On Sunday, we witnessed a memorable and exciting finish in the last laps of the Cup Series race. Tonight, it’s guaranteed we will witness history and a race for the books. Before the green flag waves at Bristol Motor Speedway, let’s take a look back at the last time the series was on track.
Stage One – Cup Series at Kentucky
The Cup Series front row at Kentucky Speedway was set by Kyle Busch and Joey Logano.
Aric Almirola is looking to pass, but can’t make it work. For this race they added PJ1 trackbite to the middle lane, but teams and fans don’t seem to be a big fan of it. Almirola looks to the bottom and goes to the lead!
Competition caution is out.
Almirola continues to lead. Chase Elliott moves to 2nd.
Ryan Blaney is having issues with the gears. He’s now driving with one hand while holding the gearshift.
Almirola wins stage one!
Logano and Almirola battle for the lead. Logano gets loose and Almirola takes the lead again. He’s pulling away!
While the leader is getting caught up in lapped traffic, Ryan Blaney sneaks by and takes control of the field!
Chase Elliott’s team is struggling on pit road during green flag pit stops.
With 6 laps to go, Matt Kenseth spins from a flat tire. Caution is out.
Since Keselowski was finishing up a pit stop as the caution came out, he will become the new leader at the green flag.
Last lap in stage one!
Blaney is battling Keselowski for the lead, but Keselowski holds on to win stage two!
Keselowski has the lead at the start of stage three.
Trouble for Kyle Busch! He got loose and sideways into the outside wall, but was able to save it. No caution.
Martin Truex Jr. has caught up to Keselowski. They sidedraft out of turn four and he goes to the bottom. Truex steals the lead!
Jimmie Johnson was running P4, but he must pit for a vibration.
The leaders are starting to pit.
Brennan Poole has a flat tire and with 39 laps remaining, the caution is out for debris.
Truex leads at the restart.
Caution! John Hunter Nemechek is in the wall.
Truex and Blaney lead the field back to green.
Keselowski moves out of line and looks to the inside of Johnson. Jimmie Johnson moves down to block, but it’s too late. He clips the front corner of Keselowski and spins through the grass. Keselowski said over the team radio that Johnson ran him off the track. After the race Johnson sent out a tweet;
“I do look forward to my next restart behind Keselowski though.” – Jimmie Johnson
Blaney and Truex have the front row. Harvick goes to the inside and takes them three wide for the lead! The #4 Ford from Stewart Haas Racing takes the lead! Truex goes to 2nd.
Truex nearly takes the lead, but Harvick holds him off.
Ryan Newman and Matt Kenseth has made contact and the caution is out.
The Last Lap that Changed a Rookie’s Life
Truex and Harvick are door to door! Cole Custer who has ran in the front of the field all day has made his way to the leaders. Truex blocks him!
Martin Truex Jr. is working to take the lead away from Harvick. Truex falls back and Custer is coming faster. Now someone else has joined the party! Blaney moves to the inside of the already three wide!
White flag is waving as they pass under the flag stand and they’re now FOUR WIDE!
Blaney and Harvick are touching doors! Custer moves ahead of the pack.
While leading his very first laps in the NASCAR Cup Series, rookie Cole Custer wins at Kentucky Speedway!
Custer parks on the front stretch, climbs out, and his entire pit crew is running his way to celebrate with the first time series winner.
Top 10 Results
1. Cole Custer
2. Martin Truex Jr
3. Matt DiBenedetto
4. Kevin Harvick
5. Kurt Busch
6. Ryan Blaney
7. Christopher Bell
8. Aric Almirola
9. Brad Keselowski
10. Tyler Reddick
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