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Noah Gragson Snags Stage 2 Win at Phoenix, After Green-White-Checkered Finish

AVONDALE, ARIZONA – MARCH 06: Noah Gragson, driver of the #9 Nationwide Children’s Chevrolet, prepares to drive during practice for the NASCAR Xfinity Series LS Tractor 200 at Phoenix Raceway on March 06, 2020 in Avondale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Justin Allgaier dominated Stage 2 of Saturday’s NASCAR Xfinity Series LS Tractor 200 at Phoenix Raceway, but with about 15 laps left in the Stage, Kyle Busch finally worked his way back to the lead of the race.

However, with less than 10 laps left in the Stage, a caution for Colby Howard pounding the wall, set up a wild finish to Stage 2 of the race.

A green-white-checkered finish to the Stage saw Ross Chastain inherit the lead, when the majority of the field pitted. However, Chastain could not hold off Noah Gragson, who got by coming off the final turn of Stage 2 for the Stage Win. Turns out, Chastain had driven the final lap of the Stage without power steering.

Chastain would hang on for second, while Chase Briscoe would finish third.

Kyle Busch and Justin Allgaier — the two dominant drivers throughout the race — finished fourth and fifth in Stage 2.

Ryan Sieg, Brandon Jones, Harrison Burton, Austin Cindric and Brandon Brown rounded out the top-10 finishers and scored Stage points in Stage 2.

Gragson’s second-career Stage win comes after being sat down by NASCAR Xfinity Series officials during the start of opening practice on Friday. The Series director Wayne Auton had words with Gragson about his aggressive driving as of late. Gragson has, so far, driven cleanly in Saturday’s race and has now snagged a Playoff point and 10 regular season points for his efforts in Stage 2.

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