For 2nd Straight Year, Truex Dominates Quaker State 400

SPARTA, KY – The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series at the Kentucky Speedway have seen some dominating efforts. Kyle Busch led 125 laps in his win in the inaugural race in 2011. Brad Keselowski followed that up by leading 68 laps in his 2012 win. He’d then lead 199 circuits around the 1.5-mile track in his 2014 win and 75 more in his 2016 victory.

Last year, Martin Truex Jr. led 152 of 274 laps in a victorious effort. On Saturday night, Truex upped his game even more. The Furniture Row Racing driver dominated in leading a race high 174 of 267 laps en route to his second straight Quaker State 400 victory and 19th of his Cup Series career. 

No one has had anything for Truex here over the last two years. He’s led 60-percent of the overall laps and won every stage too. This has been his track.

He said in his Friday press conference that he just wants to lead more laps this year and contend for stage wins. He’d back that up with winning both and taking his No. 78 Toyota to victory lane for the fourth time of 2018.

Truex, passed Kurt Busch for the lead on Lap 224 and never looked back.

Ryan Blaney earned his first top five finish in over three months with a runner-up effort in his No. 12 Ford. He was surprisingly upset by that as he desperately wanted a win. His Team Penske teammate of Brad Keselowski overcame an early pit road speeding penalty to bring his No. 2 Ford home third. It was his first top five finish in a little over a month.

Kyle Busch and Kevin Harvick would round out the top five.

Tonight’s race had just four caution flags for 22 laps, two of which were for stage breaks. The race was the 13th straight time that either Truex, Busch or Harvick has won on a 1.5-mile track.

Quaker State 400 Results

  1. 78 Truex Jr.
  2. 12 Blaney
  3.  2 Keselowski
  4. 18 KyBusch
  5.  4 Harvick
  6. 41 KuBusch
  7. 20 Jones
  8. 10 Almirola
  9. 42 Larson
  10. 22 Logano
  11. 21 Menard
  12. 14 Bowyer
  13.  9 Elliott
  14. 48 Johnson
  15. 19 Suarez
  16. 11 Hamlin
  17.  1 McMurray
  18. 38 Ragan
  19.  6 Kenseth
  20. 24 Byron R
  21. 31 Newman
  22.  3 A Dillon -1
  23. 37 Buescher -1
  24. 34 McDowell -1
  25. 95 Kahne -1
  26. 17 Stenhouse Jr. -1
  27. 43 Wallace Jr. R -3
  28. 15 Chastain -4
  29. 13 T Dillon -4
  30. 47 Allmendinger -5
  31. 72 LaJoie -7
  32. 51 McLeod -11
  33. 00 Cassill -11
  34. 66 Hill -13
  35.  7 Little -14
  36. 99 Smithley -16
  37. 32 DiBenedetto OUT
  38. 23 Yeley OUT
  39. 88 Bowman OUT

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