DARLINGTON, SC - SEPTEMBER 01: Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 M&M's Caramel Toyota, speaks with Martin Truex Jr., driver of the #78 BassProShops/TrackerBoats40thAnv Toyota, in the garage area during practice for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Bojangles' Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway on September 1, 2017 in Darlington, South Carolina. (Photo by Jerry Markland/Getty Images)

Unusual heat at New Hampshire makes things interesting


Stop me if you've heard this before: Martin Truex Jr. won a stage at a Cup Series race.

Truex won the first stage of the second playoff race of the postseason, which was his 19th stage win of the season.

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It was a largely uneventful opening stage. Playoff driver Ricky Stenhouse Jr. struggled early on as he hit the wall coming off of Turn 2.

A few cars were overheating, which is a bit odd to see at this point in the season up in New Hampshire. It's at least something worth monitoring over the last two stages of the race.