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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)
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Aric Almirola, driver of the #43 United States Air Force Ford, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coke Zero 400 after the race was called for weather at Daytona International Speedway on July 6, 2014 in Daytona Beach, Florida.  (Photo Credit: Chris Graythen/NASCAR via Getty Images)
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