It was nearly a full moon over the Kentucky Speedway Saturday night, and it shined brightly for Martin Truex, Jr.
Martin Truex Jr. held off Kyle Busch, who was dominant early, and Kyle Larson on a final overtime restart to win the Quaker State 400 Presented by Advance Auto Parts on Saturday night at Kentucky Speedway. Truex, who stayed out on old tires, shot ahead on the final restart and maintained his lead as multiple cars back in the pack wrecked and the race ended under caution.
For Truex, it was the 10th victory in his Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career and his third this season, all coming on intermediate tracks. Truex won the first two stages of the race, this marking the second time this season the No. 78 Toyota has swept all three stages (also accomplished at Las Vegas).
Truex seemed to be in control of the race, running his lead to upward of 14 seconds over Larson when the caution came out on Lap 265 for fluid on the track from Kurt Busch’s No. 41 Ford. Truex then did not pit as contenders behind him — notably Larson and Busch — came to pit road. That set up the final restart, where Truex was able to hold off the other cars to get the win.
The Fraternal Order of The Go Fast
Kathy The Church Forecloser, Bobby Blue Crush and Edie The Las Vegas Super Star selected Martin Truex, Jr. to win at Kentucky this week and are enshrined in the fraternity this week.
The Movers and Shakers
As was mentioned above Kathy The Forecloser, Bobby Blue Crush, as well as Edie The Las Vegas Super Star all racked up the maximum points possible from the victory of Martin Truex, Jr.—-60 points!
Lonna The Quilt Angel was the only person who was hanging out with “Young Money”, Kyle Larson, this week. The Quilt Angel received 43 well earned points.
Meanwhile, Carlton The Doorman and Doug The Ageless Sprint Car Driver was rooting for “Freaky Fast” Kevin Harvick to win the race. Even though that did not happen at Kentucky, The Doorman and The Gandy Candy Man added 42 points to their totals.
Both Jim, aka Chiefy and Linda The Cookie Mom were riding shotgun with “The Delivernator”, Denny Hamlin, this week and added 40 points to their 2nd segment totals.
Rounding out the top five scorers this week is a quartet that includes Carole, aka Rudy, Skid-Marc, Zee, aka Sissy, and Dan The Numbers Cruncher, who were all solidly behind Chase Elliott this week. These five players all added 36 points to their 2nd segment totals.
There was a fair bit of movement on the leaderboard this week, with Doug The Gandy Candy Man, Lonna The Quilt Angel, Cole The Redneck Understudy, Zee, aka Sissy, as well as Carole, aka Rudy all remaining in their previous spots.. But the single biggest mover this week is Jerry The Buschwacker stumbled and fell six (6) positions, landing in 12th place.
Edie The Las Vegas Super Star rocketed up the totem pole five (5) spots to sit in tie for 6th place.
Conversely, Leon Your Most Humble Sheriff and Karen The Highly Opinionated Southern Belle dropped out of the top five like a hot potato! The Sheriff and The Highly Opinionated One fell four (4) spots and now sits in 9th and 14th places, respectively.
Kathy The Church Forecloser climbed up three (3) spots now sitting in 10th spot.
Rounding out the top five movers this week is Carlton The Doorman. The Doorman climbed up two (2) places this week to rest in 6th place.
Straight From The Crapper
We have a tie for “The Crappiest Pick of The Week”. Both Jerry The Buschwacker and David The Mudslinging Throttle Jockey were firmly behind “Blazingly Bad” Brad Keselowski this week. “Bad Brad” was involved in an early race wreck, exited the race, scoring just one point for both The Buschwacker and The Throttle Jockey. Scoring just one minuscule point gives these two a share in “The Crappiest Pick of the Week” award!
Finally we have a new “Prince of the Poophouse” this week! For the first five weeks of this segment Jeremy The Coach was solidly in control of “The Outhouse”. However this week The Coach has been evicted from his familiar digs by David The Mudslinging Throttle Jockey!
As was mentioned at the beginning of this post that nearly full moon over Kentucky that shined so brightly on Martin Truex, Jr., was really more like a “bad moon rising” for the rest of the field.
Next week NASCAR loads up and rolls up the Eastern Seaboard, unloading northwest of Boston in Louden N.H.
TIL NEXT TIME, PULL YOUR GLOVES UP, FLIP YOUR VISOR DOWN, AND LET’S GO RACIN’!