Capping off a triple header weekend and celebrating 20 years at the track, the Monster Energy Cup Series runs the Quaker State 400 in Sparta, Kentucky.
After single car qualifying, Daniel Suarez puts his number 41 car on the pole and will lead the field to the green flag.
Quaker State 400 starting lineup:
Martin Truex Jr
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
After failing inspection multiple times, Ryan Newman had his qualifying time disallowed and has to start the race from the back of the field.
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 mile and a half track. A fuel load will last only about 60 laps; therefore, the drivers will have to make at least one pit stop for fuel in all three of the stages.
At 70 feet across, the track in Kentucky is one of the widest in NASCAR, allowing the drivers to spread out.
Daniel Suarez brings the field down for the green flag start of the race from the inside lane and jumps out in front of Aric Almirola for the lead.
Lap three, Daniel Suarez has pulled out to a half second lead on Aric Almirola with Kevin Harvick in third.
With the race starting before sunset, the sun is proving to be difficult for the drivers in the first stage of the race.
Lap seven, Daniel Suarez continues to lead the race with a lead of over half a second on Aric Almirola.
Lap 12, Daniel Suarez has led every lap so far and has a half second lead on Aric Almirola with all 36 drivers on the lead lap.
Lap 15, Aric Almirola has closed the gap on leader Daniel Suarez to less than half a second.
Lap 18, Daniel Suarez has encountered slower traffic and his lead is down to less than a quarter of a second with Kevin Harvick in third over a second back.
Lap 23, Daniel Suarez has a narrow lead on Aric Almirola with 33 cars on the lead lap.
Brad Keselowski is reporting something is “off” in his race car.
Lap 29, Daniel Suarez has led every lap so far but has Aric Almirola in his bumper challenging for the lead.
Lap 30, Daniel Suarez has led every lap so far…the most laps he has ever led in a Monster Energy Cup Series race.
Lap 38, leader Daniel Suarez has put six cars a lap down as Aric Almirola challenges for the lead.
Halfway through stage one, Daniel Suarez has led every lap with Aric Almirola in second and Kevin Harvick in third.
Clint Bowyer is the first driver to make a green flag pit stop on lap 43.
Ryan Blaney makes his pit stop with complaints of a chattering car on lap 44.
Chase Elliott brings out the first caution flag of the race with a flat tire on lap 46.
Before the caution flag came out, the top three drivers were team mates with Stewart-Haas Racing.
With track position being the key phrase of the weekend, Brad Keselowski wins the race off of pit road taking fuel only. Kurt Busch also took fuel only.
Brad Keselowski brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 53 with Keselowski and Kurt Busch going nose to nose. Kurt Busch gets out in front for the lead.
Kyle Busch gets around Brad Keselowski for second.
Corey LaJoie brings out the caution flag on lap 54 after spinning out.
After bringing out the caution flag for a flat tire and getting a lap down, Chase Elliott is the “lucky dog” and is back on the lead lap.
The Busch brothers bring the field down for the green flag restart on lap 60 and go nose to nose as drivers get three and four wide across the track. Kurt Busch takes the lead with Joey Logano in second and Kyle Busch in third.
The caution flag comes out on lap 63 for Landon Cassill and Bayley Currey who both get sideways on the track. Ryan Blaney is the “lucky dog”.
Brad Keselowski is reporting a possible valve spring issue.
Kurt Busch brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 67 and edges out Joey Logano for the lead but Logano comes up to challenge for the lead. Kurt Busch holds on to his lead.
Lap 71, Kurt Busch has a lead of just under half a second on Joey Logano with Kyle Busch in third.
Three laps remain in stage one, Kurt Busch has a lead of nearly half a second on Joey Logano with little brother Kyle two seconds back in third.
Kurt Busch wins stage one.
The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Martin Truex Jr
Taking only two tires, Kyle Busch wins the race off of pit road. Paul Menard, Daniel Suarez, Erik Jones, Bubba Wallace, and Jimmie Johnson also took only two tires.
After staying out on the track Ricky Stenhouse Jr and Clint Bowyer are on the front row and will bring the field down for the green flag start of stage two on lap 87 with the cars getting three wide across the track. Ricky Stenhouse jr is the new leader 32 cars on the lead lap.
Ricky Stenhouse Jr has a two tenths of a second lead on Clint Bowyer and Austin Dillon in third.
Lap 95, Ricky Stenhouse Jr is in the lead with Clint Bowyer in second and Ryan Newman in third.
On two fresher tires, Kyle Busch has blown by Austin Dillon and is heading for Ryan Newman.
Lap 100, Ricky Stenhouse Jr is in the lead but Clint Bowyer has moved up on his bumper to challenge for the lead.
Lap 103, Kyle Busch gets around Clint Bowyer and Ricky Stenhouse Jr to become the new leader.
Lap 108, Kyle Busch has already pulled out to a lead of a secnd and half on Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
Daniel Suarez is the first driver on pit road for a green flag pit stop.
Daniel Suarez was caught speeding on pit road.
Lap 110, Kyle Busch has pulled out to a two second lead on Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
Lap 113, Kyle Busch is running away with it, he is now three seconds ahead of Ricky Stenhouse Jr; Clint Bowyer is in third.
Lap 116, Ricky Stenhouse Jr comes down pit road for service. Kyle Busch has a lead of over four seconds on Clint Bowyer.
“Driving it like he stole it”, Kyle Busch has pulled out to a lead of five and a half seconds on Clint Bowyer.
Joey Logano had to make a trip down pit road with a vibration for a flat tire.
Lap 122, Kyle Busch’s lead is now over six seconds on Clint Bowyer.
Lap 125, Kyle Busch’s lead is nearly seven seconds on Clint Bowyer.
Austin Dillon has an alternator issue with his car and is trying to hold out until the end of the stage.
Lap 130, has a seven second lead on Clint Bowyer with Austin Dillon in third over nine seconds back.
Kyle Busch still has to make his stage two pit stop.
Lap 132, Brad Keselowski is the last car on the lead lap in 20th place.
Lap 135, Kyle Busch has an eight second lead on Denny Hamlin as green flag pit stops continue.
Lap 143, Kyle Busch has a lead of over eight seconds on Denny Hamlin as he continues to put divers a lap down. There are eleven cars on the lead lap.
Lap 148, with Denny Hamlin making his pit stop, Kyle Busch has a lead of over 14 seconds on Aric Almirola.
Lap 150, Kyle Busch has a lead of 19 seconds on William Byron.
Kyle Busch finally makes his green flag pit stop on lap 150. He makes a four tire stop.
With such a huge lead, Kyle Busch holds on to the lead of the race.
Alex Bowman had to make a second trip down pit road for a flat tire.
Denny Hamlin was charged with having an uncontrolled tire on pit road.
Daniel Hemric was penalized for leaving pit road with equipment when he left the pit box with the jack.
Lap 153, Kyle Busch has a two second lead on Erik Jones.
Kyle Busch wins stage two for a Busch brothers sweep of the first two stages.
The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Taking fuel only Kyle Busch wins the race off of pit road.
After staying out on the track, Clint Bowyer is the leader and brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three on lap 167 and holds on to the lead as drivers get three wide across the track battling for position.
Austin Dillon has lost a gear.
With 100 laps remaining in the race the drivers are getting aggressive and fighting for every spot.
Lap 171, Clint Bowyer has a narrow lead on William Byron with Aric Almirola in third. Kyle Busch is in fifth place, chasing brother Kurt for fourth.
Night has settled over the track and the times are getting faster around the track. The first three drivers have run their fastest laps yet.
Lap 175, Clint Bowyer holds on to his narrow lead over William Byron. Aric Almirola is in third with the Busch brothers battling for fourth.
Jimmie Johnson brings out the caution flag on lap 179 when he gets into the wall and spins out with a flat tire.
Daniel Suarez is the “lucky dog”.
Clint Bowyer brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 184 and holds on to his lead as drivers get three and four wide across the track.
NASCAR has posted William Byron for a restart violation.
Lap 189, Clint Bowyer has a narrow lead on Kurt Busch with Kyle Busch in third less than two seconds back.
Lap 194, Kurt Busch challenges Clint Bowyer for the lead, but so far Bowyer has held Busch off.
Lap 200, Kurt Busch is again challenging Clint Bowyer for the lead with Kyle Busch on his bumper.
Lap 203, Kurt Busch tries to pass Clint Bowyer for the lead and allows Kyle Busch to catch up to them.
Kurt Busch continues to challenge Clint Bowyer for the lead.
Lap 206, Clint Bowyer makes his green flag pit stop and gives the lead over to Kurt Busch with brother Kyle in second.
Lap 210, Kurt Busch has a lead of nearly a second on brother Kyle; Joey Logano is in third.
Lap 214, leader Kurt Busch makes his green flag pit stop, Kyle Busch is the new leader.
Lap 216, Kyle Busch has a one second lead on Joey Logano.
Lap 224, Kyle Busch continues to lead the race, he has a second lead on Joey Logano.
William Byron and Martin Truex Jr make contact but the track stays green.
Lap 226, leader Kyle Busch comes down pit road for his green flag pit stop. Joey Logano also comes down pit road for service.
Denny Hamlin is the new leader.
Lap 231, the top 10 drivers have yet to make their green flag pit stops.
Leader Denny Hamlin makes his pit stop on lap 232; Ryan Newman is the new leader.
Martin Truex Jr was caught speeding on pit road.
Only 28 laps remain in the race, Ryan Newman has a lead of nearly two seconds on Danield Suarez. The top six drivers have yet to make a pit stop.
Lap 246, leader Ryan Newman reports that he is out of fuel and brings his car down pit road. Daniel Suarez is the new leader.
Joey Logano and Kyle Busch are battling for position with Logano getting out in front of Busch. This will be the leaders once all of the drivers have made their pit stops.
Lap 249, Joey Logano is the leader with Kyle Busch in second.
Fifteen to go, Joey Logano has pulled out to a lead of nearly a second and a half on Kyle Busch.
Ten to go, Joey Logano has pulled out to a lead of over two seconds on Kyle Busch.
Lap 260, Kyle Busch has cut into Joey Logano’s lead and has gotten it down to a second and a half.
Bubba Wallace brings out the caution flag with a flat tire on lap 260.
The race goes into overtime for a green/white/checker finish.
In an overtime restart, Joey Logano brings the field down for the green flag and the drivers immediately get therre and four wide. Kyle Busch gets out in front first but brother Kurt pours it on for a Busch brothers battle to the checkered flag.
After just missing the win last week due to a lightening strike, Kurt Busch wins the battle with his brother…and the race!
Quaker State 400 results:
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Martin Truex Jr