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Truex, Keselowski win stages at Michigan

MORE: Full Stage 2 results

After pacing the field for seven laps, Watkins Glen winner Martin Truex Jr. won Stage 2 of Sunday’s Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway, earning another playoff point for his No. 78 Furniture Row Racing team. This marked Truex’s 15th stage win, the best in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.

Coors Light Pole winner and Stage 1 winner Brad Keselowski was second in Stage 2, his No. 2 Team Penske Ford leading a race-high 103 laps in the Irish Hills through the first two stages.

Kevin Harvick came up third, while rookie Erik Jones was fourth in the second stage. Fellow rookie Daniel Suarez ended Stage 2 in fifth, but experienced handling issues toward the end of the stage.

Kyle Busch came onto pit road at the end of Stage 1 when pit road was closed and had to fight back through the field to the front. He pitted toward the end of Stage 2, giving up the lead, but still finishing ninth in the stage.

Matt Kenseth was penalized during a cycle of green-flag stops with 10 laps to go and had to serve a pass-through penalty.

The final stage is scheduled to conclude at Lap 200.

Finish Driver Team Race points
1.  Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing 10
2.  Brad Keselowski Team Penske 9
3.  Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing 8
4.  Erik Jones Furniture Row Racing 7
5.  Daniel Suarez Joe Gibbs Racing 6
6. Ryan Blaney Wood Brothers Racing 5
7.  Jamie McMurray Chip Ganassi Racing 4
8. Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing 3
9. Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing 2
10.  Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing 1

 

MORE: Full Stage 1 results

Pole-sitter Brad Keselowski earned his fourth stage win of the season by winning Stage 1 of Sunday’s Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway.

Stage 1 was dominated by Keselowski and Kevin Harvick, who took the second spot away from outside pole-sitter Joey Logano on Lap 1 and remained there to finish Stage 1 second. Keselowski’s No. 2 Team Penske Ford led 56 laps in Stage 1.

Chase Elliott’s No. 24 Chevrolet beat Martin Truex Jr.’s No. 78 Toyota by inches for the third spot in Stage 1. Erik Jones, who used pit strategy to pace the field for four laps, ended Stage 1 fifth.

Nearing the end of Stage 1, Logano began to experience a vibration, affecting the handling of his No. 22 Ford. Logano is one of the drivers that most likely needs a win to advance to the playoffs.

Stage 2 ends at Lap 120; the final stage is scheduled to conclude at Lap 200.

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