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NASCAR NOTES: Toyota teams dominate in Texas

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The two best cars battled it out under the lights at Texas Motorspeedway Saturday night, with Martin Truex falling short in the final laps to Kyle Busch for the win.

The win completed a weekend sweep for Busch, making him the first driver to accomplish that feat in the speedway's April events. It also gives him more than 100 combined victories when you consider all three of NASCAR's series.

"I've got a lot to be thankful for and a lot of people to be thankful to," said Busch on his career stats. "Unfortunately, there is a guy named Jimmie Johnson out there that has absolutely murdered the stat book for the rest of us."

Fellow Toyota driver Truex had a car that could compete with Busch, but a late caution relegated him to a frustrating second place finish.

"The last caution came out and we got beat out of the pits and that was the race," said Truex on finishing second again at Texas. "I feel like we've been in this position a bunch of times. Just running second sucks, especially when you're that fast."

It has been a tough season for Truex and his team. Finishing second should be a boost in the arm, but it's still hard to accept.

"We've had a rough season so far as finishes go," continued Truex. "Finishing second is good. I'm not saying that's not the case. It's just when you've been so close to winning so many times since your last one, it really sucks to run that good and finish second."

It was a classic battle between the two Toyota teams, but Busch knew that if he could get in front when the final caution came out, he would have the advantage.

Fortunately for him, his pit crew broke off their best stop of the night, allowing Busch to exit the pits in first place.

"I felt like our car was a little bit better than his if I could get to the clean air," continued Busch. "It was good racing with him and it is cool to see the Toyotas running up front like that."

After missing the Chase last season, Busch and his No.18 team are in a great position to make the Chase in 2013 with two wins already in their pockets.

"Right now, obviously, winning two races so far this year, you'd say that's a lock," commented Busch on his Chase chances. "But anything can happen."

Busch has always been a streaky type of driver, and judging from his team's performance in the last few weeks, this could the year that he finally fulfills his potential.

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