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Busch shines at Texas

Associated PressApril 12, 2013 

—  By Jim Utter

    jutter@charlotteobserver.com

    FORT WORTH, Texas There was one thing Kyle Busch didn’t win Friday at Texas Motor Speedway – the pole for the Nationwide Series race.

He more than made up for that with a victory in the O’Reilly 300, his fourth victory in six Nationwide starts this season.

   Earlier in the day, Busch also won the pole for Saturday night’s Sprint Cup Series race at the track.

    “This track is fast and it just fits right into my style,” said Busch, who also collected his sixth Nationwide win at the track and 55th of his career. “It’s such a fun race as you get to race a lot of the guys you race against (Saturday) night.

   “I just love running Texas and most importantly, I love winning here.”

   Brad Keselowski finished second, Austin Dillon was third, Dale Earnhardt Jr. fourth and Kevin Harvick was fifth.

   “We were pretty good. We did a good job over the weekend improving the set-up for the race,” Earnhardt said. “The company has come a long way. We all had pretty good cars.

   “We’re working to get where some of these others teams are. It’s not easy once you get in the Top-10, it’s really hard to chip away and gain that speed you need.”

   While Busch had a great day on Friday, series points leader Sam Hornish Jr. had a terrible one.

   Hornish and Jeremy Clements wrecked on Lap 142 of 200 and Hornish required extensive repairs in the garage area before he was able to get back on the track late in the race.

   Hornish finished 34th but still managed to hold onto the series points by two points over Regan Smith. The series is off next week and races again April 26 at Richmond, Va.

   The 22 lead changes in the race and 11 different leaders were both series track records.

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