After capturing Stage 1, Martin Truex Jr. rallied late to also win Stage 2 of Sunday’s Kobalt 400 NASCAR Cup race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Truex Jr. led most of Stage 2 until the first caution of the stage came with eight laps remaining when, on Lap 152, Derrike Cope spun but did not make contact with walls or other cars.
While Truex pitted on the ensuing stop under caution, Jimmie Johnson and Kurt Busch did not and remained on-track, assuming the 1-2 lead at the restart on Lap 155.
But with old tires, Johnson and Busch did not remain in front for long as Truex rocketed past both drivers to regain the lead and take the second stage of the race as he did with the first.
Brad Keselowski is running second at the end of Stage 2, followed by Kyle Larson, Chase Elliott and Joey Logano.
There have been 10 lead changes and four cautions thus far across both stages.
It’s no secret that Jimmie Johnson is off to a slow start in 2017.
The defending and seven-time NASCAR Cup champion has a starting average of 21.8 and a finishing average of 18.8 in the first five races of this season.
He has just one top-10 finish (ninth at Phoenix), along with 34th at Daytona, 19th at Atlanta, 11th at Las Vegas and 21st Sunday at Fontana.
And let’s not forget he’s 17th in the NASCAR Cup standings heading to one of his strongest tracks, Martinsville Speedway, this Sunday.
On Monday’s edition of NASCAR America, we discussed this: After such a slow start to the season, is there a cause for concern over Johnson’s performance?
On Monday’s edition of NASCAR America, NASCAR Hall of Famer Mark Martin shared his experience of racing in his home state of Arkansas, as well as the excitement he feels watching Kyle Larson compete in the Cup series.
Kyle Larson‘s spectacular weekend at Auto Club Speedway — winning both Saturday’s Xfinity Series race and Sunday’s Auto Club 400 NASCAR Cup event — left him feeling good.
But shortly upon exiting the facility, Larson and several others were involved in a fender-bender right outside the Speedway. Larson was a passenger, not the driver.
No one was injured, Larson tweeted.
But somehow, isn’t that strange fate?
Kyle Larson finally broke his streak of three straight runner-up finishes with his win in Sunday’s Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway.
On Monday’s edition of NASCAR America, the crew discussed his win as well as his maturation as a driver.