After taking aerodynamic strategy over tire wear strategy it was Matt Kenseth who would win despite the dominance of Jimmie Johnson and the No. 48 team today at Kentucky Speedway.
Kenseth who only led thirty-eight laps over Johnson’s 182 laps claimed his fourth victory of the season.
The Quaker State 400 marks the first time a Sprint Cup Series race was delayed an entire day since the 2012 Daytona 500 where ironically enough, Kenseth claimed victory the following day too.
Johnson who dominated the race would spin out to bring out the final caution after getting himself loose on 60 lap old tires. He would restarted 25th but charge back for a 9th place finish.
Jamie McMurray grabbed his first top-five finish in some time with his runner up second place finish today. It was a much needed good run the No. 1 team after a few seasons of struggles.
Denny Hamin’s bad luck continued to run as he cut a tire not once, but twice. The first tire fell off and caused damage to Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s No. 88 Chevrolet as well as Johnson’s No. 48. Johnson didn’t enough to affect the car, Earnhardt had to make multiple repairs through out the race. Hamlin’s second tire would send him to the garage for the day. He showed some pain and discomfort after getting out of the car. No back pain was said to be felt, but he took a hard hit and could be a possible concussion.