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It works out for one Busch brother

Kyle runs out of gas after leading most of the way in the Dickies 500 at Texas Motor Speedway and Kurt wins it. Points leader Jimmie Johnson crashes but returns to race and finishes 38th.

November 09, 2009|Associated Press

FORT WORTH — Jimmie Johnson's drive to history took a hard hit against the wall and Kyle Busch ran out of gas trying to complete an unprecedented NASCAR trifecta.

Kurt Busch won at Texas Motor Speedway on Sunday, taking over the lead with 2 1/2 laps left when his younger brother's car suddenly slowed on the backstretch after leading 232 of the 334 laps.

Johnson, the series points leader, wrecked on the third lap. His crew needed more than an hour to basically rebuild his No. 48 Chevrolet, but he returned to finish 38th -- 129 laps behind Kurt Busch. Johnson's points lead was cut from 184 to 73 over Hendrick teammate Mark Martin, who finished fourth, with two races left.

"It's still a respectable lead, 73 with two to go is a good position to be in," Johnson said.

Kyle Busch won the Nationwide and Camping World Truck races at Texas, and was trying to become the first driver to win in all three of NASCAR's national series on the same weekend. It was the 28th time he ran all three races the same weekend.

"This is the first time Kyle and I raced each other hard," said Kurt Busch, who led six times for 89 laps and ran second behind his brother much of the race. "It's bittersweet; I was rooting for him, but at the same time this is for us."

Kurt Busch got his second victory of the season in the No. 2 Dodge, and 20th of his career, with an average speed of 147.137 mph. Denny Hamlin finished second, 25.686 seconds behind, and Matt Kenseth was third.

Jeff Gordon, another Hendrick driver who is third in points, finished 13th. He cut his points deficit to Johnson from 192 to 112 but lost ground on Martin.

Kyle Busch, who finished 11th, had trouble refiring his car after his splash-and-dash stop.

Dave Rogers, who made his debut as Kyle Busch's crew chief in Sprint Cup, said they thought they had enough fuel to finish the race and described the driver as "frustrated." Busch didn't talk to reporters.

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