NASCAR at Kentucky 2016 Results: Winner, Standings, Highlights and Reaction

Joe Pantorno@@JoePantornoFeatured ColumnistJuly 10, 2016

SPARTA, KY - JULY 09: Brad Keselowski, driver of the #2 Miller Lite Ford, leads a pack of cars during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway on July 9, 2016 in Sparta, Kentucky.  (Photo by Jerry Markland/Getty Images)
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Brad Keselowski had just enough gas in the tank to take the checkered flag at NASCAR Sprint Cup's Quaker State 400 from Kentucky Speedway on Saturday night.

It's his fourth win of the season and his second in as many weeks after he won the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona last time out. 

Here are the full results of the race and the updated driver standings:

Quaker State 400 Results
1Brad Keselowski-
2Carl Edwards0.175
3Ryan Newman2.318
4Kurt Busch8.035
5Tony Stewart14.859
6Greg Biffle15.046
7Jamie McMurray16.767
8Matt Kenseth17.419
9Kevin Harvick17.721
10Martin Truex Jr.18.106
11Trevor Bayne19.519
12Kyle Busch19.669
13Dale Earnhardt Jr.20.270
14Kasey Kahne21.128
15Denny Hamlin23.090
16Austin Dillon25.965
17Danica Patrick1 Lap
18Paul Menard1 Lap
19Kye Larson1 Lap
20Aric Almirola14.795
21Cole Whitt1 Lap
22David Ragan2 Laps
23Clint Bowyer2 Laps
24Josh Wise3 Laps
25Ty Dillon3 Laps
26Michael Annett3 Laps
27Reed Sorenson5 Laps
28Jeffrey Earnhardt5 Laps
29Landon Cassill6 Laps
30Casey Mears6 Laps
31Chase Elliott21 Laps
32Jimmie Johnson57 Laps
33Brian Scott59 Laps
34Regan Smith116 Laps
35Ryan Blaney117 Laps
36AJ Allmendinger124 Laps
37Chris Buescher164 Laps
38Matt DiBenedetto175 Laps
39Joey Logano215 Laps
40Ricky Stenhouse Jr.258 Laps
NASCAR Sprint Cup Driver Standings
1Kevin Harvick599
2Brad Keselowski595
3Kurt Busch583
4Carl Edwards566
5Joey Logano533
6Kyle Busch521
7Martin Truex Jr.514
8Chase Elliott492
9Jimmie Johnson484
10Matt Kenseth477
11Denny Hamlin472
12Ryan Newman463
13Dale Earnhardt Jr.461
14Austin Dillon460
15Jamie McMurray439
16Trevor Bayne429

In a race with 11 cautions, the final 69 laps were contested under the green flag, as the Quaker State 400 became a fuel-mileage affair. Keselowski made only four pit stops during the entire 267-lap race and ran the final 71 laps without a break. 

With no stoppages or pits, that meant Keselowski, like most racers, was running low on gas as the race neared its finish. But his ability to stay on the track for that amount of time helped him open up a big lead.

With five laps to go, the lead was almost nine seconds, but Keselowski was forced to slow things down in order to conserve fuel. Carl Edwards managed to close the gap with a couple of laps to go and headed into the final lap with a two-second deficit. 

But Keselowski managed to shake enough up in the tank to pick up his speed and pull away just a bit. He created a large enough cushion where he was able to win his second straight race despite having no fuel left on Turn 4, via Jim Utter of Motorsport.com. 

Fox Sports: NASCAR showed the finish:


Watch: @Keselowski holds off #CarlEdwards and saves just enough fuel to win at @KySpeedway! https://t.co/wzB3Jw4pvt https://t.co/MmAIk0h1gI

Stating that Keselowski had no fuel left wasn't an exaggeration either, as he needed help just getting to victory lane, via NASCAR:


Someone needs an assist... 😂 😂 😂 https://t.co/ZL7khrHfCY

His ability to make it past the finish line shocked WVLT's Daryl Hobby:

It even impressed the second-place Edwards, even if he wasn't happy about his finish when speaking after the race, via NASCAR:


"He played that perfectly." https://t.co/7IR8LSBG13

Keselowski picked up his lead on the 200th lap and didn't relinquish it, overtaking Kevin Harvick, who led for just two laps.

He had taken the lead from Martin Truex Jr., who was penalized coming out of pit road on Lap 198 and was forced to move back to 22nd. He flew back into contention, getting to as close as third through 239 laps, but faded back to finish in 10th. 

Ryan Newman finished third and was the only other driver who was within three seconds of the top two. Fourth-place Kurt Busch was more than eight seconds behind. 

The win brought Keselowski within four points of Harvick, who finished in ninth, in the Sprint Cup standings. 

Keselowski will look to carry this momentum up to New Hampshire and take the standings lead, as the next race on NASCAR's schedule comes in the form of the New Hampshire 301. In a race that's 99 miles shorter than the Quaker State 400, fuel might not be as big of a problem as it was Saturday night in Kentucky. 


Stats courtesy of NASCAR.com.


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