Capping off a triple header weekend, the Monster Energy Cup Series comes to Kentucky Speedway for the Quaker State 400.

As qualifying begins there are still several teams waiting to make it through the inspection process. After failing to complete the inspection process in time; Denny Hamlin, Matt DiBenedetto, Jesse Little, and Timmy Hill did not make it out in time to make a qualifying run.

After three rounds of qualifying with a time of 28.58 seconds Martin Truex Jr wins the pole for the 19th time in his career and will bring the field to the green flag.

The starting lineup for the Quaker State 400:
Martin Truex Jr
Erik Jones
Kevin Harvick
Brad Keselowski
Kyle Busch
Paul Menard
Ryan Blaney
Clint Bowyer
Kurt Busch
Ryan Newman
Daniel Suarez
Aric Almirola
Austin Dillon
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Alex Bowman
Chase Eiott
Matt Kenseth
Kyle Larson – moved to the back of the field after missing driver introductions
Joey Logano
Chris Buescher
William Byron
Jamie McMurray
Michael McDowell
David Ragan
Bubba Wallace
AJ Allmendinger
Jimmie Johnson
Ty Dillon
Kasey Kahne
Ross Chastain
Corey LaJoie
J.J. Yeley
Landon Cassill
BJ McLeod
Garrett Smithley
Denny Hamlin
Matt DiBenedetto
Jesse Little
Timmy Hill

Stages one and two of the race are 80 laps each with stage three lasting 107 laps for a total of 267 laps around the one and a half mile track. The drivers cannot complete any of the stages without making at least one pit stop.

Martin Truex Jr brings the field down for the green flag start of the race and Truex edges out Erik Jones for the lead.

Lap two, Martin Truex Jr leads the race with Erik Jones in second; Brad Keselowski, Kevin Harvick, and Paul Menard round out the top five.

Lap four, the drivers get three wide across the track.

Lap five Martin Truex leads with Brad Keselowski in second and Kevin Harvick in third, Kyle Busch in fourth, and Paul Menard in fifth.

Lap seven, Martin Truex Jr has a lead of nearly half a second on Brad Keselowski with Kevin Harvick in third.

Ryan Newman is reporting some vibration issues.

After having to start the race in the back, Denny Hamlin has moved up to 22nd place and Kyle Larson is 23rd.

Lap 12, Martin Truex Jr leads Brad Keselowski by three tenth of a second with Kevin Harvick in third; Kyle Busch and Ryan Blaney round out the top five.

Lap 15, the top five are Martin Truex Jr, Brad Keselowski, Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch, and Ryan Blaney.

Lap 20, Martin Truex Jr holds his lead of four tenths of a second on Brad Keselowski with Kevin Harvick over a second and a half behind the leader. There are 32 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 24, Martin Truex Jr has increased his lead to over a half a second with Kevin Harvick in third.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr brings his car down pit road with a cut tire after making contact on the track.

Lap 27, Martin Truex Jr has increased his lead to over a second on Brad Keselowski.

Austin Dillon brings his car down pit road with a mechanical issue.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr brings his car down pit road for a second time and is now two laps down.

Lap 32, Martin Truex Jr’s lead on Brad Keselowski is down to under a second; Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch, and Ryan Blaney round out the top five.

Denny Hamlin brings his car down pit road reporting he has no brakes. Team reports that the tire is very hot but no sign of any fluid.

Lap 37, drivers are beginning to make green flag pit stops.

Martin Truex Jr leads with Brad Keselowski, Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch, and Ryan Blaney rounding out the top five.

Brad Keselowski is caught speeding on pit road and will have to serve a pass through penalty.

Lap 43, Kurt Busch is in the lead with Jamie McMurray, Joey Logano, Alex Bowman and Chris Buescher round out the top five as green flag pit stops continue. Kyle Busch passes Martin Truex Jr.

All 39 cars are still on the track with only 10 cars on the led lap as green flag pit stops continue.

Lap 49, Kurt Busch continues to lead the race with Joey Logano in second and Alex Bowman in third.

Martin Truex Jr and Kyle Busch pass leader Kurt Busch to get their lap back as green flag pit stops continue.

Lap 50 and nine drivers have yet to come down pit road.

Brad Keselowski reports that he misread the speeding lines on pit road.

Lap 57 Kurt Busch continues to lead the race with Joey Logano in second; Alex Bowman, Jimmie Johnson, and Martin Truex Jr round out the top five.

Lap 62, leader Kurt Busch finally makes his green flag pit stop. Joey Logano is the new leader.

Lap 63, Joey Logano makes his trip down pit road, Alex Bowman is the new leader.

Lap 64, Alex Bowman makes his green flag pit stop, Jimmie Johnson is the new leader. Once Johnson makes his pit stop, Martin Truex Jr will retake the lead of the race.

Lap 66, Jimmie Johnson finally makes his pit stop; Martin Truex Jr retakes the lead of the race.

Lap 68, Martin Truex Jr has a lead of nearly a second and half on Kyle Busch.

Lap 72, Martin Truex Jr is the leader with Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick, Ryan Blaney, and Paul Menard rounding out the top five.

Lap 73, Kevin Harvick passes Kyle Busch to take over second place.

Lap 76, Martin Truex Jr has a lead of nearly two seconds on Kevin Harvick with Kyle Busch in third.

Lap 78, Alex Bowman gets his lap back after passing leader Martin Truex Jr.

Martin Truex Jr wins stage one for his fourth stage win of the season.

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Martin Truex Jr
Kevin Harvick
Kyle Busch
Ryan Blaney
Paul Menard
Clint Bowyer
Daniel Suarez
Kyle Larson
Aric Almirola
Chase Elliott

Jimmie Johnson is the “lucky dog”.

Taking only two tires, Kurt Busch wins the race off of pit road. Alex Bowman also takes only two tires and comes out third.

Staying out on the track, Joey Logano is in the lead.

Joey Logano brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two on lap 88but it is Kurt Busch who edges out for the lead with Martin Truex Jr in second.

Lap 89, Kurt Busch is in the lead; Martin Truex Jr, Joey Logano, Kyle Busch, and Kevin Harvick round out the top five.

Lap 91, Kurt Busch has a lead of over half a second on Martin Truex Jr with Joey Logano in third.

Lap 93, with 2 cars on the led lap, Kurt Busch has a lead of just under half a second on Martin Truex Jr; Joey Logano, Kevin Harvick, and Ryan Blaney round out the top five.

Lap 96, Martin Truex Jr has caught up to leader Kurt Busch and is challenging for the lead.

Lap 97, Kurt Busch leads; Martin Truex Jr, Kevin Harvick, Ryan Blaney, and Kyle Larson round out the top five.

Lap 98, Martin Truex Jr passes Kurt Busch to take over the lead of the race.

Lap 101 the top five are Martin Truex Jr, Kurt Busch, Kevin Harvick, Ryan Blaney, and Kyle Larson.

Martin Truex Jr has a lead of over two seconds on Kurt Busch.

Erik Jones is reporting some kind of engine issue and thinks he might be blowing up.

Lap 107 Martin Truex Jr leads the race with Kurt Busch nearly three seconds behind; Kevin Harvick, Ryan Blaney, and Kyle Larson round out the top five.

The caution flag comes out on lap 109 when Alex Bowman blows a tire and brushes the wall resulting in a lot of damage to his car.

Taking only two tires, Martin Truex Jr wins the race off of pit road.

Alex Bowman takes his car to the garage and is out of the race.

Erik Jones has thrown a weight, the crew chief tells him to ride it out.

Martin Truex Jr brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 11 and drivers make it three wide vying for the lead.

Martin Trues Jr leads with Kyle Busch and Ryan Blaney behind; Kevin Harvick and Joey Logano round out the top five.

Lap 117, Martin Truex Jr leads the race while Kyle Busch and Ryan Blaney battle for second.

Lap 120 Martin Truex Jr has a one second lead over Kyle Busch with Ryan Blaney in second.

Matt DiBenedetto gets into the wall but makes his way to pit road and the track stays green.

Lap 121 Martin Truex Jr’s lead over Kyle Busch is a second and a half as Ryan Blaney battles Busch for second.

Lap 125, the top five are Martin Truex Jr, Kyle Busch, Ryan Blaney, Kevin Harvick, and Joey Logano. There are 25 cars on the lead lap.

Matt DiBenedetto joins Alex Bowman in the garage.

Lap 133, Martin Truex Jr continues to lead the race, Kyle Busch, Ryan Blaney, Kevin Harvick, and Joey Logano round out the top five.

Lap 135, Martin Truex Jr’s lead over Kyle Busch has increased to over a second and a half.

As the laps tick off, the drivers who took four tires at the last pit stop are running the fastest speeds on the track.

Ap 140 the top five are Martin Truex Jr, Kyle Busch, Ryan Blaney, Kevin Harvick, and Kyle Larson.

Lap 145, only 1 more laps until the end of stage two, martin Truex Jr’s lead is over a second and a half over Kyle Busch.

Lap 150, Martin Truex Jr has pulled out to a two second lead on Kyle Busch; Ryan Blaney, Kevin Harvick, and Kyle Larson round out the top five.

Lap 153, Kyle Busch has closed the gap to leader Martin Truex Jr and is now less than a second behind.

Lap 157, Martin Truex leads the race by nearly two seconds over Kyle Busch; Ryan Blaney, Kevin Harvick, and Kyle Larson round out the top five.

Martin Truex Jr wins stage two to sweep the stages.

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Martin Truex Jr
Kyle Busch
Ryan Blaney
Kevin Harvick
Kyle Larson
Clint Bowyer
Kurt Busch
Joey Logano
Erik Jones
Paul Menard

Taking only two tires Brad Keselowski wins the race off of pit road and advances 14 spots on the track.

Brad Keselowski brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three and edges out Martin Truex Jr from the outside lane to take the lead on lap 168.

One hundred laps remain in the race and the drivers are getting aggressive as they battle for position.

Lap 169, Brad Keselowski has a lead of nearly half a second on Martin Truex Jr with Kyle Larson in third.

AJ Allmendinger brings his car down pit road for an unscheduled pit stop.

Lap 173, Kyle Larson gets around Martin Truex Jr for second place. Brad Keselowski has a lead of nearly a second on Larson.

Lap 175, Kyle Larson has closed the gap to leader Brad Keselowski to half a second.

Lap 179, Brad Keselowski’s lead is now one second over Kyle Larson; Martin Truex Jr, Kevin Harvick, and Ryan Blaney round out the top five.

Kyle Larson is reporting track bar issues.

Lap 180 Martin Truex Jr retakes second place from Kyle Larson.

Erik Jones is again reporting engine issues.

Kevin Harvick has taken third away from Kyle Larson.

Lap 188, Brad Keselowski has a lead of over half a second on Martin Truex Jr with Kevin Harvick in third.

Seventy five to go, Martin Truex Jr has closed to withing a quarter of a second on leader Brad Keselowski.

Lap 196, Brad Keselowski holds on to his lead but Martin Truex Jr is gaining on Keselowski. Kevin Harvick is in third nearly two second behind.

Lap 199, Martin Truex Jr has caught up to Brad Keselowski and is challenging for the lead.

There are 25 cars on the lead lap with no cars only one lap down.

Lap 201, leader Brad Keselowski bobbles and Martin Truex Jr passes to take the lead.

Lap 206, Martin Truex Jr leads the race with Brad Keselowski, Kevin Harvick, Ryan Blaney, and Kurt Busch rounding out the top five.

J.J. Yeley brings out the caution flag on lap 207 when he gets into the wall after trailing a lot of smoke.

NASCAR workers are gathered around Yeley’s car but Yeley does not want to get out of the car, he wants a push.

Drivers bring their cars down pit road for service. As the temperatures have cooled down, some teams are adding tape to their cars.

Taking only two tires, Kurt Busch wins the race off of pit road.

Ryan Newman was charged with leaving his pit box with equipment from the pit box – adjuster tool.

Kyle Larson is on pit road as his team tries to make repairs to the track bar.

Kurt Busch brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 214 and gets out in front of the field for the lead; Martin Truex Jr is in second and Ryan Blaney is in thrid as drivers get three wide across the track.

The sprinklers around the track come on – 10pm.

Lap 218, Kurt Busch leads the race by half a second over Martin Truex Jr with Ryan Blaney, Brad Keselowski, and Kyle Busch rounding out the top five.

With 47 laps remaining in the race, the drivers have enough fuel to finish the race and do not need to come down pit road.

Martin Truex Jr has caught up to leader Kurt Busch and is challenging for the lead.

With 44 laps remaining in the race, Martin Truex Jr passes Kurt Busch for the lead.

Ryan Blaney passes Kurt Busch for second place.

The sprinklers have cut off, but there is a big puddle on pit road in front of Ryan Blaney’s pit box.

Lap 225 Martin Truex Jr is in the lead by nearly a second over Ryan Blaney; Kurt Busch, Brad Keselowski, and Kyle Busch round out the top five.

Only 35 laps to go, Martin Truex Jr has a lead of a second on Ryan Blaney with Brad Keselowski in third.

Martin Truex Jr has led 142 of the 235 laps runs so far. With his dominating win last season – the first time stage racing was held at Kentucky – Martin Truex Jr is the only driver to win stages at Kentucky.

Lap 237, Martin Truex Jr has a lead of nearly a second and a half on Ryan Blaney; Brad Keselowski, Kyle Busch and Kurt Busch round out the top five.

Lap 240, the top five are Martin Truex Jr, Ryan Blaney, Brad Keselowski, Kyle Busch, and Kurt Busch.

Lap 247, Martin Truex Jr holds on to his second and a Half lead on Ryan Blaney; Brad Keselowski, Kyle Busch, and Kevin Harvick round out the top five.

Lap 250, leader Martin Truex Jr has increased his lead over Ryan Blaney to nearly two seconds.

Lap 257 – 10 to go – Martin Truex Jr has a lead of over two seconds on Ryan Blaney; Brad Keselowski, Kyle Busch, and Kevin Harvick round out the top 10. After his extended pit stop, Kyle Larson restarted the race at the back of the field; he has moved into the top 10 and is running the fastest speeds on the track.

Lap 260, Martin Truex Jr, continues to lead the race with Ryan Blaney in second and Brad Keselowski in third. Kyle Larson moves into ninth place.

Five to go, Martin Truex Jr dominates the race with a lead of over two seconds on Ryan Blaney.

Martin Truex Jr takes the white flag.

Martin Truex Jr wins his fourth race of the season as he sweeps Kentucky for the second year in a row.

The unofficial results of the Quaker State 400:
Martin Truex Jr
Ryan Blaney
Brad Keselowski
Kyle Busch
Kevin Harvick
Kurt Busch
Erik Jones
Aric Almirola
Kyle Larson
Joey Logano
Paul Menard
Clint Bowyer
Chase Elliott
Jimmie Johnson
Daniel Suarez
Denny Hamlin
Jamie McMurray
David Ragan
Matt Kenseth
William Byron
Ryan Newman
Austin Dillon
Chris Buescher
Michael McDowell
Kasey Kahne
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Bubba Wallace
Ross Chastain
Ty Dillon
AJ Allmendinger
Corey LaJoie
BJ Mceod
Landon Cassill
Timmy Hill
Jesse Little
Garrett Smithely
Matt DiBenedetto
J.J. Yeley
Alex Bowman

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