In the first two races of this weekend’s triple header at Texas Motor Speedway, the driver that had won the previous series event at TMS this year won again. In the inaugural three years of the Dickies 500, the driver that had won the previous week at Atlanta went on to win the Texas race. Carl Edwards won the April TMS race and last week at Atlanta. He won again Sunday night.
Destiny? Maybe. Coincidence? Probably. Nevertheless, Edwards and his No. 99 team dominated the race, leading 212 of 334 laps. But victory didn’t come until the team ended up on the right end of a gutsy call to gamble on fuel strategy in the last run of the race. In doing so, Edwards closed his 183-point deficit behind a struggling Jimmie Johnson to 106 points.
In this year’s two Nationwide Series races at Texas Motor Speedway, Kyle Busch led 300 of 400 laps. In winning Saturday’s O’Reilly Challenge, Busch swept this year’s Nationwide races at TMS, and won his 10th Nationwide Series event, tying Sam Ard for the most in one year.
The crazy part is, Busch hasn’t even run every race in the series this year.
On lap two of the Chevy Silverado 350k, Kevin Harvick, Inc. driver Cale Gale was involved in a five-car wreck that took him out of the race. On lap 147, Kevin Harvick’s other driver, Ron Hornaday, won the race and brought himself within six points of first place in the Craftsman Truck Series championship standings.