By Toby Christie (Originally appeared on RubbingsRacing.com)
Records were smashed this weekend at Texas Motor Speedway. One that fell was the most NASCAR sanctioned miles run in a single day. In all between the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and NASCAR Nationwide Series races, there were 801 miles of hard intense racing action… and 15 drivers were attempting to complete every last bit of it. Let’s talk about the second leg of Monday’s 801 mile double header.
The NASCAR Nationwide Series race, was the polar opposite of the race that occurred just before it. There were just 13 lead changes through the entire race between just eight drivers, and most of those came during green flag pitstop exchanges… but don’t fret history was still made.
Kyle Busch stomped the field by leading 153 of the 200 laps en route to his fifth straight Nationwide Series victory at Texas Motor Speedway, but near the end of the race it looked for a while that Busch would come up empty on fuel before the conclusion of the race. However a late caution came out for Roush-Fenway Racing’s teammates getting together with just 32 laps to go. This crash marks yet another tough, tough week for both Ricky Stenhouse Jr., and Colin Braun.
Busch would get the necessary fuel he needed under this caution to make it to the finish, and he would make it there before anyone else. Busch would restart third, and his winning move was a pass on Joey Logano in turn three with 25 laps to go, that took until turn one of the next lap to complete. After 801 miles of driving during the day, Kyle Busch had a trophy to show for his efforts.
This win ties a record for most consecutive wins at one track in this series with only two other drivers. Busch now joins the likes of Dale Earnhardt, and Jack Ingram. This win also marks Busch’s 33rd of his Nationwide Series career. Busch also overtakes Brad Keselowski as the NASCAR Nationwide Series point leader with this win.
Joey Logano led the only other substantial amount of laps during the day with 33. Logano would of course be strong as his Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota always is, but he wouldn’t have enough down the stretch… Logano would have to settle for a second place finish.
Reed Sorenson continues to run well and finished third. Brad Keselowski, your point leader coming into Monday’s race came home fourth. Keselowski now sits second in points — markers back from Kyle Busch.
Kevin Harvick ended his day with a fifth place finish… sounds good right? Well Harvick made contact earlier in the race with Clint Bowyer, who is his Sprint Cup teammate, which sent Bowyer into the wall and out of the race. Bowyer was extremely visibaly upset. Harvick comes away from this race with a good finish, but did it ultimately come at a stiff price? We’ll have to see down the road.
Jamie McMurray finished sixth Monday evening in the O’Reilly 300 at Texas. McMurray was in his first ride in JR Motorsports’ No. 88 car. Considering he didn’t even participate in the first practice session, one would have to say this debut was a success.
Brad Keselowski, your point leader coming into Monday’s race, came home in seventh place. Keselowski now sits second in points 20 markers back from Kyle Busch.
Carl Edwards, who came into this race second in the point standings, suffered a broken axle with just 64 laps remaining. He was running second at the time of the failure, which happened as he was exiting his pit stall. Edwards would end his day in 30th place. This is a huge hit to Carl Edwards’ championship hopes, as Brad Keselowski is proving to be “Mr. Consistency” in the Nationwide Series, and Kyle Busch just seems to always win.