On Sunday at Texas Motor Speedway, he again found himself in a classic battle with Harvick, who clearly once again had a vehicle capable of winning.
The victory was the first of the season for the Joe Gibbs Racing driver. It's his third victory at Texas and 44th of his career. It was his fourth stage win of the season, tops in the Cup Series.
It was the third time this year that Busch and Harvick finished 1-2, with Busch getting the better of it for the first time.
"It was certainly a really good day for us", said Busch. "We have so many of these and I feel like we have been a little bit behind on the 1.5-miles but had a really good run today".
Harvick moved back into the lead on lap 116.
He hovered near the back of the top 10 before beginning his charge to the front of the 50 lap of the 334 lap race over the Speedway's 1.5-mile oval. "(Harvick) was probably just a tick faster overall, but I just had to make sure I did everything I could to hit all my marks and everything, and did the right things to block his air and everything, but this Camry was really awesome today", Busch said in victory lane.
Since finishing 25th in the season opener at Daytona, Busch has been in the top seven the last six races. "I've been pumped and excited about that but frustrated at the same time trying to get to Victory Lane". Harvick would trim Busch's lead, but couldn't completely close the gap. By the time that happened - for Paul Menard's crash - nearly all contending drivers except for Harvick had already made pit stops, leaving Harvick on the lead lap behind first-place Erik Jones.
"Today we had to pit under green, and got ourselves a lap down because the pit guns work half the time, and they don't work half the time". "I thought we were going to be in it all day", said Truex. "We had a pathetic day on pit road, and two days because of pit guns".
"Time after time you can't get the lug nuts tight because the pit guns don't work". "Norm Miller is here, so this one means a lot more to win here in Texas, right here in the hometown of the Interstate Batteries' guys".
But Truex wasn't even around for the finish of this one. Truex was running second to Harvick when his right front tire blew entering Turn 4.
"Just blew a right-front tire out of nowhere". We had such a terrible season going and it's awesome to run as good as we did today at a 1.5-mile. "They were really fast, but overall I thought we were a third-place auto". "Now that we've raced a few times, we've seen what the racing looks like, we figured it was time for us to sort of fingerprint the cars. At least that's a positive".
Harvick started the race on the front row, alongside pole sitter Kurt Busch, who was finished the stage third behind his brother, Kyle Busch. Joey Logano, pole victor Kurt Busch, Darrell "Bubba" Wallace Jr., Clint Bowyer and William Byron completed the top 10.
Harvick won in Texas last November and Bowyer is coming off a win at Martinsville in the last NASCAR Cup Series race two weeks ago, before the Easter break. "A strong Friday, a fantastic Saturday and then not the best Sunday", Johnson said.
Rookie William Byron came in 10th for his best career finish.