Team Penske driver Ryan Blaney nabbed his third stage win of the season Saturday at Kansas Speedway, narrowly beating polesitter Kevin Harvick to the start/finish line after a harrowing and thrilling final few circuits of the 80-lap stage.
Blaney started Saturday night’s race from the outside pole position, and he nabbed the lead from Harvick (Stewart-Haas Racing) with a blistering stop on pit road following the competition caution on Lap 30. Blaney would lead the final 48 laps of the stage, but Harvick made him work for it with close-quarters racing that nearly resulted in both drivers taking a spin.
In addition to the 10 race points earned for winning Stage 1, Blaney adds a playoff point toward his growing postseason total as well.
Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano, both of Team Penske, claimed third and fourth in Stage 1 with Chip Ganassi Racing’s Kyle Larson taking fifth.
Larson started from the rear for unapproved adjustments — his No. 42 team was forced to change his qualifying tires after he took a spin Friday night — but charged through the field, passing Aric Almirola for a top-five spot in the waning Stage 1 laps.