Kentucky NASCAR: Martin Truex Jr dominates for Furniture Row

Martin Truex Jr won the NASCAR Cup Series race at Kentucky Speedway in overtime by sweeping all three stages of the 267 lap race for Furniture Row Racing

Kentucky NASCAR: Martin Truex Jr dominates for Furniture Row

His third 2017 victory had looked like it would be even more comfortable as he had a 14-second lead over Kyle Busch, the polesitter and also winner of the Xfinity race earlier on Saturday.

Busch and Truex traded the lead through stages one and two but Busch slowed in stage three with oversteer and Truex pulled away.

The overtime period was triggered as Kurt Busch's Stewart-Haas Racing Ford suffered an engine failure and the yellow flag was flown with three laps remaining but Truex hung on to win as Kyle Busch slowed to finish fifth.

Kyle Larson was in contention for the lead having worked his way from the rear - having failed to make it through the pre-qualifying technical inspection - to third in stage one but a pitlane speeding penalty forced him into another recovery drive for the remaining two segments.

The Chip Ganassi racer had the pace to take most of the field, making it to fifth place within 70 laps from 40th place, but he had no answer for the dominant Truex. As a result Larson finished second, having pipped Kyle Busch on the final restart.

Chase Elliott was the highest-finishing Hendrick Motorsports racer in third, never gunning for the lead but taking his chances through his rivals' mistakes on new tyres in the closing stages, while Joe Gibbs' Denny Hamlin finished fourth.

Truex's Furniture Row counterpart, rookie Erik Jones, took sixth ahead of a rapid Jamie McMurray, while Joey Logano, Kevin Harvick and Pocono Winner Ryan Blaney rounded out the top 10.

Team Penske struggled throughout, with Brad Keselowski retiring during the second 80-lap stage due to a collision with Jimmie Johnson and Clint Bowyer; Johnson's Chevrolet also sustained terminal damage. Logano is still without the crucial victory that would put him in the play-offs.

In what could be his final role as Aric Almirola's substitute, Richard Petty Motorsports' Darrell Wallace Jr finished 11th ahead of Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Matt Kenseth, doubtful for another season with JGR after his recent announcement, was on form for a top three finish but a crash on the final lap with JGR rookie Suarez classified him in 17th place.

RESULTS:

Pos Driver Team Car Laps
1 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing Toyota 274
2 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 274
3 Chase Elliott Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 274
4 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 274
5 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 274
6 Erik Jones Furniture Row Racing Toyota 274
7 Jamie McMurray Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 274
8 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford 274
9 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 274
10 Ryan Blaney Wood Brothers Racing Ford 273
11 Darrell Wallace Jr. Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 273
12 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 273
13 Clint Bowyer Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 273
14 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford 273
15 Danica Patrick Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 273
16 Chris Buescher JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 273
17 Matt Kenseth Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 273
18 Daniel Suarez Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 273
19 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 272
20 A.J. Allmendinger JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 272
21 Paul Menard Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 272
22 Ryan Newman Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 272
23 Michael McDowell Leavine Family Racing Chevrolet 271
24 David Ragan Front Row Motorsports Ford 270
25 Matt DiBenedetto Go FAS Racing Ford 270
26 Landon Cassill Front Row Motorsports Ford 268
27 Ryan Sieg BK Racing Toyota 266
28 Reed Sorenson Premium Motorsports Chevrolet 265
29 Jeffrey Earnhardt Circle Sport / TMG Chevrolet 265
30 Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 264
31 Timmy Hill MBM Motorsports Chevrolet 261
32 B.J. McLeod Rick Ware Racing Chevrolet 260
33 Ty Dillon Germain Racing Chevrolet 253
34 Cole Whitt TriStar Motorsports Chevrolet 212
35 Gray Gaulding Premium Motorsports Toyota 207
36 Joey Gase BK Racing Toyota 129
37 Trevor Bayne Roush Fenway Racing Ford 101
38 Kasey Kahne Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 93
39 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford 89
40 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 87

CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS:

Pos Driver Points
1 Martin Truex Jr. 709
2 Kyle Larson 675
3 Kyle Busch 609
4 Kevin Harvick 599
5 Chase Elliott 560
6 Jamie McMurray 545
7 Denny Hamlin 538
8 Brad Keselowski 536
9 Jimmie Johnson 519
10 Clint Bowyer 495
11 Matt Kenseth 478
12 Joey Logano 471
13 Ryan Blaney 462
14 Erik Jones 426
15 Kurt Busch 419
16 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 418
17 Ryan Newman 414
18 Daniel Suarez 373
19 Trevor Bayne 352
20 Austin Dillon 341
21 Dale Earnhardt Jr. 332
22 Kasey Kahne 329
23 Paul Menard 309
24 Ty Dillon 301
25 Michael McDowell 275
26 Chris Buescher 271
27 A.J. Allmendinger 259
28 David Ragan 242
29 Danica Patrick 230
30 Matt DiBenedetto 196
31 Landon Cassill 189
32 Aric Almirola 188
33 Cole Whitt 187
34 Reed Sorenson 88
35 Gray Gaulding 84
36 Jeffrey Earnhardt 74
37 Michael Waltrip 29
38 Derrike Cope 26
39 Billy Johnson 15
40 Boris Said 8
41 Alon Day 5
42 Cody Ware 4
43 Kevin O'Connell 4
44 Tommy Regan 3
45 D.J. Kennington 2



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