NASCAR – Nationwide at Kentucky

July 9, 2011
by Lee

Drops of fuel left in the car at the end of the race are what it seems to take at the end to get the car to victory lane this season. Brad Keselowski ran the last handful of laps at about three quarters power to bring home the victory at Kentucky Speedway in the NASCAR Nationwide Series.

Kevin Harvick was stalking the lead with a fuel tank running dry as well, but a call to pit road that was not ended his shot at winning. As Harvick was about to enter pit road, his crew chief called him off because of the prospect of a yellow being thrown for another car that was out of fuel and limping its way back to pit road. The yellow was not displayed, and Harvick was not able to recover the distance lost and finished the race in second.

Kyle Busch wrecked his primary car in qualifying earlier in the day and started in the last position. Busch showed once again he can wheel any piece of machinery on the track and brought his car home in the third position. Busch’s team made many adjustments to the car, and at one point under caution had the hood up making changes. With only two more wins needed to reach 100 career victories combined in NASCAR’s top three divisions, that milestone will probably be achieved prior to the calendar changing over to August.

Morgan Shepherd gave us our hold your breath moment of the race. Near the midpoint of the race, Shepherd ended up in the inside wall on the backstretch. Shepherd, who is 69 years young, is an underfunded team owner who really only has two cars. Shepherd indicated that they would not be able to fix the car before next week’s race, but they would use their backup car for the show at New Hampshire.

Final stats for the race:
Leaders: 6 for 8 Lead Changes
Most Laps Led: Brad Keselowski 132 Laps
Cautions: 5 for 24 Laps
Time of the Race: 2:12:05
Average Speed: 137.883 MPH

Top Five:
1. Brad Keselowski
2. Kevin Harvick
3. Kyle Busch
4. Kasey Kahne
5. Elliot Sadler

Points Top Five after Kentucky:
1. Elliot Sadler
2. Reed Sorenson -4
3. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. -27
4. Justin Allgaier -43
5. Jason Leffler -73

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