Takeaways from NASCAR Quaker State 400

Cole Custer ‘the rookie’ is your Kentucky Speedway Quaker State 400 victor!

Stage 1 winner Aric Almirola was a bit of a shocker. Leading the most laps with 128. Looking unstoppable until his tires began to wear and never retained the lead over the course of the pit cycles finishing 8th overall.

Stage 2 Winner Brad Keselowski battled with teammate Ryan Blaney for the stage win. Keselowski was strong through the second stage and was competitive all day finishing 9th overall.

Jimmie Johnson was running a powerful race until he was spun out by Keselowski. After the final pit cycles seven-time was only able to finish 18th.

Kyle Busch, my pick to win here; had car troubles that foiled his performance once again, landing him in 21st place at the finish line.

Matt DiBenedetto’s great performance is a reminder his Ford, team, and set up is among the elite.

Ryan Blaney reminds us he has one of the best car/set-ups in all of NASCAR with how he competed and had worked his way up to a chance to win at the finish before going 3-wide with Harvick and Truex Jr. spelling disaster for Harvick.

Martin Truex Jr. started in the back of the pack and took 1st place from Keselowski. Incredible performance, car/set-up, and team. I know it stings missing out on first when it was in reach but he has to feel confident moving forward. Knowing what he his working with and a 2nd place finish here at Kentucky Speedway is going to motivate this team.

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