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Kurt Busch Wins Brotherly Duel at Quaker State 400

Kurt Busch jumps into Crew's arms after victory - Brendon D. Miller - Bluegrass Sports Nation

Kurt Busch  won Saturday Night’s Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway in an overtime finish, beating his younger for the Quaker State 400 checkered flag.

SPARTA, KENTUCKY – July 13, 2019 – Anthony Holbrook

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series 19th race of the 2019 season concluded a Triple Header Race venue under the lights: July 13th, 2019, hosted by Kentucky Speedway. 

Kentucky Speedway located in Northern Section of the Commonwealth, is a 1.5-mile oval with 17-degree banking in Turns 1 and 2, and 14-degree banking in Turns 3 and 4.

Flag drops under the leadership of Pole Sitter/ Daniel Suarez – Driver of the No. 41 Stuart-Haas Ford mustang.  Suarez, 27 is still seeking his first career victory in the Monster Energy Cup Series.

Stage 1

Daniel Suarez used the clean air factor to separate his Ford from teammate No. 10  Aric Alminola, controlling the pace early in Stage 1.   The field was shuffled after teams opted for a two-tire pit-service anticipating track position advancement.  Chip Gannassi Racing No. 4 Camaro was first off pit row utilizing by a 2 tire pit strategy allowing Kurt Bush to claim Stage 1 honors.

Stage 1 Results

  1. Kurt Busch
  2. Joey Logano
  3. Kyle Busch
  4. Denny Hamlin
  5. Aric Almirola
  6. Kevin Harvick
  7. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
  8. Martin Truex Jr.
  9. Daniel Hemric
  10. Paul Menard

Stage 2

Kyle Busch– Driver of the Joe Gibbs Racing No. 18 Toyota takes the lead on Lap 104 after sailing past No. 6- Ryan Newman,  No. 14- Stuart Haas Ford Driver – Clint Bowyer and No. 17 Roush Fenway Ford Mustang driven by Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

Pole Sitter / Daniel Suarez, who dominated the first 49 laps of the night, received a penalty for entering the pit road too fast.  This error was too much for the Stuart Hass Mustang to overcome.

On Lap 104, Kyle Busch’s reclaimed the lead in Stage 2 and dominated the remaining circuits for Stage 2 win.

Stage 2 Results

  1. Kyle Busch
  2. Erik Jones
  3. Austin Dillion
  4. Joey Logano
  5. Clint Bowyer
  6. Kyle Larson
  7. Kurt Busch
  8. Ryan Blaney
  9. Paul Menard

10.) Aric Almtrola

Final Stage

Kurt Busch relied upon Chip Ganassi’s teammate No. 42 Kyle Larson’s Ford for drafting assistance to pass race leader No. 22 Joey Logano on the outside.  The final two laps displayed an epic duel between the Busch Brothers.  Kurt Bush was able to sweep to the outside and challenge Kyle Busch for the point.  A battle the stripe as the younger brother Kyle was on the wrong end of an exciting finish.

Kurt Busch at the line for the Win

Kurt Bush racks up his first win of the 2019 season and additionally collects his first victory in 9 attempts at Kentucky Speedway.  

Final Stage Quaker State 400 Final Results

1.)  Kurt Bush    

2.)  Kyle Bush

3.)  Erik Jones

4.)  Kyle Larson

5.)  Denny Hamblin

6.)  Clint Bowyer

7.)  Joey Logano

8.)  Daniel Suarez

9.)  Ryan Newman

10.) Chris Buescher

11.) Paul Menard

12.) Rickey Stenhouse Jr.

13.) Ryan Blaney

14.) Aric Almirola

15.) Chase Elliott

16.) Matt DiBenedetto

17.) Chris Buescher

18.) Alex bowman

19.) Martin Truex Jr.

20.) Brad Keselowski

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Race No. 20 travels to the New Hampshire Motor Speedway,  Sunday,  July 21, 2019 for the Foxwoods Resort Casino 301   3:00 pm  NBCSN

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