Brad Keselowski captures Stage 1 of Apache Warrior 400 at Dover


Brad Keselowski captured Stage 1 of Sunday’s Apache Warrior 400 at Dover International Speedway.

Keselowski led 29 of the stage’s 120 laps laps, while pole-sitter Martin Truex Jr. led all drivers with 47 laps led.

Kyle Busch ended the stage in second place, followed by Truex, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Danica Patrick.

Sixth through 10th were Kyle Larson, Chase Elliott, Kevin Harvick, David Ragan and Denny Hamlin.

This race marks the end of the first round of the NASCAR Cup playoffs. When the race ends, the four drivers lowest in the standings will be eliminated from advancing to the second round of the playoffs, which begin next Sunday at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

On Lap 86, Jeffrey Earnhardt lost control of his No. 33 Chevrolet while coming on to pit road. The grandson of NASCAR Hall of Famer Dale Earnhardt was coming in too hot, spun and backed into the sand barrels at the entrance to pit road.

The race was stopped under red flag conditions to allow crews to replace the wrecked barrels. See the video above of Earnhardt’s mishap.

The red flag lasted 15 minutes, 9 seconds before cars began moving again under a yellow caution flag.