TThe conversion of existing heavy-duty diesel engines to lean natural gas (NG) spark ignition can be achieved by replacing the diesel injector with a spark plug and fumigating the natural gas into the intake manifold. While the original fast-burn diesel chamber will offset the lower NG flame speed, it will result in a two-stage combustion process (a stage inside and another outside the bowl). However, experimental data at more advanced spark timing, equivalence ratio of 0.8, and mean piston speed of 6.5 m/s suggested an additional combustion stage (i.e., three combustion stages). A 3D CFD simulation and a zero-dimensional triple Wiebe-function model were used to better understand the phenomena. While 78% fuel burned inside the bowl, burning rate reduced significantly when the flame approached the squish entrance and the bowl bottom. Moreover, the triple Wiebe-function indicated that the burn inside the squish was also divided into two separate combustion stages, due to the particularities of in-cylinder flow before and after top dead center. The first stage was fast and took place inside the compression stroke. The second took place in the expansion stroke and produced a short-lived increase in the burning rate, probably due to the increasing squish height during the expansion stroke and the increased combustion-induced turbulence, hence the third heat-release peak. Overall, these findings support the need for further investigations of combustion characteristics in such converted engines, to benefit their efficiency and emissions.