NRA Texas 500: Race, Qualifying, & Practice

Published on April 16th, 2013

After a malfunction Busch gets to fire the 6 shooters.

This past weekend Nascar took over Texas Motor Speedway for a weekend of fast cars and fun! Like many years before Kyle Busch absolutely dominated the track all weekend long. Winning at Texas is no new thing to “Rowdy,” he’s won several Nationwide races at the track including the one on Friday. However this marked his first Sprint Cup win at Texas and his second Sprint Cup win of the 2013 season.

Kyle Busch started the night off in pole position, but that didn’t mean it was a cakewalk to the finish line. After leading on and off for 171 laps, he struggled to take the lead back from Martin Truex Jr. near the end. As fate would have it, it came down to a caution in the last 20 laps. A stellar performance by the number 18 car’s pit crew is what sealed the deal and gave Kyle the lead he needed to secure the win.

Martin Truex Jr. who led for 174 laps ended up taking the second place finish, but later was fined for having his front end too low. His team chocked it up to possible debris stuck inside the front shock. They tried to fix it during the race but it was stuck.

Pulling off a third place finish was Carl Edwards. Edwards had a rough season last year, but is getting off to a strong start this year and appears to be back in fine form. Last years Samsung 500 winner Greg Biffle took fourth place and Joey Logano rounded out the top five.

The night wasn’t so generous to several other racers. Kyle’s brother Kurt Busch who started second ended up 18 laps down when he encountered engine problems early in the race. Earnhardt Jr. was also a strong contender running at the front of the pack before he was plagued by engine problems and finished 29th.

At one point a fire broke out on pit road in Matt Kenseth’s pit box, but was quickly handled by Nascar officials. A couple light wrecks also occurred pretty early on in the race including Ricky Stenhouse Jr. getting loose and slamming into the backstretch wall.

Drama was abundant on the track at the NRA 500. Before the race even started, Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano both failed the pre race inspection due to “illegal suspension parts.” Both drivers had to fix their cars and Logano even ended up pulling off a 5th place finish after starting at the back of the pack. Both Keselowski and Logano were slapped with penalties and their crew chiefs received suspensions and fines.

The NRA 500 was wild this year. Proving everything is in fact bigger in Texas. The race for the chase is just beginning, and with these new cars it’s going to be a wild one. Jimmie Johnson still holds the lead in the points standings, Kyle Busch is now in second (thanks to his win at Texas,)  and Greg Biffle’s fourth place finish launched him up to 3rd.

The Chase will return to Texas Motor Speedway on November 1st – 3rd for the AAA Texas 500. Tickets to catch all of the action will be on sale soon.

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