Brad Keselowski Wins the Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway

[media-credit id=66 align=”alignright” width=”200″]Brad Keselowski[/media-credit]Brad Keselowski was hot, and so was everyone else in attendance at Kentucky Speedway. Keseloswki, in the #2 Miller Lite Dodge, started 8th and won the 267 lap Quaker State 400 on the 1.5 mile track for his third win of the year.

The second NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Kentucky Speedway went off without a hitch after last year’s traffic problems. This year traffic flowed smoothly and no major backups were reported. The race was not a sell out like last year, but there was a good crowd and 100 degree temperatures.

Jimmie Johnson won the pole, his first since 2010, with a lap of 181.818 mph. Kyle Busch, who started 2nd, lead the race early before having yet another issue in his #18 M&M’s Toyota for the 4th week in a row after thinking that the car had a broken shock. Busch would recover and finished the race in the 10th position.

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Kasey Kahne finished in 2nd after losing a lap early in the race with a loose right front wheel. After getting his lap back, Kasey was one of the fastest cars on the track and made his way back through the field passing Denny Hamlin for 2nd with less than 10 laps to go. Hamlin finished in 3rd, followed by Dale Earnhardt Jr., who scored his 13th top 10 of the season and now trails point leader, Matt Kenseth, by 11 in the championship point standings. Jeff Gordon finished 5th followed by Jimmie Johnson, points leader Matt Kenseth, Martin Truex Jr., AJ Allmendinger, and Kyle Busch in 10th.

There were four cautions in the race and only one for an accident involving #39 Ryan Newman, and the #78 of Regan Smith. Newman spun and hit the wall and Smith was caught up in the accident. Newman finished in 34th and Regan Smith finished in 33rd.

Tony Stewart also had early problems when he pitted under green on lap 29 and the car would not re-start, forcing the teem to the garage to change the throttle body. Stewart’s #14 Office Depot/Mobil 1 Chevrolet would finish in 32nd position 36 laps down to the leaders.

Brad won the race in a back up car after an on track confrontation with Juan Pablo Montoya in the first practice on Friday forced the Penske team to a back up car. That event was not the only headache for Keselowski. He was the last car to leave pit road at the beginning of the race after his steering wheel broke in his hand sitting on pit road. The team was able to replace the wheel and Brad was able to start in his 8th starting position.

When asked about what it will take to make the chase and win a championship, Keselowski, who currently sits 10th in points said “I wanna be the guy with the most wins and in the top 10. That’s all that matters.”

Runner-up Kahne, when asked about his championship hopes said, “We need to win a race or two to make the Chase, but to see how well the Hendrick cars are right now, I mean, it’s great to see. Great to be a part of that.”

The race had 17 lead changes among 6 drivers, 4 cautions for 24 laps. Brad Keselowski’s margin of victory was 4.399 seconds over Kasey Kahne. The race was ran at an average speed of 145.607 mph.

Unofficial Race Results
Quaker State 400, Kentucky Speedway
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Pos. St. No. Driver Make Points
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1 8 2 Brad Keselowski Dodge 47
2 19 5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 42
3 3 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 42
4 7 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet 40
5 9 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 39
6 1 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 39
7 20 17 Matt Kenseth Ford 37
8 10 56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 36
9 16 22 AJ Allmendinger Dodge 35
10 2 18 Kyle Busch Toyota 36
11 4 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 33
12 15 27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 32
13 12 9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 31
14 31 42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet 30
15 17 1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 29
16 6 15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 28
17 34 93 Travis Kvapil Toyota 28
18 21 13 Casey Mears Ford 27
19 14 51 Kurt Busch Chevrolet 25
20 25 99 Carl Edwards Ford 24
21 11 16 Greg Biffle Ford 23
22 18 20 Joey Logano Toyota 22
23 38 10 David Reutimann Chevrolet 21
24 29 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet 20
25 23 83 Landon Cassill Toyota 19
26 13 43 Aric Almirola Ford 18
27 28 47 Bobby Labonte Toyota 17
28 40 38 David Gilliland Ford 16
29 33 34 David Ragan Ford 15
30 39 55 Michael Waltrip Toyota 14
31 41 32 Ken Schrader Ford 13
32 22 14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet 12
33 26 78 Regan Smith Chevrolet 11
34 5 39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 10
35 42 36 Dave Blaney Chevrolet 9
36 32 30 David Stremme Toyota 8
37 30 26 Josh Wise * Ford 7
38 35 98 Michael McDowell Ford 6
39 24 195 Scott Speed Ford 5
40 27 87 Joe Nemechek Toyota 0
41 43 33 Stephen Leicht * Chevrolet 3
42 37 119 Mike Bliss Toyota 0
43 36 23 Scott Riggs Chevrolet 1

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2 COMMENTS

  1. I’m with Bruton. Chop this race into 4 100 mile heat races and even Tweedle Dumb and Tweedle Dee might have have made it interesting. NA$CAR will never convince most long time fans that the pavement look-alike projects are ever going to get exciting.

  2. All in all a pretty good race. Will have to say it lacked.. the at home excitement factor. Keslowski is a likable guy I definitively liked see him win over Kyle Busch but there is just something boring about the guy. Its like OK Brad we know you have this huge chip on your shoulder… but how many times do we have to hear him say nobody thought we could do it everybody is against us. I feel he thinks hes more important and relevant than he really is.

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