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DATE: Saturday, June 29
SITE: Kentucky Speedway -- Sparta, Ky.
TRACK: 1.5-mile oval
CAPACITY: 107,000 (Grandstand seating)
ANNUAL: 3rd
TELEVISION: TNT
RADIO: Performance Racing Network (PRN)/SIRIUS NASCAR Radio
START TIME: 7:30 p.m. ET
QUALIFYING TIME: Friday, June 28/5:10 p.m. ET
DEFENDING CHAMPION: Brad Keselowski
RUNNER-UP: Kasey Kahne
POLE WINNER: Jimmie Johnson (finished 6)
LAPS: 267
MILES: 400.5
QUALIFYING RECORD: Jimmie Johnson, 2012 (181.818 mph)
RACE RECORD: Brad Keselowski, 2012 (145.607 mph)
 
2012 Finish
FinishDriverStartFinishDriverStart
1Brad Keselowski86Jimmie Johnson1
2Kasey Kahne197Matt Kenseth20
3Denny Hamlin38Martin Truex Jr.10
4Dale Earnhardt Jr.79A.J. Allmendinger16
5Jeff Gordon910Kyle Busch2
2012 Quaker State 400 Facts and Figures
AVERAGE SPEED: 145.607 mph
TIME OF RACE: 2 hrs., 45 mins., 2 secs.
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 4.399 secs.
CAUTION FLAGS: 4 for 24 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 17 among 6 drivers
POLE WINNER: Jimmie Johnson (181.818 mph)
Past Quaker State 400 Winners (Starting Position) Car -- Speed
2012 -- Brad Keselowski (8) -- Dodge -- 145.607 mph
2011 -- Kyle Busch (1) -- Toyota -- 137.314 mph
Past Quaker State 400 Pole Winners (Finish)
2012 -- Jimmie Johnson -- 6
2011 -- None -- Weather
Last Race Results
RACE: Toyota/Save Mart 350 (June 23)
SITE: Sonoma Raceway -- Sonoma, Calif.
MILES: 219
LAPS: 110
WINNER: Martin Truex Jr.
RUNNER-UP: Jeff Gordon
THIRD: Carl Edwards
FOURTH: Kurt Busch
FIFTH: Clint Bowyer
POLE WINNER: Jamie McMurray (finished 25)
TIME OF RACE: 2 hrs., 51 mins., 20 secs.
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 8.133 secs.
AVERAGE SPEED: 76.658 mph
CAUTION FLAGS: 7 for 19 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 10 among 8 drivers
LAP LEADERS: J. McMurray - pole; M. Ambrose 1-18; Kurt Busch 19-33; B.
Keselowski 34-40; M. Truex Jr. 41-61; B. Vickers 62-64; J.
McMurray 65-66; M. Truex Jr. 67-68; J. Logano 69-78; J. Gordon
79-82; M. Truex Jr. 83-110.
Quaker State 400 Entry List
CarDriver, HometownCar/Name
1Jamie McMurray (Joplin, MO)Chevrolet/Hellmann's
2 *Brad Keselowski (Rochester Hills, MI)Ford/Miller Lite
5Kasey Kahne (Enumclaw, WA)Chevrolet/Quaker State
7Dave Blaney (Hartford, OH)Chevrolet/TBA
9Marcos Ambrose (Launceston, Australia)Ford/Mac Tools
10Danica Patrick (Roscoe, IL)Chevrolet/GoDaddy.com
11Denny Hamlin (Chesterfield, VA)Toyota/FedEx Office
13Casey Mears (Bakersfield, CA)Ford/NextGen Ford
14Tony Stewart (Columbus, IN)Chevrolet/Bass Pro Shops
15Clint Bowyer (Emporia, KS)Toyota/Toyota Let's Go Places
16Greg Biffle (Vancouver, WA)Ford/3M
17Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (Olive Branch, MS)Ford/Fifth Third
18Kyle Busch (Las Vegas, NV)Toyota/Doublemint
19Mike Bliss (Milwaukie, OR)Toyota/Plinker Tactical
20Matt Kenseth (Cambridge, WI)Toyota/Dollar General
22Joey Logano (Middletown, CT)Ford/Shell/Pennzoil
24Jeff Gordon (Vallejo, CA)Chevrolet/Drive to End Hunger
27Paul Menard (Eau Claire, WI)Chevrolet/Menards/Sylvania
29Kevin Harvick (Bakersfield, CA)Chevrolet/Budweiser
30David Stremme (South Bend, IN)Toyota/Swan Energy
31Jeff Burton (South Boston, VA)Chevrolet/Caterpillar
32Ken Schrader (Fenton, MO)Ford/Federated Auto Parts
33Landon Cassill (Fairfax, IA)Chevrolet/Little Joe's Auto
34David Ragan (Unadilla, GA)Ford/Taco Bell
35Josh Wise (Riverside, CA)Ford/MDS Transport
36J.J. Yeley (Phoenix, AZ)Chevrolet/United Mining Equip.
38David Gilliland (Riverside, CA)Ford/Long John Silver's
39Ryan Newman (South Bend, IN)Chevrolet/Quicken Loans
42Juan Pablo Montoya (Bogota, Colombia)Chevrolet/Target
43Aric Almirola (Tampa, FL)Ford/Eckrich
44Scott Riggs (Bahama, NC)Ford/No Label
47A.J. Allmendinger (Los Gatos, CA)Toyota/Charter
48Jimmie Johnson (El Cajon, CA)Chevrolet/Lowe's
51Austin Dillon (Welcome, NC)Chevrolet/Phoenix Construction
55Brian Vickers (Thomasville, NC)Toyota/Aaron's
56Martin Truex Jr. (Mayetta, NJ)Toyota/NAPA Auto Parts
78Kurt Busch (Las Vegas, NV)Chevrolet/Furniture Row
83David Reutimann (Zephyrhills, FL)Toyota/Burger King/Dr. Pepper
87Joe Nemechek (Lakeland, FL)Toyota/TBA
88Dale Earnhardt Jr. (Kannapolis, NC)Chevrolet/National Guard
93Travis Kvapil (Janesville, WI)Toyota/Burger King/Dr. Pepper
98Michael McDowell (Glendale, AZ)Ford/Phil Parsons Racing
99Carl Edwards (Columbia, MO)Ford/UPS
 
* - Defending champion
 
Leading Contenders (Finish the last two years)
Driver20112012
Brad Keselowski7Won
Kasey Kahne132
Denny Hamlin113
Dale Earnhardt Jr.304
Jeff Gordon105
Jimmie Johnson36
Matt Kenseth67
Martin Truex Jr.188
Kyle BuschWon10
Kevin Harvick1611
Clint Bowyer3516
Kurt Busch919
Carl Edwards520
Greg Biffle2121
Joey Logano1422
Tony Stewart1232
Ryan Newman434
 
Mover of the Week
Brian Vickers - started 34 and finished 13
 
Sports Network Selections
Pick to Win - Jimmie Johnson
Last Week's Pick to Win (Marcos Ambrose) - finished 7
 
NOTES:
The Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway is the 17th race on the 2013 Sprint Cup Series schedule.

Located roughly 40 miles southwest of Cincinnati, Kentucky Speedway is a 1.5- mile oval with 14 degrees of banking in all of its turns, as well as 8 degrees of banking on both the frontstretch and backstretch. The length of the frontstretch is 1,662 feet, and the backstretch measures 1,600 feet.

Kentucky has hosted 13 Nationwide Series races and 15 Camping World Truck Series events since the track opened in 2000. The Sprint Cup Series began competing here two years ago.

After more than a decade of requesting a Sprint Cup date, Kentucky was added to the 2011 schedule. Speedway Motorsports Inc., the parent company of this racetrack, moved its spring event at Atlanta Motor Speedway to Kentucky. SMI bought this track in 2008.

Before 2011, the Commonwealth of Kentucky had hosted only one race in NASCAR's premier series. The series ran at Corbin Speedway -- a half-mile dirt track in Corbin, Ky. -- on Aug. 29, 1954. Lee Petty won that event, while Hershel McGriff finished second. They were the only drivers who finished on the lead lap.

Kyle Busch won the inaugural Sprint Cup race at Kentucky Speedway on July 9, 2011. Busch, the pole sitter, led the most laps with 125. He held off David Reutimann and Jimmie Johnson in a two-lap shootout to the finish. An incident involving Clint Bowyer with six laps to go setup the two-lap sprint.

Brad Keselowski won last year's race at Kentucky. Using a backup car after crashing his primary one in practice the day before, Keselowski gambled on fuel in the late going and crossed the finish line 4.4 seconds ahead of Kasey Kahne for his third win of the 2012 season. Keselowski went on to score two more victories during the season, en route to the Sprint Cup championship.

The next race is the July 6 Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway. Tony Stewart is the defending race winner.

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