Kyle Busch earns first victory of 2020 at Texas

On a gloomy, misty Sunday in Fort Worth, TX, madness occurred in the push to reach the Championship 4 before the race was pushed to the midweek. After a 72-hour red flag, Kyle Busch finally prevailed this season to claim his first Cup Series victory in 2020.

Prior to the competition caution, both Chris Buescher and J.J. Yeley suffered hard crashes into the turn two wall.

Following the competition caution, championship favorites had issues in turn two as Denny Hamlin slid up the track and fell back outside the top 20. A few laps later, Kevin Harvick chased his car up the racetrack and hit the wall coming off of turn two. He had to pit for damage and new tires, which allowed Alex Bowman to take the lead.

A caution came out soon after for precipitation.

The race was postponed until Wednesday afternoon due to rain and ongoing mist that kept the track moist Monday and Tuesday. NASCAR finally got a window on Wednesday due to drier conditions and no rain.

The chaos began immediately, as just three laps into the restart, Matt Kenseth got loose off of turn four and spun out. He collected Bubba Wallace, who hit hard into the outside wall. Hamlin collected grille damage in the incident.

Clint Bowyer, who is retiring at season’s end, scored the stage one win. Martin Truex Jr., Chase Elliott and Joey Logano were the only playoff drivers who finished inside the top 10.

Minus a Joey Gase caution, stage two played out entirely under green. Kyle Busch won stage two, while playoff drivers Truex Jr., Bowman, Brad Keselowski and Harvick earned stage points. Elliott missed out on stage points after pitting twice in the closing laps of the stage due to a tire coming apart.

The final stage ran caution-free and came down to fuel mileage. Bowyer led but did not make it to the end as he pitted with around 20 laps to go. It was Kyle Busch assuming the lead from him and having to conserve fuel to hold off Truex Jr.

Truex closed the gap to a half-second behind Busch but it wasn’t enough as Busch held on for his first victory of 2020.

It was a solid day for Toyota as they swept the podium with Truex Jr. finishing second, and rookie Christopher Bell scoring a career-high third-place finish. Ryan Blaney and Bowman rounded out the top five.

The Championship 4 will be set on Sunday at Martinsville Speedway in the penultimate race of the 2020 season.

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