Kyle Busch cruises to Stage 1 win in Auto Club 400
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 Daniel Suarez 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.
|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||Daniel Suarez||Stewart-Haas Racing||6|
|6||Aric Almirola||Stewart-Haas Racing||5|
|7||Erik Jones||Joe Gibbs Racing||4|
|8||Jimmie Johnson||Hendrick Motorsports||3|
|9||Ryan Blaney||Team Penske||2|
|10||Daniel Hemric||Richard Childress Racing||1|
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