Kentucky NASCAR: Kyle Busch wins again for Joe Gibbs Racing

Kyle Busch scored his second NASCAR Sprint Cup Series win in the space of three races with victory at Kentucky Speedway

Kentucky NASCAR: Kyle Busch wins again for Joe Gibbs Racing

Busch led 163 of the 267 laps and was in that position after the penultimate caution period with 55 laps remaining.

He was then in a three-way all-Joe Gibbs Racing scrap for the lead with Carl Edwards and Denny Hamlin, with the latter fighting back from losing a lap early on to a suspected flat tyre to lead through the track-record 11th and final caution.

Penske's Joey Logano then moved ahead at the restart and opened up a one-second lead over Busch, but Busch quickly reeled that gap back in and reclaimed the lead for good with 19 laps remaining after the pair had run side-by-side for several laps.

Busch's win edges him up to 35th in the championship, five places and 87 points away from the position he requires to be eligible for the Chase despite missing the first 11 Cup rounds of the season due to his Daytona leg injuries.

Logano finished 1.5 seconds back in second, while Hamlin, Edwards and Matt Kenseth ensured that all four Joe Gibbs cars finished in the top five.

The other Penske Ford of Brad Keselowski led the early laps and was the quickest driver for much of the race, but often found himself having to fight back through the field after pitstops, either due to strategy or a messy stop.

With his speed, he benefited from the new low-downforce rules package designed to promote better racing and kept coming back towards the front.

He lacked pace when it really mattered though in the closing stages and had to settle for sixth.

Jeff Gordon was seventh followed by Kevin Harvick, Jimmie Johnson and Kurt Busch.

RESULTS - 267 LAPS:

Pos Driver Team Car
1 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
2 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford
3 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
4 Carl Edwards Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
5 Matt Kenseth Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
6 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford
7 Jeff Gordon Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
8 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet
9 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
10 Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet
11 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford
12 Aric Almirola Richard Petty Motorsports Ford
13 Trevor Bayne Roush Fenway Racing Ford
14 Jamie McMurray Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet
15 Paul Menard Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet
16 Greg Biffle Roush Fenway Racing Ford
17 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet
18 David Ragan Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota
19 Clint Bowyer Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota
20 Ryan Newman Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet
21 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
22 Sam Hornish Jr. Richard Petty Motorsports Ford
23 Casey Mears Germain Racing Chevrolet
24 Justin Allgaier HScott Motorsports Chevrolet
25 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet
26 A.J. Allmendinger JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet
27 Kasey Kahne Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
28 Landon Cassill Hillman Smith Motorsports Chevrolet
29 David Gilliland Front Row Motorsports Ford
30 Michael Annett HScott Motorsports Chevrolet
31 Alex Bowman Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet
32 Brett Moffitt Front Row Motorsports Ford
33 Tony Stewart Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet
34 Danica Patrick Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet
35 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet
36 Reed Sorenson Premium Motorsports Chevrolet
37 Cole Whitt Front Row Motorsports Ford
38 Will Kimmel Go FAS Racing Ford
39 J.J. Yeley BK Racing Toyota
40 Alex Kennedy Circle Sport Chevrolet
41 Jeb Burton BK Racing Toyota
42 Matt DiBenedetto BK Racing Toyota
43 Josh Wise Phil Parsons Racing Ford

LEADING CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS:

Pos Driver Points
1 Kevin Harvick 692
2 Jimmie Johnson 624
3 Joey Logano 624
4 Dale Earnhardt Jr. 616
5 Martin Truex Jr. 596
6 Brad Keselowski 559
7 Jamie McMurray 556
8 Kurt Busch 542
9 Matt Kenseth 540
10 Jeff Gordon 537
11 Denny Hamlin 522
12 Kasey Kahne 513
13 Paul Menard 509
14 Ryan Newman 497
15 Clint Bowyer 490
16 Aric Almirola 473
17 Carl Edwards 449
18 Greg Biffle 420
19 Kyle Larson 404
20 Casey Mears 399
21 Austin Dillon 398
22 Danica Patrick 396
23 A.J. Allmendinger 370
24 David Ragan 362
25 Trevor Bayne 350
26 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 344
27 Sam Hornish Jr. 343
28 Tony Stewart 342
29 Justin Allgaier 306
30 Cole Whitt 287
31 David Gilliland 282
32 Brett Moffitt 245
33 Alex Bowman 242
34 Michael Annett 208
35 Kyle Busch 200

PROVISIONALLY IN THE CHASE: Jimmie Johnson, Kevin Harvick, Dale Earnhardt Jr, Kurt Busch, Joey Logano, Brad Keselowski, Denny Hamlin, Matt Kenseth, Carl Edwards, Martin Truex Jr

* Kyle Busch needs to get into the top 30 in points to take up a Chase place, despite Sonoma and Kentucky wins

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