William Byron held off a hard-charging Joey Logano to win Stage 1 in the NASCAR Playoffs race at Talladega Superspeedway. It was the Byronâs second stage win of the 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season.
Byron continued a theme of Hendrick Motorsports speed at the 2.66-mile track with teammate Alex Bowman coming in third after Logano in second. Non-playoff driver Ricky Stenhouse Jr. came in fourth, and Brad Keselowski rounded out the top five.
RELATED: Stage 1 results
The stage featured 12 different leaders, including Hendrickâs Chase Elliott, who started on the pole. There were 17 lead changes in the stage and just one caution for the No. 52 of Spencer Boyd slowing on the track.
Just before that caution, Ryan Blaney spun coming onto pit road and lost the lead. Erik Jones also had an anxious moment when he had a tire go down, but he was able to bring the No. 20 Toyota to pit road.
Rain pelted the track during the intermission between Stage 1 and Stage 2 and the race will resume on Monday at 2 p.m. ET with coverage on NBCSN, NBC Sports App, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.
|1||William Byron||Hendrick Motorsports||10|
|2||Joey Logano||Team Penske||9|
|3||Alex Bowman||Hendrick Motorsports||8|
|4||Ricky Stenhouse Jr.||Roush Fenway Racing||7|
|5||Brad Keselowski||Team Penske||6|
|6||Kyle Larson||Chip Ganassi Racing||5|
|7||Jimmie Johnson||Hendrick Motorsports||4|
|8||Daniel Suarez||Stewart-Haas Racing||3|
|9||Kurt Busch||Chip Ganassi Racing||2|
|10||Ryan Blaney||Team Penske||1|