MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES
O’Reilly Auto Parts 500
Texas Motor Speedway – Fort Worth, Texas
Sunday, April 8, 2018
Race Winner: Kyle Busch
Team: No. 18 – Interstate Batteries Toyota
Owner: Joe Gibbs Racing
Crew Chief: Adam Stevens
IN THE WORDS OF THE WINNER – “It feels awesome. Any time you can win at a track that kind of isn’t maybe one of your favorites or isn’t one of your best, then it definitely means even more because it just – you try to focus on those tracks and make it a little bit more meaningful and a little bit more special to get it done. So cool though to be in Victory Lane here - finally this year and punch our ticket into the Playoffs and of course, you know also just continue our hot streak of being the points leader right now and keeping these guys focused on what we need to do all year long.”
-- Kyle Busch
Kyle Busch won the 22nd annual O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 at Texas Motor Speedway Sunday afternoon. For Busch, it was his 44th win in 469 career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) starts and his first this year. It is the 14th straight year in which Busch has won at least one MENCS race, covering all of his full-time seasons in the series.
With the win, Busch clinched a spot in the 2018 MENCS playoffs, which concludes with the Ford EcoBoost 400 championship race on November 18 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
Today’s victory marked Busch’s fifth straight finish in the top-3. In addition, it was his third win in 25 starts at Texas Motor Speedway.
Kevin Harvick was second and Jamie McMurray was third today.
Kevin Harvick won Stage 1 of today’s race while Kyle Busch took Stage 2.
With wins to their credit this year, Austin Dillon, Kevin Harvick, Martin Truex Jr., Clint Bowyer and Kyle Busch have clinched spots in the 2018 MENCS playoffs, which culminates with the Ford EcoBoost 400 championship race on Sunday, November 18 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
In 13 career starts at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Kyle Busch has finished in the top-10 six times and the top-5 on three occasions. This includes a win in the 2015 Ford EcoBoost 400 when he captured the MENCS championship.
NASCAR XFINITY SERIES
Ryan Blaney won the 22nd annual My Bariatrics Solutions 300 NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) race Saturday afternoon at Texas Motor Speedway. It was his seventh victory in 66 career NXS starts.
NXS regulars Christopher Bell and Daniel Hemric finished second and third, respectively.
With a win to his credit this season, rookie Tyler Reddick has clinched a spot in the NXS playoffs, which concludes with the Ford EcoBoost 300 championship race on Saturday, November 17 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES
The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) was off this weekend. They will return to action on Friday May 4 with the JEGS 200 at Dover International Speedway.
With wins this year, NCWTS regulars Johnny Sauter and Brett Moffitt have secured spots in the NCWTS playoffs, which concludes with the Ford EcoBoost 200 championship race on Friday, November 16 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.