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“They won me the race getting me off pit road first, being able to dictate the restart and just run a hard pace there,” said Busch, who was later asked if he would have been able to catch Truex without that final caution, and if he would have then been able to get around him.

“That’s a lot of ifs, and unfortunately, I don’t really have an answer for you,” he said. “But I’d like to say that we had a shot at him.”

Truex has now gone 210 races since his last Cup victory in June 2007, a span in which he has finished second six times.

His Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota led 142 laps at Texas after not being in front any of the first six races this season. NASCAR discovered a problem afterward, saying that the No. 56 was too low in the front. The sanctioning body said the issue would be looked at further and addressed in the next few days.

“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,” said Truex, who did move from 25th to 16th in season points. “Circumstances, the way they play out sometimes, they go that way. … Second is a great accomplishment, but it’s not what we’re here for.”