Martin Truex Jr. extended his lead in the stage points standings with a victory in Stage 2 of Sunday’s AAA 400 Drive for Autism at Dover International Speedway — his eighth of the season.
With tire strategy shaking up the field a bit in Stage 2, Jimmie Johnson finished second.
Joe Gibbs Racing teammates Matt Kenseth and Kyle Busch finished the stage third and fourth, respectively in the Nos. 20 and 18 Toyotas.
Kyle Larson, who had pitted off cycle from the leaders, made his way back up to fifth place in the No. 42 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet by the end of the stage.
Martin Truex Jr. led 68 of the first 120 laps of Sunday’s AAA 400 Drive for Autism at Dover International Speedway, giving his No. 78 Furniture Row Racing Toyota the Stage 1 win. This marks Truex’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series-leading seventh stage win of the season.
Kyle Larson, who battled Truex Jr. for the lead much of the first stage, finished second in the No. 42 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet.
Kevin Harvick’s No. 4 Ford came in third in Stage 1, followed by Matt Kenseth in the No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota.
Ten-time winner Dover winner Jimmie Johnson’s No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet rounded out the top five.
Pole-sitter Kyle Busch had trouble early when his pit crew didn’t get any lugs secured on the rear left wheel. He recovered and finished Stage 1 running ninth.
Several cars exited the race before Stage 1 was completed: Kurt Busch’s No. 41 Ford, Brad Keselowski’s No. 2 Ford and Ricky Stenhouse’s No. 17 Ford.
The top 10 finishers in both Stage 1 and Stage 2 receive race points. The race winner will receive 40 points and five playoff points at the conclusion of the Final Stage.
Stage 1 results
Stage 2 results