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Joey Logano sweeps stages at Richmond; Kurt Busch nabs milestone

Joey Logano swept the first two stages in Saturday night’s Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond Raceway. It was Logano’s first two stage wins of the season, and he held off Clint Bowyer, Aric Almirola and Kurt Busch as Fords claimed the top four spots in the stage.

While Logano got the stage win, Busch passed the milestone of 9,000 laps led in his Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career, becoming the 21st driver to accomplish the feat. Busch crossed the plateau on his ninth lap led Saturday, which was the 175,454th lap of his career.

RELATED: Stage 2 results | Drivers with 9,000 laps led

William Byron was the top Chevrolet in the stage in fifth place, and Kyle Busch led the Toyota camp in sixth place.

Kevin Harvick finished the stage in 10th place, an impressive feat after being penalized on pit road when his crew threw equipment.

Finish Driver Team Race points
1  Joey Logano  Team Penske 10
2  Clint Bowyer  Stewart-Haas Racing 9
3  Aric Almirola  Stewart-Haas Racing 8
4  Kurt Busch  Stewart-Haas Racing 7
5  William Byron  Hendrick Motorsports 6
6  Kyle Busch  Joe Gibbs Racing 5
7  Ryan Newman  Richard Childress Racing 4
8  Brad Keselowski  Team Penske 3
9  Martin Truex Jr.  Furniture Row Racing 2
10  Kevin Harvick  Stewart-Haas Racing 1

Stage 1

Joey Logano took the lead from pole-sitter Martin Truex Jr. on Lap 39 and didn’t look back en route to winning Stage 1 on Saturday at Richmond. For Logano, the defending winner of this race, it was his first stage win of the 2018 season.

Aric Almirola finished second with Stewart-Haas Racing teammate Kurt Busch third, William Byron in fourth and another SHR Ford in Clint Bowyer rounding out the top five.

RELATED: Stage results | Photos from Richmond

Among the big movers in the stage was Kyle Busch, who advanced to sixth place after starting in the 32nd position. Almirola, meanwhile, gained 23 spots after starting in 25th place as SHR continued to show speed early in the season.

Jimmie Johnson scraped the outside wall in Turn 2 on Lap 23, taking minor damage, but continued in the race. Johnson finished the stage in 24th place.

Finish Driver Team Race points
1 Joey Logano  Team Penske 10
2 Aric Almirola  Stewart-Haas Racing 9
3 Kurt Busch  Stewart-Haas Racing 8
4 William Byron  Hendrick Motorsports 7
5 Clint Bowyer  Stewart-Haas Racing 6
6 Kyle Busch  Joe Gibbs Racing 5
7 Chase Elliott  Hendrick Motorsports 4
8 Austin Dillon  Richard Childress Racing 3
9 Martin Truex Jr.  Furniture Row Racing 2
10 Kevin Harvick  Stewart-Haas Racing 1