Brad Keselowski, driving the #2 Miller-Lite, takes home the checkered flag at Kentucky Speedway, starting from the pole position. Keselowski has 12 NASCAR Sprint Cup series victories in 178 races. This is Keselowski’s second win at Kentucky in 3 seasons and his first victory from the pole. Keselowski now has 2 wins for the 2014 season, his first coming in Las Vegas.
In a short-sided NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race featuring a 42 car field the first time since 2001 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, the Penske teammates of Keselowski and Joey Logano driving the #22 Shell Pennzoil Ford led for much of the race this evening at the 1 ½ mile track. Keselowski led 199 of the 267 laps, and Logano led 37 laps for a combined total of 236 of the 267 laps.
“It was kind of one of those races, where the whole race you know you have a really fast car, and my Miller-Lite Ford Fusion was all in the mail,” said Keselowski in victory lane. “your just waiting for something to go wrong and it did there on that last yellow it just caught us out of sequence and we restarted sixth and had a decent restart but I didn’t think I was going to catch Kyle (Busch)…the car was just that great.”
“I really want another Championship, and I think this team is getting close to that position if we keep running like this.”
Kyle Busch, driving the #18 M&M’s Toyota led the remaining 31 laps, finished second, Ryan Newman, driving the #31 Caterpillar Chevrolet finished third, Matt Kenseth driving the #20 Dollar General Toyota finished fourth, and Dale Earnhardt Jr. driving the #88 National Guard Chevrolet finished in fifth. Jeff Gordon, Kevin Harvick, Kasey Kahne, Joey Logano and Jimmie Johnson complete the top 10 finishers at Kentucky.
The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series heads back to Daytona International Speedway for the Coke Zero 400 Powered by Coca-Cola. Jimmie Johnson is the defending Coke Zero 400 winner. Qualifying for Saturday night main event will be held Friday, July 4th at 5 p.m. ET on Fox Sports 1 with the Coke Zero 400 televised on TNT beginning with Count Down to Green at 6:30 p.m. ET and the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race time set for 7:30 p.m. ET.