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Ryan Blaney Holds Off Hard-Charging Kyle Busch For Stage 1 Win in Cup Race at Texas

FORT WORTH, TEXAS – JULY 19: Aric Almirola, driver of the #10 Smithfield Hometown Original Ford, and Ryan Blaney, driver of the #12 Menards/Maytag Ford, lead the field to start the NASCAR Cup Series O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on July 19, 2020 in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

Ryan Blaney scored his second Stage win of the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series season when he held off a hungry Kyle Busch on the final lap of Stage 1 in Sunday’s O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 at Texas Motor Speedway.

Ryan Blaney led 32 laps in Stage 1, which tied polesitter Aric Almirola for the most laps led in the opening Stage of the race.

Kevin Harvick was third in Stage 1 and he was followed by Tyler Reddick and William Byron in the top-five.

Kurt Busch, Jimmie Johnson, Alex Bowman, Chris Buescher and Martin Truex Jr. rounded out the top-10 in Stage 1.

Truex had been battling for the lead, and actually led five laps in the Stage, however he ran out of fuel during a round of green flag pit stops, which mired him further in the pack. Truex did a great job rallying for a Stage point.

Almirola started the day with brake troubles, but he had overcome them to be the dominant car early in the race. Unfortunately, Almirola was busted for a blend-line violation on pit exit on lap 63. Almirola was able to stay on the lead lap and finished 16th in Stage 1.

Stage and Playoff Points Awarded in Stage 1:

Finish Driver Stage Points Playoff Points
1 Ryan Blaney 10 1
2 Kyle Busch 9 0
3 Kevin Harvick 8 0
4 Tyler Reddick 7 0
5 William Byron 6 0
6 Kurt Busch 5 0
7 Jimmie Johnson 4 0
8 Alex Bowman 3 0
9 Chris Buescher 2 0
10 Martin Truex Jr. 1 0


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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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