Kyle Larson wins Stage 2 at Miami, Martin Truex Jr. is top Championship 4 driver
Just as he did in Stage 1, Kyle Larson won Stage 2 of Sunday’s Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
All four Championship 4 drivers are second through fifth: Martin Truex Jr in second, followed by Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch and Brad Keselowski.
Sixth through 10th are Kurt Busch, Matt Kenseth, Joey Logano, Chase Elliott and Denny Hamlin.
Harvick took second from Keselowski on Lap 91, and then Kyle Busch passed Keselowski for third on Lap 100. Truex pushed Keselowski to fifth when he pulled ahead for fourth place on Lap 104.
Kyle Busch passed Harvick to take second on Lap 113, followed by Truex in fourth and Keselowski in fifth.
Larson and Keselowski pitted on Lap 122, while the other three championship drivers pitted one lap later.
Kyle Busch passed Harvick again on Lap 132 to regain the second spot behind race leader Larson. Harvick is third, Keselowski fourth and Truex fifth.
Truex roared past Keselowski for fourth on Lap 138 and it remained that way until Lap 142, when Danica Patrick hit the wall hard after a tire blew, collecting Kasey Kahne.
Patrick tried to drive her wrecked Ford to the garage, but fire broke out and she exited quickly.
Patrick was uninjured, but the incident ended her five-year tenure with Stewart-Haas Racing. Kahne was able to continue in the final race of his six-year tenure with Hendrick Motorsports.
“I hit the wall in 3 and 4 and just got a tire rub (a few laps before the actual blowout) and blew the right rear,” Patrick told NBC. “It’s kind of just the story of the year. I’d start to run better and then just things would happen.”
The restart on Lap 151 saw Larson regain the lead, followed by Truex, Harvick, Keselowski and Kyle Busch in the next four spots.
Kyle Busch would then drop to sixth before rebounding to fourth by the end of Stage 2.