NOTE: This post is a recap of what happened at Kentucky in 2017

Kentucky Top Ten Starters

  1. Kyle Busch
  2. Martin Truex Jr.
  3. Matt Kenseth
  4. Jamie McMurray
  5. Denny Hamlin
  6. Ryan Blaney
  7. Kevin Harvick
  8. Jimmie Johnson
  9. Daniel Suarez
  10. Brad Keselowski

Kentucky Full Starting Lineup

Kentucky Pre-race Notes

Ryan Newman started in the rear of the field because of an engine change.

Kyle Larson couldn’t get through technical inspection and as a result he started in 40th.

Stage #1 Top Ten Finishers (Lap 80): 78,18,42,4,1,20,11,77,48,24

Stage #2 Top Ten Finishers (Lap 160): 78,18,20,4,77,1,41,11,14,24

Kentucky Race Notes

Kyle Busch who won the pole selected to start in the low line. He led 66 of the first 67 laps.

On lap 7, Kyle Larson who started in 40th was up to 24th.

On lap 8 Ty Dillon had a pretty big tire rub.

Running order on lap 10: 18,78,1,4,20,19,21,48,22,24 … 11,2,77,5,43,88,6,41,14,17 … 42,95,10,37,47,27,31,3,32,34 … 38,72,83,15,33,66,23,13,51,55

Big Moment: On lap 21 Ty Dillon radioed his team and said he didn’t have any brakes. He then made an unexpected pit stop. This dropped him 8 laps down.

Running order on lap 28: 18,78,1,4,20,19,48,21,24,22 … 77,11,2,5,88,43,41,6,42,14 … 17,47,31,95,10,27,37,3,34,38 … 32,72,83,15,33,66,23,51,13,55

Race off pit road following the first caution on lap 32: 18,78,1,20,4,19,48,21,77,24

Running order on lap 41: 18,1,78,4,48,20,77,24,11,14 … 2,42,21,88,41,6,5,43,22,19 … 17,47,31,10,37,27,34,3,95,38 … 32,72,83,15,33,23,66,51,13,55

Running order on lap 57: 18,78,1,4,20,48,42,77,24,11 … 14,2,88,41,5,6,21,22,43,19 … 17,47,31,10,37,27(last driver on the lead lap),34,3,95,38 … 32,72,83,15,33,23,66,51,13,55

On lap 67 Kyle Larson was up to 5th.

On lap 68 Martin Truex Jr. took the lead from Busch and he proceeded to lead the next 20 laps.

Running order on lap 76: 78,18,1,42,4,20,11,77,48,24 … 14,2,88,41,5,21,6,22,19,43 … 17,47,31,10,3,95,34,32,38,37 … 27,72,83,15,33,23,66,51,13,55

Stage #1 Top Ten Finishers (Lap 80): 78,18,42,4,1,20,11,77,48,24

Notable Moment: During the Stage #1 caution Kyle Larson was caught speeding on pit road. He left pit road in 3rd but his penalty dropped him to the back.

Notable Moment: During the Stage #1 caution Denny Hamlin was caught speeding on pit road.

Big Moment: On lap 88 during the Stage #2 restart Brad Keselowski and Jimmie Johnson wrecked. Clint Bowyer spun. All of these drivers were running just outside the top ten at the time.

Big Moment: On lap 94 shortly after a restart Trevor Bayne and Kasey Kahne wrecked. They were running in 11th and 12th at the time.

Running order on lap 103: 18,78,20,4,24,1,77,41,14,31 … 17,21,22,42,88,11,43,19,10,47 … 27,37,38,95,72,32,34,3,83,15 … 23,33,6,66,51,5,2,48,13,55

On lap 105 Clint Bowyer said his car was OK and he was running in 9th at the time. He had some involvement in an earlier wreck.

Notable Moment: On lap 112 Trevor Bayne spun near the entrance of pit road and brought out a caution. He was involved in an earlier wreck and he then took his car to the garage.

Running order on lap 121: 18,78,4,20,77,14,42,41,21,11 … 24,43,1,19,17,10,88,47,27,31 … 22,37,3,95,38,72,32,34,83,33

Notable Moment: On lap 137 Joey Gase got into the wall which brought out a caution.

Running order on lap 138 under yellow: 78,18,4,20,77,42,14,11,41,1 … 24,88,21,19,88

Running order on lap 142: 78,18,20,4,42,77,1,14,88,47 … 41,24,37,17,11,19,43,10,22,31 … 27,21,3,32

Running order on lap 153: 78,18,20,4,77,1,41,14,88,24 … 42,11,17,43,10,19,22,21,27,47 … 31,37(last driver on the lead lap),3,95,38,34,32,72,83,15

Jamie McMurray was pleased with his car on lap 156. He was in 6th at the time.

Stage #2 Top Ten Finishers (Lap 160): 78,18,20,4,77,1,41,11,14,24

During the Stage #2 caution Denny Hamlin, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Paul Menard got two tires. Daniel Suarez didn’t get any tires. Joey Logano and Ryan Blaney didn’t pit. These drivers were the first six in the running order for the restart.

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