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MENCS: Truex dominates at Kentucky for 3rd win of the season

(MRN) In a dominating performance Martin Truex Junior won for the third time in the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season. The Number Seventy-Eight Furniture Row Toyota driver took the green and white checkers for Stage One and Stage Two, and the black and white checkers for the win. Leading one-hundred and fifty-two laps of the scheduled two-hundred sixty-seven, the race seemed in the bag for Truex until a late caution due to a blown engine by Kurt Busch in the Number Forty-One Haas Automation / Monster Energy Ford forced a decision to stay on the track and hold the lead instead of pitting for fresh tires.

The incident occurred just as Truex was about to pass the white flag signifying the final lap and forced the race into overtime. His gamble on old tires paid off as Truex was able to hold off Kyle Busch at the final restart. One last incident helped secure the win for the Number Seventy-Eight when Matt Kenseth, Daniel Suarez and Austin Dillon crashed in turn four bringing out a final caution flag and ending the race.

Rounding out the top five finishers were Kyle Larson, Chase Elliott, Denny Hamlin, and Kyle Busch … Nine lead changes were shared among four drivers including Truex, Kyle Busch (who competed in all three weekend races at Kentucky Speedway), Joey Logano, and Dale Earnhardt Junior.

There were nine cautions for thirty-nine laps and the race exceeded its scheduled distance due to the overtime by seven laps (or ten and one half miles).


Top 10 Finishers in the Quaker State 400


1. Martin Truex Jr. (2) 152

2. Kyle Larson (40) —

3. Chase Elliott (12) —

4. Denny Hamlin (5) —

5. Kyle Busch (Pole) 112

6. Erik Jones (R) (14) —

7. Jamie McMurray (4) —

8. Joey Logano (11) 7

9. Kevin Harvick (7) –

10. Ryan Blaney (6) —

NASCAR CUP SERIES Unofficial Point Standings After 18 Races


1. Kyle Larson (2) 710 —-

2. Martin Truex (3) 709 -1

3. Kyle Busch 609 -101

4. Kevin Harvick (1) 599 -111

5. Chase Elliott 560 -150

6. Jamie McMurray 545 -165

7. Denny Hamlin 538 -172

8. Brad Keselowski (2) 536 -174

9. Jimmie Johnson (3) 513 -191

10. Clint Bowyer 495 -215

11. Matt Kenseth 478 -232

12. Joey Logano (1) 471 -239

13. Ryan Blaney (1) 462 -248

14. Erik Jones (R) 426 -284

15. Kurt Busch (1) 419 -291

16. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (2) 418 -292

17. Ryan Newman (1) 414 -296

18. Daniel Suarez (R) 373 -337

19. Trevor Bayne 352 -358

20. Austin Dillon 341 -369

About Jim Harris

Jim Harris has been WYSH's News & Sports Director since 2000. In addition to reporting local news, he is the play-by-play voice for Clinton High School football, boys' and girls' basketball and baseball. Catch Jim live weekdays beginning at 6:20 am for live local news, sports, weather and traffic plus the Community Bulletin Board, shenanigans with Ron Meredith and more on the Country Club Morning Show on WYSH & WQLA. Jim lives in Clinton with his wife Kelly and daughter Carolina, his mother-in-law and cats Lucius and Oliver.

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