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Kyle Busch, Kurt Busch grab stage wins at Phoenix

Kyle Busch snagged his first stage win of the season when he led after Stage 1 ended on Lap 75 in the TicketGuardian 500 at ISM Raceway on Sunday.

Busch grabbed the lead on Lap 58 of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race, passing Kyle Larson’s No. 42 Chevrolet, to surge into the front.

RELATED: Stage 1 results | Photos from Phoenix | Lap-by-Lap updates

Kevin Harvick, winner of the last two races, finished second in Stage 1 in the No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford. Kyle Larson finished third in the No. 42 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet. Denny Hamlin and Martin Truex Jr. rounded out the top five.

Stage 1 featured a competition caution that came on Lap 24 after Corey LaJoie brought out the first caution of the day when the engine appeared to expire on his No. 72 Chevrolet.

The TicketGuardian 500 is scheduled to run 312 laps, 312 miles. Stage 2 ends on Lap 150.

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


Kurt Busch earned his second stage win of the season when he won a one-lap shootout at ISM Speedway for the Stage 2 victory in the TicketGuardian 500. The one-lap race for the green-and-white checkered flag came after a caution five laps before the end of the stage.

Busch was among a handful of drivers who did not come to pit road following the Lap 145 caution, positioning him to grab the stage win. Brad Keselowski was second in the No. 2 Team Penske Ford. Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Kyle Busch and Michael McDowell rounded out the top five.

Four of the top five stage winners did not come to pit road; Kyle Busch was the only car to pit just before the stage ended.

RELATED: Stage 2 results

Stage 2 featured two cautions. The first came out on Lap 121 when Kyle Larson’s No. 42 Chevrolet spun after he reported his rear tires were “shaking.”

The second was caused by Chris Buescher on Lap 145 when his No. 37 Chevrolet hit the outside wall.

Finish Driver Team Race points
1  Kurt Busch  Stewart-Haas Racing 10
2  Brad Keselowski  Team Penske 9
3  Ricky Stenhouse Jr.  Roush Fenway Racing 8
4  Kyle Busch  Joe Gibbs Racing 7
5  Michael McDowell  Front Row Motorsports 6
6  Ty Dillon  Germain Racing 5
7  Kevin Harvick  Stewart-Haas Racing 4
8  Martin Truex Jr.  Furniture Row Racing 3
9  Kasey Kahne  Leavine Family Racing 2
10  Clint Bowyer  Stewart-Haas Racing 1