Truex Jr. takes stunning Kentucky win

Martin Truex Jr. led 152 of the 274 laps

Martin Truex Jr. has scored a dominant win as he held off the best in NASCAR on old tyres in an overtime finish at Kentucky.

After sweeping both Stage 1 and 2, Truex had a massive lead when with two laps to run Kurt Busch had an engine let go.

Truex’s 15-second lead meant that he had lapped everyone up until ninth. It also meant many lapped down cars were between him and second-placed Kyle Larson. He chose not to pit, and everyone else behind came to pit road and decided to take either two or four tyres.

On the re-start it looked like Truex had the fresh tyres as he pulled away. Those behind tried to go deep into the corners, but got out of the groove and Truex pulled a gap.

Then a crash behind with one lap to go involving Matt Kenseth, Daniel Suarez and Austin Dillon brought out the caution. As Truex had passed the overtime line on the back stretch, he was the deserving winner.

Speaking straight after the race Truex was delighted and surprised to have held off the field on the final re-start.

“I thought we were dead – I thought we were done,” said Truex.

“It’s completely unbelievable, I’m so excited to win here. It felt like I had a shot here last year but lost out on fuel mileage. Just wanted to win so bad after that. So, it’s sweet redemption.

“I was worried every lap waiting for a caution especially at the end. You are counting them (laps) down. Then sure enough there is a caution at the end. But fortunately, I was able to hold them off and this car was so stout tonight.”

The result was Truex’s third win of the year, 10th of his career and 14th stage win of the season. He sits just one point behind Larson in the standings.

The only major crash of the night occurred on the re-start after Stage 1 when Brad Keselowski and Clint Bowyer made contact. Bowyer spun and got away with next to no damage, while Keselowski slammed into the fence and took out Jimmie Johnson in the process.

NASCAR heads to Loudon next weekend and the flat one-mile of New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

VIDEO: Race recap

VIDEO: Truex Jr. speaks after the race

RESULTS: Quaker State 400 – Kentucky Speedway

Cla # Driver Make Laps Laps Led Status Points
1 78  Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 274 152  Running 60
2 42  Kyle Larson Chevrolet 274  0  Running 43
3 24  Chase Elliott Chevrolet 274  0  Running 36
4 11  Denny Hamlin Toyota 274  0  Running 40
5 18  Kyle Busch Toyota 274 112  Running 50
6 77  Erik Jones Toyota 274  0  Running 40
7 1  Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 274  0  Running 41
8 22  Joey Logano Ford 274 7  Running 29
9 4  Kevin Harvick Ford 274  0  Running 42
10 21  Ryan Blaney Ford 273  0  Running 27
11 43  Darrell Wallace Jr. Ford 273  0  Running
12 88  Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet 273 3  Running 25
13 14  Clint Bowyer Ford 273  0  Running 26
14 17  Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Ford 273  0  Running 23
15 10  Danica Patrick Ford 273  0  Running 22
16 37  Chris Buescher Chevrolet 273  0  Running 21
17 20  Matt Kenseth Toyota 273  0  Running 33
18 19  Daniel Suarez Toyota 273  0  Running 19
19 3  Austin Dillon Chevrolet 272  0  Running 18
20 47  A.J. Allmendinger Chevrolet 272  0  Running 17
21 27  Paul Menard Chevrolet 272  0  Running 16
22 31  Ryan Newman Chevrolet 272  0  Running 15
23 95  Michael McDowell Chevrolet 271  0  Running 14
24 38  David Ragan Ford 270  0  Running 13
25 32  Matt DiBenedetto Ford 270  0  Running 12
26 34  Landon Cassill Ford 268  0  Running 11
27 83  Ryan Sieg Toyota 266  0  Running
28 15  Reed Sorenson Chevrolet 265  0  Running 9
29 33  Jeffrey Earnhardt Chevrolet 265  0  Running 8
30 41  Kurt Busch Ford 264  0 Engine 11
31 66  Timmy Hill Chevrolet 261  0  Running
32 51  B.J. McLeod Chevrolet 260  0  Running
33 13  Ty Dillon Chevrolet 253  0  Running 4
34 72  Cole Whitt Chevrolet 212  0 Engine 3
35 55  Gray Gaulding Toyota 207  0  Running 2
36 23  Joey Gase Toyota 129  0 Accident
37 6  Trevor Bayne Ford 101  0 Accident 1
38 5  Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 93  0 Accident 1
39 2  Brad Keselowski Ford 89  0 Accident 1
40 48  Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 87  0 Accident 3
STANDINGS
Pos
Driver
Pts
Behind
Wins
Starts
Top 5’s
Top 10’s
Poles
1
Kyle Larson
710
Leader
2
18
8
11
3
2
Martin Truex Jr.
709
-1
3
18
6
12
0
3
Kyle Busch
609
-101
0
18
7
10
3
4
Kevin Harvick
599
-111
1
18
6
11
3
5
Chase Elliott
560
-150
0
18
6
11
1
6
Jamie McMurray
545
-165
0
18
2
11
0
7
Denny Hamlin
538
-172
0
18
5
9
0
8
Brad Keselowski
536
-174
2
18
9
11
1
9
Jimmie Johnson
519
-191
3
18
3
6
0
10
Clint Bowyer
495
-215
0
18
4
7
0
11
Matt Kenseth
478
-232
0
18
3
6
1
12
Joey Logano
471
-239
1
18
7
10
1
13
Ryan Blaney
462
-248
1
18
3
7
1
14
Erik Jones
426
-284
0
18
1
5
0
15
Kurt Busch
419
-291
1
18
2
8
0
16
Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
418
-292
2
18
4
7
1
17
Ryan Newman
414
-296
1
18
3
6
0
18
Daniel Suarez
373
-337
0
18
0
4
0
19
Trevor Bayne
352
-358
0
18
0
2
0
20
Austin Dillon
341
-369
1
18
2
2
0
21
Dale Earnhardt Jr.
332
-378
0
18
1
4
1
22
Kasey Kahne
329
-381
0
18
2
3
0
23
Paul Menard
309
-401
0
18
2
3
0
24
Ty Dillon
301
-409
0
18
0
0
0
25
Michael McDowell
275
-435
0
18
1
1
0
26
Chris Buescher
271
-439
0
18
0
1
0
27
AJ Allmendinger
259
-451
0
18
1
3
0
28
David Ragan
242
-468
0
18
0
2
0
29
Danica Patrick
230
-480
0
18
0
1
0
30
Matt DiBenedetto
196
-514
0
18
0
1
0
31
Landon Cassill
189
-521
0
18
0
0
0
32
Aric Almirola
188
-522
0
11
2
3
0
33
Cole Whitt
187
-523
0
18
0
0
0
34
Corey LaJoie
124
-586
0
15
0
0
0
35
Reed Sorenson
88
-622
0
15
0
0
0
36
Gray Gaulding
84
-626
0
14
0
0
0
37
Jeffrey Earnhardt
74
-636
0
17
0
0
0
38
Michael Waltrip
29
-681
0
1
0
1
0
39
Derrike Cope
26
-684
0
9
0
0
0
40
Billy Johnson
15
-695
0
1
0
0
0
41
Boris Said
8
-702
0
1
0
0
0
42
Alon Day
5
-705
0
1
0
0
0
43
Kevin O’Connell
4
-706
0
1
0
0
0
44
Cody Ware
4
-706
0
3
0
0
0
45
Tommy Regan
3
-707
0
1
0
0
0
46
D.J. Kennington
2
-708
0
2
0
0
0
47
Brendan Gaughan
0
-710
0
3
0
1
0
48
Darrell Wallace Jr.
0
-710
0
4
0
0
0
49
Elliott Sadler
0
-710
0
3
0
0
0
50
Ross Chastain
0
-710
0
1
0
0
0
51
Joey Gase
0
-710
0
3
0
0
0
52
Regan Smith
0
-710
0
2
0
0
0
53
Ryan Sieg
0
-710
0
4
0
0
0
54
JJ Yeley
0
-710
0
2
0
0
0
55
Timmy Hill
0
-710
0
11
0
0
0
56
Carl Long
0
-710
0
1
0
0
0
57
B.J. McLeod
0
-710
0
1
0
0
0
58
Josh Bilicki
0
-710
0
1
0
0
0

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