The past two weeks have been rough for Martin Truex Jr. After an engine failure at Sonoma and getting caught up in a wreck at Daytona, Truex was hoping Kentucky Speedway would be the place to turn the momentum back in a positive swing.

After starting second, Truex would remain up front all night. By lap 68, Truex took the lead over Kyle Busch and would cruise the rest of the way, winning stage one. When the second stage began, Truex would lose the lead to Busch but remain in the top five. After a series of caution, Truex was able to take the lead once again on lap 134. With only ten laps left Truex had a 1.2 second lead over Busch and once again cruised his way to winning stage two.

Stage Three

With the laps winding down, Truex would continue his dominance as he was able to put cars one lap down. In the final five laps, Truex had a 16.50 second lead over second-place Kyle Larson and was well on his way to picking up the win. However, it would all change in a matter of seconds.

Two laps remained in the race when the engine of Kurt Busch decided to blow up, putting fluid all over the track, thus resulting in a caution. Truex’s large gap was erased and tough decisions had to be made. While Truex decided to stay out, Busch, Larson, and others decided to come to pit road to put on fresh new tires leaving Truex in a bad situation going into the final restart.

On the final restart, Truex got a great restart and had a four-car length lead on everybody heading out of turn two.

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When he got to the white flag, an accident behind him occurred, bringing out the caution and ending the race. After leading 152 of the 274 laps, Truex picked up the win tonight and collect his third win of the season. Truex also reached a milestone by becoming the 60th driver to win at least ten races in the Monster Energy Cup Series.

Keselowski frustrated with tonight and NASCAR

One of the favorites heading into the Kentucky weekend had to be none other than Brad Keselowski. Keselowksi, a three-time winner at Kentucky, was hoping to go back to back after winning last year’s race. However, things didn’t go the way he had hoped for.

At the beginning of stage two, Keselowski had gotten loose under Clint Bowyer triggering a wreck collecting Keselowski, Bowyer, and Jimmie Johnson. Bowyer damage was minimal and could continue. However, Keselowski and Johnson’s damage was enough to end their nights early.

This was the fourth time in the past seven races where Keselowski was involved in an accident. When speaking to the media, He expressed his frustrations. Although he was frustrated with himself after the accident, Keselowski was also frustrated with NASCAR. His main frustration had to do with the idea that NASCAR can’t create a better situation where the drivers can race without having to do it all on the restart.

Keselowski blames the cars aerodynamic issue and wishes he had a car where he and others are able to put on a better show for the fans.