NASCAR made the trip to Kentucky Speedway on Saturday night for the Quaker State 400. After the chaos of the prior weekend’s race at Daytona, drivers looked to have a better run in the bluegrass state. After finishing second to Erik Jones at Daytona, Martin Truex Jr was focused on dominating this race.Embed from Getty Images
Stage One: Truex led the field to green as the pole sitter, and never looked back as he led the races first 37 laps. The next 30 plus laps the lead would change hands between #2 Brad Keselowski, #48 Jimmie Johnson, #88 Alex Bowman, #22 Joey Logano, and #41 Kurt Busch during a round of green-flag pit stops, Truex would regain the lead before the end of the stage and went on to win the stage. The top 10 finishers in stage one were #78 Martin Truex Jr, #4 Kevin Harvick, #18 Kyle Busch, #12 Ryan Blaney, #21 Paul Menard, #14 Clint Bowyer, #19 Daniel Suarez, #42 Kyle Larson, #10 Aric Almirola, and #9 Chase Elliott rounded out the top 10 for stage one.
Stage Two: Alex Bowman was knocked out of the race when he cut down his right side tires and slammed the outside wall after only taking two tires during the stage ending caution and on the restart dropped like a rock back in the field until his incident ended his day early. The lead again only changed hands during green flag pit stops as Martin Truex Jr found himself in the lead once again and picked up another stage victory. The top 10 in stage two were #78 Martin Truex Jr, #18 Kyle Busch, #12 Ryan Blaney, #4 Kevin Harvick, #42 Kyle Larson, #14 Clint Bowyer, #41 Kurt Busch, #22 Joey Logano, #20 Erik Jones, and #21 Paul Menard rounded out the top 10 in the stage.
Stage Three: Martin Truex Jr made it look easy in this one as Truex led the final 43 laps of the race as he looked dominant in capturing his fourth victory of the season, and 19th of his career. The Big Three of the sport again proved it this week as all three were again in the top five at the end of the night.
Top 10 Finishers:
1st #78 Martin Truex Jr
2nd #12 Ryan Blaney
3rd #2 Brad Keselowski
4th #18 Kyle Busch
5th #4 Kevin Harvick
6th #41 Kurt Busch
7th #20 Erik Jones
8th #10 Aric Almirola
9th #42 Kyle Larson
10th #22 Joey Logano
Other Notable Finishers: #21 Paul Menard P11, #14 Clint Bowyer P12, #9 Chase Elliott P13, #48 Jimmie Johnson P14, #19 Daniel Suarez P15, #11 Denny Hamlin P16, #24 William Byron P20, #17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr P26, #88 Alex Bowman P39.
NASCAR heads to Loudon, New Hampshire for the Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 this Sunday. Check out the action. But don’t forget this Wednesday’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series action at Eldora Speedway in Ohio, as the trucks return to the dirt. This is a yearly event, and always a fun event to watch.
At this point in the season with less than eight races to go until the playoffs its looking like Hendrick Motorsports or Chevy, in general, isn’t going to have a good showing this season. At this point, if you were to pick a car, I would keep your eyes on Martin Truex Jr, Kevin Harvick, and Kyle Busch, because they are the best in NASCAR today, and it doesn’t look like anything is going to change anytime soon.