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article imageNASCAR: Busch sweeps Texas for fourth-straight win

By John Duarte     Apr 10, 2016 in Sports
Fort Worth - Kyle Busch became a two-time Sprint Cup winner and was perfect for the second week in a row, winning both NASCAR series races at Texas Motor Speedway.
The reigning Sprint Cup champion won his second-straight series race and fourth-consecutive NASCAR event. Busch won both the Xfinity and Sprint Cup series events this weekend, after taking the Camping World Truck and Sprint Cup series races at Virginia's Martinsville Raceway one week earlier.
Busch has won seven Sprint Cup Series races since returning from injury last year, which kept him out of the first 11 events in 2015. Along with being crowned champion, Busch has also led more than 1,200 laps in the 32 races since returning to Sprint Cup competition.
“Things are gelling,” said Busch. “It's all worked real well and it's been exciting to have the success that we've had as of late, and just let's just keep it going.”
Perhaps most importantly, Busch's second win of the season virtually secures his place as one of the 16 drivers who will contend for the championship title in the Chase for the Sprint Cup, the final 10 races of the NASCAR season. Busch said the success is due to having a team that works well together, with each member knowing exactly what they must do to bring strong race cars to the track each week.
“You've got to have all the pieces of the puzzle put together, but I think more importantly we've got good cars. Just being able to apply all the things that we've learned over the couple of years,” he said.
Busch was kind of caught by surprise being able to win the Duck Commander 500, especially since admitting “we weren't very good” early in the race.
“We fought it in the beginning,” he said. “I think the track actually came to us a little bit.”
Busch took the lead after the final caution period of the race, on Lap 302 of 334. He opted to go to the outside and it turned out to be good strategy.
“The restart was going to be key. If I could get out in front (of the lead cars), I knew I could protect the rest of the race,” said Busch. “They had a good restart, but we had a better one.”
Race runner up Dale Earnhardt Jr. said Busch was impossible to catch and 'he ran as hard as he could his car was there for him.” As for his own race, he said he had fun.
“I enjoyed driving the car tonight. The car was very loose and very challenging, but a lot of fun for me,” Earnhardt said, reflecting on the battle with eventual third-place finisher, Joey Logano. “I'd have never got by Joey (with the racing packages of the last couple of years), so it was fun to have an opportunity to sort of set somebody up and get by him there at the end.”
The Duck Commander 500, the first night race of the Sprint Cup season, was delayed by a couple of rain showers and was nearly two hours late getting started while the track dried out.
With his second win of the season, Busch takes over the top spot on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver standings. He leads Jimmie Johnson by six points and Kevin Harvick by seven.
NASCAR nation now heads for Tennessee, where the schedule continues with the Food City 500, at Bristol Motor Speedway on April 17.
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