Hamlin pit in the stage for fuel just and was able to hold off Ryan Blaney for the period win.

Also collecting stage factors include Ryan Newman, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., William Byron, Michael McDowell and Jimmie Johnson.

After the break between Stages 2 and 1, the majority of the lead-lap cars elected to pit using Kyle Busch the first off pit road after having a two-tire pitstop.

Six cars, led by Martin Truex Jr., remained on the trail and he inherited the lead when the race returned to green on Lap 93.

On Lap 9-7, Kyle Busch made his way around next following some of three-wide moves onto the frontstretch to obtain position. Elliott moved in to third.

On Lap 105, Keselowski’s team pushed his No. 2 Ford into the garage. “One thing just shattered,” Keselowski stated.

Chase Elliott got around Kyle Busch off Turn 2 to catch the lead on Lap 109.

Together with 55 laps remaining in the next stage, Elliott held a tiny advantage over Kyle Busch using Joey Logano in third.

Elliott claimed less than a minute advantage over Logano using 40 laps left in the stage. Kyle Busch was Kurt Busch fourth and Harvick had proceeded up to fifth.

On Lap 139, Kurt Busch was the first ever to go to pit road to finish a green-flag pitstop to carry on gas and tires to produce it on the conclusion of this stage. Lots of others fell down to Lap 144.

On Lap 149, smoke began trickling from Kyle Larson’s No. 42 Chevrolet after he tagged the Turn 2 wall and it looked he fell fluid onto the trail since he maneuvered his way down pit road.

The remaining lead-lap cars pit with Hamlin off the first pit road taking fuel only, accompanied by Kyle Busch, Blaney and Suarez. The race returned to green on Lap 159.

Logano was penalized for an outrageous tire and had to restart from the rear of this area.

Together with five laps left in the stage, Hamlin promised a modest lead over Kyle Busch since Blaney had moved into third.


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