THE RACE: Quaker State 400
TRACK: Kentucky Speedway
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Race #18 of 36
Date: Saturday, July 8, 2017 in Sparta, KY
Title Sponsor: Quaker State Oil
Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 7:45pm/et
NASCAR America Pre-Race Show: at 6:00pm/et on NBCSN
NASCAR Countdown to Green Pre-Race Show: at 7:00pm/et on NBCSN
Television Race Coverage: NBCSN, 7:30pm/et
Friday, July 7, 10:00 - 11:55 am/et, TV-none, on the NBC Sports App;
Friday, July 7, 1:00 - 2:25 pm/et, TV-NBCSN
Qualifying for positions 1-40, Friday, July 7 at 6:15 pm/et, TV-NBCSN;
re-air scheduled: Saturday, July 8 at 4:30pm/et on NBCSN
In the Booth: Rick Allen, Jeff Burton, Steve Letarte
Pit Reporters: Dave Burns, Parker Kligerman, Marty Snider, Kelli Stavast
Pre/Post-Race and Hosts: Krista Voda, Kyle Petty, Dale Jarrett
Features Reporter: Rutledge Wood
Breaking News: Nate Ryan
Scheduled Race Re-Air Dates/Times:
Monday, July 10 at 2:30pm/et on NBCSN
TV Listings, Links and Info:
see the TV Listings and Links page
Thursday, July 6
3:30 - 5:30 PM MENCS HAULERS ENTER (EQUIPMENT UNLOAD)
Friday, July 7
7:30 AM - 10:00 PM MENCS GARAGE OPEN
9:00 AM MENCS ROOKIE MEETING, SPOTTER MEETING, & RANDOM DRAWING
10:00 - 11:55 AM MENCS 1ST PRACTICE
1:00 - 2:25 PM MENCS FINAL PRACTICE
6:15 PM MENCS QUALIFYING
Saturday, July 8
1:00 PM MENCS GARAGE OPENS
5:15 PM CONCERT
5:30 PM MENCS DRIVER / CREW CHIEF MEETING
6:50 PM MENCS DRIVER INTRODUCTIONS
7:30 PM MENCS RACE
MENCS = Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
SCHEDULE SUBJECT TO CHANGE
July 2016: see the Kentucky Race Info page
Track/Race Length: 1.5 mile oval, 267 laps, 400 miles
Stages: 1st ends lap 80; 2nd ends lap 160; final/race ends lap 267 (unless overtime)
Banking in turns 1-4: 14 degrees
Banking in tri-oval: 10 degrees
Banking on backstretch: 4 degrees
Length of frontstretch: 1,662 feet
Length of backstretch: 1,600 feet
Length of short chute from start/finish to Turn 1: 681 feet
Length of apex of tri-oval at the start/finish Line: 300 feet
Length of short chute from Turn 4 to start/finish: 681 feet
Pit Road Speed: 45 mph
Grandstand Seating: 86,000 [was 107,000]
Grand Marshal: Tom Greco, President and CEO, Advance Auto Parts
Command to start engines: Tom Greco
Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: TBA
Honorary Pace Car Driver: TBA
Color Guard: Boone County Sheriff's Department
Invocation: Larry Campbell, Track Chaplain, Kentucky Raceway Ministries
National Anthem: Linkin' Bridge, From America's Got Talent and Louisville's Own
Flyover: C-130, 123rd Airlift Wing, Kentucky National Guard
Saturday Kentucky Notebook: The Tire Dragon is the lap leader at Kentucky Speedway; Byron scores fourth straight top 10; Larson's versatility impresses Stenhouse.[More](7-8-2017)
Friday Kentucky Notebook: Matt Kenseth out at Joe Gibbs Racing with no job for 2018 - yet; Dale Earnhardt Jr. recalls the anniversary that changed his life; Short strokes.[More](-2017)
What to watch for: Kentucky: Information and stats on interest as the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series heads to Kentucky Speedway.[More](7-7-2017)
Thursday Kentucky Notebook: Fresh pavement at Kentucky Speedway is another variable for drivers; Blaney is at the vanguard of NASCAR's new generation; Joe Nemechek out as rain washes out NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Qualifying.[More](7-6-2017)
Kentucky Weekend Preview: Truex tries to dig into points gap at Kentucky; Byron goes for third straight win; Nemechek tries for trifecta at Kentucky. [More](7-5-2017)
A look at many new, notes and story lines for the Quaker State 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Kentucky Speedway, see the stats on the NASCAR National Series News & Notes -- Kentucky
A look at some of the top statistical performers and top-10 driver ratings at Kentucky, see the stats on the Statistical Advance - Analyzing Kentucky page
Martin Truex Jr. survives overtime restart on old tires to win at Kentucky: After all was said and done, the dominant car won the race - but not without extreme complications. With just over a lap to go in Saturday night's Quaker State 400 at Kentucky, Martin Truex Jr. held a lead of more than 15 seconds over second-place Larson.[More](7-8-2017)
Martin Truex, Jr. won the Quaker State 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Kentucky Speedway for his 3rd win of 2017, 1st win at Kentucky and 10th career win. Truex dominated the race, leading 151 of the 274 laps and winning all three stages. He had a more than 15 second lead with 2 laps to go when a late caution bunched up the field and forced an Overtime finish. He got a great restart and held on to win when the race went back under caution on the final lap.
#42-Larson, who started the race in 40th, drove to 3rd by the end of the first stage, but was penalized for speeding and sent back to the tail end of the field. He came back through the field to finish 2nd.
#24-Elliot finished 3rd followed by #11-Hamlin, #18-Busch, #77-Jones, #1-McMurray, #22-Logano, #4-Harvick, and #21-Blaney.
Pole winner #18-Busch led 112 laps.
#48-Johnson was caught in an early accident and finished 40th. It was only the second last place finish of his career.
#42-Larson maintains the driver points lead by 1 point over #78-Truex Jr.
There were 9 lead changes among 4 drivers and 9 cautions for 39 yellow flag laps.
The average speed of the race was: 138.604mph.
See unofficial race results, awards, laps led, cautions and more at:
Unofficial Race Results (pdf)
Cumulative Report (pdf)
Penalty Report (pdf)
See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Race & Points Report (pdf).
Kentucky Recap from ESPN Research
- Martin Truex Jr.: 60th driver in Cup Series history to win at least 10 races; ties Donnie Allison and Sterling Marlin for 58th on all-time wins list (with 10)
- Truex Jr.: led race-high 152 laps; leads Cup Series with 1,115 laps led this season and 2,924 over last 2 seasons
- Truex Jr.: 2nd time this season winning both stages and race, only driver to do so (earned max 60 points and 7 playoff points)
- Truex Jr.: leads all drivers with 13 stage wins (next-most is 4) and 28 playoffs points (2nd-most is 16) this season
- Truex Jr.: 3rd race win this season, 7th over last 2 seasons in 54 races (3 wins in 369 races to start Cup Series career from 2004-15)
- Kyle Larson: finished 2nd; 6th 2nd-place finish this season (2 wins)
- Kyle Busch: finished 5th (started on the pole and led 112 laps); 858 laps led this season are 2nd-most in series (has not won race)
- Joe Gibbs Racing: winless in 1st 18 races this season; furthest into season without win since 1997 (didn't win until 32nd race, was a 1-car team)
- Darrell Wallace Jr.: finished 11th; best finish by black driver in Cup Series since 1971 (Wendell Scott finished 11th at Islip Speedway)
- Brad Keselowski: finished 39th; was trying to become 5th driver in series history to win 4 of first 7 races run at a track (the 4 are Ned Jarrett, Richard Petty, Dan Gurney and Herb Thomas)
- Jimmie Johnson: finished 40th; wrecked out of last 2 Kentucky races after having top-10 finish in first 5
[ESPN Stats & Info](7-8-2017)
Race Fast Facts - Kentucky Speedway
Martin Truex Jr. won the 7th Annual Quaker State 400 presented by Advance Auto Parts, his 10th victory in 423 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races.
This is his third victory and 12th top-10 finish in 2017.
This is his first victory and fourth top-10 finish in seven races at Kentucky Speedway.
Kyle Larson (second) posted his first top-10 finish in four races at Kentucky Speedway. It is his 11th top-10 finish in 2017.
Chase Elliott (third) posted his first top-10 finish in two races at Kentucky Speedway.
Erik Jones (sixth) was the highest finishing rookie.
Kyle Larson leads the point standings by 1 points over Martin Truex Jr.
(NASCAR Integrated Sports Marketing)(7-8-2017)
2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Driver Standings:
[after Kentucky, race 18 of 36]
1) #42-Kyle Larson [2 wins], 710
2) #78-Martin Truex Jr , 709, -1
3) #18-Kyle Busch, 609, -101
3) #4-Kevin Harvick , 599, -111
5) #24-Chase Elliott, 560, -150
See full standings on the Unofficial Drivers Points Standings page (pdf) and
Unofficial Owners Points Standings page (pdf)
See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Race & Points Report (pdf).
2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Unofficial Playoff Standings:
[after Kentucky, race 18 of 26, then the playoffs]
1) #78-Martin Truex Jr [3 wins], 2038
2) #42-Kyle Larson , 2028
3) #48-Jimmie Johnson , 2018
4) #2-Brad Keselowski , 2016
5) #4-Kevin Harvick , 2015
the other 11 playoff drivers would be: 17 21 41 31 3 18 24 1 11 14 20
(reset to 2000, add playoff points accrued, then playoff points for driver standings)
Top-Ten Stage 2 Results (lap 160) of the Quaker State 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Kentucky Speedway (lap 160/267):
#78-Truex, Jr., 10pts, 1 playoff point
Top-Ten Stage 1 Results (lap 80) of the Quaker State 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Kentucky Speedway (lap 80/267):
#78-Truex, Jr., 10pts, 1 playoff point
Lucky Dogs, drivers that got a lap during the cautions (and their finish):
Caution 1: #10-Patrick, 15th
Caution 2: #47-Allmendinger, 20th
Caution 3: #10-Patrick (2), 15th
Caution 4: #27-Menard, 21st
Caution 5: #37-Buescher, 16th
Caution 6: #3-Dillon, 19th
Caution 7: #3-Dillon (2), 19th
Caution 8: #22-Logano, 8th
See the starting lineup for the Quaker State 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Kentucky Speedway on the Starting Lineup Page (pdf).
Kentucky Saturday Pre-Race Schedule:
7:30pm/et Presentation of Colors by Boone County Sheriff's Department
7:30pm/et Invocation by Larry Campbell, Track Chaplain, Kentucky Raceway Ministries
7:31pm/et National Anthem by Linkin' Bridge, From America's Got Talent and Louisville's Own
7:32pm/et Fly-by performed by C-130, 123rd Airlift Wing, Kentucky National Guard
7:37pm/et Command for "Driver's, Start Your Engines" delivered by Tom Greco, President and CEO, Advance Auto Parts
To the back: #31-Newman (engine change)
NASCAR Overtime Race Procedure: See rules and notes on the NASCAR Overtime rules/news/stats page.
Wave Around: how the wave around rule works: All vehicles between the leader and the caution vehicle at the start/finish line when the "one to go" signal is given by the starter are considered "Wave Around" eligible. "Wave Around" vehicles will not be permitted to enter pit road at any time during this yellow flag/caution period. "Wave Around" vehicles must receive the green flag on the race track before being permitted to enter pit road without a penalty. Vehicles under a penalty and the "Free Pass" vehicle will not be eligible to receive a "Wave Around".
Pit Stall Selections: The selections of pit stalls for the Quaker State 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Kentucky Speedway have been made.
With the field downsized to 40 cars, three pit stalls (1,42,43) have been eliminated, are not in play and don't count towards driving through more than three pit boxes.
Pole sitter #18-Busch chose pit stall 2, the first stall available [as do most pole sitters].
Outside pole sitter #78-Truex, Jr. took pit stall 14, with an opening in front of it.
#20-Kenseth, who starts 41st and final pit stall.
To see where the drivers/teams pit stall is, see the pit selection chart on Jayski.com's Pit Stall Selection chart.(7-8-2017)
Links to results, practices, qualifying PDF's: (will be added as available)
Official Race & Points Report
Cumlative Race Report
Happy Hour Practice Speeds
Practice 1 Speeds
Latest / Final Entry List
Preliminary Entry List
#18-Kyle Busch won the Coors Light pole for the Quaker State 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Kentucky Speedway with a track speed of 190.282mph for his 3rd pole of 2017, 1st at Kentucky and 22nd of his career. Busch has won 4 times from the 21 previous poles.
#78-Truex, Jr. will start 2nd followed by #20-Kenseth, #1-McMurray, #11-Hamlin, #21-Blaney, #4-Harvick, #48-Johnson, #19-Suarez, #2-Keselowski, #22-Logano, and #24-Elliott.
Qualifying was canceled after the second round was completed, due to lightning in the area.
#24-Elliott was fastest in the first round with a speed of 189.434mph and will start 12th.
Driver(s) who will miss the race: none as 40 were entered for 40 spots
See round-by-round qualifying results on the Qualifying results page (pdf) and the complete starting lineup on the Starting Lineup page (pdf).(7-79-2017)
Kyle Busch wins Kentucky pole with record-setting lap: For Kyle Busch, the second time was the charm on Friday at Kentucky Speedway - because there was no third time. With the threat of a lightning storm imminent at the 1.5-mile track, NASCAR shortened knockout qualifying from three rounds to two, putting Busch on the pole for Saturday's Quaker State 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race. By the time NASCAR opted to cancel the final round, Busch had already run a track-record lap, touring the repaved speedway in 28.379 seconds (190.282 mph). That put him .013 seconds ahead of Martin Truex Jr, who will start second for the fifth time in 18 races this season and second to Busch for the third time.[More](7-7-2017)
Kentucky Speedway - Qualifying Fast Facts:
Kyle Busch won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 7th Annual Quaker State 400 presented by Advance Auto Parts with a lap of 28.379 seconds, 190.282 mph.
This is his 22nd pole in 444 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races.
This is his third pole and 15th top-10 start in 2017.
This is his first pole in seven races at Kentucky Speedway.
Martin Truex Jr. (second) posted his 14th top-10 start of 2017 and his fourth in seven races at Kentucky Speedway.
Matt Kenseth (third) posted his first top-10 start at Kentucky Speedway. It is his 11th in 18 races this season.
Daniel Suarez (ninth) was the fastest qualifying rookie.
Second Round of Qualifying for the Quaker State 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Kentucky Speedway is over, after 10 scheduled minutes.
#78-Truex, Jr. 190.194
the rest of the top 12: 21 4 48 19 2 22 24
out of the top 12 and not advancing to round 3: 88 77 41 14 43 17 6 95 37 5 27 10
First Round of Qualifying for the Quaker State 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Kentucky Speedway is over, after 20 scheduled minutes.
the rest of the top 24: 11 21 4 41 78 17 6 1 77 18 19 88 43 2 37 10 27 14 95;
out of the top 24 and not advancing to round 2: 38 13 47 31 32 83 72 15 23 34 33 66 55 42
Drivers who will miss the race: none, 40 entered
Coverage of Qualifying for the Quaker State 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Kentucky Speedway is scheduled for Friday, July 8, 2017 at 6:15pm/et.
Television (TV): NBCSN, 6:00pm/et
Radio: Live online at Performance Racing Network (PRN)
Group qualifying under the three-round qualifying format:
• Round 1 -- All entries will have 20 minutes to post a qualifying time, after which the 24 registering the fastest laps will advance to the second round. Those failing to advance will be sorted based on first-round times in descending order (from fastest to slowest).
• Round 2 -- The 24 fastest from the first round will have 10 minutes to post a second-round qualifying time, with the 12 fastest advancing to a third round. Those not advancing will earn starting positions 13 through 24 based on time, again in descending order.
• Round 3 -- The final round will be five minutes in length. The fastest times from this session will determine the first (Coors Light Pole Award) through 12th starting positions.
There will be a seven-minute break between each round; teams may make adjustments to their entries only during the individual breaks. They will not be allowed to jack the vehicle or raise the hood, and once the car or truck enters the garage, it will no longer be permitted to return to the track for additional qualifying attempts.
Qualifying Order for the Quaker State 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Kentucky Speedway is posted.
The first driver to be lined up on pit road will be #48-Johnson.
The final driver lined up on pit road will be #83-Sieg.
The order is set by a random draw, how cars park on pit road before they qualify, held about an hour before the first practice.
After the first round, the cars lined up by speed.
For the qualifying order, see the Qualifying Order page (pdf).(7-7-2017)
Happy Hour (final) practice for the Quaker State 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Kentucky Speedway is over, after 85 scheduled minutes, the top five, slowest and notes:
#78-Truex, Jr. 187.188
slowest: #55-Gaulding 172.778 & #66-Hill 171.663
most laps run: #88-Earnhardt, Jr, 49 laps; #42-Larson 41 laps
best 10 consecutive lap ave.: #42-Larson 181.516mph.
notes: no accidents or incidents
See the fastest speeds, best 10 consecutive lap average, laps run on the Happy Hour Practice speeds page (pdf) (6-17-2017)
First Friday practice for the Quaker State 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Kentucky Speedway is over, after 85 scheduled minutes, the top-five and notes:
#78-Truex, Jr. 186.445
slowest: #23-Gase 174.070 & #66-Hill 173.863
most laps run: #24-Elliott, 66 laps; #18-Busch, 65 laps.
Top 10 lap average (of 9 drivers): #18-Busch 183.148
See fastest speeds, laps run on the Practice 1 Speeds page (pdf)(6-9-2017)
Entry List for the Quaker State 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Kentucky Speedway is posted, 40 teams/drivers [for 40 spots] are listed.
36 teams with Charters are guaranteed to make the field. The rest need to make the field via qualifying / qualifying races / rules book (owners attempts/points).
Some of the drivers entered include: #15-Sorenson, #23-Gase, #33-JEarnhardt, #51-B.J. McLeod*, #55-Gaulding*, #66-Hill*, #83-Sieg*
Drivers who currently to not drive for a team with a Charter (an Open Team*) and need to race into the field: only 40 entered, all make race
Drivers who would miss the race if qualifying is canceled (least race attempts): none
Since only 40 cars are entered, all drivers will make the race.
See the full entry list on the Entry List (pdf)
For qualifying rules and formats, see the Qualifying Rules page
How to Calculate Track Speeds: use the formula Speed = Distance divided by Time. Distance is Track Length, and Lap Time into Hours. Once hour is 3600 seconds, so the calculation for a 48 second lap at Daytona(2.5 miles) would be: Speed = 2.5 x (3600/48), = 2.5 x 75 = 187.500mph. For a 19 second lap at Bristol(.533 miles): Speed = .533 x (3600/19), = .533 x 189.474 = a speed of 100.990mph
Tire: Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials
Cup: 4 sets for practice, 1 set for qualifying and 8 sets for the race;
Xfinity: 8 sets for the event;
Truck: 7 sets for the event
Left-side -- D-4688; Right-side -- D-4750
Left-side -- 87.56 in. (2,224 mm);
Right-side -- 88.58 in. (2,250 mm)
Minimum Recommended Inflation:
Left Front -- 25 psi; Left Rear -- 25 psi;
Right Front -- 54 psi; Right Rear -- 50 psi
Storyline - Tire Test Yields Answers to New Surface Questions: For the second year in a row, NASCAR returns to Kentucky Speedway with a brand new track surface. After reconfiguring and repaving before the 2016 races, the speedway laid down another four-inch layer of asphalt on top for 2017. Because of that, Goodyear held a tire test at the Sparta, Ky.-based speedway in May. The goal of that test was both to tune the grip to the fresh surface as the Cup and Xfinity Series go to lower downforce packages and induce more wear on a new surface that won't easily wear tires and take on rubber. The reason why the latter is important is two-fold - (1) when tires wear it often puts a premium on tire management and maintaining the car's balance over the course of a full fuel run, and (2) when a track takes rubber, it creates multiple racing grooves and creates conditions for better racing.
Notes: Teams in all three NASCAR national series in action at Kentucky this week will run the same tire set-up . . . teams will run the same left-side tire code (D-4688) as last year at Kentucky, but with a new right-side code (D-4750) . . . compared to what was run last season, this right-side tire features a compound change to give more grip and introduce more wear . . . this tire set-up came out of a Goodyear test at Kentucky on May 9-10 . . . drivers participating in that test were Kurt Busch, Austin Dillon, Erik Jones and Jamie McMurray . . . as on all NASCAR ovals greater than one mile in length, teams are required to run liners in all four tire positions at Kentucky . . . air pressure in those inner liners should be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire.
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