway and went to go to the brake and the brake pedal was spongy and the car just didn't turn," he explained afterwards. I thought I had a left-front tire going down. Man, that was unfortunate ... We'll learn what happened and we'll try to make sure it doesn't happen again.

"Most importantly, we know we have a fast race car and we know we can put another fast race car out there on the track," he added of his long battle with Busch and Truex. "I've never seen three cars just sit there and run the same lap time after the same lap time; and run in the same line, too. I was trying to deviate from my line and made a few gains on Kyle, so I thought I might have a shot at him before this thing was over. I don't know about Martin - but we won't know now."

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. did make it to the end of the race albeit 44 laps in 40th place, after being the cause of two of the seven cautions during the evening: the first was on lap 42 when he cut a tyre and collected Austin Dillon as he spun backward into the outside wall; and the second on lap 8 when he dropped oil on the track after returning to the race following repairs in the Roush Fenway garage.

"I just cut a left-rear tire down and spun," said Stenhouse about the inciting incident. "They were brand new tyres, so I guess we ran over something, but I don't know yet.

"It's kind of tough to go straight when you lose a left-rear tyre," he added. "I really would have liked to have seen how our car was gonna drive when the sun went all the way down ... I felt like our car was pretty good, but it's just a tough break."

Other than debris cautions on laps 39, 151 and 315, the other yellows were caused by David Reutimann crashing on the backstretch on lap 224 and by Marcos Ambrose and Jeff Burton colliding out of turn 2 on lap 282. There was also disappointment for Kurt Busch, who after starting on the front row alongside his brother ended up down in 37th after a broken part in the fuel injection forced him to the garage mid-race.

"When you're running solidly in the top-five and then to have a parts failure knock you out of contention it's very frustrating," he admitted. "We came in here with a fast race car, qualified on the front row and continued the strong performance until we had a part on the fuel injection system break.

"What's done is done and we have to put tonight behind us and focus on getting these problems rectified sooner than later," he continued. "I feel confident that we'll have another fast Furniture Row Chevrolet SS in Kansas next week."




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Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 Interstate Batteries Toyota, and Kurt Busch, driver of the #78 Furniture Row Racing/Serta Chevrolet, lead the field on pace laps prior to the start of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway on April 13, 2013 in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo Credit: Todd Warshaw/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 Interstate Batteries Toyota, and Kurt Busch, driver of the #78 Furniture Row Racing/Serta Chevrolet, lead the field on pace laps prior to the start of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway on April 13, 2013 in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo Credit: Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images for Texs Motor Speedway)
Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 Interstate Batteries Toyota, celebrates with a burnout after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway on April 13, 2013 in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo Credit: Todd Warshaw/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 Interstate Batteries Toyota, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series NRA 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on April 13, 2013 in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo Credit: Todd Warshaw/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Paul Menard, driver of the #27 Serta/Menards Chevrolet SS, finished ninth and Austin Dillon, driver of the #3 Dow Great Stuff Chevrolet SS, finished 28th Saturday, August 23, 2014 in the Nascar Sprint Cup race at Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, Tennessee. (Photo by Alan Marler/HHP for Chevy Racing)
Jamie McMurray, driver of the #1 McDonald’s Chevrolet SS, finished eighth and Kasey Kahne, driver of the #5 Great Clips Chevrolet SS, finished 35th Saturday, August 23, 2014 in the Nascar Sprint Cup race at Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, Tennessee. (Photo by Rusty Jarrett/HHP for Chevy Racing)
Kurt Busch, driver of the #41 Haas Automation Chevrolet SS, finished fifth Saturday, August 23, 2014 in the Nascar Sprint Cup race at Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, Tennessee. (Photo by Harold Hinson/HHP for Chevy Racing)
Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe`s Chevrolet SS, finished fourth and Kyle Larson, driver of the #42 Target Chevrolet SS, finished twelfth Saturday, August 23, 2014 in the Nascar Sprint Cup race at Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, Tennessee. (Photo by Rusty Jarrett/HHP for Chevy Racing)
Joey Logano, driver of the #22 Shell Pennzoil Ford, leads a pack of cars during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Irwin Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway on August 23, 2014 in Bristol, Tennessee. (Photo Credit: Tom Pennington/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Joey Logano, driver of the #22 Shell Pennzoil Ford, and his team celebrate in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Irwin Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway on August 23, 2014 in Bristol, Tennessee. (Photo Credit: Matt Sullivan/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Joey Logano, driver of the #22 Shell Pennzoil Ford, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Irwin Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway on August 23, 2014 in Bristol, Tennessee.  (Photo Credit: Sean Gardner/Getty Images)
Joey Logano, driver of the #22 Shell Pennzoil Ford, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Irwin Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway on August 23, 2014 in Bristol, Tennessee.  (Photo Credit: Sean Gardner/Getty Images)
Joey Logano, driver of the #22 Shell Pennzoil Ford, takes the chequered flag to win the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Irwin Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway on August 23, 2014 in Bristol, Tennessee. (Photo Credit: Brian Lawdermilk/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Joey Logano, driver of the #22 Shell Pennzoil Ford, celebrates with a burnout after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Irwin Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway on August 23, 2014 in Bristol, Tennessee. (Photo Credit: Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
Matt Kenseth, driver of the #20 Dollar General Toyota, leads a pack of cars during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Irwin Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway on August 23, 2014 in Bristol, Tennessee. (Photo Credit: Brian Lawdermilk/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Danica Patrick, driver of the #10 GoDaddy Chevrolet, is involved in an incident during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Irwin Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway on August 23, 2014 in Bristol, Tennessee. (Photo Credit: Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 Doublemint Toyota, Aric Almirola, driver of the #43 STP Ford, and Clint Bowyer, driver of the #15 5-hour Energy Toyota, are involved in an on-track incident during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Irwin Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway on August 23, 2014 in Bristol, Tennessee. (Photo Credit: Sean Gardner/Getty Images)
Kyle Larson, driver of the #42 ENEOS Chevrolet, is involved in an incident during the NASCAR Nationwide Series Food City 300 at Bristol Motor Speedway on August 22, 2014 in Bristol, Tennessee. (Photo Credit: Rainier Ehrhardt/Getty Images)

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