The Latest: Logano wins Stage 1 at Richmond

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Latest on NASCAR Cup Series race Saturday night at Richmond Raceway (all times local):

7:30 p.m.

Joey Logano has won the first stage of the NASCAR CUP Series race at Richmond.

The defending race champion in seeking his first victory since winning this event a year ago. The stage victory is his first of the season.

Aric Almirola surged from 25th to take second in the stage, followed by Kurt Busch, rookie William Byron and Clint Bowyer.

The race should change significantly after the 100-lap caution as the first stage was run mostly in sunshine which is no longer evident.

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6:45 p.m.

Martin Truex Jr. has led the field to the green flag for the start of the NASCAR Cup Series race at Richmond.

The pole is a series-high third of the season for Truex, who is seeking his first short-track win on NASCAR’s top circuit.

Chase Elliott, defending champion Joey Logano, hometown favorite Denny Hamlin and Kyle Larson complete the top five to start things off.

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