Kyle Larson takes first stage win of 2018 at Kansas

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Kyle Larson takes first stage win of 2018 at Kansas
Jim Utter
By: Jim Utter
May 13, 2018, 1:54 AM

Kyle Larson, who started the race from the rear of the field, took the Stage 2 win at Kansas Speedway over Kevin Harvick.

Kyle Larson, Chip Ganassi Racing, Chevrolet Camaro Clover
Kyle Larson, Chip Ganassi Racing, Chevrolet Camaro Clover
Kyle Larson, Chip Ganassi Racing, Chevrolet Camaro Clover
Kevin Harvick, Stewart-Haas Racing, Ford Fusion Busch Light
Kevin Harvick, Stewart-Haas Racing, Ford Fusion Busch Light
Ryan Blaney, Team Penske, Ford Fusion REV Group
Ryan Blaney, Team Penske, Ford Fusion REV Group

Larson got around Harvick for the lead following the completion of a round of green-flag pit stops on Lap 131. It’s the first stage win of the season for Larson.

Ryan Blaney finished third, Kyle Busch was fourth and Joey Logano completed the top-five.

Completing the Top 10 and also collecting stage points were Aric Almirola, Kurt Busch, Clint Bowyer, Erik Jones and Martin Truex Jr.

During the break between Stages 1 and 2, all of the lead-lap cars pit for fuel and tires with Harvick the first off pit road and retook the lead when Stage 2 went green on Lap 89. He was followed by Blaney and Brad Keselowski.

Chris Buescher was penalized during the stops for an uncontrolled tire and restarted the stage from the rear of the field.

On Lap 94, Daniel Suarez had to drop to pit road under green for a loose wheel. He was running 20th at the time.

Larson moved into the third position behind Harvick and Blaney on Lap 103.

Keselowski, running fifth, dropped to pit road on Lap 107 with what he believed to be a left-rear loose wheel. He returned to the track in 23rd, one lap down.

With 40 to go in the stage, Denny Hamlin dropped to pit road under green and Keselowski had to make a second pit stop for yet another loose wheel.

Hamlin’s move triggered a round of green-flag stops for several teams, who elected to cut the second stage in half.

Once the green-flag stops were completed on Lap 130, Harvick had returned to the lead, followed by Larson and Blaney. On the very next lap, Larson went to the inside of Harvick and took the lead for the first time in the race.

With 20 to go in the stage, Larson had moved out to almost a second lead over Harvick, followed by Blaney, Kyle Busch and Kurt Busch.

 

 

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Series NASCAR Cup
Event Kansas
Location Kansas Speedway
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing
Author Jim Utter
Article type Race report