Saturday Night Shootout in Texas Doesn't Include Ford Teams


The NASCAR Sprint Cup circuit paid a visit to Texas Motor Speedway for Saturday night’s Duck Commander 500 under the lights;Nascar Duck Commander 500 Raceunfortunately, the Ford teams left their ammunition at home. Joey Logano was the only Fusion driver to place in the top 15, his 3rd place finish was earned working through traffic after a late race accident bunched the field for the final restart. Despite starting on the outside pole, Logano never led a lap during the course of the evening.The start of the race was delayed for over two hours due to rain and track drying. Carl Edwards and Martin Truex Jr. dominated for most of the event, leading a combined 265 of the 334 laps. But, it was Kyle Bush pulling out the win for the second week in a row with a late charge to the front. Truex finished sixth and Edwards seventh. It was the second consecutive weekend sweep for Kyle Bush having won both races at Martinsville last weekend and taking the Friday-Saturday night combo at Texas.After two disappointing weeks in a row, Ford’s early presence in the playoff standings has virtually disappeared. Only fellow Team Penske driver, Brad Keselowski, accompanies Logano with a top 16 spot in the season standings. Next week the series stops at Bristol for the spring race on the high banked half-mile. Visitors to the coliseum of racing will watch race highlights on a huge cable suspended multi-sided video display similar to those found hanging from the ceilings of basketball and hockey arenas. If you have never visited Bristol Motor Speedway, it is something that should be on the bucket list of any serious NASCAR fan. The beautiful fan-friendly facility combined with the tight fender-bending racing makes Bristol one of my favorite racetracks of all-time.

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Steve Sweitzer
Steve is the Sports Editor for the Lasco Press and highlights our coverage of the NASCAR Cup Series. Steve is a member of the National Motorsports Press Association and a nationally published author of automotive related articles for industry trade magazines. He is also a freelance technical writer and accomplished photographer. A 25-year resident of Southeast Michigan, Steve’s passion for reporting on our community, it’s residents, and our automotive connections allow us to use his skills to cover a number of events. Steve’s ability to seek out the unique behind the scenes accounts that tell the often-overlooked aspect of a story makes for entertaining reading. Follow Steve at with weekly NASCAR updates and featured articles.