Fort Worth, TX (SportsNetwork.com) – Kyle Busch passed Joey Logano for the
lead with 32 laps to go and then kept it following a round of pit stops in the
closing laps to win Saturday’s O’Reilly Auto Parts Challenge at Texas Motor
Speedway and give Joe Gibbs Racing its 100th victory in the Nationwide Series.
Busch is now two-for-two in NASCAR’s tripleheader weekend at this 1.5-mile
racetrack. He won Friday night’s Camping World Truck Series event. Busch will
start ninth in Sunday’s 500-mile Sprint Cup Series race.
In this 300-mile Nationwide event, Busch led the most laps with 116, while
Logano, the pole sitter, ran in front for 59 laps. Busch, who took the lead
for the final time with 14 laps left, beat Logano to the finish line by 1.6
Busch earned his seventh Nationwide win of the season and his record seventh
at Texas. He also claimed his 70th career victory in the series, but 57 of
them have been with JGR.
Ryan Blaney, who is Logano’s teammate at Team Penske, finished third, followed
by rookie Chase Elliott, the current points leader, and Matt Kenseth, who
drives for JGR.
Elliott widened his lead in the championship standings to 48 points over
second-place and JR Motorsports teammate Regan Smith, who finished 11th. If
Elliott finishes ahead of Smith in next Saturday’s race at Phoenix — the
penultimate event of the season — he will clinch the series title. The season
concludes on Nov. 15 at Homestead.