Kentucky Speedway Results – July 8, 2017 – NASCAR Xfinity Series
There’s another repave. 4 additional inches of asphalt, basically makes this a brand new racetrack. As a result, the Xfinity field is full of MENCS drivers.
Green flag. Kyle Busch gets a push from Joey Logano at the start finish line. Caution. Brendan Gaughan is around before the green flag.
Green. Kyle Busch washes up the track on exit. He’s in the dust. Eric Jones and Ryan Blaney race for the lead. Caution. Brendan Gaughan is in the wall again.
8 to go in stage 1. Kevin Harvick is soon to crack the top ten. He’s coming to the front.
Erik Jones still leads. But he’s got a mirror full of Kyle Busch. The #18 is .52 seconds behind the leader.
4 to go, Kyle Busch is there. A little help from a lapped car. Busch pushed it a bit too hard at the exit of turn 4. He had to back out a bit to avoid contact with the wall.
1 to go, another lapper. Not factor for the leader. Erik Jones wins stage 1 at Kentucky Speedway!
Stage 1 Results: 1. Erik Jones; 2. Kyle Busch; 3. Joey Logano; 4. Paul Menard; 5. Tyler Reddick; 6. Cole Custer; 7. William Byron; 8. Justin Allgaier; 9. Ryan Blaney; 10. Kevin Harvick;
The field hits pit road. 4 tires and fuel, they exit in the same order the arrived. Kevin Harvick and Ryan Blaney avoid pitroad, they will lead the field to green.
Stage 1 winner Erik Jones, “We’ve been up front here the whole time. Hopefully we can get back up there.”
Green flag on stage two. Kyle Busch pushes Ryan Blaney to the lead. The outside row prevails. Ryan Blaney clears Kevin Harvick before turn 1. He slides down in front of Harvick before the entry. Kyle Busch falls into 3rd.
Cole Custer is loose. Big wiggle, he loses 3 positions, falling outside the top 10. He throws a big block down the back-straight, that saves 11th.
30 to go in stage 2, old tires didn’t work out for Harvick. On old tires, Ryan Blaney leads. But it won’t last long. Kyle Busch and Erik Jones are there, on brand new rubber.
The progress of Kyle Busch has been stunted, he has a nat. Erik Jones wants 2nd. He dives it deep into turn 3. A bit of a pavement slidejob, move Erik Jones to 2nd.
18 to go in stage 2. Joey Logano is coming. He just drove 3 wide and in the middle down the front straight. Two cars, 1 position gained. One of those cars was a lapper.
3 laps to go in stage 2. Ryan Blaney has caught a big bunch of lapped traffic. They are double wide ahead of him.
Stage 2 Results: 1. Ryan Blaney; 2. Erik Jones; 3. Kyle Busch; 4. Kevin Harvick; 5. Paul Menard; 6. William Byron; 7. Justin Allgaier; 8. Joey Logano; 9. Tyler Reddick; 10. Brennan Poole;
Joey Logano is taking a 2 tire gamble. He picks up 5 positions on pit road.
Green flag on stage 3. 100 laps remain in this race. Erik Jones and Ryan Blaney, side by side into turn 1. A big side draft from Ryan Blaney, that pulls him to the lead at the entry of turn 3.
Blaney dives to the bottom. He wiggles loose, Blaney slides in front of Erik Jones. This slows both of them up. Kyle Busch has a lane all to himself, without the traffic jam. Kyle Busch drives under the both of them, with ease. New leader, Kyle Busch.
Caution. Paul Menard has backed it into the wall. Self-spin at the exit of turn 2. He got his right side tires into the lighter area of the race track, no grip.
Green. Kyle Busch, with no help, beats the field to turn 1. Ryan Blaney falls into 2nd. Erik Jones 3rd.
In his last nine 1.5 mile starts in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, Kyle Busch has picked up 6 wins. He’s hard to beat at the cookie-cutters.
Caution. Lap 129. Fluid is on the track. The #52 of Joey Gase has blown up. He coasts to the garage.
The field hits pit road. Kyle Busch comes in 1st, comes out 7th. He took 4 tires while Erik Jones leads a gaggle of cars that only took 2 tires.
Green, lap 137. Erik Jones clears Ryan Blaney at the exit of turn 2. He’s the first car through the speedy dry down the back straight. He kicks up dust in front of the field. 3-4-5 wide for 10th.
Kyle Busch is coming. 4 new tires is fairly helpful. He drives to the bumper of the current point leader, William Byron. Aerodynamics, it causes a loss of air on the spoiler. Byron skates up the track.
Move Kyle Busch up a position. But he’s not done, Joey Logano is next. He picks him off as well. Kyle Busch up to 3rd.
Meanwhile, at the front on lap 160. Ryan Blaney has caught the leader. They run nose to tail as they race through lapped traffic. Erik Jones is driving it deeper into the corner. Blaney eases it in, hard off. A yo-yo effect at the front of the field. Blaney is much faster off the corner.
Caution. A car is around. Kyle Busch and Kevin Harvick stay on the racetrack. Busch faked a trip to pit road, turning hard right back to the racing surface at the last second. Erik Jones and everyone else behind Kyle has hit pit road. Jones will restart 3rd, with fresh tires. If Kyle Busch can hold these guys off, that would really be something. Violation, Ryan Blaney to the tail.
Green. Just 28 laps to go. Erik Jones gives Kyle Busch a huge push on the inside line. They both clear Kevin Harvick. Front 3 begin to checkout already.
22 laps to go, Ryan Blaney is the fastest car on track. He’s got 4 fresh tires and he’s passing everyone like they are sitting still. He’s nearly .5 seconds quicker than anyone else in the field. He’s inside the top 10.
15 to go, Blaney drives right by Joey Logano. He’s inside the top 5. 13 to go, he up to 4th. Still flying. A caution would really be helpful. #12 radio, “Fluid on track.” Not likely but it’s was worth a try.
10 to go, Kyle Busch is still at the front. He leads Erik Jones by 1.25 seconds. Ryan Blaney has just passed Kevin Harvick for 3rd.
Kyle Busch is about to run into a traffic jam of lapped traffic. No problems at all. He’s inside one, outside the other. Zero time was lost.
5 to go, Ryan Blaney is just 2.2 seconds off the leader. He runs 3rd but the gap is closing quickly. He trim 100 feet per lap.
2 to go, Blaney is on the bumper of Erik Jones. 1 to go, Blaney slips under Jones at the exit of turn 2. Blaney charges to 2nd but he comes up short of the win.
Kyle Busch wins at Kentucky Speedway!
He lights up the tires in celebration on the front straight. In front of the crowd, smoke drifts through the grandstands. In the aftermath, there a fire inside a storm drain. Burnt rubber has gotten inside, the fire safety crew head over. Fire extinguishers are sprayed inside the storm drain.
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Author: Shane Walters
Kentucky Speedway Results
July 8, 2017
NASCAR Xfinity Series
1. Kyle Busch
2. Ryan Blaney
3. Erik Jones
4. Kevin Harvick
5. Ty Dillon
6. Joey Logano
7. William Byron
8. Justin Allgaier
9. Daniel Hamric
10. Tyler Reddick
11. Cole Custer
12. Elliott Sadler
13. Spencer Gallagher
14. Matt Tifft
15. Casey Mears
16. Michael Annett
17. Dakoda Armstrong
18. Ryan Sieg
19. Jeb Burton
20. Ross Chastain
21. Brennan Poole
22. Jeremy Clements
23. Blake Koch
24. BJ McLeod
25. JJ Yaley
26. Garrett Smithley
27. Ray Black II
28. Harrison Rhodes
29. Chad Finchum
30. Angela Ruch
31. David Starr
32. Ben Kennedy
33. Joey Gase
34. Paul Menard
35. Mike Harmon
36. Ryan Reed
37. Jeff Green
38. Timmy Hill
39. Brendan Gaughan
40. Brandon Jones