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NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Kentucky: Quaker State 400 at a glance

Brad Keselowski, who won last year’s Quaker State 400, injured his hand on a broken champagne bottle while celebrating his win.
Brad Keselowski, who won last year’s Quaker State 400, injured his hand on a broken champagne bottle while celebrating his win. AP

This week’s race

Quaker State 400

What: 267 laps (400.5 miles).

Where: Kentucky Speedway, a 1.5-mile banked quad-oval in Sparta, Ky.

When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

TV: NBCSN.

Radio: Performance Racing Network.

Last year’s winner: Brad Keselowski.

Also this week: UNOH 225, Truck Series, Kentucky Speedway, Thursday.

▪  Kentucky 300, Xfinity Series, Kentucky Speedway, 7:30 p.m. Friday, NBCSN.

Worth mentioning: Barring any last-minute changes, NASCAR will debut a new aerodynamic package for cars in Saturday’s race that it hopes will improve the quality of the racing. Many of the changes are devoted to significantly reducing downforce on the cars, which in theory should make them more difficult to drive and highlight the driver’s talent.

Who’s Hot/ Who’s Not

HOT

Dale Earnhardt Jr.: He can once again be proudly called a “restrictor-plate ace.”

Austin Dillon: Won the Xfinity Series race and ended up in the catchfence in the Cup race, but without serious injury.

Trevor Bayne: Another top-10 finish, and he was in contention for the win down the stretch.

Kyle Busch: Hit the wall early at Daytona but still salvaged a 17th-place finish to keep his Chase hopes alive.

Clint Bowyer: Another top-10 finish for Bowyer, but it came with a view of the last-lap wreck that he won’t soon forget.

NOT

NASCAR: Starting a 3-hour race at 11:30 p.m. ET is insanity. And that is before a horrific wreck at 3 a.m.

Martin Truex Jr.: First time this season he has had back-to-back bad finishes.

Brian Scott: So close to a win so many times.

Jim Utter

Points Standings

Sprint Cup

1. Kevin Harvick656

2. Dale Earnhardt Jr.593

3. Jimmie Johnson589

4. Joey Logano581

5. Martin Truex Jr.569

6. Jamie McMurray526

7. Brad Keselowski520

8. Kurt Busch508

9. Matt Kenseth501

10. Jeff Gordon500

11. Kasey Kahne496

12. Denny Hamlin480

13. Paul Menard480

14. Ryan Newman472

15. Clint Bowyer465

16. Aric Almirola441

17. Carl Edwards408

18. Kyle Larson395

19. Greg Biffle392

20. Danica Patrick386

21. Austin Dillon379

22. Casey Mears378

23. AJ Allmendinger352

24. David Ragan336

25. Tony Stewart331

26. Sam Hornish Jr.321

27. Trevor Bayne319

28. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.311

29. Justin Allgaier286

30. Cole Whitt280

31. David Gilliland267

32. Brett Moffitt233

33. Alex Bowman228

34. Michael Annett194

35. Josh Wise185

36. Matt DiBenedetto182

37. Kyle Busch152

38. Michael McDowell111

39. Jeb Burton105

Xfinity

1. Chris Buescher560

2. Chase Elliott526

3. Ty Dillon517

4. Regan Smith493

5. Elliott Sadler489

6. Darrell Wallace Jr.472

7. Brian Scott453

8. Ryan Reed441

9. Brendan Gaughan438

10. Daniel Suarez437

11. Jeremy Clements382

12. Dakoda Armstrong357

13. David Starr357

14. Ross Chastain348

15. J.J. Yeley344

Truck-x

1. Matt Crafton370

2. Tyler Reddick 358

3. Erik Jones 344

4. Johnny Sauter 327

5. John Wes Townley 294

6. Spencer Gallagher 288

7. Timothy Peters 283

8. Daniel Hemric 282

9. Cameron Hayley 280

10. Ben Kennedy 269

11. Ray Black Jr. 257

12. Justin Boston 255

13. Tyler Young 242

14. Brandon Jones 207

15. Korbin Forrister 207

x-Before Thursday’s race

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