Surprisingly, Erik Jones won the race off pit road before he led the field at the restart.
Kyle Busch went loose where he lost a few positions then there’s a multi-car pileup that collected a few drivers such as:
- Jimmie Johnson
- Denny Hamlin
- Brad Keselowski
- Ryan Blaney
- David Ragan
- Trevor Bayne
- Aric Almirola
Brad Keselowski, Jimmie Johnson, Denny Hamlin and Aric Almirola all exited into the garage while the race took to a temporary halt to clean up the debris that occurred from the recent wreck.
The race restarted on Lap 183 where Erik Jones still leads Chase Elliott.
Paul Menard made contact with the wall at Turn 2 when his day has come to a devastating end having been involved earlier with Daniel Suarez, Alex Bowman and Austin Dillon on Lap 2.
While on Pit Road under caution, Kevin Harvick had too many men over the wall, NASCAR officials gave him a penalty before the race resume with 96 laps to go.
Neither of the lapped drivers will get the free pass when Kasey Kahne and Trevor Bayne gone loose off Turn 4 before splitting sideways into the grass at the front stretch.
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. did kiss the wall, but there’s no smoke coming on the right rear of his car.
Having seen Erik Jones lost the lead to Kyle Busch at the latest restart, Jamie McMurray is coming after the No.18 when he currently sits behind Ky. Busch in P2.
Green Flag Pit Stop Cycles to a 2-man race to the finish
After having overcome two mishaps on pit road, Kevin Harvick managed to return to P2 behind Kyle Busch before he entered pit road during the green flag pit cycle.
Although there’s another minor problem with handling the tires, NASCAR officials didn’t punish Harvick this time around.
With 31 laps left, Ryan Newman blew a right front tire when he said now on team radio that he needed adjustments to pit road immediately then it’s gone too little, too late.
Stenhouse has now three backup cars so far this year where two of these occasions are mechanical issues, but he’s still holding a positive mindset in an aim to finish out healthy as he’s currently in P3.
Though, that run came to an end when he pitted over a reported vibration and later called a day when his car returned to the garage.
Matt DiBenedetto is also another driver that is running out strong when he finished in P16 despite going five laps down.
Yes, the fans have spoken so does Michael Waltrip praising him as the “people’s driver” or “the man of the people.”
After all, Kyle Busch had four straight 2nd place finishes, and now he breaks through this time as the fifth different race winner today at Texas Motor Speedway.
The last time he won a Cup Series race is six months ago at Martinsville.
Not only he took out his 44th career Cup win but he also automatically locked into this year’s Upcoming Playoffs spot which will begin this September.
For Kevin Harvick, he’s unhappy where there’s a mishap on pit road which cost him penalties, but he gave his all at least with a reliable race car that kept him finish as high as possible in P2.
Don’t forget Bubba Wallace when he finished in P8, that’s his second Top 10 of 2018 after his 2nd place ends at the 2018 Daytona 500.
There’s a lot more to come from Bubba himself over the next few weeks, so watch this space.
Moving onto Kyle Busch’s teammate, Erik Jones is going strength to strength when he finished in P4.
Texas is an excellent place for him to race when he won both NASCAR XFINITY Series races at this track throughout last year.
That mark E. Jones’s 1st Top 5 and 4th Top 10 finish of 2018.
And don’t forget that Jamie McMurray finished P3 where he posted his first Top 5 finish since Charlotte last October.
He also pointed out how adding XFINITY Series schedule on a part-time basis has helped his season so far, has struggled over the last few races.
McMurray is glad to have both schedules under his belt to add more track time in an eye to return to his form up front as he did at Texas today.
It’s great to see NASCAR return from a short Easter break; Texas has been up and down with carnage, mishaps on pit road and a lot of battles up for grabs position by position.
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