Kentucky NASCAR: Penske's Brad Keselowski stretches fuel for win

Brad Keselowski won his second NASCAR Sprint Cup race in a row for Team Penske at Kentucky in a tense final lap battle with Joe Gibbs Racing's Carl Edwards

Kentucky NASCAR: Penske's Brad Keselowski stretches fuel for win

The Kentucky Speedway event became a race against fuel after the penultimate caution on lap 172 of the 267.

Keselowski, who remained up front for the majority of the race and led 75 laps, stayed out when other contenders began to systematically pit with less than 10 laps to go.

Edwards had been conserving fuel for the longest of all the leading drivers and closed the gap with two laps left.

He threatened to steal the win when Keselowski thought he was out of fuel but the leader squeezed just enough out of the tank to get over the finish line.

Ryan Newman brought his Childress Chevrolet in behind Edwards to finish third.

Furniture Row Racing's Martin Truex Jr had the most eventful race of all after losing his consistently frontrunning position due to a penalty for speeding in the pitlane at the final caution.

He dropped back from the lead to 22nd, but benefited from a full tank and new set of tyres. Looking like a real threat for the win, he charged through the pack, making it as far as sixth place before his team cautiously pitted him and ended his race in 10th.

NASCAR veteran Tony Stewart, a recent winner at Sonoma, managed to take home fifth place in his 600th Cup start.

All drivers struggled with oversteering cars thanks to the low downforce package in use on a newly resurfaced track that included increased banking on the first two turns.

With 11 cautions, the race narrowly avoided setting a new record for most cautions at the track.

AJ Allmendinger will require precautionary x-rays after hitting the wall on lap 172, the JTG Daugherty driver having rejoined the race following extensive repairs after being caught up in the night's biggest crash - a seven-car pile-up - 83 laps earlier.

RESULTS - 267 LAPS:

Pos Driver Team Car Gap
1 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford 3h06m53.s
2 Carl Edwards Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 0.175s
3 Ryan Newman Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 2.318s
4 Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 8.035s
5 Tony Stewart Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 14.859s
6 Greg Biffle Roush Fenway Racing Ford 15.046s
7 Jamie McMurray Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 16.767s
8 Matt Kenseth Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 17.419s
9 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 17.721s
10 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing Toyota 18.106s
11 Trevor Bayne Roush Fenway Racing Ford 19.519s
12 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 19.669s
13 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 20.270s
14 Kasey Kahne Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 21.128s
15 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 23.090s
16 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 25.965s
17 Danica Patrick Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 1 Lap
18 Paul Menard Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 1 Lap
19 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 1 Lap
20 Aric Almirola Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 1 Lap
21 Cole Whitt Premium Motorsports Chevrolet 1 Lap
22 David Ragan BK Racing Toyota 2 Laps
23 Clint Bowyer HScott Motorsports Chevrolet 2 Laps
24 Josh Wise The Motorsports Group Chevrolet 3 Laps
25 Ty Dillon Circle Sport-Leavine Family Racing Chevrolet 3 Laps
26 Michael Annett HScott Motorsports Chevrolet 3 Laps
27 Reed Sorenson Premium Motorsports Chevrolet 5 Laps
28 Jeffrey Earnhardt Go FAS Racing Ford 5 Laps
29 Landon Cassill Front Row Motorsports Ford 6 Laps
30 Casey Mears Germain Racing Chevrolet 21 Laps
31 Chase Elliott Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 57 Laps
32 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet Accident
33 Brian Scott Richard Petty Motorsports Ford Accident
34 Regan Smith Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet Accident
35 Ryan Blaney Wood Brothers Racing Ford 124 Laps
36 A.J. Allmendinger JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet Accident
37 Chris Buescher Front Row Motorsports Ford Accident
38 Matt DiBenedetto BK Racing Toyota Accident
39 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford Accident
40 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford Accident

CURRENT CHASE FIELD

On wins: Brad Keselowski, Kyle Busch, Carl Edwards, Jimmie Johnson, Kevin Harvick, Kurt Busch, Joey Logano, Martin Truex Jr, Matt Kenseth, Denny Hamlin, Tony Stewart

On points: Chase Elliott, Ryan Newman, Dale Earnhardt Jr, Austin Dillon, Jamie McMurray

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