Kyle Busch wins stage one of Cup race at Kansas
After taking the lead on a restart, Kyle Busch led the final 18 laps to win the first stage of the Go Bowling 400.
The top 10 after 80 laps is Busch, Martin Truex Jr., pole-sitter Ryan Blaney, Kyle Larson, Brad Keselowski, Jimmie Johnson, Kevin Harvick, Denny Hamlin, Kasey Kahne and Kurt Busch.
The stage win is the Joe Gibbs Racing driver’s first since the first stage of the Daytona 500.
Blaney led the first nine laps before Truex took first for 43 laps. Harvick also led 10 laps.
The first two cautions of the race, on Lap 30 and 50, were for Landon Cassill hitting the wall.
During the second caution, Chase Elliott slammed into the left side of Michael McDowell’s car while exiting the pits after a two-tire stop. Elliott’s team pushed the No. 24 Chevrolet back into its pit stall to make repairs. Elliott was seven laps down in last place at the end of the first stage.
Two laps into the next restart, Ty Dillon caused the third caution when he spun in Turn 2.
The second stage is 80 laps, and the final part of the race is 107 laps.