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Daniel Suarez injures left hand in crash on second lap at Texas

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Daniel Suarez injured his left land in a Lap 2 crash Sunday at Texas Motor Speedway.

Suarez showed off his heavily bandaged hand in a Twitter video after the race.

The Joe Gibbs Racing driver was involved in the accident in Turn 4 with Alex Bowman and Paul Menard, Austin Dillon and Ross Chastain

A Joe Gibbs Racing spokesman told NBC Sports that Suarez went to the infield care center after the race and had his left hand put in a splint. Suarez will see a doctor Tuesday in Charlotte.

Suarez finished 29th, 44 laps off the lead. It was his worst finish since the Daytona 500 (37th).

“Unfortunately the impact on Lap 2 hurt my thumb a little bit,” Suarez said. “I just left the care center at the track, and it should be good. But they’re going to take a deep look at it later in the week and see what we got going on.”

Suarez has one top 10 and two top-15 finishes through seven races this season.

“It’s been rough here lately, but we’re going to catch a break here pretty soon, I’m sure of it,” Suarez said in the video. “We have to keep working and for now try to fix this thing (referencing his hand).”

Jamie McMurray leads group of drivers with best finish of season at Texas

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Jamie McMurray was relevant for the first time this season.

After failing to finish better than 16th through the first six races, the Chip Ganassi Racing driver powered his No. 1 Chevrolet to a third-place finish in Sunday’s race at Texas Motor Speedway.

It was his best finish since placing second in the spring race at Talladega last year.

The result came a day after he spun in the Xfinity race at the 1.5-mile track and managed to finish seventh.

“The track is pretty treacherous when you get out of the groove,” McMurray said. “Obviously, I spun out yesterday in the Xfinity race, so I learned not to go up there, but it was a really good day for our Cessna/McDonald’s Chevrolet. We really struggled this year and especially on the 1.5-mile (tracks). I’m really proud of everybody for the car that we had and to be able to put the whole race together. The off-weekend (last weekend) for us couldn’t have come at a better time.”

McMurray’s result is his first top 10 since he finished sixth at Phoenix last November.

Attrition and multiple wrecks helped McMurray and many of the drivers who finished in the top 20.

Erik Jones placed fourth for his first top five of the season and his fourth top 10.

Jones’ No. 20 Toyota led 64 laps, his most on an intermediate track.

“I don’t know that we really had enough for Kyle (Busch) or Kevin (Harvick),” Jones said. “They were really fast, but overall I thought we were a third-place car. Jamie had some tires here at the end, and we couldn’t really do much with them. We didn’t qualify where we wanted to this weekend. It was kind of a – kind of a downer coming into Sunday, but I knew we had a good race car and you know we showed that today. A big step up.”

Darrell Wallace Jr. benefited from pit strategy to finish eighth for his first top 10 since the Daytona 500.

William Byron, after starting from the rear due to an engine change, earned his first career Cup top 10, placing 10th. He is the last Hendrick Motorsports driver to earn a top 10 this season.

“It was really good for us to get a top 10,” Byron said. “Once the sun came out we weren’t quite as good, I don’t think, but (for) starting in the back this was definitely a good day for us. We had a lot of adversity and kept having to go to the back. … It obviously takes a lot of things to happen. We didn’t quite have the speed we wanted to. We were really good in practice, but I think some of our weaknesses showed up when the rubber laid down on the track a little bit on the bottom groove. Overall it was a pretty good day and we can definitely build on this.”

Other notable finishes:

Trevor Bayne, 12th: Best finish since the Daytona 500 (13th).

Ty Dillon, 13th: First top 15 of year, first since Phoenix last November.

Michael McDowell, 14th: Best finish since Daytona 500 (ninth).

Matt DiBenedetto, 16th: Best result since eighth-place finish in last season’s Brickyard 400 (eighth).

Kasey Kahne, 17th: Best finish with Leavine Family Racing.

Ross Chastain, 18th: Career-best Cup finish in eighth start.

Cole Whitt, 19th: Best finish since placing 12th in last season’s Brickyard 400.

—  Gray Gaulding, 20th: Second 20th-place finish of year (Daytona)

Landon Cassill, 21st: Best finish since placing 20th at Chicagoland last September; Ties best finish for StarCom Racing in nine races (Daytona).

Darrell Wallace Jr. earns first top 10 since Daytona 500

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After taking the checkered flag in Sunday’s Cup race at Texas Motor Speedway, Darrell Wallace Jr. gave crew chief Drew Blickensderfer a reassuring message.

Wallace joked that he shouldn’t listen to the Twitter “trolls.” Blickensderfer still had a job for another week.

Wallace was in a good mood. For the first time since his historic second-place finish in the Daytona 500, Wallace had finished in the top 10.

The No. 43 Chevrolet placed eighth in the O’Reilly Auto Parts 500. It’s his only finish higher than 20th in the six races since Daytona.

“Hell yeah, we needed that,” Wallace said. “The guys did a hell of a job all weekend long. I thought we had pretty decent speed and a lot of people in the garage were like ‘Your car is pretty good, so just don’t mess it up.’ ”

Wallace started 15th and thanks to attrition and wrecks throughout the day, stayed just outside the top 10 most of the race.

Late in the final stage, Wallace, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Ryan Newman were the only drivers left in a green-flag run who had not pitted.

Newman slammed into the Turn 1 wall with 34 laps to go. After pitting, Wallace restarted fourth before falling to eighth.

“Drew did a great job doing some pit strategy on that last call to get us out there to fourth,” Wallace said. “I don’t know if we were on the splitter on that last run, but she just wouldn’t turn going down into the corners and gave up a couple of spots. I will beat myself up over that one, but still walking away with my (second) top 10 in the Cup Series is pretty good. Really good day for us. We had some prospects on the box, so I think that went a long way as well. But man, what a good day, what a good weekend.”

Wallace also finished on the lead lap for the first time since Daytona.

The early stretch of his rookie season bottomed out two weeks ago at Martinsville, where he placed 34th, 14 laps down after multiple unscheduled pit stops and a visit to the garage for repairs.

Wallace drew attention midrace when he jockeyed for the free pass spot with Kevin Harvick.

“I will see if I get a text from him later, but I think he knew the circumstances there,” Wallace said. “He knew I wanted that more than him, and I think we ended up both getting it.  I don’t know how. That was fun. That shows how much speed we had in our car, but it also shows the product of racing here at Texas because it’s hard to pass.”

Kyle Busch pads points lead with Texas win

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With his win in Sunday’s Cup race at Texas Motor Speedway, Kyle Busch retained his lead in the points standings.

Busch leads Joey Logano by 38 points.

Through seven races, the top five are Busch, Logano, Ryan Blaney (-51), Kevin Harvick (-59) and Martin Truex Jr. (-66).

Click here for the point standings.

Results, stats for Cup race at Texas Motor Speedway

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Kyle Busch broke through with his first Cup win of 2018, claiming the victory at Texas Motor Speedway over Kevin Harvick.

It is Busch’s first win since last season’s playoff race at Martinsville.

The top five were Busch, Harvick, Jamie McMurray, Erik Jones and Ryan Blaney.

Busch led 116 laps and also won Stage 2.

Click here for results.