NASCAR’s top stars battled it out over three stages and 267 laps in Kansas City.
It was the second of three races in the round of 16. The 16-driver playoff field includes William Byron, Martin Truex Jr., Kyle Busch, Kyle Larson (last week’s winner at Darlington), Chris Buescher, Tyler Reddick, Denny Hamlin, Christopher Bell, Ross Chastain, Joey Logano, Ryan Blaney, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Michael McDowell, Brad Keselowski, Kevin Harvick and Bubba Wallace.
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Bell started on the pole Sunday — his fourth pole position in the last eight races. Larson lined up alongside Bell on the front row, followed by Truex, Elliott and Reddick to round out the top-five starting positions.
Truex’s day was cut short almost immediately after crashing into the wall right out of the gate.
Kyle Larson made the most of an opportunity on the restart, taking the lead over from Christopher Bell in Stage 1.
William Byron got loose and spun out in the outside lane, and Austin Dillon also had trouble maintaining his grip on the slick track.
Stage 1 winner
Kyle Larson picked up some points with a Stage 1 victory at Kansas Speedway!
A bit of friction
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. scraped up against the wall early in Stage 2 but was able to keep control.
A pain in the rear
After racing near the front of the pack for most of the race, Bubba Wallace ran into trouble with a right rear flat tire, falling two laps behind.
On a chaotic restart, Austin Cindric and Michael McDowell made contact, spinning Cindric off the track.
The restarts stayed dicey all throughout the race, with Brad Keselowski and Chase Elliott taking advantage of the chaos to reshuffle the racing order.
Battle for Stage 2
Keselowski was able to edge out Elliott for the Stage 2 victory and some all-important playoff points.
Denny Hamlin ran side-by-side with Keselowski in the front, finally overtaking him for the top spot, while Tyler Reddick challenged from third.
As the race entered its final stretch, Hamlin maintained his lead, while Reddick zoomed just one second behind.
A late-race caution was called when Chris Buescher blew a tire on the backstretch.
Elliot made his anger known to teammate Larson coming off of pit road with a pointed bump going into the restart.
Reddick takes the race!
Reddick found the momentum to launch into first place on the final lap of the race, earning his fifth career win and moving on to the Round of 12!
FINAL LAPS: Tyler Reddick books a spot in the Round of 12 by earning the checkered flag at Kansas Speedway
Setting the stage
Ahead of the action, FOX Sports’ Bob Pockrass broke down what and who to watch out for in Sunday’s race.
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