Brant James, USA TODAY Sports11:28 a.m. EDT April 10, 2016
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FORT WORTH – A look at the results of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Duck Commander 500 on Saturday night:
WINNER: Kyle Busch used fresher tires to overwhelm race-leader Martin Truex Jr. on a Lap 301 restart and sweep both NASCAR races at Texas Motor Speedway, completing his record ninth weekend sweep in NASCAR touring series.
Truex Jr. was ultimately undone by a decision by crew chief Cole Pearn to eschew a crucial pit stop opportunity, prompting the rest of the field to do the opposite and therefore giving the defending series champion that advantage he eventually needed. Truex Jr. restarted from the lead on Lap 291, had to stay out on another quick caution and was left to fend off Busch on Lap 301.
Busch, who won Friday's Xfinity Series race, also won last week at Martinsville in the Cup and Trucks series.
"We just kept making changes to our racecar and making it better. ... The racetrack kept coming to us as the night progressed, too," said Busch, who won his second Cup race of the season.
“It's pretty darn good (to be Kyle Busch). I've got a great wife and a great son. I'm living the dream right now with Joe Gibbs Racing. ... It's just fun. Right now, it's all clicking and coming together.”
Dale Earnhardt Jr. was second and Joey Logano third.
“We had a fast car, probably good enough to win," Earnhardt Jr. said. "Martin probably had the best car, but the best car doesn't always win. Kyle did a great job on that restart. ... We finished about where we should have. But man, we need a win. We’re running great every week, so I hope the fans are enjoying that. I had a blast driving the racecar."
Truex Jr., who hasn't won since last June at Pocono Raceway, couldn't hide his disappointment on pit road.
"It's frustrating. ... We did everything we were supposed to do except for that one deal, there," he said after finishing sixth.