Kyle Busch, with two NASCAR Cup
Serieswins at Kentucky, already put himself in goodposition for a third. Busch dominated much of the 80-lap stage and then fended off his Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Erik Jones after green-flag stops to claim the stage win .AustinDillon was third, Joey Logano was fourth and Clint Bowyer rebounded from a tough Stage 2 to finish fifth. Following the break between Stages 1 and 2, Kyle Busch was the first off pit road thanks to a two-tire spot but several lead-lap cars elected to remain on
With 60 laps remaining in the second stage, Bowyer had closed to the rear bumper of Stenhouse with hopes of challenging him for the lead. On Lap 102, Kyle Busch dove to the inside of Bowyer to claim the runner-up position and set his sights on Stenhouse.
Two laps later, Kyle Busch passed Stenhouse and took the lead for the first time in the race. Daniel Suarez dropped to pit road on Lap 107 and then was penalized for speeding during his stop. He had to
After 115 laps, Kyle Busch had opened up a more than 3-second lead over Stenhouse while Bowyer continued to run in
On Lap 120, Logano also made a green-flag stop complaining of