An Ideal Finish
Kurt Busch grabbed the Quaker State 400 by its reigns and whipped his Chevrolet into Victory Lane at Kentucky Speedway, scoring his first win of the season. NASCAR fans occasionally witness a Busch Brother clash, however, the showdown on Saturday night was like no other. The finish was ideal for the elder Busch Brother and not the younger.
Initially, the race appeared to be dominated by Kyle Busch, Kurt’s younger sibling. Kyle picked up the first stage win, however, the sibling-rivalry truly began when Kurt won stage two. The final stage was dominated by Joey Logano, who had the fastest car, until the final caution. After the caution, the Busch Battle began. The race resulted in an overtime finish, with Kurt beating his younger brother by just a nose.
Erik Jones finished third, followed by Kyle Larson and Denny Hamlin. Showing promise throughout the race, Clint Bowyer and Joey Logano finished sixth and seventh respectively. Daniel Suarez, Ryan Newman and Chris Buescher rounded out the top 10.
Not Ideal Finishes
Previous Kentucky winners Martin Truex Jr. and Brad Keselowski were considered favorites entering into Saturday night’s race. However, neither of the drivers performed as well as anticipated. Truex Jr. finished 19th and Keselowski finished 20th.
Jimmie Johnson’s efforts of severing his winless streak remain unsuccessful. After spinning into the wall, Johnson finished 30th.
Up next, the drivers of the NASCAR Monster Energy Cup will travel to Louden, New Hampshire for the Foxwoods Resort Casino 301. The race will take place on Sunday, July 21 at 3:00 p.m. ET at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway.