Kyle Busch brushed-off his signature bow to the fans Sunday afternoon at Texas Motor Speedway after outlasting Kevin Harvick en route to victory in the 22nd annual O’Reilly Auto Parts 500.
Busch scored his first win of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season, and first for Joe Gibbs Racing, by a margin of 0.300-seconds over Harvick. Busch, who started eighth in his No. 18 Interstate Batteries Toyota Camry, posted his third Cup win at TMS.
“They were probably a tick faster overall,” said Busch, referring to Harvick and his No. 4 Busch Light Ford Fusion. “I had to make sure I hit my marks. It feels awesome. Anytime you can win at a track that maybe is not one of your best, it definitely means more. You try to focus on those tracks and get it done. We punched our ticket into the Playoffs and continue our streak of being the point-leader.”
Interstate Batteries is based in nearby Irving, Texas. Chairman Norm Miller is a longtime supporter of the team owned by NFL Hall of Fame Coach Gibbs.
Busch now is third on the TMS Cup wins list behind seven-time series champion Jimmie Johnson (7) and Carl Edwards (4), who retired after the 2016 season.
The top-five was rounded out by Jamie McMurray, rookie Erik Jones and Ryan Blaney.