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Kyle Busch sweeps stage wins in Auto Club 400

Stage 2 recap

Kyle Busch swept the opening stages of Sunday’s Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway, leading a total of 100 laps and taking both green-and-white checkered flags.

The stage win is his series-leading fourth of the season. The 2015 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion pitted from the lead on Lap 93 but regained it shortly after green flag stops cycled through.

RELATED: Full Stage 2 results

Brad Keselowski, Ryan Blaney, Joey Logano  and Aric Almirola rounded out the top five stage finishers.

Early in the stage, Daniel Hemric was forced to pit road after taking a flat tire in the same fashion as his teammate Austin Dillon saw in Stage 1. Clint Bowyer and Corey LaJoie got into each other with less than 10 to go, but both drivers were able to maintain control of their rides. It was a clean stage otherwise, with no cautions.

Finish Driver Team Race Points
1 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing 10
2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske 9
3 Ryan Blaney Team Penske 8
4 Joey Logano Team Penske 7
5 Aric Almirola Stewart-Haas Racing 6
6 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing 5
7 Erik Jones Joe Gibbs Racing 4
8 Kurt Busch Chip Ganassi Racing 3
9 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing 2
10 Chase Elliott Hendrick Motorsports 1

Stage 1 recap

Looking for his 200th career NASCAR national series victory, Kyle Busch got off to the right start by scoring the win in the first stage of the Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway on Sunday.

Busch moved up from his starting position of fourth quickly before trading the lead a few times and re-claiming it on a restart at the end of the stage. The stage win is his third of the 2019 season.

Joey Logano, Denny Hamlin, Kevin Harvick and Aric Almirola finished second through fifth, respectively.

RELATED: Full Stage 1 results

The first stage saw four race leaders, with Hamlin, Almirola and William Byron also spending time out front.

With five laps remaining, Busch Pole Award winner Austin Dillon suffered a tire issue, forcing him to pit from fifth place. The incident brought out the first caution of the stage. Busch re-started fourth, but moved his way to the front of the field before a Ricky Stenhouse Jr. spin brought out the caution to end the stage.

Finish Driver Team Race Points
1 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing 10
2 Joey Logano Team Penske 9
3 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing 8
4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing 7
5 Aric Almirola Stewart-Haas Racing 6
6 Erik Jones Joe Gibbs Racing 5
7 Daniel Suarez Stewart-Haas Racing 4
8 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports 3
9 Ryan Blaney Team Penske 2
10 Daniel Hemric Richard Childress Racing 1