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Busch, Truex take stage wins in Richmond playoff race – NASCAR

Busch, Truex take stage wins in Richmond playoff race – NASCAR
25 Sep
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Kyle Busch led a Joe Gibbs Racing sweep of the top four spots in Stage 2 of the Federated Auto Parts 400 on Saturday night at Richmond Raceway. Busch took the lead on pit road between Stages 1 and 2 and did not relinquish it, despite a late challenge from teammate Martin Truex Jr., to capture his 11th stage win of the season.

Truex, who won Stage 1, came in second with teammates Denny Hamlin and Erik Jones in third and fourth, respectively. Pole winner Brad Keselowski rounded out the top five.

RELATED: Stage 2 results

Ryan Newman, who entered the night six points below the Round of 12 cutline, came in sixth. Non-playoff driver Jimmie Johnson edged playoff driver Kyle Larson at the start-finish line to finish in 10th and pick up a stage point.

Contact between the No. 3 of Austin Dillon, No. 24 of William Byron and No. 88 of Alex Bowman brought out the stage’s only caution on Lap 111. Bowman expressed frustration with Dillon over his team radio. Bowman was three laps down from the leaders at the end of the stage, while Byron was two laps down.

Place Driver Team Pts
1 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing 10
2 Martin Truex Jr. Joe Gibbs Racing 9
3 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing 8
4 Erik Jones Joe Gibbs Racing 7
5 Brad Keselowski Team Penske 6
6 Ryan Newman Roush Fenway Racing 5
7 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing 4
8 Chase Elliott Hendrick Motorsports 3
9 Clint Bowyer Stewart-Haas Racing 2
10 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports 1

STAGE 1

Martin Truex Jr. won Stage 1 in the Federated Auto Parts 400 on Saturday at Richmond Raceway. Truex, in the No. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota, beat teammate Kyle Busch to the start-finish line for his fifth stage win of the 2019 season. Busch was second in the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota, 5.616 seconds behind.

Pole winner Brad Keselowski was third in the No. 2 Team Penske Ford. Truex passed Keselowski on Lap 54 after Keselowski had led the first 53 circuits around the .75-mile track. Denny Hamlin, in the No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota, and Kevin Harvick, in the No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford, rounded out the top five.

RELATED: Stage 1 results

Non-playoff drivers among the top 10 included Matt DiBenedetto in seventh and Jimmie Johnson in 10th.

Playoff drivers Ryan Blaney, William Byron, Alex Bowman and Joey Logano all finished Stage 1 one lap down to the leaders.

Place Driver Team Pts
1 Martin Truex Jr. Joe Gibbs Racing 10
2 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing 9
3 Brad Keselowski Team Penske 8
4 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing 7
5 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing 6
6 Clint Bowyer Stewart-Haas Racing 5
7 Matt DiBenedetto Leavine Family Racing 4
8 Chase Elliott Hendrick Motorsports 3
9 Erik Jones Joe Gibbs Racing 2
10 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports 1

Source: https://www.nascar.com/news-media/2019/09/21/stage-results-richmond-raceway-monster-energy-nascar-cup-series-playoffs/

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