Martin Truex Jr. wins wreck-filled Stage 2 at Kentucky

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Martin Truex Jr. swept the first two stages Saturday night at Kentucky Speedway. By winning the second stage, Truex recorded his 13th stage victory this season — giving him 13 playoff points.

Kyle Busch finished the stage second and was followed by Matt Kenseth, Kevin Harvick and Erik Jones. Sixth through 10th: Jamie McMurray, Kurt Busch, Denny Hamlin, Clint Bowyer and Chase Elliott.

Kyle Larson, who finished 11th, and Hamlin each were penalized for speeding on pit road during stops after the end of Stage 1. Larson’s team told him he was clocked at 50.81 mph. Pit road speed is 45 mph and teams are allowed a 4.99 mph allowance. Larson restarted 23rd.

On the opening lap of Stage 2, Brad Keselowski spun in Turn 3, clipped Clint Bowyer’s car and came across Jimmie Johnson‘s car. Keselowski and Johnson went to the garage and were done for the night.

“It’s just dicey on the restarts,” Johnson told NBCSN. “I really thought I had it missed. I clipped him with my right front and it broke something in the suspension and I was in the fence.”

Keselowski said: “I just wrecked it. It stinks. I got loose into (Turn) 3. I was underneath (Bowyer). I was trying to lay up and give room but just spun out as soon as I got anywhere near the corner. I wrecked myself and a bunch of other guys. It is part of it I guess, but not a part that you have to like.”

The race resumed on Lap 93 and was slowed by another caution. Kasey Kahne made contact with Trevor Bayne‘s car and they both hit the wall. Kahne went to the garage and was done for the race. This marks the fifth time in the last seven races Kahne has failed to finish because of an accident. Bayne returned but crashed a few laps later and was done for the race.

“It was just a restart, I had a run on (Bayne) and I got under him getting into Turn 1 down the front stretch and he just drove over my front end, pretty simple,” Kahne said.

Kahne later addressed the accident on Twitter. One exchange included Kahne calling a critical Team Penske fan an “idiot.”

NASCAR America: Looking back at Cup winners this year (video)

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The NASCAR Cup Series is through 19 racers. There are 17 more races to be contested, including seven before the Cup playoffs.

It’s been a rough time for many and a successful time for a select few.

There’s still plenty of racing to go. Who will see their name added to the list of winners in 2017 and, more importantly, who still wins a race to make it in the playoffs?

Check out the video above.

NASCAR America: Can Team Penske get back on track in Indianapolis? (video)

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Roger Penske is used to winning at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. He owns a record 16 Indy 500 victories there.

But Penske still has yet to win a Brickyard 400 at IMS. While in other years, Team Penske’s chances may have been stronger, coming into the 2017 Brickyard 400 is a whole other ballgame.

Joey Logano has struggled terribly in the last 10 races. Since winning at Richmond (which was eventually encumbered due to a post-race inspection penalty), Logano has had seven finishes of 21st through 37th. He’s also dropped from fifth to 13th in the standings.

Teammate Brad Keselowski has had his own struggles, dropping from third to eighth in the standings.

The biggest problem that seems to be impacting Team Penske is a lack of speed, more so on Logano’s car, but an issue nonetheless for both cars.

Can Team Penske snap out of its funk and find the speed it’s been missing Sunday, and potentially give Captain Penske his first NASCAR Cup win at the track that means so much to him?

Check out the video above.

NASCAR America: Kyle Busch needs to be aware of Martin Truex Jr. at Brickyard (video)

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Kyle Busch is well aware of his wins drought, not having won in his last 36 Cup starts.

But he also gains confidence and optimism from having won the last two Brickyard 400s.

So how will that impact the weekend?

On Friday’s NASCAR America, Dale Jarrett said Indy “plays into Busch’s hand,” but also to look out for Martin Truex Jr.

Check out the video above.

 

 

NASCAR America: Significance of winning at Indianapolis (video)

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On Friday’s edition of NASCAR America, two-time Brickyard 400 winner and NASCAR Hall of Famer Dale Jarrett and Brickyard-winning crew chief Slugger Labbe, who led Paul Menard to a Brickyard 400 win, both discussed the importance of winning at Indianapolis Motor Speedway — as well as how to do it.

Check out the video above.