Kentucky Top Ten Starters
- Kevin Harvick
- Brad Keselowski
- Kurt Busch (Started In The Rear Of The Field)
- Joey Logano
- Carl Edwards
- Kyle Busch
- Martin Truex Jr.
- Chase Elliott
- Jimmie Johnson
- Denny Hamlin
Full Starting Lineup (The field was set by owner points)
Kentucky Pre-race Notes
Kurt Busch started in the rear of the field
Ty Dillon drove the 95
Kentucky Race Notes
Kevin Harvick who started on the pole selected the high-line. He led the opening 27 laps.
Running order on lap 10: 4,78,2,48,20,21,24,19,18,22 … 6,31,11,88,16,1,5,47,42,27 … 14,17,15,10,34
Big Moment: On lap 11 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. got into the wall and brought out the caution. He hit the wall the first time the lap before. He was running in 22nd at the time of his incident. He had to take his car to the garage.
Ryan Blaney really liked his car. He liked his speed and his balance. He was in 5th on lap 25.
Running order on lap 26 (Competition caution): 4,78,20,2,48,24,21,19,22,18 … 11,6,31,88,1,16,5,14,27,42
During the competition caution Kurt Busch didn’t pit and as a result he got the lead. He then led the next 10 laps.
During the competition caution Truex Jr.’s pit crew was slow and it dropped him back 5 positions.
Big Moment: On lap 32 shortly after a restart Johnson got loose and wrecked. He then took his car to the garage. Johnson was running around 5th at the time.
Running order on lap 41: 4,20,41,19,78,21,24,22,2,11 … 88,1,18,42,14,34,5,31,43,27 … 3,16,38,6,95,10,15,44,47,7 … 46,83,23,98,32,30,55,13,48,17
Notable Moment: Around lap 41 Joey Logano had some contact with the wall and damaged his car. He was able to continue racing at speed but his car didn’t drive as well. He was running around 8th at the time of his caution. He started to steadily fall back in the pack.
Big Moment: On lap 54 Joey Logano had a tire blow up and he crashed into the wall hard.
During the Joey Logano caution Brad Keselowski didn’t pit and as a result he got the lead.
On lap 63 Martin Truex Jr. took the lead.
Running order on lap 63: 78,4,2,20,21,19,24,18,11,88 … 14,1,42,16,5,27,3,6,34,31 … 41,44,95,47,43,10,38,15,7,46 … 83,23,98,32,30,55,13,22,48,17
Big Moment: Around lap 81 while running in the high-twenties Matt DiBenedetto crashed into the wall.
Big Moment: On lap 88 shortly after a restart Ryan Blaney and Chase Elliott both wrecked. Both were running around the top five at the time. Both drivers took their cars to the garage area.
Big Moment: On lap 93 a “Big One” ensued that took out a lot of cars. Notable drivers collected in the carnage were Buescher and Allmendinger. Danica Patrick got a little nose damage from the incident.
Running order on lap 105: 4,1,78,3,18,27,20,2,16,31 … 42,41,19,11,5,88,14,43,6,38 … 23,15,10,46,95,7,32,98,30,55 … 44,34,47,13,24,21,83,48,22,17
Running order on lap 124: 4,78,18,1,3,27,20,2,16,31 … 5,42,19,88,11,14,43,41,6,38 … 23,15,10,95,46,7,98,30,32,55 … 13,44,34,47,24,21,48,83,22,17
Kevin Harvick really liked his balance. In practice leading up to the race he worked on drivabilty over speed.