Kyle Busch wins Stage 1 at Pocono

Kyle Busch wins Stage 1 at Pocono

The move meant Busch lost track position in the short term as Hamlin led the race thanks to his faster lap times on fresher tires while Busch was on older tires. Harvick held on for second in his Stewart-Haas Racing No. 4 Ford, with Martin Truex Jr., Denny Hamlin and Brad Keselowski rounding out the top five. But with Truex first and lined up on the inside and Busch second and on the outside, the two collided on a restart with 49 laps remaining.

Busch won the opening stage that ended at lap 50, with Truex in second.

Busch retook the lead just a few laps after the restart. Harvick was first off pit road to restart next to Kenseth on the front row.

Cody Coughlin was the first driver on the outside looking, 0.254 tenths back of the top 12. He also won for the first time in 26 career starts at Pocono. He'll be a top contender to win Sunday afternoon's Overton's 400.

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Afterward, Busch's crew chief, Adam Stevens, had a confrontation with two members of Truex's pit, which JGR supplies and employs.

The teams of Busch (Joe Gibbs Racing) and Truex (Furniture Row Racing) are closely aligned and effectively operate as one organization.

Following the race, he finds himself in fourth place in the Cup Series standings.

The first round was halted once by an incident involving Justin Fontaine, who spun out of Turn 2 and backed his No. 66 Toyota into the outside wall.

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