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Kyle Busch wins rain-delayed NASCAR playoff race in Texas

FORT WORTH, Texas — Out of rivalry to defend his NASCAR Cup title, Kyle Busch a minimum of prolonged his season successful streak to 16 along with his first victory of 2020.

He additionally denied a wanted victory for Martin Truex Jr., his penalized Joe Gibbs Racing teammate who nonetheless has an opportunity to be one of many 4 drivers to be the brand new champion.

“I feel like crap,” Busch stated. “But I got a win.”

Busch received the NASCAR playoff race at Texas that completed Wednesday, three days after it began. He was 0.468 seconds forward of Truex, and had simply sufficient gas left to do a celebratory burnout on the frontstretch earlier than needing a push from a tow truck to get the No. 18 Toyota to Victory Lane.

“If it was one more lap, the 18 was probably to run out of gas,” stated Truex, who led 53 laps. “So, I mean, it just was one of those things … how close can you get without winning?”

It was twelfth top-three end this season for Truex, whose solely win got here at Martinsville — NASCAR’s oldest and shortest observe the place the following race is Sunday. He additionally received there final fall.

Truex needed to go to the again of the sphere when the Texas race began Sunday due to an unlawful spoiler and misplaced crew chief James Small for the prolonged time in Texas. The 2017 champion and runner-up the final two seasons was additionally was docked 20 factors, a vital penalty since he was already beneath the cutoff line for the highest 4 earlier than that.

A win would have taken care of that.

“Coming here we had a lot of confidence and we had a strong run,” Truex stated. “This time of year, second is great, it’s just not good enough.”

There are spots for 3 different drivers to affix Joey Logano for a run on the championship in the season finale Nov. 8 at Phoenix.

Kevin Harvick, Denny Hamlin, Brad Keselowski are above the cutline going to Martinsville. Alex Bowman and Chase Elliott are each 42 factors behind the cutoff, whereas Truex is 53 again and Kurt Busch 98.

The 57th profession victory for Kyle Busch provides him a minimum of one win in yearly since 2005. The two-time Cup champion acquired his fourth Cup win at Texas, and his first Cup win since his championship-crowning win at Homestead final November.

“We got it and I was so nervous,” Busch stated. “The last three laps. that’s like winning a championship, that’s how nervous I was.”

Busch led 5 instances and was in entrance for 90 of the 334 laps on the 1 1/2-mile Texas observe that was lastly dried out after greater than three days of misty circumstances and drizzle mixed with cool temperatures.

Temperatures had been in the mid-40s when the race lastly resumed Wednesday after being on maintain for 72 hours, 28 minutes, 34 seconds. The race was red-flagged Sunday after 52 laps due to the precipitation that lingered till Wednesday morning.

Bowman completed fifth at Texas, simply forward of Keselowski and Kurt Busch. Hamlin was ninth, Logano tenth and Harvick, who had received the earlier three fall races in Texas, was sixteenth after resuming Wednesday a lap again due to harm to his proper aspect when he brushed the wall whereas main on Sunday. Elliott completed twentieth.

“I don’t know about the craziest (race), but certainly the longest. I’m glad it’s over, and I’m glad we had a great run,” Keselowski stated. “I’m very much looking forward to Martinsville.”

Logano secured his spot in the ultimate 4 along with his win 10 days earlier at Kansas to open the three-race spherical of eight.

Busch had simply sufficient gas left to do a burnout on the frontstretch and was a little bit sluggish in doing his customary successful bow.

“It’s been a long time,” Busch defined in regards to the delayed response and crediting his crew for main his fuel-saving efforts. “I kept getting great leadership and mentoring. … It ran out coming in here to do a burnout.”

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