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Kyle Busch collects 100th points-awarding stage

Kyle Busch 2018 Coke 600
Erick Messer/The Racing Experts


CONCORD, N.C.—
Kyle Busch claimed victory in the 100th points-paying stage since NASCAR implemented stage racing in the Cup Series in 2017.

Busch swept the first three stages of the Coca-Cola 600 Sunday, bringing the driver’s total to five stage wins in 2018 and 19 overall.

In total, 15 drivers have won at least one stage since 2017. Martin Truex Jr. has won the most stages all-time (21), and Busch is second overall.

Rounding out the top five on that list are Kevin Harvick (12), Brad Keselowski (12) and Kyle Larson (9).

CHARLOTTE
Four drivers earned points in all stages in the Coke 600: Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin, Erik Jones and Martin Truex Jr.

Jamie McMurray and Kasey Kahne both more than doubled their season totals with their top-10 finishes in various stages in NASCAR’s longest mileage race.

OVERALL
In total, 29 drivers have earned stage points, with 10 of them winning stages in 2018.

With the exception of the Coca-Cola 600 in May (four stages), every points awarding race in 2018 is broken up into three stages.

Each of the first two stages awards points to the top-10 finishing drivers. A first-place finish earns 10 points, second-place gets nine points, and so forth.

STAGE POINTS/WINS THROUGH CHARLOTTE

RANK DRIVER POINTS WINS
1 Kyle Busch 173 5
2 Brad Keselowski 146 4
3 Kevin Harvick 125 6
4 Joey Logano 117 2
5 Kurt Busch 108 2
6 Martin Truex Jr. 96 2
7 Ryan Blaney 95 3
8 Kyle Larson 90 1
9 Clint Bowyer 89
10 Denny Hamlin 72 1
11 Aric Almirola 57
12 Jimmie Johnson 48
13 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 38
14 Erik Jones 36
15 Chase Elliott 35
16 Paul Menard 29 1
17 Michael McDowell 17
18 Ryan Newman 16
19 William Byron 16
20 A.J. Allmendinger 14
21 Alex Bowman 13
22 Daniel Suarez 13
23 Jamie McMurray 10
24 Austin Dillon 7
25 Kasey Kahne 6
26 Darrell Wallace Jr. 5
27 David Ragan 5
28 Ty Dillon 5
29 Trevor Bayne 4

 

SOURCES
Racing-Reference.info

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Dominic Aragon View All

I am a co-owner and reporter for TheRacingExperts.com.

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