The Latest: Kurt Busch wins first stage at Kentucky Speedway

The Latest: Kurt Busch wins first stage at Kentucky Speedway

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SPARTA, Ky. (AP) — The Latest on Saturday night’s NASCAR race at Kentucky Speedway (all times local):

8:45 p.m.

Kurt Busch has earned his first NASCAR stage win of the season by winning the first 80-lap segment of the Cup Series race at Kentucky Speedway.

It is the first stage victory for Busch since he joined Chip Ganassi Racing earlier this year, and the first for the No. 1 Chevrolet.

Busch started fourth and passed Brad Keselowski after a restart, then outdueled Keselowski and his Team Penske teammate Joey Logano until the end of the stage.

Logano was second with two-time race winner Kyle Busch third. His Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Denny Hamlin was fourth and Aric Almirola was fifth.

Pole sitter Daniel Suarez led the first 49 laps before dropping back to 14th after a poor pit call to take four tires during an early stop. Almost every other team either changed two tires, or took fuel only.


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