By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Martin Truex Jr. dominated the Quaker State 400 presented by Walmart on Saturday night at Kentucky Speedway in Sparta, Kentucky. Truex Jr., the reigning Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion, led 174 of the 267 laps.
The 38-year-old picked up his fourth win of the season. The New Jersey native now has three wins in the past six races.
The Auto-Owners Insurance-sponsored car for Barney Visser’s Furniture Row Racing picked up 60 points. He also received seven playoff points.
Truex Jr. has won back-to-back races at Kentucky Speedway. He led 152 laps in last year’s win. He has led 326 laps of a possible 541 over the past two seasons at this facility.
Ryan Blaney finished in second place. Blaney, the driver of the DEX Imaging car for Roger Penske, led one lap and received 50 points.
Brad Keselowski was the third-place finisher. Keselowski, the driver of the Discount Tire car for Roger Penske, also led 38 laps and received 34 points.
Kurt Busch, the driver of the Monster Energy/Haas Automation car, also led 45 laps. Joey Logano, the driver of the Shell/Pennzoil car, also led five laps. Jimmie Johnson, the driver of the Lowe’s/Jimmie Johnson Foundation car, led three laps, while Alex Bowman, the driver of the Axalta car, led a lap.
Thirty-six cars completed the race in running condition. Only three cars did not complete the race, as Matt DiBenedetto, the driver of the Keen Parts/CorvetteParts.net car for Archie St. Hilaire, had a vibration problem and left on Lap 200 as the 37th finisher.
J.J. Yeley, the driver of the Steakhouse Elite car for BK Racing, left the race on Lap 199 with engine problems and finished in the 38th position. Bowman finished in the last position, 39th, after crashing on lap 108.
Kyle Busch is the points leader with 799 points. Kevin Harvick is 59 points behind in second place with 740 points, while Truex Jr. is in the third position with 689 points, trailing Busch by 110 points.