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Texas Motor Speedway journal: Kyle Busch's run at a triple-header sweep falls short

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Ryan Blaney's pit crew work on his car during a Sunday's race at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth. [AP Photo/Brandon Wade]
Ryan Blaney's pit crew work on his car during a Sunday's race at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth. [AP Photo/Brandon Wade]

FORT WORTH, Texas — For the third time in his career, Kyle Busch started his Texas weekend with wins in the Gander Outdoors Truck Series and Xfinity races, but couldn’t complete the triple-header sweep in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup race.

Busch led the most laps in the O’Reilly 500 with 66, but gave up the lead for the final time with 59 to go and came in with a 10th place finish.

He had been disappointed with his car in practice the previous two days, and still battled issues in the race.

“We were loose all day,” Busch said. “You’re trying to hustle as hard as you can and give all you can in the corners to keep your lap time going, and it just busted loose on me. I had to catch it to make sure we didn’t crash.

“We made an adjustment to tighten it up, and we got looser. Something to learn from there.”

Adventurous day on pit road

Mishaps and accidents were rare on the track Sunday in the O’Reilly 500.

Of the five caution flags that came out, three were for single-car incidents and two were at the conclusion of the first two stages.

But pit road was full of adventure, mistakes and misfortune. Race winner Denny Hamlin overcame his share of difficulties, but he wasn’t the only one.

A part broke on Ryan Blaney’s car and all the water from the engine leaked out in his pit box. The rear tire changer’s air gun quit working in the middle of a stop for William Byron, and the changer had to go back over the wall to get a new one. And 22 pit road penalties were handed out.

“We were running fourth or fifth there, and lost our track position,” said Byron, who rebounded to finish sixth. “We were able to slowly work our way back. It took some time.”

Harvick voices frustration after finishing eighth

A former Cup champion and a regular near the top of the standings, Kevin Harvick was less than pleased with his day after finishing eighth.

Here’s a look at his short post-race interaction with the media:

Q: What did you think of your day?

A: "Our day was a disaster. Our car drove terrible and that pretty much sums it up."

Last week you said you needed to go back to the wind tunnel. Where do you think you are now?

"We’re further off than we were last week."

Did you expect the tires to last as long as they did today?

"I don’t build tires. The tires suck every week."

How far off are you guys?

"We haven’t been close to a race-winning car in a race yet."

Is it organizational, or what do you attribute it to?

"I just drive."

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<strong>Kyle Busch leads the pack heading into turn 1 at Texas Motor Speedway on Sunday. Busch ended up finishing 10th in the race. [AP Photo/Larry Papke]</strong>

Kyle Busch leads the pack heading into turn 1 at Texas Motor Speedway on Sunday. Busch ended up finishing 10th in the race. [AP Photo/Larry Papke]

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Scott Wright

A lifelong resident of the Oklahoma City metro area, Scott Wright has been on The Oklahoman staff since 2005, covering a little bit of everything on the state's sports scene. He has been a beat writer for football and basketball at Oklahoma and... Read more ›

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