Brad Keselowski started from the top spot after a random qualifying draw, and led a solid chunk of the laps in Stage 1 in Sunday’s The Real Heroes 400 at Darlington Raceway. However, it was a slow pit stop by Kevin Harvick’s team which helped Keselowski regain the lead in Stage 2.
As a result, Keselowski was able to hold off the rest of the field for the Stage 2 win, his second Stage win of the year.
Alex Bowman, who has been fast all day, ended Stage 2 in second, while Martin Truex Jr., Kevin Harvick and Clint Bowyer rounded out the top-five in the Stage.
Kurt Busch was sixth, while Ryan Preece impressed with a seventh-place finish in the Stage in JTG Daugherty Racing’s No. 37 car.
Joey Logano, Denny Hamlin and Erik Jones capped off the top-10 in the Stage.
Ryan Newman sits 15th in his first race back after sustaining injuries in the season-opening Daytona 500 and Kyle Busch is 16th.
Busch started the day from the rear after his car failed pre-race inspection twice. Busch also slapped the wall in Stage 2, which led to a sponsorship decal ripping off the wall causing a bizarre caution.
Stage 1 winner William Byron spun due to a loose wheel, and suffered major damage to his No. 24 car. He sits three laps off the pace in 34th.
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