Kyle Busch cruises to stage two victory at New Hampshire

Written by Brett Korpi
Loudon, New Hampshire- Stage-2 of Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Overton’s 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway was slow to get back underway. While under caution from the stage-1 conclusion, the race came to a halt on a red flag due to needed track repairs on turn-3.

After the repairs, the green flag was waived on lap-83 with Kyle Busch leading. Busch, in the #18 Interstate Batteries Toyota, realized he was not going to catch Martin Truex Jr. at the end of stage-1 visited Pit Road and was able to get out in front when the rest of the field went into the pits.

Just five-laps into the start of stage-2 another caution took place. On lap-88 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. drives the #17 Fastenal Ford, got into the #3 Dow Chevrolet is driven by Austin Dillon on turn-4.

The fifth caution of the day lasted five laps with the green flag waiving on lap-93. Busch took over the stage from their opening a two-second lead on Kevin Harvick in the #4 Busch Beer Ford.

That lead would only grow for Busch, getting as large as 5.4-seconds on lap 140. On that lap, Denny Hamlin in the #11 FedEx Office Toyota was able to get by Harvick to take over second-place.

Busch finished the stage off duplicating Truex’s performance from stage-1, leading every lap of the 75-lap stage to secure the stage-2 victory and continuing a successful weekend that saw a NASCAR Xfinity Series victory in the Overton’s 200 on Saturday.

The stage win was the fifth of the season for Busch. Joining him in the top-five are Hamlin, Harvick, Kurt Busch, and Jimmie Johnson.

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