Saturday night saw the first ever NASCAR Sprint Cup series race at the Kentucky speedway. Qualifying was rained out, so the drivers lined up to their fastest speed in their final practice. In a race that was dominated by Kyle Busch, Brad Keselowski and Kurt Busch, it was Kyle that took home the checkered flag.
Drivers had to make their way around this 1.5 mile oval among complaints about the track and its many bumps. Many cars were jumping and being thrown out of their apex. Late race cautions allowed Kyle to get away from a few drivers that took chances on pit strategies to get up front. Dale Earnhardt Jr. had tire issues after a late race caution and finished 30th while fan favorite Tony Stewart led laps and finished a respectable 12th.
The win gave Kyle his third win of the season and thrust him into the overall championship point’s lead. Kevin Harvick finished 16th and gave up the point’s lead to Busch by 10 points and Carl Edwards moved into second place and is only 4 points behind Kyle Busch. With only 8 races until the championship race begins drivers are desperately trying to get that win to get them into the race.