Texas Stage 1, 2 results: Ryan Blaney wins Stages … – NASCAR.com – Nascar
The yellow flag was thrown in the waning laps of Stage 2, causing various pit strategies — and a leaderboard shakeup — amongst the 40-car field.
Ryan Blaney, who was leading at the time of the caution, chose to stay off pit road and won his team another stage victory, collecting a total of 20 points (10 points per stage).
Hendrick Motorsports’ Jimmie Johnson earned nine points on the heels of an up-and-down weekend for the reigning series champ. Johnson’s two teammates Chase Elliott and Dale Earnhardt Jr. joined him inside the top 10, taking six and two points, respectively.
After failing to collect any points in Stage 1, 2017 Daytona 500 winner Kurt Busch completed the session sixth, followed by fellow Stewart-Haas Racing wheelman — and race polesitter — Kevin Harvick in seventh.
Blaney dominated the speed charts during Stage 1 at Texas Motor Speedway, earning his first stage win of 2017. The Wood Brothers Racing wheelman’s No. 21 Ford sat atop the leaderboard for 66 circuits in the 85-lap stage.
Next up was Las Vegas winner Martin Truex Jr. in his No. 78 Furniture Row Racing Toyota.
Points leader Kyle Larson also finished within the top 10, accelerating his No. 42 Chevy to the sixth position after starting toward the back in 32nd.
Kyle Busch, too, made an impressive comeback, marching his way to 10th, following a rocky weekend. Busch clipped the wall during the opening minutes of first practice and failed to make a qualifying attempt with his team working on his Toyota.