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Kyle Busch leads at halfway in the Sprint Cup race at Watkins Glen

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Kyle Busch is the leader at the halfway point of Cheez-It 355 at Watkins Glen International.

Busch took the lead on Lap 45, halfway through the 90-lap race, when Danica Patrick made her second pit stop. Patrick led the previous 11 laps.

The top 10 at halfway is Busch, Brad Keselowski, Clint Bowyer, David Ragan., Matt Kenseth, Martin Truex Jr., Matt DiBenedetto, Kevin Harvick, Paul Menard and Denny Hamlin.

There has been one caution so far for debris.

Drivers called for pit road penalties before halfway: Kasey Kahne, pole-sitter Carl Edwards, Ryan Blaney, Aric Almirola, AJ Allmendinger, Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Gordon and Joey Logano.

Edwards led the first 25 laps of the race. After his first pit stop, he was called for an outside tire violation, which resulted in a pass through penalty. The pole-sitter now runs in 14th.

Logano led seven laps before pitting and being called for speeding and runs 20th.

Gordon is 12th after pitting early to repair nose damage from running into the back of and spinning Austin Dillon in the inner loop on Lap 3. Gordon was then called for speeding.

Tony Stewart started third and fell from sixth to the 16th after he wheel hopped and missed the inner loop on Lap 10.

Martin Truex Jr. in control at halfway point of Coca-Cola 600

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Except for four laps during green flag pit stops, Martin Truex Jr. has led the entire way in the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte-Motor Speedway.

Truex has led 196 of the first 200 laps after starting from the pole. That is a record for most laps led in the first half of the Coke 600.

The top 10 at the halfway point is Truex, Jimmie Johnson, Joey Logano, Kyle Larson, Brad Keselowski, Denny Hamlin, Carl Edwards, Kurt Busch, Kevin Harvick and Matt Kenseth.

The caution flew twice — once on Lap 27 so teams could be given a chance to check tire wear after earlier rain and on Lap 115 for a spin by Brian Scott (who was in 24th, one lap down).

Chase Elliott, Ryan Blaney and Trevor Bayne have been issued penalties for speeding on pit road. David Ragan has been called for a restart violation and an uncontrolled tire.

 

Keselowski leads Sprint Cup race at Watkins Glen; Jeff Gordon running last

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Brad Keselowski is at the front of the pack at the halfway point of Sunday’s Cheez-It 355 Sprint Cup event at Watkins Glen International.

Keselowski has led 17 of the first 45 laps of the scheduled 90-lap event.

Carl Edwards is running second, followed by Martin Truex Jr., David Ragan, Kyle Busch and pole-sitter AJ Allmendinger, who has led a race-high 21 laps thus far.

Tony Stewart, who leads all drivers with five wins at The Glen, is running 11th.

Several drivers still hoping to win a race to make the Chase for the Sprint Cup have suffered various issues that have knocked them back in the pack.

Aric Almirola spun and was struck by Paul Menard, who couldn’t stop in time to avoid Almirola’s car, which suffered damage that has him sitting 40th at the halfway point, one lap down.

Jeff Gordon, who many looked upon as a favorite, has fallen back to last place, four laps behind the leaders.

Just as the race reached past the halfway point, Austin Dillon lost his left rear tire and had to drive around more than half of the track on just three tires to reach the pits.

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Kyle Busch leads at halfway in the Quaker State 400 at Kentucky

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Kyle Busch leads the way at the halfway point of the Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway after 133 of 267 laps.

Busch, who started ninth, has led the most laps with 71 while trying to outrun Brad Keselowksi, who has led twice for 62 laps.

Keselowski lost the lead on pit road when a tire carrier fell during his pit stop during a caution period that started on Lap 123.

The top 10: Kyle Busch, Martin Truex Jr., Carl Edwards, David Ragan, Keselowski, Kurt Busch, Joey Logano, Kyle Larson, Kasey Kahne and Kevin Harvick.

The first caution of the evening was on Lap 20. Josh Wise wrecked in Turn 3 and 4 after making contact with J.J. Yeley. That caution delayed the competition caution until Lap 30. During pit stops, Kyle Busch took two tires and was first off pit road while Keselowski came out 11th.

Keselowski had made it back to second place when debris from Paul Menard caused the third caution on Lap 82.

Keselowksi would retake the lead from Busch eight laps into the next green-flag run on Lap 95. It was the first lead change of the race that didn’t take place on pit road.

Five laps later, Kurt Busch brought out the fourth caution when he spun coming out of Turn 4 and slid through the frontstretch grass.

The fifth caution, caused by a Yeley getting into the wall on Lap 122, put Denny Hamlin back on the lead lap after the No. 11 was caught speeding on pit road while pitting under green on Lap 72.

There have been three leaders so far: Keselowski, Kyle Busch and Reed Sorenson.

 

Kevin Harvick, Dale Earnhardt Jr. running 1-2 halfway through Sprint Cup race at Pocono

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Kevin Harvick is in command and leads at Lap 80, the halfway point of Sunday’s Axalta “We Paint Winners” 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Pocono Raceway.

Harvick, who qualified fifth, was the fastest driver in all three practice sessions this weekend.

Harvick and Martin Truex Jr. have both led twice for a race-high 31 laps each in the scheduled 160-lap event. Harvick took the point most recently on Lap 70.

There have been five leaders overall, with the average speed thus far being 145.937 mph.

There have been just two cautions (one for debris on Lap 49, the other for a single-car wreck by Ricky Stenhouse Jr., who got loose on Lap 68).

Dale Earnhardt Jr., who won both races at Pocono last year, is running second, followed by teammate Jimmie Johnson, Matt Kenseth and outside pole sitter Carl Edwards.

Sixth through 10th are Truex, pole sitter Kurt Busch, Ryan Newman, Denny Hamlin and Austin Dillon.

Joey Logano had to drop to the back of the field at the start for a gear replacement.

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