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2016 Quaker State 400

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2016 Quaker State 400
Race details[1][2][3][4][5][6][7][8][9][10]
Race 18 of 36 in the 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
2016 Quaker State 400 logo.jpg
Date July 9, 2016 (2016-07-09)
Location Kentucky Speedway in Sparta, Kentucky
Course Permanent racing facility
1.5 mi (2.4 km)
Distance 267 laps, 400.5 mi (640.8 km)
Average speed 128.580 mph (206.929 km/h)
Pole position
Driver Stewart-Haas Racing
Time No time trials; set by owners' points
Most laps led
Driver Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing
Laps 128
Winner
No. 2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske
Television in the United States
Network NBCSN
Announcers Rick Allen, Jeff Burton and Steve Letarte
Nielsen Ratings 1.8/3 (Overnight)[11]
1.9/3 (Final)[12]
3.2 million viewers[12]
Radio in the United States
Radio PRN
Booth Announcers Doug Rice, Mark Garrow and Wendy Venturini
Turn Announcers Rob Albright (1 & 2) and Pat Patterson (3 & 4)

The 2016 Quaker State 400 presented by Advance Auto Parts was a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stock car race held on July 9, 2016 at Kentucky Speedway in Sparta, Kentucky. Contested over 267 laps on the 1.5-mile (2.4 km) speedway, it was the 18th race of the 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.

The race had 16 lead changes among 9 different drivers and eleven cautions for 53 laps.

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About a small mistake. Denny Hamlin barely gets Kyle Busch had to go -- Kyle Busch had to go to a backup car. >> Look at what he has to do he has to drive the race car. Night long forced to do this. They're going to be on the edge every single lap. One and two are very, very fast. Three is low grip. >> And the window for a mistake is very small. If you get out of the groove, get into that dust, all the way up in the safer barrier. >> Strategy very important tonight at Kentucky speedway. When we return, a very special prerace ceremonies. People know me as Dale Earnhardt Jr., racecar driver. But there's more me than that. At my office, they call me Boss Man. I scout the talent, close the deals, do it all with a firm handshake. (Loud clap noise) Gentlemen. (Loud clap noise) To others, I'm Water Cooler Dale. So I got this new chair, had it for a couple of weeks. Somebody keeps lowering it. Ah, dang it! I mean I reset it to where I want it and I go back to my office, and I sit down and it's lower. Do you have a warranty on the chair? No! Someone is lowering it! (Dale) For protecting my small business and more... . >>> Great perspective. Only a few get to come to Kentucky spoitd like this. Bringing in the flag. It's time for our special prerace ceremonies. We go trackside now. >> Ladies and gentlemen, Thursday night five members of the law enforcement community in Dallas, Texas, tragically lost their lives. Please join us in a moment of silence to honor those victims and their families. Thank you. At this time we ask you to rise and remove your hats as our nation's National Guard present the colors. And tonight's invocation. >> Let's pray. Father once again we come to you tonight, lord, and we ask for your comfort upon the families of those who died there in Dallas. Father, we ask you to wrap your loving arms and them and comfort them tilt. Father, we ask that you heal our nation. We thank you for the freehdoms that we have and we ask your blessings upon America. Father, go with all the service personnel around the world fighting for our freedom and lord give us safety tonight on this beautiful night. This we pray in Jesus name. Amen. >> And here to perform the national anthem. O say, can you see by the dawn's early light what so proudly we hailed at the twilight's last gleaming? whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous fight O'er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming? and the rockets' red glare the bombs bursting in air gave proof through the night that our flag was still there oh, say, does that star-spangled banner yet wave O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave? [ cheers and applause ] >>> It's about time for the drivers to get into their office and go to work. When we come back Blake shelt oon and the command. It's me, the extra crispy Colonel. 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Everybody get set let's go there's a party in the fast lane got my hands on the wheel and I'ming heart as loud as a thundering road I'm bringing back the sunshine bringing back the sunshine baby it's about time oh bring back, oh, yeah >> Getting ready for racing under the lights. NASCAR sprint cup series racing presented by kfc. Let's go to pit road and Mike Massaro. >> This has been a treacherous racetrack this week for sure. Among those in the back yup car today, six-time champion Jimmie Johnson. He says his car is not as good as the primary machine but feels it's quick dpluf to get the job done. He would love to check this racetrack off the list tonight. >> When I talked to Kyle moments ago, he said this probably is the best car that we've had all year long. The big question is he starts 20th. Can he get to the front? That's going to be the fun thing to watch. Kelli? >> Brad Kozlowski says he can take the notes and put them through the shredder. Momentum from a win last week in daytona puts him at the top of the standings. Dave burns. >> There's a danger zone here in Kentucky and it's turn three. Kevin Harvick described it this way. Turns one and two is like a dry road. Turn three, like black ice. If he can handle that challenge he could be the winner here tonight. Let's get some heat in those motors here in Kentucky. >> Race fans, it's time for those most famous words in auto sports. Here's George Sherman. >> On behalf of Quaker state, advanced auto parts and our team members across America, drivers, start your engines! [ Cheers and applause ] [ Roar of engines ] >> 40 cars coming to life, each over 800 horsepowers. What will they do with 40 cars on track? Thanks for the ride around Norfolk! And I just wanted to say, Geico is proud to have served the military for over 75 years! Roger that. Captain's waiting to give you a tour of the Wisconsin now. Could've parked a little bit closer... It's gonna be dark by the time I get there. Geico®®. Proudly serving the military for over 75 years. Hey, I'm Paul, and I used to ask if you could hear me now with Verizon... Not anymore. I'm with Sprint now, because guess what, it's 2016 and every network is great. In fact, Sprint's reliability is now within 1% of Verizon. And Sprint saves you 50% on most Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile rates. So, I switched to Sprint. And millions more have too. Can you hear that? Don't let a 1% difference cost you twice as much. Switch to Sprint today. . >>> NASCAR on NBC snks N is brought to you by -- >>> I feel like I've had quite a few races that have taken me to the next step. >> Kozlowski hanging on. Kozlowski wins the daytona. >> Every one was a break-through in its own right. >> Team, great effort today, very proud. Thank you. >> Racing at Kentucky. >> Kyle Busch is going to win! >> Welcome back to Kentucky speedway, as we get ready for 400 miles sprint cup series racing. Tonight's starting grid is brought to you by kfc. The starting grid set by owners points because qualifying was rained out. So up front Kevin Harvick and Kozlowski. >> Harvick, the only track he doesn't have a top five finish. >> Row two, Joey Logano. >> Carl Edwards fastest in three of the four practices this weekend and Kyle Busch. >> Mark Triggs Jr. Alongside chase Elliott. >> Jimmie Johnson who's never won at this racetrack and Denny Hamlin, row five. >> Matt Kenseth and Austin Dylan make up row six. >> Row seven, Dale Earnhardt Jr. And Brian. >> Row eight, Ryan blayne who has two XFINITY wins next to Jamie Murray. >> Trevor blayne and Kasey kahne who has eight wins on one and a half mile racetracks. >> Row ten, A.J. Allmendinger and Kyle Larson. He has speed. Starting a little further back in the field tonight because of the owner points. And we want to hear from Kyle Busch. We'll tune him up and Jeff, see if we can talk with Kyle. >> Hey, Kyle, Jeff up in the NBCSN booth. You with us? >> Yeah, buddy. Got you. >> All right, bud. We've seen so many drivers have issues in practice this weekend. Tell us how difficult this race is going to be. >> I think the biggest thing is the grip you have. You can kind of throw these around more than others. Pretty stuck in one and two and a lot of things that happen in three and four. Balance is keechlt try to keep the tires underneath you. >> How difficult is it going to be manage tires zm do you think that's going to be an issue? >> I think you can run hard but you're relative hard is definitely different than what it is from last night. I say that because the XFINITY cars, you can run as hard as you want to but you're going to pay the price of blistering the price. Tonight, you're going to pay the price of blistering the tires. Anything's possible. >> Good luck. We'll be watching. >> Yeah, yeah. We'll definitery do the best. Look forward to it. >> I love the fact that just seconds before, he's getting ready to go 200 miles an hour into disturbance one and we're ready to chat with him on board. We'll ride along with another couple of drivers with the on-board cameras. Greg Biffle will start 23rd and has a camera. The 88 of Dale Earnhardt Jr. Has the nationwide on board camera starting in row seven. In row three, the Toyota on board with Kyle Busch behind the wheel. Joey Logano and the 22 has the Ford in-car camera and he will start in row two in that fourth spot. And in the first row starting on full will be the four, Kevin Harvick, the bush light on board camera. Want to take a look at tonight's kfc track facts. A repaved one and a half mile racetrack. The banking in corners one and two is 17 degrees. The banking in corners three and four is 14 degrees. And the front stretch just over 1600 feet. Backstretch right at 1600 feet. Take a look at our race nanlts. This one is 400 miles, 267 laps. Will we see guys go 60 to 63 laps which is the fuel window? >> I expect to. Especially toward the end of the race. We heard Kyle Busch say they expect these tires to be very durable and last as long as they need them. Part of the pit strategy is stretching fuel when it's appropriate. >> Two by two they go. Let's go back to pit road. >> In the brief history of the Kentucky speedway there's only one driver not named Kozlowski or Busch who have not won here. That would be Matt Kenseth. I asked him what he thought the race would be. For him, he said he doesn't know whether he's going to finish sixth or 26th. >> Kurt Busch drops to the back of the field. Late in happy hour yesterday they wrecked their primary car. They wrecked so late that the team stayed until 11:00 P.M. Last night. Then came in the garage area an hour early to get the backup car ready. They put in a on the of work to get it ready. As Tony said we have a on the of history. We ran it in Charlotte and Kansas. It's fast and it can get to the front. Kelli? >> Chase Elliott making his first start here. Crew chief told me they have a good balance in the car. Like everybody else, there's too many uncertainties with the new track. He would love to get the win here tonight. It would be a first in Kentucky for Hendricks motor sports. Dave? >> Joey Logano could have a leg up on the field. He ran the first race where the rules are con dpigd like they are now. We'll see if it pays off for legano, Rick. >> Thanks, Dave. They are going to go around one more time because Jimmie Johnson, as he was riding around, he noticed that a bolt fell off the car in front of him. They wanted to make sure that that was not on the track, so track workers went over to take a look at it. They can't start here. There is a safety truck right in front of the field even though the pace truck made its way on to pit road. Pace truck will catch them back up when they come back off pit road. They were making sthaens that bolt Jimmie Johnson thought he saw come off another car. Our aerial coverage tonight provided by our partners at smithfield foods. They'll give us a great vantage point as the cars go into a very narrow turn number one on all of the starts, restarts, and obviousry the runs through the trial and into turn number one can narrow quite a bit as they get into one and two. And the pace truck has picked 2 field up once again. The lights are off indicating that this time by they will get the green flag. >> All these drivers are nervous. This is the first time they've driven these cars side by side on this track. Sun shining on the racetrack right now. There's a lot of anxiousness right now comes to the green flag. >> Tony Stewart, starting a little bit back in the field because of the points situation. Tony Stewart making his 600th start. This track and Darlington, only two tracks that he is winless at in the sprint cup series. Only Richard petty has been able to win on his 600th start. See if Tony Stewart can add his name to that list. On all of the 8 post with these cars tonight they're showing the respect to the fallen police officers in Dallas. They have a decal on the eight post as they go two by two. Getting ready to race in the blue glass state. Kevin Harvick are Brad Kozlowski, we're under way! Last night during the XFINITY race we noticed more and more drivers choosing the outside line on the restart. Kevin Harvick obviously watching that broadcast last night saw that the outside line worked. He chose the outside line and he will lead the first lap at the repaved Kentucky. As legano drops back a few spots. >> Legano got three and four and lost grip. A lot of cars got behind. >> The difference between the trend tanned racetrack, ten of Denny Hamlin seems to make it work carrying the momentum. That high three and four didn't work for the 22. >> I mentioned that Kevin Harvick had never had a top five finish. This is the first lap than Kevin Harvick has LED at Kentucky. >> There will be a competition caution, about 25 on or around 25 for the teams to be able to check out the tire wear. This will be the first time they will be on long runs this weekend. >> It's a good example right here. 19 on the outside. If you don't find the way to get to the bottom, you may lose three or four spots. He did a great job. You need to fill that hole behind you to keep the train from coming. It's not like talladega bulling into the wrong line. That's how they're going to have to protect the bottom tonight. >> And the competitors know that. They know on three and four they're going to try to nail gap. >> You'll be able to see the speed of the leader up on top of the careen. Right now Kevin Harvick, when he enters turn one it will be upwards of almost 200 miles an hour 2678901 is what Kevin Harvick was going. Kyle Busch running ninth. Joey Logano just behind him. Carl Edwards in front of him. Kyle Busch in the M & Ms car. >> Both ends of the racetrack, lake we talked about is so different. As he goes through one and two, look at the miles per hour on the bottom of the Skrine. He falls down to 167 miles an hour. As he approached turn three, out as much grip and bank. Watch how far the miles per hour fall. All the way down into 155. So 10-mile-an-hour roughly between the speed in one and two versus three and four. That's the difference in grip. >> Able to lean on that banking in turns one and two, additional banking, 17 dpegs as opposed to three and four, just 14 degrees of banking. Crew chief, do you expect to see tire wear be a little bit different from what they saw in practice? >> I don't think it will be a whole lot different. While there was some rain last night we had the XFINITY race, they put the rubber down. This sprint cup cars are on a much more durable right side tires. I expect them to run the duration without issues today. >> We had talked about how the cars are having trouble. Look at Austin Dillon as he enters turn three. He doesn't just lose a little bit of speed. He loses a on the of speed. He lost seven spots by making one small mistake. That's the fine line these drivers have to deal with. Dave? >> After that, he started -- he was 27th last time I checked. Flat tire or something? I can't tell. Right now he's trying to keep from wrecking the race car. He is not in the chase yet. Only enough to not want to lose a lot of points. >> Steve, I think part of that is this is the first time all the race cars have been on the racetrack together in this low down powerous track. They've had a lot of track time but not in trsk. They're going to drive worse than any time in practice over the weekend. >> Chase Elliott, 20 years old, Ryan Blaney in the 21, only 22 years old. >> All the way on the exit at turn four, gets loose, makes pretty good contact with the outside wall. You see Kyle Larson in the red and white car knew the car was in trouble and went down. >> That's Ricky stenhouse again in the wall. He got into the gray and the caution comes out. The lap before, he hit the wall in four. The right front tire down a lot of damage to the right side of that car. He was running 22nd at the time. >> He's driving down the back straight away. We know he hit the ball already. Probably has damage to the car. Ends up getting into the wall. All that started because of what happened the lap before. This is what we've been talking about all weekend long. We've been seeing these kind of incidents happen. This track is tough. >> Very difficult to figure out the handling. Stenhouse into the wall early.into the wall early. But might I suggest something a little extra crispy. My extra crispy, five dollar fill-up is freshly double-breaded by hand. It's tasty, real meal for just five dollars. [Crunch] Am I an extra crispy boy? [Sipping] Sure, kid. Kfc. It's extra crispy good. We've got road closures, interstate closures, major delays... [Sigh] I wish I had a presidtial escort. [Police sire Wish bold in the 2017 Camry. Toyota. Let's Go Places. . >> NASCAR race view gives you access to features that let you follow your favorite drivers on the track. Get live stats, leaderboards, drivers and team communications and more all on your devices. Available now for an all-new low price when you visit nascar.com/raceview. Welcome back. Top cars, leaders did not come to pit road under this most recent caution. There is a competition caution that will take place in lap 25, so they would not have been able to put fuel in the car anyway until we get to that lap 25. The badge going on the eight post of all of the cars, showing respect and thinking about the Fallin officers from Dallas. We listened in to Tony Stewart's radio moments ago. Here's what they had to say. >> Really brutal for the three and four here. >> Sun is setting. So as you go through three and four, the sun is right in your eyes, just as you go through the exit of the center of three, the sun just gets right in your eyes. It's going to be like that for a little while. >> 9:06 is what we expect the sunset to be at Sparta, Kentucky today. Two by two once again. Kevin Harvick. Replay back in the air. A great run by Kevin Harvick on the outside line and he's rockets away from the 78 of mark Jr. Jimmie Johnson trying to make that outside line work on Brad Kozlowski. Brad Kozlowski moves ahead of him in the two. >> Jimmie Johnson wants to get back to the bottom. As you mentioned earlier, Jeff, protect the bottom. He knows he needs to get to the bottom before one and two. >> Blayne up there, he's worked himself all the way up to seventh. He started at 15, so he's made a big move. >> Side by side, Kyle Busch on the outside of Trevor Bayne. >> Kyle Busch way up on the outside. I think he's going to make the outside work. You're going to have to be in the second groove, battle for the lead. >> A little wiggle there out of kef hare as he -- Kevin Harvick as he runs the second line. Matter really getting the run down the straight. In the corner he really looked like he ran down the straightaway. >> Jeff, if you didn't get that radio transmission martin crew ex was playing the "Jaws" scene trying to get the lead over Kevin Harvick. >> Jeff, can you explain what might account for the bobble? >> You are tight in the center andoff, you get off a little it. You have to be in the trotle harder than you want to be. You've got the front tires not turning the way you want to turn and the back doesn't keep up with the frojt. You end up overcorrecting and that's why you see the car move around. >> Kevin Harvick and mark Truex Jr. Running one and two. They separated thechl from third place mat Kenseth by a second and a half. Kevin Harvick looking in the rear watching what martin Truex is doing. >> Seems like Kevin Harvick is pretty secure for the middle off. You heard him. He's pretty relaxed on the straight away. Takes his hand off the wheel. Puts it back on in the entrance to one. >> Kevin Harvick heel he's just going to have to pass him. This kind of racetrack to me is to Kevin Harvick's advantage. He can be very precise when he needs to be. He's going to hit his mark every time. He's not going to make many mistakes. Martin Truex is going to have to outrun him if he can pass him. >> Martin Truex has been phenomenal on mile and a half tracks this year. As a matter of fact, he has LED 739 laps on mile and a half tracks, second best, Kyle Busch second at 143. Let's listen in to dozen loz ski's radio. >> Lot of guys around us. We drive in the middle between the 20 and 48. We go to the white line. We make it by a half a car length. That's kind of stupid. >> A great example of using all your tools in the race team. That was his father explaining that it sounds like they have some handling issues in three and four. He's letting him know that in the roof he's not overdriving turn three. Sometimes the driver needs that input. Am I too high, too fast. He says no. I guess he's relatively close to the other cars behind him. >> A lot of these drivers saying that they're struggling with their cars once they get into traffic. A little bit into turn three but only around other cars. Hoe said behind myself, it was great. What do you do when you come a down pit road? Mike? >> It's been a pretty smooth weekend despite all the changes for the 21 team and Ryan Blaney. He told us he made a few changes but he's been happy with his race car. He has speed and good balance. Right now a little bit off in thoracic but very happy with it otherwise. >> I'll tell you, what I'm going to do if my car's not very good in traffic, when we come into pit road, maybe fill up my tank and try to beat the cars off pit road. You talked all weekend about how treacherous this track is. The aerodynamics are very important, so get your car back in front. >> How can you not take tires when it's really for the crew chief and the team to see the tire wear? >> I believe there's a new line of aggressiveness when it comes to pit strategy. >> I expect cars not to take tires and not fill up on fuel. Just get a few drops of oil to be the first off the road. >> This is the competition caution out in front. Kevin Harvick and martin Truex Jr. Have been playing a bit. They played nicely. >> Easy for you. >> Martin Truex giving us that dah-dah-dah-dah the "Jaws" music. >> All these drivers going to be working so hard, to your point, the pit crews are going to have to deliver. The strategy's going to have to deliver. With this slowdown force package being around other cars is difficult and treacherous. You cannot take a car in second or third and put it back in seventh or eighth. Pit crews are going to have to deliver. >> We saw an accident on pit road in the XFINITY race last night. We'll see if the drivers tonight are more efficient getting in and out. If everyone takes four tires as a driver, geoff, you can kind of judge when cars are coming and leaving. When cars are taking two or no tires, very difficult. Communication between the driver and pit road is key. >> Other cars are still coming in while you're leading. Kevin Harvick has a huge advantage because. >> Mike Massaro. >> Keep a look on the 20 car, upper lntd side of yufr screen. Matt Kenseth having allittle trouble with turns three and four. They're going to make a two-tire change on the to, Marty? >> There's only five words spoken on martin Truex radio. We're pretty good right here. Kelli. >> Shed as he ran it got tight in the center. He's been working the track while they help him with a small adjustment on two tires. Dave? >> Kevin Harvick a little tight. He took two tires from good if year. >> Looks like most took two tires, Kevin Harvick included. He stays up front.vick included. Stays up front.ren] Wish bold in the 2017 Camry. Toyota. Let's Go Places. Thanks for this Oreo Caramel shake, CARA! Caramel for "CARA," that makes sense. Yeah, and, uh, Jeanine, for Peanut Butter! - I don't get it, why? - 'Cause she reminds me of my ex-girlfriend Jeanine who was nuts! [Laughter] Twenty-three real ice cream shakes, all half-price after 8pm. [Click, whoosh] . >>> Welcome back to Kentucky speedway. NASCAR has added a lap of caution. 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We'll have to see if the cleaner air helps the handling issues here for the 41. >> 78, martin Truex Jr. Did not have a good pit stop but he pulls it back. >> In front Kurt Busch hangs on to the lead. Kevin Harvick hanging on to second. >> Surprising the confidence these racers are having. We talked about how treacherous -- >> Around goes the 48. Jimmie Johnson around and in the wall. Caution comes out again. A back-up car, Jimmie Johnson, in bra got into the wall. We just heard take it to the garage. >> Restarts are so important. You can pick up spots or you can lose spots. You have to drive aggressively if you want to make something happen. He was underneath another car, lost downforce, lost side force. It got away from him. >> I don't think it was completely three wide. He had another car on the outside of him, looks like the 21 of Ryan Blaney. The toughest end of the racetrack. Now we're on board to hear what happened. >> He starts to wiggle. Now it gets away from him. He tried to keep the pace up because on these restarts, you can't give up spots. He got a little free. He went ahead and carried the speed off the corner. He just didn't have enough grip to make it happen. >> He was nowhere near three wide. >> This is what we've seen in practice. We've seen this all weekend long. Cars spinning out by themselves, losing control. This is lap 33 of a 267-lap race with a six-time champion making a mistake. That's how difficult this is going to be tonight. >> Kurt Busch using pit strategy out in front. Jimmie Johnson, the six-time champion behind the wall.me champion behind the wall At my office, they call me Boss Man. I scout the talent, close the deals, do it all with a firm handshake. (Loud clap noise) Gentlemen. (Loud clap noise) To others, I'm Water Cooler Dale. Man we got those tiny trash cans in our offices. Somebody keeps putting their lunch in mine. (All) What? Everyday. Smells like Mac N' cheese. Ew. (Dale) Lobster Mac N' cheese, maybe? So weird... So weird. Have any of y'all seen who it is? No. (Dale) For protecting my small business and more... . >>> Welcome back to Kentucky spoiled. Let's go to the infield. >> Rick, we had a special treat before the race. Team fast track sky divers brought the Kentucky, Ohio and Indiana flags all down inside the racetrack. They've done 300,000 skydives. They even took our own Kelli stavast up with them. How was it? >> I think the smile on my face when I landed back on the ground said it. You were asked to do it. You chickened out. But if you were harnest R used to a 6'6" man jumps out of an airplane, I get it. A great group of guys here tonight. Rick? >> Definitely preach all of them. Two by two once again. Kurt Busch choosing the outside line, Kevin Harvick on the inside. In the restart zone. Once again, the outside line works for Kurt Busch. Brad keselowski. Kevin Harvick is right behind the 41. >> When you say that trying to take air off the spoiler. >> No question. Brad keselowski, big wiggle. >> The tools that the drivers have, you can move the air off the driver in front of you. >> Takes it away from Kurt Busch. >> Let's not challenge him on the outside of three and four. It's too early. Unfortunately for the 41 he's lost the clean air. Now he's under attack from Matt Kenseth. >> Matt Kenseth moves to the inside. Kurt Busch back to third. >> Kurt Busch said it earlier. He pitted on lap 12. That's when he put tires on. All these other guys pitted later. He was not able to put fuel on that run so he will have to pit earlier than everybody else if this stays green. >> They started 39th when they took the green flag. After that, the car's terrible, we've got to pit. The call by Tony Gibson, got in some track issues. You have to make moves like that sometimes when you're that far back in the field. When the next caution comes out, that's a spot you can't regain unless you do a move like that. >> You have to be aggressive on pit road. Sometimes aggressiveness is staying on the track. It's crazy. We saw two address keselowski. Team penske, look at the move. It was martin Truex Jr. Who got in the back of the two. >> Martin didn't anticipate it. Ran up the back. >> Teammates Logano sideways, kisses the wall with the right rear quarter panel. >> That doesn't seem like a lot of damage but that's a very sensitive area, especially with small rear spoil, it's only going to make it worse. >> The deck lid on the back of the 22 has also been damaged. Dave. >> Rick, these N -- he's been trying to fix that race car himself, changing things like the brake bar, the track bar. Those are things he can do to the car to try to make it better, especially in traffic. That's where he's had the most trouble. >> On the right rear quarter panel, I don't think it will hurt as much down here. In-turn three he lost a lot of time to the 11 behind him. We'll see if he's able to do it again. I think there's nothing to lean on. He was off the support of the right side, kind of his crutch or contain that he leans on in the corner. >> You have to have a certain amounts of grit to go as fast as everybody else. Now you've handicapped your race car by going up on the wall. When you lose it, you have to slow down. You cannot keep pace. So it's probably going to continue to hurt them if they don't get in and get it fixed. >> The 48 of Jimmie Johnson. >> This is what they wanted to avoid today. They said we want to finish with all the fenders on. They'd crashed oults of two of the last four races. Now this is the third crash. This is the second car they've crashed this weekend. He said this has taken a toll on the team. They're extremely tired because of the work they've put in over the last 30 days. Repairing heavy left side damage. >> Rick, I know it's -- nicknamed Superman, but even six-time champion must use momentum. They also have to recover from the downward spiral of bad momentum and that seems like what they're doing right now. >> 24 trying to stay out in front of Brad keselowski in the 2. Chase Elliott out of dawsonville, Georgia. Son of bill Elliott and the 22, as we saw earlier get into the wall, Dave, what are they talking ability now? >> Rick, it's disaster planning just in case. Sometimes teams do this if and when they need to. The right quarter panel of the car, if they need to, they'll come in and Beaumont it on to the car. That will be the extreme they'll need to go to if it's really bad. >> You see here consistently the 22 liesing spots. We saw Kasey kahne going by. I expect them to clear in-turn three. It's hard to understand but when these drivers go in the corners, Rick, and lean on the right side of the car, it's kind of like leaning on a crutch. They can put a lot of weight on it. Joey Logano turns down in the corner expectation to have that support, it's not there. The only thing he can do is end slower. >> It comes into the corner way late. Turns one and two and you can see he doesn't get hurt as bad in one and two. You drive in the corner. As they enter turn three, it's flat. The track continues to be flat. In that flat area, that's where it's really going to hurt him because it's flat and you're trying to turn and you don't have that rear side force. >> Well, the car that's knots struggling is the 21 of Ryan Blaney. All the way up in the fifth position, making big news. Sings the restart he's up five positions. It's a good run 21. >> Legano is holding up these cars. Now the train of cars lining up behind Joey Logano. They couldn't get by. With Logano moving up the track, they'll all go by. >> He's going to lose a lot of spots in the next few laps. >> The 34, 23-year-old out of prosper, Texas, also getting around the 22.around the 22. Here's how it feels to get fifty percent off most national carrier rates too. 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Kevin Harvick on his inside. >> Kevin got loose down there in the bottom, lost momentum because he was loose. >> It looks as though Brad was using the same technique we saw the Ford use. Brad keselowski shoots into the lead. >> Chase Elliott right back there, you see the 25. Kevin Harvick even though he got three wide down the back stretch, he did well to stop the bleeding. Then chase Elliott crossing over trying to get back the 18 of Kyle Busch. >> You mentioned the same technique that Kevin Harvick had been use ug. Brad keselowski got very close to the right side of the 4 taking more air off of the skpoirl that's almost not really there anymore. The two was able to go right back. 78 reeling in the 2 of keselowski. >> He has about 30 laps on his tire. It would be interesting to see -- the 78 of martin Truex has been so fast during the whole race, you don't know if it's a better race car or a tire deficit. >> 78 making a move. >> Martin Truex Jr. Trying to take the lane away from Brad keselowski. He'll do it. Martin Truex out front. >> Straight sounds. Leader. And here comes the 4. Kevin Harvick gets around Brad keselowski. He'll take the second away. >> The two did ok out front as the leader. As soon as he gets back in third, under attack again. >> Martin Truex having a little fun outside the race car. Screaming leader a while ago. He didn't get down on him. He said, hey, guys, is there anything I can do better. This time the crew came through. A fantastic stop. Truex in the lead for the first time all night. Kelli. >> Brad keselowski out there on older tires. He did not come down pit road. He's been making small adjustments inside the cockpit. He said he's tight in the center and at times just gets loose on and off randomly. Steve. >> That's sometime the hardest thing to fix, Rick, when it's ran dom. It's one thing for a driver to be able to anticipate it. Also that row down that NASCAR brought here. I think the lack of the downforce makes the car a little more inconsistent for these drivers. >> When you say NASCAR brought here, the drivers have been asking for it. They wanted more downforce to be taken off the cars. Now they're saying, hey, it's really hard to control these cars and to find the handle on these cars. >> That's what the drivers wanted to do. They want to drive the cars. They don't want to run wide open down the track. When you lift off the throttle and the car drives bad, now it's communication between you and your crew chief, how you drive the race car, where you make sacrifices so you can go faster some place else. They all think they can do it better than the next guy. They think it's an advantage to them. >> Michigan winner Joey Logano already out of the car. >> Ending not the way he had hoped. Joey, what happened? >> Just I got loose off turn four and knocked the rear end over and got really loose and then when you get loose you got to start slowing down a lot into the corner, use a lot of brake. I'm assuming I just overheated the bead and the right front blew out and the brakes were gone and so it compounded off the first accident on turn four. Unfortunate for the team. Just -- I hit a on the. I had a long time to think about how much that was going to hurt. Pretty impressive with the safety barrier. We'll go back to work. >> Short night for Joey Logano. The guy who happened to win the last race in Michigan. >> He'll be heading home when they go back to the new England area. You heard Joey said he had a long time to think about it. It's the worst feeling when you're a driver and you drive in the corner and lift off the trotle and you hear this explosion, because you know what's coming next. You can see right here. Watch the hood. Boom. There's nothing you can do. He's got the wheel turned. It's going straight. You know it's going to hurt. It takes forever to get to the ball wall. Terrible feeling. >> Tough way for the night to end for Joey Logano. Teammate Brad keselowski. Chase Elliott in the 24 just behind Carl Edwards. >> I'm curious acts the 2 car strategy. They pitted, they didn't pit. They're halfway through a fuel run when they didn't pit. What -- I mean, that's risky. Talk to me. Explain it to me. >> It's very aggressive. I think what you're seeing is the car that win. This isn't a car we're going to come back to in the chase. This is all about winning. So let's good aggressive. He must feel like position is more important than losing a track. They'll get a caution on the next 18 or 20 laps, they'll have to pit under green. We talk about taking risks. Being aggressive. This is what it does. It allows Brad keselowski to be out front. >> To make this call he feels like he's going to get a caution before he had to come into pit road under green, right? >> They expect that to continue throughout the night. >> Book to 14, Greg Biffle running in that spot. >> When I talked to Greg Biffle earlier today he said honksly we're an 11th to 16th place team. We've got to figure out how to get around that. He told me when I walked in the shop this week, I could tell things were different. Everyone was happier, coming here to Kentucky with a little more speed as well. How about the corporate team made, I talked to his teammate. They've been having a fantastic weekend. I asked him why they decided to take four tires. He said he kind of wanted to get off sequence with everybody else. When they take four, the next time maybe we'll take two tires. He told me the test here a couple of weeks ago. Chris Buescher was able to do that. That was the first ever sprint cup series for Chris Buescher. By theway, he loved this racetrack. >> Start 34. Big move up to the front even with the four-tire stop. >> I understand the theory of getting off the yens. I'm -- sequence. While I like BOB Osborne's thinking I'm not sure that the application will play out like he thinks -- we just saw Brad keselowski, he didn't even stop. >> Track position important. Although there are 193 laps still to go. Martin Truex Jr. Leading in Kentucky. Ntkyngn keuc Hey there, folks! 'S me, the extra crispy lonel. Now I love original recipe, but in this sizzlin' summer heat, I'm feelin' a little extra crispy. My extra crispy twenty dollar fill-up is freshly double-breaded and fried to a luxurious, mouth watering bronze. Extra crispy isn't just a product... It's a lifestyle. Kfc. It's extra crispy good. 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This could play into Brad keselowski's strategy. >> Absolutely saved his chance of not having to pit under green. He was getting close to the end of his fuel run so this will drive Brad keselowski and all the race cars to pit road. I would expect all the crew chiefs to only want to take right or left side tires. >> Dibenedetto is in the corner. Car goes straight. Looks like maybe another tire failure. We heard Joey Logano say it. This racetrack is much more like a short track than it is a typical mile and a half. It makes me wonder if these drivers aren't having to use more brake and they're melting beads. We've seen this before. Quite possibly the teams just weren't prepared for the pace. You have to slow down getting into these corners. >> Not just the track. This is that new aero package. You take the aerodynamic drag off. With a spoiler, you lift. The air itself slows you down. When you lift in the small corner, the only thing slowing you down are the brakes. >> You guile dial for a break and it heats the wheels up more. >> Let's look closer with our NASCAR heat evolution information. >> How db NASCAR accomplish that? NASCAR decided we'll remove basically the back half of the splitter making it much smaller. What that does is take the air underneath the car very dirty, creating less downforce. >> The driver's best friend is that rear spoilter. You sigh the blue arrow making downforce. You cut that spoiler off, watch the arrows go on top of the spoiler. Now the downforce is much less pushing on the back of the car. >> When you talk about small spoilers, look how tiny that is on the back of the 22. Joey Logano big kwigle. Right here, the other thing its does, cars affect one another. The two passing the team mails, the 22 of Joey Logano, into the wall. Now the leaders on pit road, Mike. >> They are. Among them Matt Kenseth, David Ratcliff, his crew chief has not called for any right side tires. The cars getting liars. Meanwhile lane Blaney has been happy. No changes. Just two tires. Marty? >> Martin Truex already gone. Two right side tires for him. A slight air adjustment to tighten up the car. Race off pit road, a close one. Kevin Harvick takes the spot away from martin Truex Jr. And he does it on pit road. Two tires again.o tires again. If everyone jumped off a cliff, would you do it too? You'll lose interest. It's just a phase. It hurts me more than it hurts you. Where are your manners - were you raised by wolves? You're going to give me a heart attack. When you have kids, you'll understand. This is the life of a Rebel. Sorry, Mom. A S 2s . >>> Tonight aerial coverage brought to you by our partners at smithfield foods. What a view of this area of Sparta, Kentucky. Kentucky speedway nestled into the hills of Kentucky. NASCAR drive is nascar.com's live race day companion. Access integrated driver stats in real time. Don't miss a lap when you visit nascar.com/drive on your personal computer now. Welcome back to the Quaker state 400 presented by advanced auto parts. A very close call and a little bit of damage for the 21, Ryan Blaney on pit road. LE. >> Pulling out. Coal with coming in. We talked about the reduction in downforce. Now the right front fender is set in. That's even a larger reduction in downforce, also a major change in side force. I'm not sure I wouldn't have to pit somewhere to fix it. >> They're looking closely at the car to see wlnltd that fender is touching the tire. They thought at least from their first examination that there is no tire rub. Their only concern is how it's going to affect the handling from here on out. The car's been real good until this point but who knows? >> There will be travel. When the car goes under load and there's more travel, the tire could get up into the sheet metal. >> I don't think it's going to get into it. You never know. When the cars travel, strange things. The tires move a little bit and it flexes a little bit as well. >> We saw the 22, damage around the quarter panel. I think the 21 is making a mistake. They need to come to pit road. Still 181 to go in the race. >> Let's listen in to Tony Stewart again on the radio. >> It will work out in the en. We take two now and from now on. >> Don't worry. >> We'll get this. >> Ok. >> Already planning ahead, Rick. Crew chief has already decided we're going to put four on it now. The concern I have is he chose it to do when the team only needed about six and a half to seven seconds worth of fuel. Perhaps there would have been a better opportunity. Maybe he's the first to do it. If he'll commit to that strategy, continue to take two tires, he can get that track position back. They're already considering how they're going to strategize. >> The most cautions that we have seen at Kentucky speedway in the previous five races. Kevin Harvick, martin Truex, Harvick on the outside. Green flag back in the air. Restart for martin Truex Jr. Can he get out in front? Loses the air and Kevin Harvick goes right by. >> Oh, and around goes the 21 of Ryan Blaney, chase Elliott as well. The two youngest on the racetrack are around. >> I saw three wide. I'm wondering how in the world does that work? And it didn't. Chase Elliott looked like his car was relatively in control. 21 lost control of his car first. As it went up the trademarks it caught in the rear of 24. >> The track's not wide enough to three wide. Everybody's trying to fight to get to the bottom. You want to get as low on the racetrack as you can. There's about early getting into the corner. Both young men are grid contenders. The points will start adding up that they Lutz. >> The restarts are -- this started because everybody's trying to make something happen. 78 gets pulled around by the -- now we're three wide going into the corner. Somebody has to make a decision. Do I want to be three wide? 21 gets loose. Gets inside 24. Goes up and has a along night. >> 21 was right in the middle of the three wide. We have seen Jimmie Johnson, a six-time champion be in that position. The same thing handles. It gets loose and off the racetrack it goes. He collects the 24 of chase Elliott this time.elliott this time. This is the Ford F-150. The only pick-up with a high strength, military-grade, aluminum-alloy body. Of all the full-size, half ton pickups, it's got the most towing, the best payload and the highest gas mileage. Plus, no body rust. And guess what? This is the safest F-150 ever built. The only pickup to pull the government's 5-star Safety Rating and earn an iihs Top Safety Pick. This is the F-150. 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So disappointed for this team. They had ran well in every practice. They showed speed all weekend long. They kept getting in the back of the pack. They got blocked on pit road one time. This is the danger of being back there. They had a good race car tonight. >> Brian Scott in the 44. Damage to that car. >> I don't know if you seen a replay yet. We come off of two. >> Aj allmendinger involved, too. There's the 44 of Brian Scott is sideways. Saves it coming off of two. Then looks at though Kyle Larson may have been in the back of him when he came off two. There's the heavy contact. >> You saw the tail pipes of 44. Looks like maybe he was on and off the throttle. You see the safety barrier doing a good job absorbing some of the impact there. If a car's that slow in front of you, you can be all the way off the gas. All the trouble started and Kyle couldn't get slowed down. >> Little bit of damage to the front end of so of Danica Patrick. But a lot of damage to Chris Buescher's number 34 another look. There's the impact between Chris Buescher. The 95 of Ty Dillon also involved. The 7 of Regan Smith also involved. >> Come on, come on, come on, come on. Clear, clear, clear, clear! >> Dale Jr. Made a decision to go and he just stayed wit. Quick decisions have to be made. 44 underneath the 11 in a compromising position. That makes you lose all the momentum. The 42's in the back of him. Tony Stewart barely gets back. 44 big impact. 47, 95 of Ty Dillon. He got slowed down pretty well. >> We talked at the top of the show about the race grit grid and what possibly could happen on the race grid. We've seen the 24 of chase Elliott and the 21 of Ryan Blaney in major accidents. All those cars are still vying for a position. Major points happening here. >> Unfortunate, Chris Buescher had been running well in the early part of the race and now will be out. Be ou [Engine Roaring] [Engine Roaring] The performance speaks for itself. 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There really wasn't enough room. I felt like I was at the bottom of the gray, the top of the black I could be without getting up in the Pless. I tried to give up as much room as possible. That's racing, I guess. Good news is -- bad news is that's three bad weeks in a row. For us, we've got to come back and get the job done. Bottom line. We'll try again next week. >> How important is it for you guys to make the repairgs and get back out? >> It's definitely important it's not as porch as winning. That's the most porch thing at this point for us. That's our goal. Just because we have a bad night tonight doesn't mean our goal has changed. >> Get a close look at the replay. What did you see? >> I don't know. We just -- put in a bad spot on the restart a few times. We got middle of three and someone on your bumper and the pack it's really hard to race three wide with and I got loose. Unfortunate. We took 24 out. Obviously was not intentional, what you want. It hurt us. Both had really good cars but getting in spots on restarts that aren't ideaful. We'll try to get it fixedaged get back out there. >> It was a rough sequence of events, a collision on pit road. What happened there? >> We were coming out and somebody was coming in, whoever it was, and communication was off a little bit. That didn't affect it at all. Just put me in the middle of three. Probably should have backed out, been a little smarter, but I don't know about that. But have to go back and look at it. Just unfortunate. You never want to see that happen, especially with somebody like that. We'll move on from it. >> Tough situation for Ryan Blaney who came into the night pretty much already on the chase bubble. >> Unfortunate for those two young drivers. The fire is out, by the way, in the truck in the parking lot. The truck in the parking lot Kyle Busch, the 2015 Champion! Toyota. Let's Go Places. Hey, track bar's broken. She keeps jumpin' out of gear. Whadya wanna do? Can you feel it? 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I want to say a lot but not a lot of rear downforce here. But you see the air move up off the rear spoiler. That trailing car actually affects that. It pushes air up often the leading car spoiler making it loose. You see right here, Paul Menard in the 27 closes in on the back of the 21, it lifts that air off the deck of 21. The 21 instantly gets loose up into the 24. >> 21 was loose, so he couldn't turn. We saw the 24 coming down and getting into the 21. Part of the reason that happened is as you're loose, you can't turn the wheel. If you do, you're going to spin out. So Ryan couldn't turn the wheel and that's what all that happened was all about three wide, lack of downforce and lack of grip. >> Getting ready for another restart. Three restarts since we've had a green one and eight cars soon damaged. Let's see if this restart is clean. Jamie Mcmurray on the inside. Kevin Harvick out front of Jamie Mcmurray. Austin Dillon trying to hang on to third. On the outside Lohr martin Truex Jr. And Truex Jr. Gets the position. Teammates side by side. The 18 and the 20 and the 18 surges ahead. Paul Menard making the move to the inside of Matt Kenseth. That will get him up into the top six. >> He clears the 20 as they go into one and two. 16 of Greg Biffle in the K fc Ford. Greg Biffle out of Washington. He's moved to the top ten. He's running ninth. >> He lost the bottom of the racetrack in the corner. Could not hold the yellow line. Made the pass. >> Seems like after the restarts, Rick, you see a little more patience between cars. When with a car gets in the third position, the other car lets him go and get back in line. Once they get organized, they try to take advantage. >> That's what you're going to see. It's just difficult. This package, this racetrack, these tires, this is a difficult situation. None O of these drivers are driving like you saw at daytona last weekend where they barely move the wheel. >> Jamie Mcmurray backs off getting into turns three and four. That allows martin Truex Jr. To move by. >> We talked about how difficult it is. These are the best drivers in the U.S., the best drivers in the world. They're truly athletes and that athleticism is on display when we watch them try to ma 23450u6r this racetrack. >> A big hit for Chris Bowsher. What was your perspective? >> It just happened. 44 came right down in front of me. I don't know what happened ahead, but just by far the best we've done at the racetrack so far. Without qualifying we start based off points. We've had three of these situations already. We're down in points. We started without track positionaged we're making our way up there with every restart we moved forward but didn't work out. We keep taking more and more downforce away from these things. Every wants to take more away but it turns into a lot of accidents on the course. >> Yes, indeed. A good nice for Chris but it's over now. >> Every restart they kept moving forward, but because of the situation they were put in, that pit stall, because they had to start by points, they were back there. They were constantly in a position where they had to battle for every pot. >> A disappointing finish. That team needs to say, you know what, we had a car that could compete. Build on that. Don't leave here feeling terrible about what happened but build on the positives over the weekend. >> This is a positive run for Jamie Mcmurray. He and his crew chief have been efficient on pit road. With all these accidents, Mcmurray up into good position. He's also passed a lot of cars and drove himself up into position. >> A huge need for this team to be in position. You see Kyle Busch go by. They've been having fantastic restarts all evening long. As the run goes on seems like we lose grip and that's what we're seeing right now with Jamie Mcmurray. They would love a top ten on this evening. Dave. >> You talking about negative start of the day for the 3 of Austin Dillon. He fell back. You didn't know what it was. Speculating when he came in, he might have been inadvertently dragging his foot on the brakes but that's gone now. He radioed that it's good. Kelli? >> Paul Minard, the 27 has worked his way up. He was in the chase a year ago. Crew chief Dustin Alexander told me it's a lot better than we knew. He said he was willing to take some risks and go with strategy. Every time they come down pit road they're alternating two left and then two right side tires. >> Let's be honest. Paul Minard, I think they need to start thinking win. They enter 89 points below the come line. That's going to take them to a string of very good cars. >> In races coming up, the race they won was Indianapolis. >> That's how they got into the chase last year, they were very zinlts. You take a team like that, really -- you dig a hole it's harder for that kind of team to dig out. They've got to find a way, I agree with you, to put themselves in a position to win or have a raise with a lot of issues. >> Greg Biffle having a nice run. We talked about the confidence and momentum from Fenway. They took two tires. They jumped up into the top five at one point. They've fallen a little since then. The cars getting too tight the longer he runs. Two tires versus four tires. Some of these guys took four tires. They haven't been able to make up any ground at all. >> Track position's important. So is momentum. It seems like tonight this team right here didn't start. Greg Biffle, Brian pattie didn't seem to start in the same position in the year. We go to a completely style racetrack in Kentucky, once again, running in the top deny, what a great Cameron angle inside the car. His pan left to right gives you a good idea of the speed. >> Last year you would have seen that helmet bumping all around. This year, much less. >> Greg Biffle likes to drive the car sideways. Doesn't mind being lulgs. Even though on this track you can't attack, you have to have the ability to drive a loose car, a car with very low grip and I think that's in Greg Biffle's wheelhouse. >> Greg Biffle top ten. All three rcr cars in the top ten. Out in front, it's Stewart hunt's racing Kevin harvick.g Kevin harvick.t to you? The Top Safety Pick Midsize Car and SUV. Most Dependable. Means a lot to me. The green car because I like fuel efficiency. What if there was a car company that received all of these awards. One company won an award in all these? Chevy. Ahhhh! Chevy. Chevrolet is the most awarded car company of the last two years. I love it! It's fierce. How would you sum this car up in one word? Incredible. Amazing. I can't use one word. I was made in the shadows of greatness. Shaped by the hands of legacy. Forged in the fires of racing. (Engine revving) I've been challenged, tested and proven. Whether it's on that track or off, the truth is- what you're made of... Is what you're made to do. How often times we hear... The praises sung of wealthy men... But you very seldom hear them sing of the honest workingman. His hands may be both rough and hard, his Clothes and speech be plain... But you will find his manly heart Without a Spot or stain. Let us give three cheers With right good will For the honest Workingman. . >> Lisa go to the Toyota Camry on track car, Steve. >> We've heard a lot about aerodynamic adjustments. The yellow area at the bottom of the door of this car, we see it start to flair out as the race goes on. NASCAR has a rule that you can't make adjustments on a pit stop. >> See the cars making their way around the track. The 4 of Kevin Harvick still out front. Inside skirt a little flared out on the bottom. Coming off pit road, it's not flared out. >> NASCAR can't do is control what happens when you get on the track. As the cars travel, they get bent out. They go through and they're legal. See every single car. No problem. But on the racetrack they bottom out. They travel and they move. Teams are smart. They're moving in the right direction. The reason it's not against the rules is because they go through check and it happens on the racetrack. >> Kyle Larson coming out. It kind of blends with the racetrack. It sticks out. You can see it, but when we go through the entire field, seems to be a pretty consistent trend. >> V Kevin Harvick, martin Truex Jr., Kyle Busch, Jamie Mcmurray, Austin Dillon in the top five. Dave. >> The last time Kyle Busch was in pit load they took left side tires. >> Let off the gas, it jumped sideways on me. I had probably 10 degrees of steering on the right. I can't get off the gas. It ain't worth getting back there, either. >> You can hear the angst in the drivers' voice. Do we come down and loose track position? I might need that kind of a balance but it's a tough decision. Kelli? >> During that last lengthy cost, Braz keselowski discussed it. >> Tires of the black are eating up. >> What I can see up here, they're well below the yellow line. They're over -- they're on the left side of the O line. >> He said he doesn't know if that's still going to work anywhere. A handledful of laps to go. He said, hey, your one and two looks better than anyone around you. Go get that car in front of you. >> 45 laps since Kevin Harvick and martin Truex Jr. Were on pit road. The fuel window worth 60 laps. We've been on about a 26-lap green flag run. It's been the longest of the day as we have completed 128 laps. >> We've seen issues -- we feel like we've seen issues where people haven't been using their brakes. This is when you start to have issues. The longer the runs are, the more you have to use the brakes and slow the car down. The more the heat gets into the wheel and won't leave the wheel. The trooifrs really need to be careful not to use the brake anymore than you have to. >> The speed of the leader Kevin Harvick all the way down to about 1 47 miles an hour through turns three and four but he gets back up to nearly 200 miles an hour when he gets into turn one. >> You catch a slower car, it pulsz it down off your car. With this package, I think it's going to be really, really posh. Important -- really important. >> We've seen cars spin out already with just one car on the outside. That time Regan Smith moved to the outside so Harvick could move by. Martin Truex trying to do the same thing. >> They worked on it in final practice. I talked to the crew chief early this morning. He said we didn't get worked up about our top of the board seat. That's what's happened so far. That's drivability and survivability are very good. He still leads. >> Harvick, the 40-year-old out of Bakersfield, California, still out front. Has LED the most laps. 91 laps and counting. 92 for Harvick now. The gap between the top two. About .2 of a second. Pit road, as I mentioned earlier, between 60 and 67 laps, 64 to 67, the pit window at the top of your zrooen screen. Look at the gap between the top two. 120 feet. Want to look at the Toyota driver update. Martin Truex junior currently running second. Kyle Busch is third. Matt Kenseth sixth. Martin Truex Jr. Has been so impressive on five and a half tracks this year. A huge win in Charlotte to give him a spot in the chase grid. Kyle Busch also with multiple wins on the season. Also in the chase as we go NASCAR nonstop. . >>> Welcome back. Very close racing between Kevin Harvick and martin Truex Jr. And here comes the 41. Marty? >> Kurt Busch early in this cycle. That could mean that everybody else will follow him down pit road. He was sideways loose out there. Air pressure adjustment and four Goodyear tires for Kyle Busch. >> First to come on to pit road. He starts a trend. >> He does. We heard all week long about the tires. Tony must have a feeling that he wants stickers on this car. >> Kevin Harvick. Danica Patrick a lap down. She's running 21st. 21 cars on the lead lap. Martin Truex Jr. Still ability .4 of a second behind race leader Kevin Harvick. Marty? >> And here comes Kyle Larson. When he came in, you can see the brake orders blowing for Kyle Larson. He was tied in one and two, loose in three and four. That's how they're go to do things. Air adjustment as well. >> Started with Kurt Busch. Now Kyle Larson has come to pid road. Green flag pit stops are beginning to cycle through. 6 of Trevor Bayne has made his way on to pit road. Race leader Kevin Harvick was able to get by. Kelli? >> Trevor Bayne making his way down pit road. His car was mostly been loose off three and four. You see it's going to be a four-tire change for Trevor Bayne and air pressure adjustment. Marty? >> Carl Edwards coming down pit road. He said I don't know what to tell you. Crew chief said once you're back here, you can't go anywhere. Eric almirola is in a car that's been a little too loose. Air pressure change for those guys and four tires as well. >> A little bit of a fire there in the right front. Lot of heat in the brakes here. Marty. >> Jamie Mcmurray coming into pit road. The early cavalcade coming into pit road. Kelli. >> Minard says he's tight. He said he feels like the front end is going up. Marty. >> Kelli, taking left side tires for martin Truex. No adjustments. He's very happy with the chassis. Dave. >> Five laps to go, Kurt Busch came on the radio and said a little too loose for me right now. Four tiles for Kyle -- tires for tile. Mean while Kevin Harvick, you see the lights flashing. We'll go to Dale Earnhardt first. >> They gave him four tires and made an air pressure adjustment. >> You see Kevin Harvick in the pit. He overshot his pit. Four tires going on now. He said the balance is a little tight. >> Kelli. >> Brad said his car was getting tighter with every lap. They made a chassis adjustment and four tires for Brad keselowski. >> A big mistake for the 4 team, Austin Dillon also on pit road. Dave? >> And Austin said it was -- the car was getting better. It was a little tight through one and two at the end of the run. They will take four tires for that Chevrolet and give them just an air pressure adjustment to try to fix that. Mike? >> Matt Kenseth has taken four tires only once this evening. He'll do it again here. They've taken right side most tops. His car has been a little shady on restarts. That's what he said last time. They're going to try to tighten them up. >> The big issue for Matt Kenseth, we'll see how bad that affects him when he comes back on the racetrack. Right now Danica Patrick scored at the race leader. Matt Kenseth third. Martin Truex Jr. Is fourth. Scoring chart, see Kurt Busch going by the 150 dprooichk. To get Danica scored as the race leader. Currently on the lead lap. There are 25 cars. Kurt Busch running 25th. Harvick coming in. Did not get stopped in time. You can see way back he just wasn't coming in at the right angle. It makes me wonder. We've talked about brakes the entire race and how you're using probably more brakes than you thought. It makes me wonder if the car didn't slow down like he anticipated. On pit road they do not work as well. I wonder if he just didn't slow down as much. Kelli? >> Now Danica Patrick has made her way on to pit road. Her car was loose, loose, loose. Then they hit on something. She said on three and four, it turned like a race car should. She is happy with the car now. She'll get four tires and sonoco fuel. >> Damage to the front of the tent. Contact earlier. A smoker in-turn four. Somebody got up into the wall it looks like. That's the 7 of Regan Smith. Hard, hard contact on the right side as the caution has come out. Quite a few of the pit stops that cycle through. Martin Truex Jr. Back up front. Kyle Busch was running second. Hard contact by Regan Smith. >> You see him here at the top of the screen. You see something come off the car. I would assume either something broke or the tire went down. It looked actually like a piece of the hood flap. When the right front tire popped, it's usually a pretty big explosion. Much like we saw with the 22 earlier, just a long straight ride up to the fence. >> The angle where he hit, he hit at a really, really hard angle. That was a much bigger impact than Logano. >> The centrifugal force that these cars make at the top of the turn is the highest. They're leaning very hard on the right side cars to keep the car going around the turn. LE. >> Jeff pointed out vr this out earlier. Brake use is higher than expected and that has to do with some of this you're seeing. >> Go to commercial break. We'll be right back in kentucky.l be right back in Kentucky. The Ford Freedom Sales Event is on! With our best offers of the year! I'm free to do what I want... And 0% financing is back! On a huge selection of Ford cars, trucks and SUVs. Plus get an extra $1000 Smart Bonus on specially tagged vehicles. That's freedom from interest... And freedom to choose with Ford. America's best selling brand. I'm free, baby! Now get 0% financing plus a $1000 Smart Bonus cash on specially tagged vehicles. Only at the Ford Freedom Sales Event. Feel free... . >>> NASCAR on NBCSN is brought to you by sprint -- proud sponsor of the NASCAR sprint cup series, and by kfc's extra crispy chicken. It's extra crispy good. >> Welcome back to NASCAR sprint cup series racing presented by kfc from Kentucky speedway. And a gorgeous view of this mile and a half track, repaved and reconfigured since the last time the cup series was on this track. Even the XFINITY series in late fall of last year. Interesting. We've had another tire failure it looks like, as we saw the 7 get into the ball. Take a look at the brakes. Jeff, you've been talking about this. You see the left front rotor just blowing. This isn't what you expect when you come to a mile and a half. You don't think you'll have to use this much brake. >> You see the white wheels on the 42. Look at all that black dust that comes pouring out of the wheel. That is used brake pad built 7-. We talked about the smallest spoiler. I think the lack of downforce is attributing to this higher brake usage. >> The straight away speeds are so high, you've got to slow them down. All that heat is getting going sbriegt the tire. >> Let's go back into the infield and Rutledge wood. LE. >> Rick, this is a great time to point out some of the crazy things that are happening on pit road with the teams. In martin Truex pit road. All the teams are working on this, tire changer kbreesing his gun. They've got everything they need from all their tools. This is their total command center. All their lap times, adjustments. They're keeping track of all the data. I counted 20 people down here. 13 people on top and about a 15 by 20 area. 33 people on this team. Everyone's got a job. Everyone's working hard down here, Rick. >> A lot of people go into making a race team successful. >> That was my home away from home, Rick. >> Let's talk about restarts. >> Have you seen the outside line. Kevin Harvick gets into the corner and moved down. He gets really close to the two car. It pulls the air off the 2 car. >> That's a move we've seen Kevin Harvick do a Kuchle of times. He did it right there. Look at the 78. As soon as that Ford gets there, the downforce moves to the position of Kyle Busch as well. >> When you take this downforce away it gives the drivers a chance to mess with the other cars. You have to use anything you can to get an advantage. >> And you drivers do just that. Get your NASCAR coverage when you're on the go with NASCAR mobile, the official app of NASCAR puts race coverage and live in-car coverage right in your fingertips. Listen to the drivers as teams discuss strategy at nascar.com/mobile. Casey here's fronting 31st. He had an issue early in the race where they had to go back in the garage and make repairs to the car. Mears only scored 21 laps down to the field. Reeg an Smith has been checked and released from the infield care center. Martin Truex Jr. And Kyle Busch making up row number one. Truex fruks on the outside. Kyle Busch on the inside. Fans waving the green flags in the grandstand. As they go two by two into turn one. Sparks flying on the 18. Martin Truex Jr. With the momentum on the outside will take the lead and hang on to it. Kevin Harvick with a good restart moves up to third. Jamie Mcmurray trying to hold on for the fourth year. Flee wide as they cross the finish line. >> Kyle Larson went all the way to the top to regain his position. Here he is right here in-turn one. He's had a fast car all night but now he's back in the traffic allittle more than he wants. We'll see if he can recover and work his way back to the front. >> Fighting for positions on the restart. Very important track position so important tonight in Kentucky. Off the repave and reconfiguration of this racetrack, only three drivers have been able win at this track. Right now martin Truex junior out in front of the field. Jamie Mcmurray just in front of Brad keselowski. Mcmurray has been able to race his way up to the front but then not be able to hang on to that position in the restart. >> You saw right there -- >> Clint bowyer sideways. And he'll come out. >> If you don't have a flat, stay out on the apron. >> I do have a flat. >> Boyer was running 26th when he went around. Scored one lap down to the field going to get back out on the track after their crash. >> If you don't have any flats, stay out. 15 underneath Danica Patrick. He's already sideways. Did a good job of staying off of her. He really did. She did a nice job of maintaining her pace and along for the ride at this point. >> That's a mark on 2 wheel. >> Getting into the side of car, though, and the that's what happened to Danica Patrick, takes that air off on the spoiler and around goes the 15. >> You can see they were pretty much three wide, so they entered very shallow, meaning he had to enter early. It just came around on him. >> 26, almost I think is the keyword. >> That is going to be almost in a wreck. >> Martin Truex Jr. Out front. Martin Truex Jr. Has LED 31 laps tonight. Kevin Harvick has LED the most up to this point. Scheduled for tonight's race, martin Truex Jr., so dominant on mile and a half that he's out front at Kentucky as we go NASCAR nonstop. . >>> Next week navk on NBC, future stars of NASCAR will hit the track in the XFINITY series. Sunday, sprint cup racing. That starts at 1:00 P.M. Dale Earnhardt Jr. Breaking back into the top ten and shutting the engineoff and firing it back up again. Dave? >> Rick, I know, when you come to a track you want to meet some of the locals, right? You also want to find out what crew members come from the area. When I find out that the jack man for Tony Stewart was from owensboro, I looked him up and found out that he was a football player before slinging the jack. He was a fullback and an outside linebacker and went to the 1 double-a championship. I think Mcneese state got beat that year. I thought why not have him give me an autograph as well. So I had him sign my turban. >> Did he use a magic marker? >> No. I'll save it and hang it somewhere. >> I love it. >> Always searching for the autographs down there, Dave, aren't you? >> Hey, listen, I'm a fan. >> Lights are out on the pace truck. Martin Truex choosing outside line once again. Austin Dillon, Brad dozen, row four. Row five. Pace truck off the track. Fans waving the green flags once again in the grandstands as they come back to the restart zone. Green flag back in the air. Around goes the 78 on the outside of the 18. Once again, that move works. The outside line definitely working as the 4 now of Kevin Harvick makes the inside line and a pass on Kyle Busch. So Kevin Harvick moves up to second. Matt Kenseth trying to get by Kyle Busch as well as Busch has continued to run an outside line for three and four and now into one and two. Two drivers out of Wisconsin, one of they will being Matt Kenseth from Cambridge. 43-year-old trying to get behind Kyle Busch. He will make the pass complete. Paul Menard, the other driver from Wisconsin. Truex Jr. Has about a half a second lead now on Kevin Harvick. Edwards making the move by the 1 of Jamie Mcmurray. Mcmurray after being up front for a lot of the evening has jumped back just inside the top ten, running eighth. >> Three wide, two positions. >> Greg Biffle looking back, battle behind him between Paul Menard and Austin Dillon. Dillon using that inside line goat by Paul Menard. Now under 100 laps to go. >> Talking about hue you can use your car to affect other people's car. On that last restart, we saw a really good example of that. Look at Kevin Harvick behind the 18. As the 78 gets close to the 18, the 18 gets loose. Now watch the 4. He continues that advance. As he's advancing he's making the 18 even looser. So he saw a weakness with the 18. He was already loose. He pushed the issue, off the 18 and got that position. That's using all your tools. You have to do with that with this package. That's why the drivers like the package. If in the old package, if you got behind somebody, you were just stuck. Now you can take air off their car and get the trailing car the advantage. >> Kevin Harvick has LED 105 laps martin Truex continuing to lead as aj allmendinger coming off the track with major damage. The hood has blown up over the windshield and the caution will come out again. 47 of A.J. Allmendinger was involved in a crash earlier this evening. Very disappointed driver. >> Remember, he's one of those drivers near the end of the cut line trying to get in the chase. Very upset. I don't blame him. Work hard and try to drive his race car and things don't go well, it's very frustrating. >> And as difficult as it is, the rule is the drivers are supposed to stay in their cars until the safety crew gets to him but -- >> He's looking at his hands. You get hurt. >> Very frustrating for A.J. Allmendinger. >> It was like maybe the repair they attempted didn't hold. I'm not sure if the hood came up before he had an accident or the hood coming up was the cause of the accident. >> Let's look, see if we can see what happened. This is in the front stretch. Saw a lot of smoke out of the car before it hit the wall. Then the hood comes up. It's hard to say. LE like I mentioned, 68, you don't know if that smoke was tire smoke or an oil line issue but definitely something amiss with the 78 car. >> They've tried so hard to get the car fixed after you get in a wreck, they don't want to send the driver out there in something containingous. >> In entering tonight's race allmendinger was only 16 points behind the cut line, behind that 16th position which everyone is shooting for to get in the chase. Chase. Hey, I'm Paul, and I used to ask if you could hear me now with Verizon... Not anymore. I'm with Sprint now, because guess what, it's 2016 and every network is great. In fact, Sprint's reliability is now within 1% of Verizon. And Sprint saves you 50% on most Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile rates. So, I switched to Sprint. And millions more have too. Can you hear that? Don't let a 1% difference cost you twice as much. Switch to Sprint today. [Engine Roaring] [Engine Roaring] [Engine Roaring] The performance speaks for itself. Pennzoil Synthetics. Made from natural gas. Make the switch. >>> Tonight on NBCSN stay tuned for the NASCAR post race show presented by advanced auto parts. That will be followed by NASCAR victory lap. Who will be in victory lane at the end of 267 laps in Kentucky? We're 93 laps away from finding out. Three drivers have won at this racetrack sprint cup series. Can someone add their name to this list? Martin Truex, Kevin Harvick, those two running one and two have not run at Kentucky before. Kevin Harvick has never finished in the top five at this racetrack. >> Last time they were open, most of the leaders stayed out. But the 43, almirola pitted in 15 position. The leaders are staying out, trying to get to their pit stop around lap 200. But t43 came into pit road, put some fuel in the automobile. Itself might put the 43 in a good position if they. >> You see Casey Mears coming up to pit road. We look at cautions tonight presented bring sprint. Ten cautions already. The track record is 11 mtd. Switch today and save on most tantd or mobile rates. Visit a sprint store or sprint.com/network today. You're thinking we may get to that record? >> You see Dale Jr., how hard he was working his tires. That's why these cars, as drivers they're squirming so hard. You want the tires ready to fire. We see how important restarts are. If you get a little more heat in the tires that will stick a little bit better. >> Dive? >> They pitted last two cautions. All the drivers are racing in points now. On that last one they thought they ran through some debris. He said I would kick myself if I didn't get it. They changed four tires. >> Tony Stewart, only one driver has ever won on their 600th start. That is the king, Richard petyid. A big win in sonoma early this year. We're getting ready for the restart. Back to racing in Kentucky. All the way down to the apron, Carl Edwards trying to get by the 2. Something you have to do is make sure you stay in line until you get to the start-finish line and I believe he did that. You see Kevin Harvick making the inside line work a big wiggle out of martin Truex and Harvick is back up front. >> Another car that got another restart was tile Lars. >> 16 of Greg Biffle is working to the inside of the 19. Brad keselowski keeps momentum up trying to get by. The 1 of Mcmurray now. Matt Kenseth goes by Kyle Larson. Keselowski up to sixth. Trying to make the pass. Kevin Harvick so strong, now continues to lead as far as in the category of laps LED. 107 and counting. 89 laps to go. Kevin Harvick, out front has a .4 of a second lead. Kyle Busch, Matt Kenseth, Kyle Larson in the top five. >> We mentioned almirola pitted this last time. He's up to the 14th position, closing in on the 5, Kasey kahne. >> Eric almirola. Native of Tampa, glae. >> The 43, in doing it, it hurt the 5 more than did 43. >> Ryan Newman capitalized on that one. >> This is what you need as a crew chief. When you decide to do something different. Put some fires on it, get some fume. He has to have commitment from the drivers. We saw the 34 earlier. Eric is doing a job fighting hard, gaining those positions back. >> Closing in on the 88 of Dale Earnhardt Jr. Eric almirola moving toward the fronts. Tony Stuart by the 11 of Denny Hamlin. >> We haven't seen the speed from the 11 Carr that I thought we'd see. Just not speed. >> One of the drivers earlier today who talked about how he thought the track would be very narrow. A little wider than I think Denny Hamlin expected. We heard other drivers talk about they thought they would have an opportunity. Kevin Harvick from the drop of the green flag was running the groove. >> With 85 laps to go, let's go through the field brought to you by Hardee's. Make only one mistake toemtd for Kevin Harvick and a lot of good saves out there. Remember when he overshot his pit on pit road. Kevin radios to apologize to his crew. It was a safety procedure, but it cost him. Marty? >> Martin Truex back in the second position. When I talked to his crew chief earlier today he told me we need to get back into the mode of the top five. You've got to be in the mode. If you get top five in the chase, you'll make it to the Miami to win the title. >> Drivers have taken different approaches to Kentucky. He told me that Kyle enters disturbance three flatter and that has benefitted him just a moment the low downforce badge was used in Michigan, they struggled. They came with a different philosophy this time. The car's been more predictable in traffics. He enjoy the balance. Kelli? >> Started on the front row, back inside the top five. Looking forward to more, he said. He said summer sprint will identify some capabilities. >> Kyle petty, he was the man to beat. They finally made their way into the top ten. They got -- the reason they've been so good this weekend is their teammate. Carl Edwards has been very frustrated with track conditions all evening long. Trying to get back up through the field. They've had a fast car. He told me this morning the biggest part that needs that improve, right here, the racetrack. Kelli. >> Dale Earnhardt Jr. Rounding out the top 10. He has struggled in practice and the early stages of this race, nearly wrecking at one point. The crew and chief have gob to work and now he's happy with this car. He's racing and able to move forward. Right behind him is Paul Menard. We talked about him being here a year ago. Outside now looking in mentality now. Consistency is out the door at this point. Marty. >> Eric almirola continuing to move forward. He started 17 with the an hour fresh tires. They've moved from there to 12th position. Pretty good on this run right now. >> Ryan Newman said they're not happy with their points situation. They feel like they've been gaining consistency and momentum, especially in the last month. They think they're closer to getting a win. >> Tony's been doing a good job this evening. Running for points and keeping his point position. Marty. >> This has been a free fall for Jamie Mcmurray. In the fast few laps I may have -- Kasey kahne told me earlier today that when they unloaded this weekend he felt like he had the worst car in the group. >> Handle il winning the daytona 500 earlier. We've run through the list of things we want to try. That's what happens when you win the first race of the season. >> This has been a really difficult week, and they just haven't been able to find wins. The whole organization has and with it we're able to make some targeted goals. Mark, we're not just throwing darts at the board anymore. Marty? >> For Kurt Busch it has been a struggle tonight. They have not been able to make their way forward. That was very helpful. Sijs then they have not been able to get out of this hole. They're running in 19th in a loose race car. What a nice run for this race team. They're running in 20th right now. They've been dealing with a race car that's been a little too loose all season long. >> You mentioned trying to keep it pointed in the right direction. How about this say for Landon Kassell? >> That's close. Same thing. You know, underneath another car, did a nice job of staying off. Little bit of contact. Not bad. Marty? >> We talked about Jamie Mcmurray having a tyre issue, he talked for a couple of laps. He said I think I have an issue and then said guys, I got to come in. Something is definitely wrong. We're going to see what it is. >> Just outside of the pit window, welsching, you could go maybe 67 laps early. The 38 gets into the wauchlt Landon Kassell was running 19th. Landon Kassell and the whole right side of that car. Been a good run. In the top 20. And that will tie the track record for most cautions. And we still have 73 laps to go. >> That's a little outside of the fuel window we mentioned at the top of the show. We were thinking about 65, 67 laps. Only five laps short of their window, Keach the car when they come off pit road. >> Take another look at what happened with Landon. Already up into the wall top of your screen. And -- >> Obviously we saw him in trouble earlier. I don't know potentially when he got next to the car beside him, he cut a side wall orring in. Really hard to tell. I wnlder what does -- what -- almirola, Tony Stewart, Trevor Bayne, they're on the same strategy. Do they someday out, do no tires, just fuel? >> There's so fewer cars on that strategy, I don't know if they can stay out. I think we've seen tires not able to hold up. Their options are open. They need less fuel. Mike? >> Matt Kenseth's biggest concern that he needs to be a little more free in order to execute passes. The team will make a right-hand side tire change. You see them going to work. Marty? >> Just outside the window. He was out in a hurry. Gave. >> Sthirtd place Kyle Busch, left side for Kevin Harvick. >> It looks like all these teams are banking on another caution, because a lot -- they couldn't have got the fuel cells full with that short a stop. Martin Truex gains a slot. . >>> Still under caution, getting ready for the restart. Brad keselowski will be a guest this week on "NASCAR America." The 78 is doing a pass-through penalty right now because of passing on the inside on pit road. Look at how he passes the Ford here. >> He's using the pit line to his advantage, the speed line to his advantage. He used it too much to his advantage. You can't make it that obvious. We see this every week. We see the car that can take advantage of the speed line, he'll accelerate. You can see each one of these red lines in the time zone. You go from one line to the other. So there was no way he could speed on pit road. When he got to the line he took off. He accelerated when he passed the 4 car. In doing so that's why the penalty. >> He said I don't know how to argue with a NASCAR official. You noticed nobody fueled up completely. They're banking on others caution. We'll see if that plays to their advantage. Martin Truex will restart. 22ened here, trying to make his way to the front of the field. >> Kevin Harvick on the outside. Matt Kenseth on the inside. Racing once again in the bluegrass state. Keselowski working the outside line, he'll take second away from Matt Kenseth. Harvick, keselowski, lar Vick. Harvick way up the racetrack. Brad keselowski takes the lead away. >> Harvick had to turn right, even spinning out. >> There we just saw the 20th rvegts Matt Kenseth use the apron. He was going through. The front stretch and into turn one. Here comes Kyle petty in the 42 -- Kyle Larson in the 42. He's going to try to get by Kyle Busch. A little loose there for Kyle Busch. Here comes Kyle Edwards. Kyle Larson had to catch his breath as well as that 42. Now on the outside of the 31 of Ryan Newman. And he's got his work cut out for him to try to gain the spots back. >> Drivers are trying to catch their cars. That's only going to get worse. Drivers are going to push harder and harder with 66 to go. >> Almirola in the 43 just in front of the 3. Now looking to the inside of Austin Dillon. Remember this track was repaved since last fall. We're still seeing a few bumps on the track, so not a perfectly smooth repave. Steve? >> When we talk about repaved, we want it to be smooth, a different surface, but Kentucky has always been known for a little bit of bumps. I think that's great for racing. It increases the difficulty for the crew chief and the drivers. >> It wasn't only a repave. It was a reconfiguration. They changed curves one and two. When you say you reconfigure a racetrack, they say ok. The three guys who have won here before all are running in the top four. >> Trying to bite on the outside, trying to pull down, take air off the 41. Wasn't able to do it. >> Good run for Tony Stewart in the 14. 600th start, Tony Stewart has moved up to 12. LE. >> He pitted later than most the last time. When he came down pit road this time and they took on right side tires, they only had to put the one can of fuel in to top it off, so he is good to go on fuel. >> And that will be impressive if he's able to stretch it, because when the green flag came out, about 68, 69 laps to go. A big bobble there for Kasey kahne. >> He gets -- the 11 lost a few spots since then. >> 11 falling back. Stewart-haas racing, Kurt Busch and Tony Stewart running nose to tail now. >> On that restart we saw keselowski making a move. Watch him get really close to him. That pulls the car off the car. Kevin Harvick can do nothing. Brad takes advantage of it. >> You can see how loose he was. He said I was about to wreck, it was so loose. Kevin Harvick is about four laps short on fuel, if he does maximum savings. >> He -- I think that's what he'll do. I think Kevin Harvick, one of the best at saving fuel. He practices saving fuel a great deal. He'll take time during practice sometime just to understand how much fuel he's burning. Right now, he will be saving. He's really good at itself. -- It. >> Again, a back-up car for Kurt Busch tonight. Final practice, wrecking the primary. Kurt Busch running strong, running 11th. Kevin Harvick, chasing down Matt Kenseth after losing the lead. Keselowski. >> That is why the drivers like this package. If you go back and think about last year, if keselowski had done that, the only thing that would happen is keselowski would have run up the racetrack. This car would have gotten so tight behind another car. When you're behind somebody, you can force tempo. You can make something happen it's not a huge disadvantage to be behind someone. >> Brad keselowski has been making a lot of adjustments to his car from the cockpit all night long. Before that last pit stop he said his left rear was starting to slide. Then he said the crew chief said I really don't know what too ask for except for everything. It seemed to be paying off. >> Kelli, the 20 car was one of several that took just one can of fuel on that last pit spot. Matt Kenseth has been soft pedalling the car. He radioed into his team saying I can go harder if you want. The crew chief said keep it where you are right now. >> Is that fuel or maybe a little tire conservation? >> When the leaders were last on pit road on lap 196 they needed upwards of eight to ten seconds of fuel. I don't feel like any of the front cars are full on fuel and none of those have the distance. They know that we can't make it to the end if we don't gets a caution we'll have to pit under the green. >> After the penalty, martin Truex Jr. Has worked his way back up to 13th Marty. >> From 22nd to 13th for martin Truex. He says the world is different back here. He is gaining ground every lap on the cars in front of him. I just checked in and he said because you topped off all the way, if you save a little bit, can you make it. He said we're close, we're about a lap short, so maybe that penalty will work out for martin Truex Jr. They the took on left side tires as well, so they have four treasure tires and the most fuel of anybody in the field. >> That penalty will spark conversation next week. We saw -- all pit road we see drivers accelerate when they get to that speed line and get to their pit stops as quickly as they can. From time to time we see drivers get a little ahead of the leader or the car from front of them without a call. In this case he got so far ahead I think NASCAR felt like they had to do it. It's going to spark conversation. There will be -- I don't know if debate is correct but fwll a lot of discussion about it. >> Tis rule has always been in place. >> Yeah. >> It's -- one thing can make a little bit of an advantage. But across the plane of the car from front of you, technically you're in violation of the rules. NASCAR decided to make the call. But I agree, there will be a lot of discussion next week in the drivers meeting. >> Martin has Ed 16 and 78 to get by. >> This just isn't easy. When you're trying to go as fast as you can, your car is right on the limit. If you try to gain ten feet too deep, you have to chase the car off the racetrack. >> If they were a few feet from the limit early in the race, now they're a few inches and sometimes crossing over it. >> Going the wrong way. >> Very aggressive now as there are just 52 laps to go. Battle for 10th by Paul Menard. Larson calling back another spot. Keselowski has almost a three-second lead now over Matt Kenseth. After seeing Braz keselowski on pit road, Steve, you mentioned the fuel could become an issue. He's pushing awful hard. Kelli. Somebody else pushing hard is Ryan Newman. Taking risks to go for the win. He said Brian through thick and thin of the roller coaster ride they've had this year. >> Eric almirola took those tires earlier whether noeblsz did. Terrific call. Here they are in a position to get maybe one of their best finishes of the year in 17th. They finished 15th at daytona last week. A good run for Greg Biffle would be nice. A lot of cars on the racetrack are saying that Biffle seems to be dropping oil on the racetrack. He's had no complaint about the chassis, though. Four tires on the last top. >> He hasn't had the season they wanted. They've had some bad luck, motor problems, brake issues. Paul me -- has not finished in the top ten but is looking to do it tonight. >> Everybody else on the white line. >> We've got to focus on the 78 car of martin Truex Jr. Very, very aggressive. As he has moved up to the eighth spot already. And closing in on Eric almirola. Austin Dillon frying to get by Kyle Larson. There is the 78. Eric almirola goes up to the seventh spot. >> He's running laps four and .5 a second faster. Look at the gain. All the way up to the eighth position. >> This is for second. Matt Kenseth has it. Kevin Harvick has closed the gap now. Harvick following in the tire tracks of Matt Kenseth. A little bit harder into the turn with Kenseth closes the gap as they go through the center of the turn. Up the racetrack again he goes. >> He had to chase it up the track. I don't know how many times I said chase it up the track tonight but it feels like a hundred. >> Watch Harvick work trying to get by Kenseth. >> This track to me in this configuration has much more of a short track feel. I don't even feel like we're at a mile and a half. I feel like we're at a slick short track. >> Three and four and then it almost seems like an intermediate track in turns one and two. >> Much different feel between one and two and three and four, no doubt. >> Ryan Newman now up to sixth. >> Martin Truex Jr. After a penalty on pit road was up front, had to go back down pit road and pass through penalty. They took advantage of it. Filled it full of fuel. Now the most fuel and the precious tires on the track are working for martin Truex Jr. Aj allmendinger has been checked and released from the infield care center. Brad keselowski with a three-second lead over Kenseth. >> I'm not willing to say that, Rick. He's runin the 19 of Carl Edwards in front of martin Truex Jr. This is what they had to say on the radio. >> Everybody make it in? >> No. >> We're going to make it. >> We're going to make it. Let me tell you something. Here's the problem with that. You mentioned it, Steve. We had the fast car on the racetrack in Truex. He stayed a little longer, filled her all the way through with fume. He's going to push the issue. He's going to make it where these guys can't ride and try to run them out of fuel. >> I think he's just going to pass them on the racetrack. >> Kelli? >> Aj allmendinger was just released but you were in there for quite some time. You came out with your left wrist wrapped. How are you? >> Just trying to get some sympathy points now. I'm fine. Hurts a little bit. Figure out. We'll get it x-rayed later and see what the exact diagnosis is, but I said I wouldn't having a lot of fun before. I'm definitely not having a lot of fun right now. So guys try to get the car back together. I don't know if we blew a tire or what. The hood came up. A big hit. I feel a little bit old. >> Thanks, A.J. >> We've been talking a little bit of strategy. Let's talk a little more as we're under 43 to go. Brought to you by smithfield foods. >> Really, the key all race long restart, being efficient somehow. Efficiency, Jeff, whether you come down pit road, how much fuel to survive this very tough racetrack? >> That's been the hard part. Surviving the racetrack has been difficult for everybody. >> I checked in and asked how do you feel about the fuel situation. He said no, just let them go because right now he's so fast I think he can get his way to the front. They're burning so much fuel, he hasn't saved any this run. He needs-time him to save some. Do you hold him back or do you let him go and try to get to the front on his own? >> No. You let him go. I don't think they're racing against anyone on the fuel strategy. >> And the cost comes out, you want to be in as good track condition as you have. >> Want to take our last green flag break. . >>> Welcome back. Just 32 laps to go in the NASCAR sprint cup series race presented by kfc. Under the lights at Kentucky speedway. Repaved and reconfiguration, got some great racing tonight. Next week NASCAR is on NBCSN from loudoun, New Hampshire. Saturday it will be the XFINITY series coverage beginning at 3 3: 30 Sunday. >> Martin Truex continuing to reel in cars. Now he's on the back bumper of Kevin Harvick. >> You see at the top of your screen, this last pit, martin Truex Jr. 38, two laps more fuel than the leader because he had that penalty, came down pit road and serviced the cash. I was confused. When you're serviced by a penalty, if it's not -- a passing penalties, you're not allowed to pit. That gained him the opportunity to come back in a second time. So that's the little dethalg the crew chief has to understand. If it wasn't a passing penalty, come down, gets the left side tires. A great job coming through the field. >> Again, we see the 4 of Kevin Harvick slide up the racetrack. That openings the door for the 78 of martin Truex Jr. >> Truex is definitely where he needs to be. Kevin has no choice. 78 coming through the field, I don't think I've seen a car come up through the field like in a long time. He took it from way in the back. He has made a on the of time up. This is exceptionally impressive. >> He was over six seconds behind the race leader. Now inside five seconds of the race leader Brad keselowski. >> Where he started, he had to pass good cars. It's a lot different passing towards in 30th. He's been passing quality cars to get here. >> Fuel strategy being discussed by almost every team. Here's what the 4 had to say. >> We're about three short. There's about 26 laps. Letting off early just to save two laps. It would be really hard to save three. >> What he just said was to save two laps, it's going to take 26 laps, so if you wait until your driver with 27 to go, hey, you got to save two laps and he starts to start saving right now. That's what he was telling Kevin. So that -- they seem really smart at saving fuel. They know how much fuel they can save at what pace and that's what really matters. Kelli? >> I haven't heard much from the two teams on saving fuel. I just checked in with the teamaged they're saying they think they're just a little bit short. >> The 20 team has had a lot of conversations about saving the fuel. Here was the conversation moments ago. >> To save, I think should we lose a lot. >> Do what you can but stay after it for now. >> I think I can -- >> Just told Matt Kenseth right now according to our calculations, you're skbr than the 2 car on fuel. Still, they're doubtful they can go the distance. >> I wonder if his team Nate Kyle Busch might be managing it himself. He wasn't instructed to do that. >> Don't need to save anything. Give me all you got. >> So they expect to be on pit road for fuel, but sometimes, guys, they can work off their own and what Kyle sees, he can respond to. Maybe he's saving. Marty? >> Carl Edwards is in the sixth position. He said on the radio a moment ago, hey, I saved you lots of fuel. He said I need at least two more. I need you to be real aggressive. A lot of drivers backing it down hoping they can make it to the edged. >> I think that is the best strategy. The 78's already gone by. The only way the 19 is going to win the race is if the 78 runs out of gas assuming it goes green. We've seen them stretch a fuel tank before. He's very good at it. There's a lot of throw. These mile and a half tracks, ice ladder to save fuel. It's not like a road course. It's hard to save at these big mile and a half tracks. >> For probably the last 20 laps, the 78 of martin Truex Jr. Has been the fastest car on the track until that last lachlt Austin Dillon was the fastest car and martin Truex Jr. Wasn't even in the top five. Now maybe martin Truex is starting to think about a fuel issue, but he doesn't have that luxury. He's still four seconds behind Brad keselowski. Matt Kenseth, three and a half seconds behinds Brad keselowski. So now it becomes not who's the fastest but who's the smartest at conserving fuel with 22 laps to go. >> We just heard it's going to take 26 laps to save fuel to get two laps. Right? We just heard that what does that mean nor martin Truex? That two-lap thing is looming really large at the moment. >> Any way you got it, three miles -- they have three miles more gas than any other car. >> He can push the issue, make everybody else run faster than they want and then save fuel later. That's the advantage. He can push harder wronger -- longer, save fuel later. Again, when you're martin Truex Jr. And his team and you won a race already, you want to get as many tops as you can and hope you get a caution. He's gained all these spots. He can win the race if the caution comes out or if it doesn't. Having a fast car and pushing the issue puts him in position to possibly win the race. >> Jeff, there's not been one word on the radio ability fuel in this run at all. He hasn't mentioned fuel at all. He's letting martin completely go, Steve. That's a strategy as well. You only bring fuel into the equation if focused on the front. >> The rare opportunity you have as the crew chief to take the car that can drive from the back of the pack all the way to the front-mile-an-hour, no surprise martin Truex is number one, almost a half a mile an hour faster than mats Matt. If you have a car that can drive from the back to the front, I don't want to see you conserving fume. Prove to the world how fast you can run. Make a statement, even if it isn't in victory lane. >> If he can get by Kenseth and you only have 15 laps to go, you make it. I mean, can you actually catch him? At that point I think you do start saving fuel just enough to keep the 20 behind you in case the 2 car runs out of fuel. In three seconds and 15 laps, I don't think you'll make that much up. You have to hope he runs out of fuel, but when you get in front of the 20, you can't let him back around you. >> And it was martin Truex who marched through the field until he got to the 20 of Matt Kenseth. Now he hasn't been able to reel in mtt Kenseth. The 18 of Kyle Busch has decided to come to pit road with just 17 laps to go. Dave. >> Rick, you can tell he needed to come in and film it soon or be very difficult to get it restarted if it ran out completely. The car is underpower. >> He's got to go 16 laps. Kevin Harvick's going to do the same thing. Harvick on pit road as well. A lot of teams not thinking they're going to make it all the way. Decision come to pit road for the 4 team. Dave? >> We heard them talk about the fact that the amount of time they needed to save was going to be a big, big task. You could hear the Tony in Roddy chilleder's voice didn't sound real positive. 15 to go, where will he cycle back out? >> I like what these crew chiefs are thinking. They know they can't make it on fuel. Pit now. Hope the caution doesn't come out. Get right side tires, you'll be the fastest car on the racetrack. Start gaining the position back. >> Where will they cycle back out on to the track? >> We saw Kyle Busch go by. He was on pit road just before the floor. Let's listen in to what the 19 of Carl Edwards had to say. >> Behind you, fuel. >> Carl Edwards, nine seconds behind Brad keselowski. >> He said earlier now a hundred percent. If you're going to try to make it go as slow as you can but Austin Dillon behind you. But you slow down you're not going to catch keselowski. >> 17 hasn't been talking much on the radio until just moments ago. >> Wlooep get to the front. >> Calm as a cucumber. Marty. >> Doing the best he can. Once he got behind Matt Kenseth, the car got extremely tight and it just won't go. Kenseth is lugging that yellow line as west he can to take away the line for martin Truex Jr. He's so tight, these cars are screaming now. He's in third position trying to get back in. >> He did a great job to gets up to third. Once he got up to third he used a lot of his equipment up getting there. >> Yeah, he did. He's come from the back of the field. >> Another car on pit road, Austin Dillon has chosen to make his way on to pit road for fuel. Dave. >> Rick, after this run got started, I checked and he held up two hands, stay within ten lawns short and knew they would have to come down pit road. You use a whole lot of fuel always. >> The cars get barely over four miles to a gallon. The they're not out there for fuel efficiency. But a lot of them are thinking I wish this car was more fuel efficient. >> There's a great difference between being ten laps short. That is a long way. >> The 78 who we thought was going to have better fuel mileage than everyone else is is now on pit road. >> They were hling martin Truex in. Taking the confirm active route here getting tires and fuel to make it to the ejtd. >> If they can't make it on fuel, I like the idea of coming to pit road. They're just a little late. I people they needed to pit 10 laps ago. LE. >> Can Brad keselowski make it on fuel? Nine laps of racing to go. Kenseth has closed the gap. Carl Edwards has been in fuel conservation mid-the long Ellis. He is 10.7 seconds behind Brad keselowski. >> If it comes down to the guys that pit -- now we have the 42 on pit road. >> That would be Kyle petty. No tires for Kyle petty, just the fuel to get to the end. Real quick on Carl Edwards. Dave Rogers said stay in fuel saving mode. They think they're going to win this race. >> 2 and 20 are going to stick with it. They are on the track trying to win this race. Martin Truex closing the gap on Kevin Harvick. >> We have a fuel mileage race with keselowski and Matt Kenseth. If they want make it on fuel, these two cars are the first two off pit road. >> They're also the first two one lap down. If the caution does come out Kevin Harvick is in the free pass and here comes kenz etd. Kends Earth makes the pass on keselowski. Harvick was in the pass position but it may not matter. Kenseth out in front. Fuel save for the two, he either has an issue or he's saving fuel. Kelli? >> Whether they go into fuel savings mode or whether they come down at one point, it sounded like they were going to bit for fresh tires and fuel. Then Brad said save, save, save, save. Brad said on a scale of one to ten, how much? They said ten. He said if I'm saving at ten, I've got to let Matt Kenseth find me. >> They have many conversations over the last several laps whether or not they could make it. He broke did news to kejz etd that we cannot make it. There's no way. Fuel only. >> Back on the lead lap now. The 4 and the 78. They have been able to get by Brad keselowski but they're a lap down. They're almost a full lap behind the two. >> Very simple. Five laps, nine seconds. That's the advantage that Brad keselowski has over Carl Edwards. You hear him right there, save, save, save. But did they wait too long? Can you save enough now? >> I think potentially you can. Edwards is nine seconds back. It doesn't matter -- unless they run out of fuel it doesn't matter that bush and these -- Busch and those guys pass him. Can you go slow enough without the 19 kwoochg you to win this race? Jeff, remember -- >> You're saving gas. >> That's all that matters. How far behind you is the car that you're trying to save more fuel than. That's all that matters. The 19 team have been in this mode for about 20 laps. They've been saving for a long time. They're in fuel save mode. They just told Carl Edwards to do so save fuel, save fuel. Don't worry about the 2. They're convinced he's going to run out. >> That's what everybody is banking on right now. The remaining two laps when he comes back around by the finish line. Can he go three miles? Two laps is all he's got to do. Brad keselowski, two wins already at Kentucky. Can he make it three? >> Got the distance, four seconds now, so if he can cut that distance it's going to make Brad have to run harder than he wants to. >> Brad just a moment ago said I ran out, I ran out. They're telling him to flip the switch to get him fuel reserves but he's going to try to make it but I'm out. >> Can Carl Edwards go the distance as well? The two slowest on the track. He's wobbling, trying to get as much fuel as he can. Coming to the white flag. One more time around and here comes Carl Edwards. Does he have enough fuel? One lap to go, Brad keselowski with fuel. Heegsz got it fired up again. He's pulling away from the 19. >> Two back. Two back. >> For the win Brad keselowski, does he have enough fuel to get through three and four to the finish line. Carl Edwards on his back bumper. Coming off turn four, he's going to have enough. Brad keselowski will win! >> Looks like a flag. I ran out. I was out. Yeah, that was awesome. I got nothing. >> Brad keselowski, what an incredible start to the second half of the season. Wins at daytona, comes back to Kentucky and wins again. This one, conserving enough fuel, when I say conserving enough, just enough fuel. It ran out of gas. Carl Edwards was able to get to his back bumper. He was able to shake the car enough to get just enough through the pickup that it gave him enough gas to stay on the track for one more lap. >> Brads Brad celebrating at Kentucky speedway. >> I was convinced that he was done, he was out. His car. The guys have changed to pit road to fill up with fuel. Martin Truex Jr., Kevin Harvick, they finished ninth and tenth, Harvick in ninth. Martin Truex in tenth. Tony Stewart, top five finish on his 600th start. What an incredible call by crew chief for the two. Dave? >> We were all convinced he was out of fuel and it sounded like he was. He said it was, didn't he? >> Yeah. He made me a little nervous. I didn't think we were going to make it honestly. We kind of made our bed when the guys started pitting. With 15 to go we were at a point where they were going to jump us. We needed to pick one strategy or the other. I felt like we were better safg than the other guys. He knew we were short. We were able to go full save. It was just enough. It's worth a gamble. Hats off to all the guys. We had the mileage. We worked hard on the car all night. At least we got competitive at the end so we could use some strategy and get the win. This is the part of the season where we've -- we really kind of get strong. Great job by the driver saving fuel. >> Great job of calculating. I think they went back and forth a few times whether he'd actually make it. In the end he did. >> What if the tow truck did doughnuts right now? Because Brad can't do it. >> There's no fuel gauge in the car. This is all based on the things that you've learned in practice, the things that you've learned, the experience that you had. You have to guess your way through it. You've got to take all that informationaged find a way to get that fuel mileage. It's very, very difficult to do. He ran out of fuel right at the right time. That's amazing these drooefrs can do that. >> A 100-mile-an-hour chess game every weekend. >> 400 miles and he had to stretch every single mile for fuel. He'll be in victory lane if he gets pushed in there. If he gets pushed in there My extra crispy, five dollar fill-up is freshly double-breaded by hand. It's tasty, real meal for just five dollars. [Crunch] Am I an extra crispy boy? [Sipping] Sure, kid. Kfc. It's extra crispy good. Kyle Busch, the 2015 Champion! Toyota. Let's Go Places. >>> Welcome back. It's not a full hoop but I'm telling you, crazy things have happened like it is a full moon. The 2 of Brad keselowski is being pushed into victory lane. What an incredible job of saving just enough fuel. >> Yeah. Look for the name Tony Stewart, Greg Biffle, all coming home in the top ten. >> Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kasey kahne, all finishing on the lead lap. Little bit further back, guys that were caught up in some incidents. Kassell, Casey Mears. Jimmie jaurge. Chase Elliott. Chase el jot had a good point tonight for that team fighting to be in the top 16. Chase Elliott was the highest of the nonwinners in the chase grid. As we look at after 18 races now, Elliott still on the top of that points list, just 63 points ahead of the line. >> That point lead he had, Ryan Newman moved up a lot of spots. >> And the 2 does get pushed into victory lane. He's able to climb out of the car. He's done a lot of work in there tonight. >> They all had to work hard. We saw every team, every driver having to use a tremendous amount of strategy to win this race. The majority of the race you saw the drivers sliding around, slipping. Going into this race a with all the unknowns, you just weren't thinking fuel mileage but that's what its came down to. >> Remember, there's no fuel gauge in these cars. He didn't know he was on E. He was being told you need to save fuel. >> Breaking also affects fuel mileage, Kelli. >> It does. But Brad keselowski the first driver in 2016 to put four victories in the books. He's won half of the cup races here at Kentucky. Three wins in just the six races that have been here. Perhaps no Wayne R win was more dramatic than that one, Brad, coming down to the closing moments. How did you manage to save the fuel with Carl Edwards behind you? >> I almost didn't. I got to give credit to my guys. Everybody aboard. We went out and set a really fast pace on the restart and we were using fuel, using fuel. It became obvious you had to save fuel but I'd already burned so much. Get the Miller light in victory lane. Number 4 this year, that's so great. To get a win here at Kentucky, I know it's been a good track in the past but this aptd the same Kentucky, I tell you that. These cars were tough to drive today but good tough. This is a hard-fought battle and really proud of everyone in the crew and take first place. >> You said after the other two wins you would put the notes in the shredder. So what will your notes say tonight? >> Save fuel. >> Is this a sign of things to come? >> Yeah. This is our best stretch. Really, really proud of that. We got to keep it going through the fall. That's really important. I'm just so proud of my guys. I feel terrible for the fans I didn't get to do a burnout. I couldn't, I didn't have no gas. >> When was the last time you had a tow truck push you into victory lane? >> I don't know if I've ever done that. You take them the way you can get them. There's a lot going on in the country to be down about but here we are at a racetrack, having fun and I want to say thank you to all the fans that watch and care about our sport and think about those who made some tremendous sacrifices over the last few weeks and just glad to be here. >> Congratulations. Brad. >> Thank you. >> What an incredible win by Brad keselowski. Only four pit stops. The whole race. Let's go to Krista, Kyle, and D.J. >> Thank you, Rick. As you see where we're located, just outside of the celebration in victory lane. Brad keselowski is going to join us in a little bit. It's something he's gotten used to, back-to-back wins. I guess the first question, is brood Brad a better fuel save every or poker player? He did a little bit of both. >> Yeah I figured out that much. I don't want to get in a poker game with him if it's our money we're dealing with. But I really -- I have had no idea he could make it that far. As hard as he ran at the beginning, I didn't think he could make it. We'll run as long as we can and when everything starts pitting, we'll come, too. But what a great job he did of saving that much fuel and doing everything he had to do right to the very end for Carl Edwards not to get around him. >> After the race they were talking about it. There's no fuel gauges in these cars. You don't know. You have to go by fuel. Brad has become the expert when it comes to saving fuel in these things. It amazes me that he stretched this thing this far running the speeds he run at the first part of this run. I would never have believed listening to the commentators that this car would have gone the distance but Brad made it happen. >> You see he was able to hold off Carl Edwards, Matt Kenseth, Brian Newman, Eric almirola. You see the sill brace continuing in victory row. Team penske, the winner. Brad keselowski had two wins before at the this racetrack but that was the old track. We talked all weekend about the repave. I know it will be interesting to see what he has to say about that. You see Brewton Smith congratulating him. Bruhton Smith with smi speedway motor sports incorporated. Brad's going to join us and we'll switch to victory lap. We have a on the of post race coverage. We're going to hear from a whole bunch of drivers. Bruhton looks good in victory lane, doesn't he? >> Brad looks great in victory lane. You can't get any farther apart than these two wins were. >> For sure. Just -- Brad was quick to give everybody else credit. See him getting pushed there but the driver had to do a tremendous job of getting this cash to victory lane. >> Getting this push into victory lane. . >>> Welcome to NASCAR post race show. No question, a great night for Brad keselowski and team penske. They're the ones celebrating in victory lane. You know what it's like to win here at this track but we're going to talk about why this was so special. Brad keselowski now in elite company. He owns a top spot because he's the only one with four wins. There you see the 11 drivers. So we don't have a new driver to punch their ticket but we definitery had some movement back from 12 to 16th and beyond. Marty snierd has more. >> I got to give credit where credit is due. Brad really did a good job. Played that perfectly. That was really frustrating. Yeah, he faded me in is there, you know, I thought he was surely off. He went and blocked, but he won the race. He did a good job. But we had great power all night. We had great mileage, it's hard to swallow that one. We thought a couple of times we thought we had it, no problem. But he played it perfectly. >> How frustrating is it to come to the line slow like that? >> So I thought he was out off of four coming into one or two to go, I guess one to go, I guess, and he watched the mirror and he went exactly the right time off the rn koer, so, hey, he did a great job. He won the race. I wish we could have got it but we got to keep going. We were close tonight. >> A fast modem is good, but the fastest car always counts at the end of the night. Brad keselowski has won three of the last five at Kentucky. A three-time winner at this track. He's never gone more than a year without a win at Kentucky. The sixth race at this track for the NASCAR strup series. He not only gets the win but he gets a big jukebox. >> Yes, he does. It will be playing dance music all night. That's a cool trophy, though. What is that? A Louisville slugger? >> Yes. >> That's the Kentucky general manager presenting Brad keselowski with the Louisville slugger, the horse head trophy. There's going to be a jukebox rolling in. >> I got to the say it again. We saw a little bit of everything here tonight. You saw cars twlaek you don't usually see. Jimmie Johnson, guys like that get outside. How many changes there were at this racetrack. How many things these guys are going to have to fight against. In the end they're fighting fuel mileage, the same nemesis that they fight so many times in the year. >> We had no idea that this could become a fuel race. Even though good year came back with a harder tire, it work fabulous here tonight. There was all sorts of strategy. For Brad to do such a tremendous job. As Kyle said, had everything you could look for in a race. >> We're talking celebration. That's what we're seeing just over our shoulders. There was a lot going on as far as the new pavement, the tires, cars going back and forth to the garage. There's Brad and his daughter scarlet. He gets a little mini-juke bochblgts we'll talk about that. We caught up with Ryan Newman. >> It was a crazy fuel mileage race in the end. Ryan Newman able to bring the car home third. How would you assess the evening? >> We had a good car. Really struggled like most people did. Proud of the guys, they did a good job to make it happen. Think all the drivers that made it and knew what we were doing, it was a matter of -- if we thought we were as good as we were. I could have used this ice cold coke about 30 laps from the end. We'll keep digging. >> What were you doing to save fuel? >> Saving fuel. >> How close were you? >> How do you save -- >> I don't have to do it. I don't ask you how to save fuel. >> How much did you have? >> We were out. >> Ryan Newman, first top five of the season. >> And that's classic Ryan Newman type interview. I know you don't gas it to red light. That's how you save fuel. >> Is that how you save fuel? >> He came into the race saying I have no clue what to expect. He's happy to walk out of here with a top five. When we return Brad keselowski is going to join us. We'll also hear from martin Truex jr.om martin Truex Jr Is she after our Liquid Gold? Oh, she better not be. Our claim runs straight down to the glut'n free stuffin'. It's gluten. There's gold in them thar shells. Liquid Gold. At Carrabba's, we've never celebrated our grill like this. For a short time, choose two or three grilled favorites on one plate - like Chicken Bryan and Linguine Positano starting at just $15.99. Carrabba's. This is how you do Italian. 4 by 4 those who jump start the weekend. The ones who want to see it all... Hear it all... And feel it all... All summer long. Jeep Renegade -- it's how we live 4 by 4 summer. . >>> NASCAR America is brought to you by advanced another parts. Let's get you back on the road. And the road for Brad keselowski LED straight to victory lane here at Kentucky. He is the winner for the second week in a row. His first win of the season. It looked for a while like we would be talking about martin Truex Jr., number 78 car, very strong as he always is. His night was a little paneled. >> Started right here. He got the penalty for basically poosing on pit road. He did nothing wrong as far as speeding or anything like that. He could not pass the leader which was Kevin Harvick on pit road. He came back out and showed who had the fastest car. >> We talk about Charlotte being impressive, leading so many laps and winning Charlotte. His working from the back to the front was amazing to watch. >> He passed more cars than -- I don't know -- 20-something cars in the closing laps. Marty snider talked with martin. >> The highs and lows of this evening, martin Truex, I want to start with the penalty from pit road. What's your intense and take on that? >> Does it matter? It's over. You know, I feel like I didn't -- you get your time in line, you step on the gas and you head straight towards your pit. So obviously, I turned left and came up next to the 4 car and passed him. As I did it I was driving to my pit, which guys do every week. I don't know why it was different today. I would think if they didn't want us to do that anymore they would tell us in the drivers meeting. But, hell, I've been passed 15 times this year the same way. I guess when you're doing it for a win, it's different circumstances. >> It's something you'll address with NASCAR? >> Oh, yeah. >> Were you sthig this race is ours? Because you had more fuel than everybody else. >> I didn't know everybody was going to make it. I didn't know where we were on fume. I was just mad. Head down, elbows up. Just digging. It was a lot of fun out there tonight. Hats off to Kentucky speedway. I don't think we've ever seen a repave go that well. I think the tire dragging machine they brought here putting the work in made a lot of difference. Cuedos to them. I think it's going to come in and be a lot of fun in the future. One of the coolest repaves I think we've ever done. All in all, fun. Fast car again. We only one P won one. In all all, it was a good night. >> They brought a very good car this evening. Wound up finishing tenth. >> Martin Truex very strong but Brad keselowski is who we're talking to just outside victory lane. He's probably become the fourth member of our team. >> I hope you like me here. >> How do you like me now? >> It's fitting that I had martin on. Martin was the best car all night. He didn't have that trouble at the end, I think he probably would have won this pretty much hands down. I feel like we kind of snuck one in here. I know these races, sometimes you have the best car and don't win and sometimes you don't have the best car and execute. The ones you don't win you want to go home and kick something. I stole from the candy jar tonight. >> We're going to show the last two or three laps here. I'm going to throw some numbers at you. Truex were running 30, 40, the last five laps of the race. You're run flg the 30s. Anywhere between 156 and -- or 149 and 172. So is that how you save fuel? Explain it to us. Walk us through it. >> I saved fuel because it quit returning. The ease yesz way to save fuel. It ran out of gas on the last lap. I was in trouble, I was in a lot of trouble. I didn't think I was going to make it back around. I started it back up and lucky it fired up and I held the gas pedal down and it just lub lub lub lub, you now how a car does. We coasted back. You couldn't have timed it anymore perfect than that, Kym. We were pretty fortunate. >> Did you have any idea? Because you jumped out and ran hard. You said that. Good you have any idea that you could save enough fuel at the end of the track? >> No. >> Could you have done that as the -- at the old track? >> I think the two tracks were similar. With 2007 kind of trial package that we had today, Dale, it was a lot slower pace than what it probably should have been for a brand-new repaved track and that lend a bunch for sure. >> When you're on this last lap when you had to go back to the gas, ok, and you had to make something happen, how much were you looking out for fun and how much -- >> Last week when the race was over my neck hurt. It took me about two or three days of neck soreness. Today I would say the finish was pretty similar. >> You won all that and you got this point. Kyle and I were watching, you were struggling, my man. >> Yeah. >> The 78 did everything but run over you. >> I know. >> You ran some laps about 149 miles an hour there. I guess saving fuel wasn't that hard. >> You're exactly right. I was in trouble at the start of the race. They kept working on it. Thankfully when it came to nighttime, the car got better. My crew chief got me back in. >> I want to go back to last week was pure speed. >> It's cool. I'm watching the replay. >> He's watching himself. >> Last week was pure speed. How do you manage these races this way? I mean, last week it was all about getting out front. This week it was a totally different kind of race. Between your ears, how do you approach it? >> You go into these races knowing that every one is different. When I tell people about our sport, I tell them, what do you watch? Football? You look at those sports and the quarterback lines up every weekend. He playing the same position. Race car driver, it's completely opposite of that. Every week, the track's different. It's like the field being different. You play a different position every time. The next week like this week, your fuel mileage. It's like lining up at running back, tight end, quarterback. I'm at a different track every week. My god, it makes winning so special and so tough. >> I don't know if we can find a better explanation. >> That was perfect. >> I think the only thing the wins are messing up is scarlet's sleep schedule. >> Tonight's going to be real rough. It's a good problem to have. Winning problems. There's a hashtag for that. >> There you go. It's always nice to have your family in victory lane, no matter how late it is. You're going to be in studio for our show. >> Yes. >> We'll think of something to talk about it. >> One mor race we're going to put your name on the chair. >> Let's make that a plan. I'm really looking forward to New Hampshire next week. Not to get too far away from Kentucky. But looking at New Hampshire, if you'd told me of the three races starting here with NBC's schedule which one I thought would be my best, I would have said New Hampshire. >> If loudoun goes well, you can have the invitation to come back on. >> I hope we can do it again. >> Thank you, man. >> The first four-time winner of 2016. I know that sounds good, Brad. Get to victory lane any way you have to. Teen a two truck has to push you there.h you there.thing a little extra crispy. My extra crispy, five dollar fill-up is freshly double-breaded by hand. It's tasty, real meal for just five dollars. [Crunch] Am I an extra crispy boy? [Sipping] Sure, kid. Kfc. It's extra crispy good. Hey Ladies, when you go then everything goes From the crib to the ride and the clothes So you better let him know That if he mess up you gotta hit em up Introducing new lime-a-ritasplash The refreshing margaritain a bottle. I'm going to make this as simple as possible for you. You can go ahead and stick with that complicated credit card that limits where you earn bonus cash back. Or... You can get the Quicksilver Card from Capital One. Quicksilver earns you unlimited 1.5% cash back on ev-e-ry purchase, ev-e-ry-where. I shouldn't have to ask. What's in your wallet? >>> NASCAR America is brought to you by advanced auto parts. Let's get you back on the road. We're here with NASCAR America in Kentucky when we are finished "Victory lap" is up next. We'll talk about the restart, Truex's strategy and what won the race. >> Look at that. He's got bodyguards and everything. All the fans trying to get a handshake from the winner tonight, Brad keselowski. Our back on the road moment has to belong with Greg Biffle. Greg Biffle what sixth place finish tonight. He really has momentum. What do you think, Kyle? Do you think the colonel helped him out with this one? >> The Kentucky colonel, that's for sure. These guys had a little momentum coming out of daytona when we looked at it. The Roush team did. And it carried over for Greg. Always been pretty good on a mile and a half racetrack. That's two races in a row for the Roush organization and Greg Biffle they performed. >> Greg Biffle still trying to work into the top 16 in points or get a race win. Tony Stewart is 11th, he's in the chase. He also had a great night. The top five finish. He talked with our Dave burns. >> So Tony Stewart follows up a sonoma win at top five very tricky Kentucky speedway. Scribe your evening. >> As long as you weren't around everybody it was great. But it's just hard. It's hard anytime they repave a track. It's easy for us to blame Goodyear. But I mean, they panicked when they did the test here and got blisters so they brought the hardest thing they had. It just kind of puts everybody in a spot. It puts them in a spot, too. None of us want it to be like it was here. The more it ages the better it will get for everybody and you'll be able to back off the hardness of the tire a little bit. I told my guys I thought, man, I'm not so sure Goodyear hasn't figured out a niche in the NHL. They could freeze these things into big hockey pucks. But I'm proud of our Roush center guys. We got in a mode there when we took two tires at the end my car got really tight and I couldn't run the pace it needed to run. We immediately went into fuel-saving mode and figured that was going to be our best bet and it worked out. >> Good start ends in the top five. >> A fourth place finish for Kurt Busch. Not just ordinary fourth place finish. With this he's now finished top five at every track on the circuit. What's that mean to you? >> That's nice other than the cap it's special to race for good teams over the years that give me winning cars. Top fives are special everywhere. As a driver it feels like you got something at each of the places to be competitive to give to the team, to give feedback. And then the team can give better feedback to me on how we can win. Today we persevered. I've never seen such an effort from everybody to dig deep and to just be back on their heels the whole time and then just start to lean forward lean forward and then right at the end it turned into fuel mileage and our car came to us at the end. It's a perfect day for to us get a top five. And the way we had to sweat it all weekend. >> Let's delve into that further. A backup car crash late in final practice yesterday. Yet you you were able to rally today for a top five finish, save fuel at the end. How would you describe this effort? >> It's tough to put into words other than teamwork. We knew this would challenge our effort to see if we were championship worthy. To have a backup car so good on fuel mileage, thanks to monster energy and everybody that puts their thumb and effort onto this 41 car. I'm very thankful for it. >> Kurt Busch is going to be a bit of a record. This was his 14th straight top ten on the mile and a half. The record is 16. You can see the celebration in victory lane there as the pictures continue for the two teams. Let's talk about what both Kurt and Tony had to say.

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Background

The sixth running of the Quaker State 400 was held in Sparta, Kentucky at Kentucky Speedway on July 9, 2016. The track is a 1.5-mile (2.4 km) tri-oval speedway owned by Speedway Motorsports, Inc.. Kentucky Speedway, which has also hosted the ARCA Racing Series, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, NASCAR Xfinity Series, and the Indy Racing League, has a grandstand seating capacity of 107,000.

Aero package

During Coca-Cola 600 race weekend, NASCAR announced they would test changes to the aero package at Michigan and Kentucky.[13] In addition to the aero changes used in the 2016 NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race, there will be a reduction in spoiler size from 3.5 inches (8.9 cm) to 2.5 inches (6.4 cm), a two-inch (5.1 cm) reduction of the splitter and resizing the deck fin.[14]

NASCAR Executive Vice-President and Chief Racing Development Officer Steve O'Donnell said that NASCAR looks "at it as a never-ending journey; if we can improve we're going to do that. We wanted to go the direction of low downforce, see how that worked, not kind of go all the way in and hope that we are directionally right. And we are seeing that play out. We've seen some great racing at the beginning of the year. But we also knew that we had some more levers that we could pull if the direction kind of proved out, so we've tried some of those things. We've tested it and what we've also wanted to do is lower some of the corner speeds to allow for even more passing. That was one of the areas where we've seen minimal change, but there are some levers we can pull to really drive that down."[14]

Track changes

The track was completely repaved during the first half of the Sprint Cup Series season, turns 1 and 2 were narrowed from 76 ft (23 m) to 56 ft (17 m) and the banking was raised from 14 to 17 degrees.[15]

Entry list

The preliminary entry list for the race included forty cars and was released on July 1, 2016 at 3:17 pm ET.

No. Driver Team Manufacturer
1 Jamie McMurray Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet
2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford
3 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet
4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet
5 Kasey Kahne Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
6 Trevor Bayne Roush Fenway Racing Ford
7 Regan Smith Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet
10 Danica Patrick Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet
11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
13 Casey Mears Germain Racing Chevrolet
14 Tony Stewart Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet
15 Clint Bowyer HScott Motorsports Chevrolet
16 Greg Biffle Roush Fenway Racing Ford
17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford
18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
19 Carl Edwards Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
20 Matt Kenseth Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
21 Ryan Blaney (R) Wood Brothers Racing Ford
22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford
23 David Ragan BK Racing Toyota
24 Chase Elliott (R) Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
27 Paul Menard Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet
30 Josh Wise The Motorsports Group Chevrolet
31 Ryan Newman Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet
32 Jeffrey Earnhardt (R) Go FAS Racing Ford
34 Chris Buescher (R) Front Row Motorsports Ford
38 Landon Cassill Front Row Motorsports Ford
41 Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet
42 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet
43 Aric Almirola Richard Petty Motorsports Ford
44 Brian Scott (R) Richard Petty Motorsports Ford
46 Michael Annett HScott Motorsports Chevrolet
47 A. J. Allmendinger JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet
48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
55 Reed Sorenson Premium Motorsports Chevrolet
78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing Toyota
83 Matt DiBenedetto BK Racing Toyota
88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
95 Ty Dillon (i) Circle Sport – Leavine Family Racing Chevrolet
98 Cole Whitt Premium Motorsports Chevrolet
Official entry list

Practice

First practice

Carl Edwards was the fastest in the first practice session with a time of 28.962 and a speed of 186.451 mph (300.064 km/h).[16]

Pos No. Driver Team Manufacturer Time Speed
1 19 Carl Edwards Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 28.962 186.451
2 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 29.004 186.181
3 78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing Toyota 29.155 185.217
Official first practice results

Second practice

Denny Hamlin was the fastest in the second practice session with a time of 28.680 and a speed of 188.285 mph (303.015 km/h).[17] Jimmie Johnson went to his backup car after slamming the wall exiting turn 4 early in the session.[18]

Pos No. Driver Team Manufacturer Time Speed
1 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 28.680 188.285
2 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 28.705 188.121
3 4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 28.710 188.088
Official second practice results

Qualifying

Kevin Harvick was awarded the pole position after qualifying was rained out.[19]

Starting lineup

Pos No. Driver Team Manufacturer
1 4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet
2 2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford
3 41 Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet
4 22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford
5 19 Carl Edwards Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
6 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
7 78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing Toyota
8 24 Chase Elliott (R) Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
9 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
10 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
11 20 Matt Kenseth Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
12 3 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet
13 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
14 31 Ryan Newman Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet
15 21 Ryan Blaney (R) Wood Brothers Racing Ford
16 1 Jamie McMurray Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet
17 6 Trevor Bayne Roush Fenway Racing Ford
18 5 Kasey Kahne Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
19 47 A. J. Allmendinger JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet
20 42 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet
21 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford
22 14 Tony Stewart Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet
23 16 Greg Biffle Roush Fenway Racing Ford
24 27 Paul Menard Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet
25 15 Clint Bowyer HScott Motorsports Chevrolet
26 43 Aric Almirola Richard Petty Motorsports Ford
27 10 Danica Patrick Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet
28 13 Casey Mears Germain Racing Chevrolet
29 38 Landon Cassill Front Row Motorsports Ford
30 95 Ty Dillon (i) Circle Sport – Leavine Family Racing Chevrolet
31 23 David Ragan BK Racing Toyota
32 44 Brian Scott (R) Richard Petty Motorsports Ford
33 7 Regan Smith Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet
34 34 Chris Buescher (R) Front Row Motorsports Ford
35 83 Matt DiBenedetto BK Racing Toyota
36 98 Cole Whitt Premium Motorsports Chevrolet
37 46 Michael Annett HScott Motorsports Chevrolet
38 32 Jeffrey Earnhardt (R) Go FAS Racing Ford
39 55 Reed Sorenson Premium Motorsports Chevrolet
40 30 Josh Wise The Motorsports Group Chevrolet
Official starting lineup

Practice (post qualifying)

Third practice

Carl Edwards was the fastest in third practice with a time of 28.627 and a speed of 188.633 mph (303.575 km/h).[20]

Pos No. Driver Team Manufacturer Time Speed
1 19 Carl Edwards Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 28.627 188.633
2 78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing Toyota 28.758 187.774
3 42 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 28.802 187.487
Official third practice results

Final practice

Carl Edwards was the fastest in the final practice session with a time of 28.808 and a speed of 187.448 mph (301.668 km/h).[21] Kurt Busch dropped to the rear of the field after switching to his backup car because of a wreck in the closing minutes of final practice.[22]

Pos No. Driver Team Manufacturer Time Speed
1 19 Carl Edwards Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 28.808 187.448
2 78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing Toyota 28.950 186.528
3 42 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 28.972 186.387
Official final practice results

Race

First half

Start

Under clear evening Kentucky skies, Kevin Harvick led the field to the green flag at 7:50. After making contact with the wall in turn 4 the prior lap, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. cut a tire, slammed the wall and brought out the first caution of the race on lap 11.[23] He went on to finish 40th.[24]

The race restarted on lap 15. A scheduled competition caution brought out the second caution of the race on lap 26. Kurt Busch opted not to pit and assumed the lead.

The race restarted on lap 32. The third caution of the race flew the same lap for a single-car wreck on the frontstretch. Exiting turn 4, Jimmie Johnson made contact with Ryan Blaney and sent himself spinning into the wall.[25]

The race restarted on lap 37. Harvick passed his teammate exiting turn 2 to retake the lead on lap 38. The fourth caution of the race flew on lap 54 after Joey Logano suffered a right-front tire blowout and slammed the wall in turn 3. He said afterwards that he "got loose off of four and knocked the right-rear quarter off it and then got real loose. When you get loose you have to slow down more and you use a lot of brake to slow down. Usually, the next thing to go is the right-front tire and that happened. Unfortunately, I put us in a bad spot here. It's not where we want to be and we'll figure out next week." Brad Keselowski opted not to pit and assumed the lead.[26]

Second quarter

The race restarted on lap 60. Martin Truex Jr. out-raced Keselowski to the line to take the lead on lap 63. The fifth caution of the race flew on lap 80 for Matt DiBenedetto after his car slammed the wall in turn 3. David Ragan opted not to pit and assumed the lead. He eventually pitted and handed the lead back to Harvick.

The race restarted on lap 88 and a two-car wreck in turn 3 involving Blaney and Chase Elliott brought out the sixth caution of the race.[27] Blaney said that the "restart was pretty hectic from the beginning with the 78 getting loose and it kind of put everybody in a bad spot, and it wound up with us being in the middle of three-wide into three. It's so hard to get into that corner all night with a car close to behind you and outside of you, and no one lifting either, and it's just an unfortunate spot we got put in and I hate to see two really good cars tore up. We were both very fast tonight (24 and 21) and it's just a really unfortunate deal, but we'll try to get it fixed and get back out there and make some laps."[28]

The race restarted on lap 92. A multi-car wreck on the backstretch brought out the seventh caution of the race on lap 94. Exiting turn 2, Brian Scott got loose, saved the car, got turned by Kyle Larson and got t-boned by Chris Buescher. A. J. Allmendinger, Buescher, Ty Dillon, Larson, Danica Patrick, Regan Smith, Scott and Cole Whitt were all collected in the melee.[29]

The race restarted on lap 103. A number of cars began hitting pit road on lap 142. Harvick hit pit road on lap 147 and handed the lead to Austin Dillon. He pitted the next lap and handed the lead to Matt Kenseth. He pitted the next lap and handed the lead to Danica Patrick. She pitted the next lap and the lead cycled to Truex just as the eighth caution of the race flew for Regan Smith who suffered a right-front tire blowout and slammed the wall in turn 3.

Second half

Halfway

The race restarted with 110 laps to go. The ninth caution of the race flew with 108 laps to go for a single-car spin in turn 3 involving Clint Bowyer.

The race restarted with 102 laps to go. The 10th caution of the race flew with 96 laps to go for a single-car wreck on the frontstretch involving A. J. Allmendinger.

The race restarted with 91 laps to go. Harvick passed Truex in turn 3 to retake the lead with 90 laps to go. The 11th caution of the race flew with 74 laps to go after Landon Cassill slammed the wall in turn 2. Truex was forced to serve a pass-through penalty for passing Harvick on entry to pit road. He said after the race that he "did the same thing guys do every week. You get to your timing line, you step on the gas and you head straight towards your pit. So obviously I turned left and came up next to [Harvick] as I did it, as I was driving to my pit which guys do every week. I don't know why it was different today. I would think that if they didn't want us to do that any more they'd tell us in the driver meeting. But hell, it's every week. I've been passed on pit road 15 times this year the same exact way. I didn't see it get penalized. I guess when you're doing it for a win it's different circumstances or something."[30] "Everybody does it," a visibly disappointed Truex added on pit road. "I've had people pass me the same way at Bristol and Martinsville. They'll drive right by you through the pit. Everybody does it, so I don't know why all of a sudden they're making an example out of me. It's frustrating when you don't win. I feel like I've had a lot not go the right way the last couple years, especially. It is what it is. We'll move on."[31]

Fourth quarter

The race restarted with 68 laps to go. Keselowski took the lead with 67 laps to go. In the final 10 laps, a number of cars began pitting so to have enough fuel to make the finish. Kenseth briefly took the lead from Keselowski before he pitted with four laps to go and handed the lead back to Keselowski. Keselowski decreased his speed dramatically to conserve fuel. This allowed Carl Edwards to pull to within a car-length with one lap remaining. He blocked Edwards's advance as he re-fired his engine and drove on to score the victory.[32]

Post-race

Driver comments

Keselowski said in victory lane that he felt "terrible that I couldn't do a burnout for the fans. I didn't have enough gas," Keselowski said after going the final 71 laps on fuel. Yeah, this is our best stretch and I'm really, really proud of that. We've got to keep it going through the fall, that's really important, but this is great. I'm just so proud of my guys. I feel terrible for the fans because I didn't get to do a burnout. I didn't have any gas. The car wouldn't run, but we're back here in Victory Lane and what a great Saturday night."[33]

After a runner-up finish, Edwards said he "thought I had him, too. He played it perfectly and he did it – he won at the absolute slowest possible speed he could. I thought he was out of fuel and that was that. I just appreciate the crowd coming out here, it's always neat to come to Kentucky. It's the site of my first win 13 years ago and it's a special place…That's a tough one to be that close. We were getting such good fuel mileage with our TRD (Toyota Racing Development) engine, I think we might have had a little extra there. That's going to be the hard part, going to bed knowing you could have gone a little faster."[34] He added that he thought Keselowski "was out of fuel, and he wasn't. He played it perfectly. He let me get to him and then stood on it. We had a shot at it, we just weren't able to do it. Saved a little too much."[35]

Race results

Pos Grid No. Driver Team Manufacturer Laps Points
1 2 2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford 267 44
2 5 19 Carl Edwards Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 267 39
3 14 31 Ryan Newman Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 267 38
4 3 41 Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 267 38
5 22 14 Tony Stewart Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 267 36
6 23 16 Greg Biffle Roush Fenway Racing Ford 267 35
7 16 1 Jamie McMurray Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 267 34
8 11 20 Matt Kenseth Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 267 34
9 1 4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 267 34
10 7 78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing Toyota 267 32
11 17 6 Trevor Bayne Roush Fenway Racing Ford 267 30
12 6 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 267 29
13 13 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 267 28
14 18 5 Kasey Kahne Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 267 27
15 10 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 267 26
16 12 3 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 267 26
17 27 10 Danica Patrick Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 266 25
18 24 27 Paul Menard Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 266 23
19 20 42 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 266 22
20 26 43 Aric Almirola Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 266 21
21 36 98 Cole Whitt Premium Motorsports Chevrolet 266 20
22 31 23 David Ragan BK Racing Toyota 265 20
23 25 15 Clint Bowyer HScott Motorsports Chevrolet 265 18
24 40 30 Josh Wise The Motorsports Group Chevrolet 264 17
25 30 95 Ty Dillon (i) Circle Sport – Leavine Family Racing Chevrolet 264 0
26 37 46 Michael Annett HScott Motorsports Chevrolet 264 15
27 39 55 Reed Sorenson Premium Motorsports Chevrolet 262 14
28 38 32 Jeffrey Earnhardt (R) Go FAS Racing Ford 262 13
29 29 38 Landon Cassill Front Row Motorsports Ford 261 12
30 28 13 Casey Mears Germain Racing Chevrolet 246 11
31 8 24 Chase Elliott (R) Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 210 10
32 9 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 208 9
33 32 44 Brian Scott (R) Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 151 8
34 33 7 Regan Smith Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet 150 7
35 15 21 Ryan Blaney (R) Wood Brothers Racing Ford 143 6
36 19 47 A. J. Allmendinger JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 103 5
37 34 34 Chris Buescher (R) Front Row Motorsports Ford 92 4
38 35 83 Matt DiBenedetto BK Racing Toyota 79 3
39 4 22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford 52 2
40 21 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford 9 1
Official race results

Race summary

  • Lead changes: 16 among 9 drivers
  • Cautions: 11 for 53 laps
  • Red flags: none
  • Time of race: 3 hours, 6 minutes and 55 seconds
  • Average speed: 128.580 miles per hour (206.929 km/h)

Media

Television

NBC Sports covered the race on the television side. Rick Allen, Jeff Burton and Steve Letarte had the call in the booth for the race. Dave Burns, Mike Massaro, Marty Snider and Kelli Stavast reported from pit lane during the race.

NBCSN
Booth announcers Pit reporters
Lap-by-lap: Rick Allen
Color-commentator: Jeff Burton
Color-commentator: Steve Letarte
Dave Burns
Mike Massaro
Marty Snider
Kelli Stavast

Radio

PRN had the radio call for the race, which was simulcast on Sirius XM NASCAR Radio.

PRN
Booth announcers Turn announcers Pit reporters
Lead announcer: Doug Rice
Announcer: Mark Garrow
Announcer: Wendy Venturini
Turns 1 & 2: Rob Albright
Turns 3 & 4: Pat Patterson
Brad Gillie
Brett McMillan
Jim Noble
Steve Richards

Standings after the race

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