Sparta, KY – Entering tonight, Brad Keselowski and Jimmie Johnson sat as two of the top three lap leaders all-time at the Kentucky Speedway. Keselowski, led the most laps ever for the Quaker State 400 with 483. Johnson, was third with 203 laps led himself.
But, Kyle Busch ended up tops on the all-time laps leader chart when it was all said and done, while Keselowski and Johnson were involved in a Lap 87 crash.
On the restart, Keselowski got in too hot in Turn 3 and lost control of his No. 2 Ford. The Team Penske driver spun and headed towards the outside SAFER barrier collecting Johnson and Clint Bowyer.
Johnson says he saw what was happening in front with Keselowski getting too close to Bowyer entering the corner, but he couldn’t get his No. 48 Chevrolet in good enough position to miss it.
That left Johnson with his fourth finish outside the top 10 over the last five races as he came home 40th on Saturday night.
For Keselowski, he would come home 39th for his second straight finish outside the top 30 and fourth over the last seven races.
Luckily, both drivers have combined to win five races this season so tonight’s early exit won’t affect them too much in their chase to become this year’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion.
It was a crash during the Quaker State 400 that packed a lot of punch though.