Brad Keselowski played a cool race in order to cross the finish line in first position at the Quaker State 400 at the Kentucky Raceway. He had a number of pit stops which meant that he had to battle his way back to the front on several occasions. This now means that he has a guaranteed place in the Chase at the end of the season and he is also the first person to win at the track twice in three years.
Afterwards he explained that the car was really good and thanked his team for their hard work. Having won the pole, he led the race to start with until the first caution and he started in the pot road and then got back in control and had an extended lead over Kevin Harvick until Kyle Larson his a wall and there was another caution. Everyone went in to the pits and Joey Logano took the lead but Keselowski soon overtook and had an extended lead but then there was another caution stop. Again Logano beat Keselowski out of the pit lane but Keselowski again took the lead and then an incident with three cars brought about another caution where Logano took the lead from Keselowski yet again. Another caution lead many drivers to this time stay out of the pit this time with Kyle Busch, Ryan Newman and Dale Earnhardt Jr to take the lead this time and Keselowski dropped to sixth. However, Keselowski made his way up through the field and was behind Busch when he got into trouble lapping Reed Sorenson, giving Keselowski the opportunity that he was looking for to overtake and this enabled him to win the race.
Keselowski admitted that he was not sure whether he would be able to overtake Busch although he knew he had the fastest car. He was confident that he would be able to catch him up, but he was not sure whether he would be able to overtake him.
His victory was not free of dramas either when he cut his hand on a champagne bottle when he was opening it to celebrate his victory. He had to go to the infield car centre to get four stitches but was soon able to resume his victory celebrations.
Third position in the race was taken by Newman which was his first top five since joining a new team of Richard Chidress Racing. He was followed by Kenseth and Earnhardt Jr.