Kyle Busch Takes NASCAR Victory In Inaugural Kentucky 400

Kyle Busch, Toyota and Joe Gibbs Racing celebrate inaugural NSCS win in Kentucky

Kyle Busch’s No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota was the fastest car at Kentucky Speedway during practice on Friday for the Quaker State 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race. He continued to have the fastest car in the race on Saturday, leading nearly half the event en route to the checkered flag and the win in the Cup series inaugural race in the Bluegrass state.

“We had a fast Toyota Camry all weekend,” Busch said. “Nobody else will ever be the inaugural race winner at Kentucky Speedway.”

David Reutimann in the No. 00 Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota finished second to give the Camry, built in nearby Georgetown, Ky., a one-two race finish. Jimmie Johnson finished third in the No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet.

Busch started on the pole but lost the lead on the first lap to his brother, Kurt Busch, in the No. 22 Penske Racing Dodge. Kurt Busch then proceeded to lead his brother around the track until Kyle Busch retook the lead on pit road during a competition caution that came out on lap 30.

The Busch brothers combined to lead much of the first half of the race, usually running first and second, with the exception of a period of time when the field cycled through green flag pit stops. But Brad Keselowski, with his No. 2 Penske Racing Dodge, broke up the Busch family party when he and Tony Stewart stayed out during a caution that came out for debris on lap 141 to restart the race in the first and second positions.

While Stewart eventually lost a few positions, Keselowski stayed up front to lead a total of 79 laps by the end of the 267-lap race. Throughout much of the remainder of the event, Keselowski, Kurt and Kyle Busch, Johnson, and Stewart occupied the top-five of the running order.

“We had a very solid race car,” Johnson said. “We drove up through the field a couple of times.”

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