Kyle Busch does a Texas two-step

Kyle Busch firing six-shooters loaded with blanks after he won the NRA 500 on Saturday night.
Kyle Busch firing six-shooters loaded with blanks after he won the NRA 500 on Saturday night. (LARRY PAPKE / AP)
Posted: April 15, 2013

FORT WORTH, Texas - Kyle Busch was just trying to maintain the pace behind Martin Truex Jr. while waiting for his chance.

His team pounced when the yellow flag came out with 21 laps to go in the National Rifle Association 500 on Saturday at Texas Motor Speedway.

Busch finally regained the lead on pit road during that caution, then held on for the final 16 laps after the last restart in the Sprint Cup race, completing a NASCAR weekend sweep.

"As soon as that caution came, my boys stepped up the plate and hit a grand slam," said Busch, who got his 26th career cup win in his 300th start.

In keeping with a long tradition for the winner at Texas, Busch received a cowboy hat and got to fire trophy six-shooters loaded with blanks in Victory Lane.

Busch didn't get a rifle or shotgun for his qualifying run Friday like the other fastest Cup qualifiers had gotten since 2005. But track president Eddie Gossage said Saturday that was because there wasn't a sponsor for that award this year.

It was the second time this season, and a NASCAR-record seventh time in his career, that Busch won Cup and Nationwide races in the same weekend. He was the pole sitter Saturday night, and won the Nationwide race Friday night on the 11/2-mile, high-banked track.

Truex was trying to win for the first time since June 2007, but his winless streak reached 210 races when he finished a half-second behind Busch.

"Debris huh????" Truex posted on Twitter about the caution that cost him the lead.

During Saturday's race, a 42-year-old man died of a gunshot to the head in the infield, and on Sunday, the Tarrant County medical examiner's office said it was a suicide.

Fort Worth police said that Kirk Franklin died of a "self-inflicted injury" after arguing with other campers and that alcohol may have been a factor.

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