Dominating Performance in Kentucky for the Quaker State 400

Capping off a triple header weekend the Monster Energy Cup Series runs the Quaker State 400 with some Saturday night racing from Sparta, Kentucky at Kentucky Speedway.

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Kyle Busch sits on the pole and will lead the field down for the green flag but Kyle Larson’s team had difficulty getting through inspection and failed to qualify and will have to start the race in last place.

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The starting lineup for the Quaker State 400:
Kyle Busch
Martin Truex Jr
Matt Kenseth
Jamie McMurray
Denny Hamlin
Kevin Harvick
Jimmie Johnson
Daniel Suarez
Brad Keselowski
Joey Logano
Chase Elliott
Dale Earnhardt Jr
Erik Jones
Kurt Busch
Clint Bowyer
Darrell Wallace Jr
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Trevor Bayne
Danica Patrick
Michael McDowell
Chris Buescher
Kasey Kahne
Paul Menard
Austin Dillon
David Ragan
Ty Dillon
AJ Allmendinger
Ryan Newman
Matt DiBenedetto
Ryan Sieg
Cole Whitt
Reed Sorenson
Joey Gase
Landon Cassill
Jeffrey Earnhardt
BJ McLeod
Timmy Hill
Gray Gaulding
Kyle Larson

Stages one and two of the race will last for 80 laps each with stage three lasting 107 laps for a total of 267 laps.

NASCAR has called for a competition caution at lap 30.

Kyle Busch brings the field down for the green flag start of the race and pulls out in front of the field for the lead.

Lap four and Kyle Larson is already up to 30th place.

Lap five Kyle Busch has a lead of nearly a second on Martin Truex Jr. Gray Gaulding has taken his car to the garage.

Lap 10 Kyle Busch continues to lead the race by nearly a second on Martin Truex Jr.

Lap 12 Kyle Larson is up to 21st place.

Jamie McMurray is reporting some kind of a vibration.

Lap 14 Ty Dillon brought his car down pit road for an unscheduled stop saying that he has no brakes.

Lap 18 Kyle Busch continues leading the race by nearly a second on Martin Truex Jr and is lapping cars with 31 cars on the lead lap

Lap 23 Kyle Busch has increased his lead to over a second on Martin Truex Jr with Jamie McMurray five seconds back in third.

Lap 25 Kyle Busch’s lead is down to half a second over Martin Truex Jr, Kyle Larson is up to 19th place, and there are 23 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 29 Martin Truex Jr challenges Kyle Busch for the lead and after battling for a few laps Busch holds on to his lead with Martin Treux Jr being credited with leading lap 29.

Lap 30 NASCAR throws the competition caution, teams can now pit and fuel their cars if they choose. Ty Dillon is 16 laps down. Danica Patrick is the “lucky dog”.

Taking only two tires, Kyle Busch wins the race off of pit road, followed by Martin Truex Jr and Jamie McMurray.

The number 95 car driven by Michael McDowell was caught speeding on pit road.

Kyle Busch brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 36 and holds on to the lead as drivers get three wide across the track Jamie McMurray takes over second place from Martin Truex Jr.

Lap 39 Kyle Larson has moved up to 12th place. Kyle Busch has a one second lead on Jamie McMurray.

Lap 44 Kyle Busch holds on to a one second lead on Jamie McMurray.

Lap 47 Kyle Busch maintains his one second lead but Martin Truex Jr has retaken second place. There are 26 cars on the lead lap.

Ty Dillon has returned to the track 18 laps down.

Lap 50 Kyle Larson is now in the top 10 in ninth place.

Lap 55 Kyle Busch’s lead is down to half a second on Martin Truex Jr. There are 26 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 58 Martin Treux Jr has closed up to leader Kyle Busch’s bumper as Busch battles lapped traffic.

Lap 59, after starting in last place, Kyle Larson has moved up to sixth place.

Lap 66 Kyle Busch holds on to the lead with Martin Truex Jr on his bumper. There are 24 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 68 Martin Truex Jr passes Kyle Busch to take over the lead of the race. Kyle Larson is now in the top five. Chris Buescher has taken his car down pit road.

Lap 71 Martin Truex Jr has pulled out to a lead of a second on Kyle Busch. There are 23 cars on the lead lap.

With three laps remaining in stage one, Martin Truex Jr has a lead of nearly a second on Kyle Busch and Kyle Larson has moved into third place.

Martin Truex Jr wins stage one for his twelfth stage win of the season.

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The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Martin Truex Jr
Khyle Busch
Kyle Larson
Kevin Harvick
Jamie McMurray
Matt Kenseth
Denny Hamlin
Erik Jones
Jimmie Johnson
Chase Elliott

When pit road opens the drivers bring their cars down for service.

Martin Truex leads the race off of pit road.

Denny Hamlin and Kyle Larson were caught speeding on pit road.

Martin Truex Jr brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two on lap 88 with Kyle Busch edging out Truex for the lead.

The caution flag comes out on lap 89 when Brad Keselowski got loose and spun out. Clint Bowyer and Jimmie Johnson were also involved.

Jimmie Johnson has taken his car to the garage; while Brad Keselowski and Clint Bowyer are on pit road on the crash clock.

Brad Keselowski’s team reports that they are done for the night.

Kyle Busch brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 93 and jumps out in front of the field for the lead.

Trevor Bayne brings out the fourth caution flag on lap 94 when he spins out; Kasey Kahne is also involved. Paul Menard is the “lucky dog”.

Kasey Kahne takes his car to the garage. Trevor Bayne is on the crash clock.

Some drivers bring their cars down pit road for fuel but the leaders stay out on the track.

After staying out on the track, Kyle Busch brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 100 and jumps out for the lead of the race.

Lap 104 Kyle Busch holds on to the lead but may be short on fuel to complete the stage.

Lap 110 Kyle Busch has a narrow lead on Martin Truex Jr with 21 cars on the lead lap.

The caution flag comes out on lap 112 when Trevor Bayne spins out near the entrance to pit road. Bayne takes his car to the garage. Chris Buescher is the “lucky dog”.

A few drivers brought their cars down pit road for service but the leaders stayed out on the track.

Kyle Busch brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 116 and pulls out in front for the lead of the race.

In 123 laps, Kyle Larson has passed a total of 56 cars after starting the race in the back of the field and then having to come from the back a second time after a pit road penalty.

Kyle Busch has a one second lead on Martin Truex Jr on lap 124.

Lap 133 Martin Truex Jr passes Kyle Busch to take over the lead of the race.

The sixth caution flag comes out on lap 137 when Joey Gase gets into the wall. He will take his car to the garage. Austin Dillon is the “lucky dog”.

Ryan Blaney was caught speeding on pit road.

Martin Truex Jr brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 142 and takes over the lead of the race.

Lap 147 Martin Truex Jr has a lead of over half a second on Kyle Busch.

Lap 151 Martin Truex Jr has a lead of over a second on Kyle Busch.

Lap 155 Martin Truex Jr has a lead of over two seconds on Kyle Busch.

Martin Truex Jr wins stage two for his 13th stage win of the season. Austin Dillon is the “lucky dog”.

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The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Martin Truex Jr
Kyle Busch
Matt Kenseth
Kevin Harvick
Erik Jones
Jamie McMuray
Kurt Busch
Denny Hanlin
Clint Bowyer
Chase Elliott

Taking only two tires Deny Hamlin wins the race off of pit road. Joey Logano and Ryan Blaney stayed out and will lead the field.

Ryan Newman was penalized for having a crew member come over the pit wall too soon.

Joey Logano and Ryan Blaney bring the field down for the green flag start of stage threenon lap 166 with Joey Logano taking the over the lead of the race.

Lap 172 Martin Truex Jr passes Joey Logano to take over the lead of the race. He needed only five laps to move from eighth to first.

Lap 182 Martin Truex Jr has pulled out to a lead of over three seconds on Joey Logano. There are 23 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 189 Martin Truex Jr is driving it like he stole it with a lead of over six seconds on Joey Logano.

Lap 192 Martin Truex Jr’s lead is now at eight seconds.

Lap 197, the master of the mile and a half tracks, Martin Truex Jr’s lead is now nearly 10 seconds.

Lap 204 Martin Truex Jr’s lead is now over eleven seconds over Joey Logano.

Lap 206 Joey Logano is the first driver to come down pit road for green flag pit stops.

Lap 207 Martin Truex Jr’s lead is now over 13 seconds over new second place driver Kyle Larson.

Lap 216 Martin Truex Jr has a 14 second lead on Kyle Larson.

At over 17 seconds out in front of the field, Martin Truex Jr is putting drivers two laps down when they come down pit road for service.

Lap 224, the leaders are on pit road but Martin Truex Jr continues to lead the race by over 10 seconds.

Lap 226, having not yet pitted Dale Earnhardt Jr is in the lead.

Lap 230 Martin Truex Jr resumes the lead as green flag pit stops have cycled through with Kyle Busch in second place over eleven seconds behind.

Lap 235 Martin Truex Jr has a lead of nearly 12 seconds on Kyle Busch. There are 13 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 240 Martin Truex Jr has an eleven and a half second lead on Kyle Busch.

Lap 242 Truex’s lead is now over 12 seconds on Kyle Larson.

Lap 246 Truex now has a 13 second lead on Kyle Larson with only eleven cars on the lead lap.

Lap 250 Truex maintains his 13 second lead on Kyle Larson.

Lap 253 the lead is 14 seconds with only nine cars on the lead lap. Ryan Sieg brought his car down pit road for fuel.

With only eight laps remaining in the race Martin Truex Jr’s lead is now up to 15 seconds with only eight cars on the lead lap.

Three laps to go and a 15 second lead for Martin Treux Jr.

With only two laps remaining in the race Kurt Busch’s smoking car brings out the eighth caution flag of the race. The smoke has turned to flames with a blown engine.

Once pit road opens all of the drivers with the exception of Martin Truex Jr comes down pit road.

Kevin Harvick is caught speeding on pit road.

This will be the first overtime finish at Kentucky.

In a green/white/checker overtime finish Martin Truex Jr brings the field down for the green flag restart and jumps out in front of Kyle Busch for the lead.

Martin Truex Jr takes the white flag as several cars wreck behind him.

Martin Truex Jr wins the Quaker State 400 for his tenth career win. It is the second time that Truex has swept the stages and win in a race.

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Truex gave a burn out that completely clouded the car in smoke.

The unofficial results of the Quaker State 400:
Martin Truex Jr
Chase Elliott
Denny Hamlin
Kyle Busch
Erik Jones
Jamie McMurray
Joey Logano
Kevin Harvick
Ryan Blaney
Darrell Wallace Jr
Dale Earnhardt Jr
Clint Bowyer
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Danica Patrick
Chris Buescher
Matt Kenseth
Daniel Suarez
Austin Dillon
AJ Allmendinger
Paul Menard
Ryan Newman
Michael McDowell
David Ragan
Matt DiBenedetto
Landon Cassill
Ryan Sieg
Reed Sorenson
Jeffrey Earnhardt
Kurt Busch
Timmy Hill
BJ McLeod
Ty Dillon
Cole Whitt
Gray Gaulding
Joey Gase
Trevor Bayne
Kasey Kahne
Brad Keselowski
Jimmie Johnson

Next week it’s on to Loudon, New Hampshire.


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