Martin Truex Jr. wins Stages 1, 2 at Michigan

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Much like in the first stage, Kyle Larson led the bulk of Stage 2 laps (47) in the No. 42 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet but lost the stage to Martin Truex Jr., who captured his 10th stage win of the season in the No. 78 Furniture Row Racing Toyota.

Truex led only the last six laps of Stage 2 but took all 10 stage points due to being the top finisher and the all important playoff point.

Kyle Busch grabbed second place in the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota, and Larson finished the stage third.

Matt Kenseth was charging hard in the No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota behind leader Larson before a round of green-flag pit stops near the end of Stage 2, but he overshot his pit box slightly, had to back up and lost some position. He radioed the team during the end of stage caution that he was worried about his pit road speed, glanced down to check and just overshot the box.

Kenseth recovered and finished the stage in fourth place, followed by Stewart-Haas Racing’s Clint Bowyer in the No. 14 Ford.


Martin Truex Jr. took the lead after a round of pit stops at the Lap 25 competition caution in Sunday’s FireKeepers Casino 400 at Michigan International Speedway and held on for his series-leading ninth stage victory in the No 78 Furniture Row Racing Toyota. He bettered Kyle Larson, who was the class of the field for most of Stage 1 in Michigan, leading 34 of the stage’s 60 laps.

Truex has three times as many Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series stage wins as Larson (3) and more than twice as many as Kyle Busch (4). Kevin Harvick and Ryan Blaney also have three stage wins.

Larson finished second in the No. 42 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet in Stage 1. Busch came in third and had the fastest speed of the first stage at 195.043 mph in the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Chevrolet.

Stage 2 results

Finish Driver Team Race points
 1.  Martin Truex Jr.  Furniture Row Racing  10
2.  Kyle Busch  Joe Gibbs Racing 9
3.  Kyle Larson  Chip Ganassi Racing 8
4.  Matt Kenseth  Joe Gibbs Racing 7
5.  Clint Bowyer  Stewart-Haas Racing 6
6.  Kevin Harvick  Stewart-Haas Racing 5
7.  Denny Hamlin  Joe Gibbs Racing 4
8.  Kurt Busch  Stewart-Haas Racing 3
9.  Chase Elliott  Hendrick Motorsports 2
10. Brad Keselowski  Team Penske 1

Stage 1 results

Finish Driver Team Race points
 1.  Martin Truex Jr.  Furniture Row Racing  10
2.  Kyle Larson  Chip Ganassi Racing 9
3.  Kyle Busch  Joe Gibbs Racing 8
4.  Denny Hamlin  Joe Gibbs Racing 7
5.  Matt Kenseth  Joe Gibbs Racing 6
6.  Clint Bowyer  Stewart-Haas Racing 5
7.  Ryan Blaney  Wood Brothers Racing 4
8.  Chase Elliott  Hendrick Motorsports 3
9.  Joey Logano  Team Penske 2
10.  Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports 1