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Truex Jr., Keselowski claim Coca-Cola 600 stage victories

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Truex Jr., Keselowski claim Coca-Cola 600 stage victories

STAGE 3 Martin Truex Jr., the 2016 winner of the Coca-Cola 600, won Stage 3 of the crown jewel event on Sunday at Charlotte Motor Speedway. His No. 19 Toyota coming to life under the lights, Truex Jr. and teammate Kyle Busch combined to lead every lap of the 100-lap Stage 3. It's the second […]

STAGE 3

Martin Truex Jr., the 2016 winner of the Coca-Cola 600, won Stage 3 of the crown jewel event on Sunday at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

His No. 19 Toyota coming to life under the lights, Truex Jr. and teammate Kyle Busch combined to lead every lap of the 100-lap Stage 3. It’s the second stage win of the season for Truex.

RELATED: Stage 3 results

Busch finished the stage second, with Chase Elliott, Ryan Blaney and Kurt Busch making up the rest of the top five. See full results from the top 10 below.

The Coca-Cola 600 is the only race of the season with four stages instead of three. Due to the nature of racing 600 miles, the race is broken up into four 100-lap stages, making it the single race that awards the most points all year.

Finish Driver Team Points
1 Martin Truex Jr. Joe Gibbs Racing 10
2 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing 9
3 Chase Elliott Hendrick Motorsports 8
4 Ryan Blaney Team Penske 7
5 Kurt Busch Chip Ganassi Racing 6
6 Alex Bowman Hendrick Motorsports 5
7 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Team Penske 4
8 Joey Logano Team Penske 3
9 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing 2
10 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing 1

STAGE 2

Brad Keselowski won the second stage of the Coca-Cola 600 on Sunday night in the same fashion as he took the first — with a four-tire pit stop following a late caution. Keselowski took the lead from Alex Bowman with two laps remaining in Stage 2, and held off the No. 88 Chevrolet for his second stage win of the night.

Bowman held on to finish second, with Kyle Busch, Chase Elliott and William Byron rounding out the top five. The top-10 results are below.

RELATED: Stage 2 results

The stage win was the fourth of the year for Keselowski, worth four playoff points once the postseason kicks off in September.

Finish Driver Team Points
1 Brad Keselowski Team Penske 10
2 Alex Bowman Hendrick Motorsports 9
3 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing 8
4 Chase Elliott Hendrick Motorsports 7
5 William Byron Hendrick Motorsports 6
6 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing 5
7 Ryan Blaney Team Penske 4
8 Kurt Busch Chip Ganassi Racing 3
9 Joey Logano Team Penske 2
10 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing 1

STAGE 1
Four tires on the final pit stop of Stage 1 was the ticket for Brad Keselowski.

The Team Penske driver joined the majority of the field in heading down pit road for fresh Goodyears after the third caution of the night on Lap 73. Seven cars stayed out on older tires, but the No. 2 Ford positioned himself to rocket past Daniel Hemric on Lap 82 for the lead — and the No. 2 would get back to the point following a pair of late restarts in the 100-lap Stage 1.

The stage win gives Keselowski 10 race points and a crucial playoff point.

Keselowski held off Denny Hamlin to win his third stage of the season. Hamlin and his Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Kyle Busch hounded Kevin Harvick on the final lap of Stage 1 and blew past him on the inside for position — and Chase Elliott would work his way ahead of Harvick, too, as the No. 4 Ford fell from second to fifth in one lap.

The top-10 results are below.

RELATED: Full Stage 1 results

It was a stage of attrition in a sense, with five cautions for on-track incidents — three of which were for single-car incidents when a Toyota got into the wall, including then-race leader Martin Truex Jr.

Finish Driver Team Points
1 Brad Keselowski Team Penske 10
2 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing 9
3 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing 8
4 Chase Elliott Hendrick Motorsports 7
5 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing 6
6 William Byron Hendrick Motorsports 5
7 Joey Logano Team Penske 4
8 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports 3
9 Martin Truex Jr. Joe Gibbs Racing 2
10 Ryan Blaney Team Penske 1