Kyle Busch Wins Stage 2 of O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 at Texas Motor Speedway

Written by Adrian Beecher
NO LIMITS, TX — Winning the battle off of pit road ahead of the drop of the green flag in stage 2 was Kyle Busch in the No. 18. He would lead the field to get things underway in stage two with Kyle Larson in the No. 42 riding his tail in 2nd.

Larson however, would drop the second spot to Kevin Harvick in the No. 4. Then it was a battle between Harvick and Busch for the lead. It would take Harvick 32 laps into the stage before he would make the pass on Busch.

After making the pas, Harvick would put some distance between himself and Busch quickly, with a 1.698-second lead just 6 laps after making the pass. This is also when the sun decided to poke its very welcomed rays for the first time of the day.

On lap 128, the caution would come out for the 3rd time as Kyle Larson had a right front tire blow while running in 4th. Larson would slam violently into the turn two wall, ending his day early. That is the same way his race ended the last time he was in Texas.


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During the yellow flag pit stops, a lug not got stuck in the jack of Kevin Harvick, resulting in him losing eight spots. Kurt Busch would win the battle off pit road and take the top spot. His brother Kyle Busch lined up on the inside in 2nd.

The field would get restarted with the drop of the green flag on lap 134. Shortly after, trouble struck again for Harvick as he had to come back down pit road after he reported a loose tire.

With just four laps left in stage two, Kyle Busch would make the pass on his brother Kurt to take the lead. Kyle then was able to hold off Kurt to take the stage two victory, his second stage win of the season.

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