After a weekend marred by rain the NASCAR Nationwide series hit the track after the Sprint Cup race ended.
There were 15 double duty drivers running at least 800 miles on Monday.
Joey Logano who earned the pole on Friday would lead them to the green. For the guys running two races, this would definitely test their endurance.
Early in the race drivers had a very well, worn race track so they were able to run all over the track. Not surprising, it was the Cup drivers that were battling for the win on Monday.
The first incident related caution was for Justin Lofton who was tagged by Trevor Bayne. Lofton spun hard and hit the inside wall, causing a lot of damage to his car.
He was okay but that caution allowed everyone to hit pit road for more adjustments on lap 67. On the restart Clint Bowyer, Kevin Harvick and Greg Biffle went three wide. Harvick and Bowyer made contact. Bowyer was sideways and quickly dropped back, finally his tire gave way and he hit the wall hard.
Harvick suffered damage and was forced to pit road to make repairs on the caution. Bowyer was upset about how Harvick raced him this early in the race. Bowyer was driving this car in place of Jon Wes Townley who missed the last two races.
Busch was the class of the field, as he easily had the best car all day long. He was going for five in a row at the Texas track.
For Carl Edwards he has never won at TMS in the NNS, and Monday that would continue. He was running in the top five but during green flag stops he broke an axle and saw his strong run go to wayside.
Edwards ended up finishing 30th.
The crew chiefs were now talking pit strategy; some guys were able to make it on fuel others were not, including leader Busch.
That all changed when Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. hit the wall hard after he made contact with teammate Colin Braun. This was not what Stenhouse, who is outside the top 30 in owners points needed.
That brought all the cars to pit road and assured that everyone could make it on fuel. Jason Leffler was willing to gamble took two tires, which did not hold up for long. Busch and Logano battled for the lead with Busch prevailing.
Logano and Busch were pulling away from the field, but Logano was hanging tough with Busch.
Busch was able to hold of Logano and pull into victory lane for the fifth time in a row at TMS.
The rest of the top 10 was Logano, Reed Sorenson, Brad Keselowski, Jamie McMurray, Harvick, Greg Biffle, David Reutimann, Steve Wallace and Paul Menard.
The series heads to Talladega next Saturday afternoon.