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2017 Quaker State 400

The 2017 Quaker State 400 presented by Advance Auto Parts was a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race held on July 8, 2017 at Kentucky Speedway in Sparta, Kentucky. Contested over 274 laps extended from 267 laps due to overtime, on the 1.5-mile (2.4 km) speedway, it was the 18th race of the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season.

2017 Quaker State 400
Race details[1][2][3][4][5][6][7][8][9]
Race 18 of 36 in the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
Quaker State 400 logo (2016).png
Date July 8, 2017 (2017-07-08)
Location Kentucky Speedway in Sparta, Kentucky
Course Permanent racing facility
1.5 mi (2.4 km)
Distance 274 laps, 411 mi (661 km)
Scheduled Distance 267 laps, 400.5 mi (640.8 km)
Average speed 138.604 miles per hour (223.062 km/h)
Pole position
Driver Joe Gibbs Racing
Time 28.379
Most laps led
Driver Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing
Laps 152
Winner
No. 78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing
Television in the United States
Network NBCSN
Announcers Rick Allen, Jeff Burton and Steve Letarte
Radio in the United States
Radio PRN
Booth Announcers Doug Rice, Mark Garrow and Wendy Venturini
Turn Announcers Rob Albright (1 & 2) and Pat Patterson (3 & 4)

ReportEdit

BackgroundEdit

The sixth running of the Quaker State 400 was held in Sparta, Kentucky at Kentucky Speedway on July 9, 2016. The track is a 1.5-mile (2.4 km) tri-oval speedway owned by Speedway Motorsports, Inc.. Kentucky Speedway, which has also hosted the ARCA Racing Series, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, NASCAR Xfinity Series, and the Indy Racing League, has a grandstand seating capacity of 107,000.

Entry listEdit

No. Driver Team Manufacturer
1 Jamie McMurray Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet
2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford
3 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet
4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Ford
5 Kasey Kahne Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
6 Trevor Bayne Roush Fenway Racing Ford
10 Danica Patrick Stewart-Haas Racing Ford
11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
13 Ty Dillon (R) Germain Racing Chevrolet
14 Clint Bowyer Stewart-Haas Racing Ford
15 Reed Sorenson Premium Motorsports Chevrolet
17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford
18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
19 Daniel Suárez (R) Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
20 Matt Kenseth Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
21 Ryan Blaney Wood Brothers Racing Ford
22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford
23 Joey Gase (i) BK Racing Toyota
24 Chase Elliott Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
27 Paul Menard Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet
31 Ryan Newman Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet
32 Matt DiBenedetto Go Fas Racing Ford
33 Jeffrey Earnhardt Circle Sport – The Motorsports Group Chevrolet
34 Landon Cassill Front Row Motorsports Ford
37 Chris Buescher JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet
38 David Ragan Front Row Motorsports Ford
41 Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing Ford
42 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet
43 Darrell Wallace Jr. (i) Richard Petty Motorsports Ford
47 A. J. Allmendinger JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet
48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
51 B. J. McLeod (i) Rick Ware Racing Chevrolet
55 Gray Gaulding (R) Premium Motorsports Toyota
66 Timmy Hill (i) MBM Motorsports Chevrolet
72 Cole Whitt TriStar Motorsports Chevrolet
77 Erik Jones (R) Furniture Row Racing Toyota
78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing Toyota
83 Ryan Sieg (i) BK Racing Toyota
88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
95 Michael McDowell Leavine Family Racing Chevrolet
Official entry list

PracticeEdit

First practiceEdit

Jamie McMurray was the fastest in the first practice session with a time of 28.911 seconds and a speed of 186.780 mph (300.593 km/h).[10]

Pos No. Driver Team Manufacturer Time Speed
1 1 Jamie McMurray Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 28.911 186.780
2 78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing Toyota 28.963 186.445
3 42 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 29.017 186.098
Official first practice results

Final practiceEdit

Kyle Larson was the fastest in the final practice session with a time of 28.695 seconds and a speed of 188.186 mph (302.856 km/h).[11]

Pos No. Driver Team Manufacturer Time Speed
1 42 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 28.695 188.186
2 78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing Toyota 28.848 187.188
3 24 Chase Elliott Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 28.892 186.903
Official final practice results

QualifyingEdit

Kyle Busch scored the pole for the race with a time of 28.379 and a speed of 190.282 mph (306.229 km/h) after only two rounds of qualifying were completed due to weather.[12]

Qualifying resultsEdit

Pos No. Driver Team Manufacturer R1 R2
1 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 28.736 28.379
2 78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing Toyota 28.675 28.392
3 20 Matt Kenseth Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 28.567 28.460
4 1 Jamie McMurray Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 28.729 28.464
5 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 28.626 28.468
6 21 Ryan Blaney Wood Brothers Racing Ford 28.641 28.487
7 4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 28.656 28.488
8 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 28.625 28.523
9 19 Daniel Suárez (R) Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 28.770 28.528
10 2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford 28.945 28.539
11 22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford 28.625 28.555
12 24 Chase Elliott Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 28.506 28.595
13 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 28.772 28.606
14 77 Erik Jones (R) Furniture Row Racing Toyota 28.734 28.609
15 41 Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 28.661 28.619
16 14 Clint Bowyer Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 29.010 28.634
17 43 Darrell Wallace Jr. (i) Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 28.829 28.656
18 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford 28.690 28.676
19 6 Trevor Bayne Roush Fenway Racing Ford 28.711 28.676
20 10 Danica Patrick Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 28.986 28.797
21 95 Michael McDowell Leavine Family Racing Chevrolet 29.090 28.991
22 37 Chris Buescher JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 28.959 29.002
23 5 Kasey Kahne Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 28.586 29.013
24 27 Paul Menard Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 28.995 29.048
25 3 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 29.101
26 38 David Ragan Front Row Motorsports Ford 29.129
27 13 Ty Dillon (R) Germain Racing Chevrolet 29.221
28 47 A. J. Allmendinger JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 29.228
29 31 Ryan Newman Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 29.247
30 32 Matt DiBenedetto Go Fas Racing Ford 29.367
31 83 Ryan Sieg (i) BK Racing Toyota 29.728
32 72 Cole Whitt TriStar Motorsports Chevrolet 29.790
33 15 Reed Sorenson Premium Motorsports Chevrolet 29.921
34 23 Joey Gase (i) BK Racing Toyota 30.063
35 34 Landon Cassill Front Row Motorsports Ford 30.193
36 33 Jeffrey Earnhardt Circle Sport – The Motorsports Group Chevrolet 30.338
37 51 B.J. McLeod (i) Rick Ware Racing Chevrolet 30.490
38 66 Timmy Hill (i) MBM Motorsports Chevrolet 30.544
39 55 Gray Gaulding (R) Premium Motorsports Toyota 30.603
40 42 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 0.000
Official qualifying results

RaceEdit

First stageEdit

Kyle Busch led the field to the green flag at 7:49 p.m. He led the first 29 laps before Martin Truex Jr. edged him out at the line to take the lead on Lap 30. Busch took it back the following lap, just as caution #1, a scheduled competition caution due to rain, flew for the first time. It went back to green on Lap 36. Truex drove down and passed Busch on Lap 69, and drove on to win the first stage. Caution #2 flew moments after on Lap 81 for the conclusion of the stage. Under the caution, Denny Hamlin and Kyle Larson were sent to the tail-end of the field on the following restart for speeding on pit road.

Second stageEdit

Busch retook the lead from Truex going into Turn 3 on the Lap 88 restart. Entering Turn 3 further back in the field on the same lap, Brad Keselowski got loose and spun out, collecting Clint Bowyer and Jimmie Johnson, who suffered critical damage to his right-front wheel well after contact with Keselowski.[13] This brought out the third caution. Restarting on Lap 93, caution #4 flew two laps later when Kasey Kahne tried to force his way underneath Trevor Bayne, sending Bayne spinning and himself into the Turn 1 wall. Caution flew for the fifth time 12 laps after the Lap 100 restart when Bayne got loose and spun out exiting Turn 4.[14]

The race settled into a longer green run after the Lap 117 restart, forcing Busch to navigate lapped traffic. Doing so allowed Truex to reel him in and retake the lead on Lap 136. Joey Gase brought out the sixth caution two laps later when he suffered a tire failure and slammed the wall in Turn 2. Truex took off when the race went back green on Lap 142 and won the second stage on Lap 161. Under the stage break caution, Joey Logano chose not to pit and assumed the race lead.[15]

Final stageEdit

Four laps after the Lap 167 restart, Truex took back the lead and set sail from the field. Aside from the five laps Dale Earnhardt Jr. spent in the lead during a cycle of green flag stops, Truex had the race in check, with as much as a 16-second lead over the second-place car.[16] Kurt Busch's engine gave up on the frontstretch and that brought out caution #7 with two laps to go, forcing an overtime finish.[17] Truex opted to stay out, while Kyle Busch, Larson and the other five drivers on the lead lap hit pit road.[18] The final restart had Truex restart on the outside line, with Busch to his inside with 2 fresh left side tires.[19]

OvertimeEdit

Larson with 4 fresh tires gave a shove to Truex coming to the green, giving him the lead going into Turn 1.[20] Coming to the white flag, Darrell Wallace Jr. drove Matt Kenseth up out of the racing groove, which got loose and spun out in front of Daniel Suárez, triggering a four-car wreck in Turn 4 that ended the race under caution. It rendered victory unto Truex.[21]

Race resultsEdit

Stage resultsEdit

Stage 1 Laps: 80

Pos No Driver Team Manufacturer Points
1 78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing Toyota 10
2 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 9
3 42 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 8
4 4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 7
5 1 Jamie McMurray Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 6
6 20 Matt Kenseth Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 5
7 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 4
8 77 Erik Jones (R) Furniture Row Racing Toyota 3
9 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 2
10 24 Chase Elliott Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 1
Official stage one results

Stage 2 Laps: 80

Pos No Driver Team Manufacturer Points
1 78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing Toyota 10
2 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 9
3 20 Matt Kenseth Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 8
4 4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 7
5 77 Erik Jones (R) Furniture Row Racing Toyota 6
6 1 Jamie McMurray Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 5
7 41 Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 4
8 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 3
9 14 Clint Bowyer Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 2
10 24 Chase Elliott Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 1
Official stage two results

Final stage resultsEdit

Stage 3 Laps: 114

Pos Grid No Driver Team Manufacturer Laps Points
1 2 78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing Toyota 274 60
2 40 42 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 274 43
3 12 24 Chase Elliott Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 274 36
4 5 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 274 40
5 1 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 274 50
6 14 77 Erik Jones (R) Furniture Row Racing Toyota 274 40
7 4 1 Jamie McMurray Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 274 41
8 11 22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford 274 29
9 7 4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 274 42
10 6 21 Ryan Blaney Wood Brothers Racing Ford 273 27
11 17 43 Darrell Wallace Jr. (i) Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 273 0
12 13 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 273 25
13 16 14 Clint Bowyer Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 273 26
14 18 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford 273 23
15 20 10 Danica Patrick Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 273 22
16 22 37 Chris Buescher JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 273 21
17 3 20 Matt Kenseth Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 273 33
18 9 19 Daniel Suárez (R) Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 273 19
19 25 3 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 272 18
20 28 47 A. J. Allmendinger JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 272 17
21 24 27 Paul Menard Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 272 16
22 29 31 Ryan Newman Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 272 15
23 21 95 Michael McDowell Leavine Family Racing Chevrolet 271 14
24 26 38 David Ragan Front Row Motorsports Ford 270 13
25 30 32 Matt DiBenedetto Go Fas Racing Ford 270 12
26 35 34 Landon Cassill Front Row Motorsports Ford 268 11
27 31 83 Ryan Sieg (i) BK Racing Toyota 266 0
28 33 15 Reed Sorenson Premium Motorsports Chevrolet 265 9
29 36 33 Jeffrey Earnhardt Circle Sport – The Motorsports Group Chevrolet 265 8
30 15 41 Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 264 11
31 38 66 Timmy Hill (i) MBM Motorsports Chevrolet 261 0
32 37 51 B. J. McLeod (i) Rick Ware Racing Chevrolet 260 0
33 27 13 Ty Dillon (R) Germain Racing Chevrolet 253 4
34 32 72 Cole Whitt TriStar Motorsports Chevrolet 212 3
35 39 55 Gray Gaulding (R) Premium Motorsports Toyota 206 2
36 34 23 Joey Gase (i) BK Racing Toyota 129 0
37 19 6 Trevor Bayne Roush Fenway Racing Ford 101 1
38 23 5 Kasey Kahne Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 93 1
39 10 2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford 89 1
40 8 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 87 3
Official race results

Race statisticsEdit

  • Lead changes: 4 among different drivers
  • Cautions/Laps: 9 for 39
  • Red flags: 0
  • Time of race: 2 hours, 57 minutes and 55 seconds
  • Average speed: 138.604 miles per hour (223.062 km/h)

MediaEdit

TelevisionEdit

NBC Sports covered the race on the television side. Rick Allen, Jeff Burton and Steve Letarte had the call in the booth for the race. Dave Burns, Marty Snider and Kelli Stavast reported from pit lane during the race.

NBCSN
Booth announcers Pit reporters
Lap-by-lap: Rick Allen
Color-commentator: Jeff Burton
Color-commentator: Steve Letarte
Dave Burns
Marty Snider
Kelli Stavast

RadioEdit

PRN had the radio call for the race, which was simulcast on Sirius XM NASCAR Radio.

PRN
Booth announcers Turn announcers Pit reporters
Lead announcer: Doug Rice
Announcer: Mark Garrow
Announcer: Wendy Venturini
Turns 1 & 2: Rob Albright
Turns 3 & 4: Pat Patterson
Brad Gillie
Brett McMillan
Jim Noble
Steve Richards

Standings after the raceEdit

ReferencesEdit

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