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Brad Keselowski Nabs Stage 2 Win at Darlington

DARLINGTON, SOUTH CAROLINA – MAY 17: Brad Keselowski, driver of the #2 Discount Tire Ford, leads Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Busch Light YOURFACEHERE Ford, during the NASCAR Cup Series The Real Heroes 400 at Darlington Raceway on May 17, 2020 in Darlington, South Carolina. NASCAR resumes the season after the nationwide lockdown due to the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19). (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

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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Toby is the Founder, Editor and go-to man for He is also the co-host of The Final Lap Weekly Podcast. Additionally, Toby is a NMPA (National Motorsports Press Association) award winning writer, and has followed NASCAR as a fan since 1993.

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