Truex Jr. Wins At Kentucky

Kyl Busch And Kevin Harvick Each Finish In Top 5

Scott Stiller
July 15, 2018 - 11:37 am
Martin Truex Jr. Celebrates Win At Kentucky Speedway

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Martin Truex Jr dominated Saturday night’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Quaker State 400, sweeping the stages and winning the race. The victory was Truex’s fourth victory of the year and 19th of his career.

Ryan Blaney finished second followed by Brad Keselowski.  Points leader Kyle Busch finished fourth followed by Kevin Harvick in fifth.

Truex trails Busch and Harvick in the win column and in the points standings but doesn’t want his No. 78 Furniture Row Racing team counted out.

“Well they’ve got five wins, we’ve got four,” said Truex.  “That’s how it’s played out so far.  But I think all three of us have great teams.  Those two are great drivers.  Obviously, I have a lot of respect for them.  It’s pretty amazing to be a part of this group honestly”.

“I got the pit road speeding penalty, which was a real kick in the you-know-what track position-wise,” said Keselowski.  “My crew chief Paul Wolfe made a good call to get us some track position back, and we took the lead there and were trying to just run, run, run as fast as we could, and Martin just ran us down and got by us pretty honest, so he was just super strong”.

Blaney thought he may have a chance at Truex on the last restart.

“His car took a little bit to come in, and I couldn’t really get close to him to mess him up or get him loose,” said Blaney.  “I was so loose into 3, and that’s kind of where you have to make your move, and he ended up pulling away.  But proud of the effort”.

Chip Ganassi Racing's Kyle Larson finished ninth.  Larson's teammate Jamie McMurray finished 17th in the No. 1 Arctic Cat Chevrolet.

Busch leads the championship standings with 799-points followed by Harvick with 740 and Truex with 689.  Larson sits eighth with 581-points.

Truex’s margin of victory was 1.901 seconds.  There were 14-lead changes among 7-drivers.  There were 4-caution flags for 22-laps.  The average speed of the race was 150.454 mph.

The series travels to Loudon, New Hampshire for the Foxwoods 301 next Sunday at the 1.058-mile New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

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