NASCAR at Texas: Live race updates, highlights, results from O’Reilly Auto Parts 500

Kyle Busch has dominated the 2019 NASCAR Cup Series to this point, concluding all six races in the top 10 and recording an average finish of 2.7 — almost four places better than the next-best contender. He’ll try to continue his form in Sunday’s O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 at Texas, which he won last year.

Elsewhere in the regular-season standings, Jimmie Johnson, Alex Bowman and Austin Dillon must shake off sluggish starts to the campaign soon to avoid falling further from playoff security. Johnson is in 15th, Bowman is in 17th and Dillon is in 18th. All three drivers qualified for the postseason in 2018, but they have combined to lead just six laps this year.

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Denny Hamlin, meanwhile, continues to outpace expectations, sitting in second place behind Busch with the help of three top-five finishes.

Sporting News is providing live lap-by-lap updates from the O’Reilly Auto Parts 500. Follow below for highlights.

NASCAR at Texas: Live race updates, highlights

4:20 p.m.: Kyle Busch leads 20 laps into Stage 2.

4:04 p.m.: Logano wins Stage 1. Johnson finishes the stage in second.

Top 10 in Stage 1:

1. Logano
2. Johnson
3. Elliott
4. A. Dillon
5. Blaney
6. Menard
7. Suarez
8. KyBusch
9. Larson
10. Buescher

4:02 p.m.: Leaders Byron and Bowyer end up having to pit, and Logano is up to first place with Johnson on his tail with two laps left in the stage.

3:59 p.m.: Johnson (and Logano) needed to pit, so they might be out of the running to claim the first stage, even if they’re in good shape for the race. Others who didn’t pit are going to cut it close.

3:54 p.m.: Hamlin is penalized for speeding on pit road.

3:43 p.m.: Johnson still runs in first, but Logano is just behind him now. We’re past the halfway mark of Stage 1.

3:36 p.m.: Through the first 30 laps, Johnson is in first place, Chase Elliot is in second and Joey Logano is in third.

3:26 p.m.: Caution out for Erik Jones.

The spin by @erik_jones brings out the caution!

Now we’re seeing some mixed strategy on pit road early in Stage 1.

3:23 p.m.: Ten laps in, pole-sitter Jimmie Johnson remains in the lead. He’s already led more laps this afternoon than all season combined.

3:06 p.m.: Engines are fired. We’re ready to go.

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