Martin Truex Jr. takes the checkered flag within the Quaker State four hundred. (Photograph: Getty Pictures)&#thirteen;

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Pete Pistone points his weekly checkered and black flags following the Quaker State four hundred at Kentucky Speedway.

Checkered Flags 

Martin Truex Jr.
Sure, it was a great quaint wooden shed whooping by Truex Jr. and the Furnishings Row Racing group on Saturday night time. He swept all three levels, led 152 laps and was by no means actually challenged till the ultimate additional time restart, which Truex Jr. made brief order of on his solution to Victory Lane.
 
Kyle Larson
Needed to go from the again of the sector to the entrance not as soon as however twice. After beginning within the rear as a result of he missed qualifying not getting by means of inspection, a pit street rushing penalty on Saturday dropped Larson again once more. Each occasions he was capable of cube his method via the sector earlier than coming in second.
 
Erik Jones
To not be misplaced within the Furnishings Row Racing story is Jones’ current performances together with his newest a prime-10 run in Kentucky. Though his future with the group continues to be not determined, there’s no query Jones shall be a mainstay within the NASCAR world for years to return.
 
Jamie McMurray
Like Jones with Furnishings Row, McMurray will get overshadowed by his teammate within the type of Kyle Larson at Chip Ganassi Racing. McMurray’s seventh-place end at Kentucky was his eleventh prime-10 end this season.
 
Joey Logano
It’s been a horrendous two months for Logano who wanted a great efficiency in Kentucky to get issues headed in a greater path. He obtained one with a strong, if not flashy, prime-10 run within the Quaker State four hundred.

Black Flags 

Brad Keselowski
Tough night time for Brad Okay. who was concerned in an early race accident that knocked him and Jimmie Johnson out of the occasion. Keselowski was understandably annoyed and made some pointed feedback after the race concerning the present Cup automotive and the power to cross. He walked again a few of his anger however in actuality made some very legitimate factors.
 
Kasey Kahne
The hypothesis about Kahne’s future at Hendrick Motorsports gained’t dissipate after yet one more dreadful outing in Kentucky when he crashed and completed thirty eighth.
 
Trevor Bayne
He was concerned in a pair of accidents together with one which swept up Kahne. However in contrast to his Roush Fenway Racing teammate Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Bayne has been trending downward in current weeks and any hopes of giving the group two drivers within the playoffs appears fleeting.
 
Kurt Busch
His engine exploded late in Saturday night time’s race to ship issues to extra time. Busch’s common season has imploded since he gained the Daytona 500 to start out the yr.
 
The Racing
Or extra particularly the shortage of it at Kentucky. Positive Truex Jr. dominated and that occurs. However there wasn’t a lot else to observe even by way of the pack besides throughout restarts. Most drivers felt like aero push and a single groove monitor simply didn’t permit a lot in the best way of passing, though Kyle Larson appeared to haven’t any drawback. However usually talking apart from Truex Jr. followers, there wasn’t a lot in the best way of memorable moments in Kentucky.

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