|Brad Keselowski celebrates his first win at Kentucky (Courtesy Getty Images)|
On the same lap, Tony Stewart's car began to slow with a mechanical problem. He came in to pit, and the team tried to fill it up with gas and wanted to see if he could run a lap. When Stewart dropped the clutch, his car wouldn't move, and his team went under the hood. The team took his car to the garage, to try and fix what they believed was a throttle body issue
Keselowski made short work of Busch's 1-second lead, and, on lap 35, took the lead. On lap 42, the first caution flag flew for debris. Under the caution, Tony Stewart came back out of the garage, but his stay didn't last long; he came back into the garage two laps later and got out of the car.
|Kyle Busch leads Brad Keselowski (Courtesy Getty Images)|
Kevin Harvick pitted on lap 90 to begin a round of green-flag pit stops. Though he stopped about six laps early, everyone began to make their pit stops as well. By lap 102, the round of pit stops had cycled around, and Busch remained the leader, and was followed by Keselowski, Johnson, Hamlin, and Bowyer.
On lap 125, the night's second caution came out for debris on the front stretch. The leaders pitted, and the race restarted on lap 129, with Kyle Busch leading Hamlin, Johnson, Keselowski, and Bowyer. On the restart, Hamlin was able to get around his teammate for the lead. On lap 133, Johnson was able to get around Busch for second place.
|Denny Hamlin leads Jimmie Johnson and Brad Keselowski (Courtesy Getty Images)|
On lap 201, everyone began to make what was to be their final green-flag pit stops. During the round of pit stops, Keselowski and Busch ran out of fuel, but they were able to get around to pit road to make their stops. On lap 210, Ryan Newman ran into some oil, and he lost control of his car and slammed into the outside wall. Behind Newman, Regan Smith also hit the wall after getting into some of the oil.
Keselowski led Hamlin, Carl Edwards, Matt Kenseth, and Johnson on the lap 220 restart. Keselowski shot out to an early lead, while Edwards got around Hamlin for second. On the restart, Jimmie Johnson began complaining of a loose car, and he wasn't sure if he had a flat tire, a loose wheel, or if he had just gotten some speedy-dry on his tires. At the same time, Hamlin was able to get back around Edwards for second place.
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Denny Hamlin finished third, and he was followed by the Hendrick Motorsports trio of Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jeff Gordon, and Jimmie Johnson. Points-leader Matt Kenseth finished sixth, Martin Truex Jr. was eighth, and AJ Allmendinger finished ninth. Kyle Busch finished tenth after dominating for the first part of the race. Carl Edwards finished 20th after having to pit with four laps to go to get fuel. Edwards' teammate Greg Biffle finished 21st. Michael Waltrip, stepping in to the No. 55 Toyota in his home state of Kentucky, finished 30th. Tony Stewart finished 32nd after his early problems.
The Quaker State 400 wasn't a very eventful race, but it was a quick one; the race was run in just 2 hours and 46 minutes. Brad Keselowski unofficially locked himself into the Chase by winning his third race of the season. Next week, the Sprint Cup Series returns to Daytona International Speedway for the Coke Zero 400. The race will be Saturday night at 6:30 p.m., with TNT's "Wide Open Coverage."