Kyle Busch won the Nationwide Series O’Reilly Auto parts 300 at the Texas Motor Speedway by holding off Jeff Burton to claim the twelfth series win of his career.

“It’s great to bring Toyota to Victory Lane”, Said Busch. “It’s so hard to win at this place. I want to thank my fans for sticking with me. We’ve been through some tough times in the Nationwide Series.”


What Busch is referring to as “tough times” would be a tremendous run bad luck that scored him zero for seven in the win column in 2008. Busch, who could only be described as a dominant driver, leading a total of 345 laps heading into Texas had nothing to show for it after several on track incidents while leading or running in the to five put the Nevada native back behind the wall or finishing outside the top twenty.

Busch continued to build his lead in laps led. He held the point a total of four times for 126 laps at Texas. The race was slowed four times for caution including the final yellow flag which came out on lap 191 of the 200 lap event for an accident on the back stretch. All of the top ten cars opted to come down pit road for fresh tires with the exception of Kyle Busch.

With or without fresh rubber, Busch’s car was the fastest as he pull away from the field to win by a margin of 1.014 seconds over Jeff Burton, followed by Clint Bowyer, Bobby LaBonte and Jamie McMurray.

Sixteen Sprint Cup regulars raced in the event claiming eleven of the top fifteen finishing spots. Jason Leffler was the highest finishing Nationwide only driver finishing ninth.

Qualifying was rained out and the field was set on owners points.

Kevin Harvick was given the top spot and lead the first fifty-five laps, however mechanical difficulties put the team in the garage. Although Harvick returned to the track, the team was several laps down finishing thirty-fourth.

Leaving Texas Clint Bowyer has a fifty-seven point lead over Carl Edwards in the Championship points standing as the series heads to Phoenix International Raceway.

Race Notes

Mike Bliss has left Fitz Racing to take the wheel with James Finch and Phoenix Racing. Robby Gordon replaced Bliss but no permanent replacement has been named. Fitz Racing is rumored to have financial problems as the team recently shut down one of its teams releasing driver Kenny Wallace.

Bliss in his debut ride for James s Finch finished twenty-fourth. Gordon finished twentieth.

Cale Gale may be the highest paid mechanic in the garage. The Nationwide rookie who drives part time for Kevin Harvick Incorporated turned wrenches for his boss as the team feverishly worked to get the car back on track after a mechanical failure. Gale is no stranger to the mechanic lifestyle; he got his start in the series while working as a shock specialist for another Nationwide team.