Joey Logano secures Stage 1 win at Charlotte Motor Speedway

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Joey Logano rose up to grab victory in an eventful opening stage in Thursday night’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

RELATED: Stage 1 results

Logano led 33 of the 55 laps in the opening stage of the Alsco Uniforms 500. The outcome marked the second stage win of the 2020 season for the driver of the Team Penske No. 22 Ford.

Logano teammate Ryan Blaney took second place in the stage with Matt DiBenedetto third and Kevin Harvick completing a top-four sweep by Ford drivers. Alex Bowman was fifth in the top-running Chevrolet.

Pole-starter William Byron led 11 laps before a round of pit stops after a competition caution flew on Lap 20. But Byron’s No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet made contact with Corey LaJoie’s Go Fas Racing No. 32 Ford on pit road, forcing Byron to pit road for an additional stop. The pit-stop cycle also drew speeding penalties for two drivers: Denny Hamlin and Clint Bowyer.

Two incidents and a weather-related stoppage slowed the first stage. Joey Gase and Garrett Smithley tangled in a Lap 1 crash, severely damaging both cars. Brad Keselowski’s No. 2 Ford cut a tire and Matt Kenseth’s No. 42 Chevrolet spun in his wake in Turn 4 on Lap 29.

Keselowski was penalized for pitting too soon and his Team Penske entry suffered damage to the right-front fender because of his tire trouble.

The event was red-flagged for 74 minutes with just 30 laps complete because of lightning and rain from a nearby storm. The event was postponed from a scheduled Wednesday night start because of rain associated with Tropical Storm Bertha.

The race began with no practice or qualifying. Byron started first after an inversion of the top 20 finishers from Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600, a procedure that placed race winner Keselowski 20th for Thursday’s start.

The second stage is scheduled to end at Lap 115 with the full distance set for 208 laps.

Stage 1 results

Finish

Driver

Team

Points

1

Joey Logano

Team Penske

10

2

Ryan Blaney

Team Penske

9

3

Matt DiBenedetto

Wood Brothers Racing

8

4

Kevin Harvick

Stewart-Haas Racing

7

5

Alex Bowman

Hendrick Motorsports

6

6

Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

JTG-Daugherty Racing

5

7

Austin Dillon

Richard Childress Racing

4

8

Kurt Busch

Chip Ganassi Racing

3

9

Chase Elliott

Hendrick Motorsports

2

10

Chris Buescher

Roush Fenway Racing

1

This story will be updated.

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