Minute-by-Minute: Kentucky Friday updates

June 28, 2013, Staff report, NASCAR.com

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10:46 p.m. ET: Yikes.

David Caraviello@dcaraviello
50 pts chopped off Regan Smith's lead in two wks. Was 58 over Sam Hornish after Mich. Now: Hornish -8, Allgaier -11, Sadler -11, Dillon -20.

10:44 p.m. ET: You tell 'em, Clint.

Clint Bowyer @ClintBowyer
Yeah, just in case part of u was thinking they made a bad decision calling race so quick. Monsoon!!! pic.twitter.com/GKpcMC0COx

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10:40 p.m. ET: ....more Dash4Cash!

Kyle Larson @KyleLarsonRacin
With tonight's rain shortened race, Kyle comes home fourth at @KySpeedway quals for @Nationwide dash 4 cash! -PR pic.twitter.com/nAo4cYHpsl

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10:37 p.m. ET: Check 'em out.

NASCAR Nationwide @NASCAR_NNS
Here is the link to the unofficial results from the Feed The Children 300 at @KySpeedway nas.cr/jW7Q #NASCAR

10:35 p.m. ET: Rough, man.

Parker Kligerman @pkligerman
Had a 5-7th place car & broke an alternator 10 laps in! No blowers or fans all race and fought bak from 2 laps down. Only 4 it 2 RAIN!!

10:19 p.m. ET: For your information.

NASCAR Nationwide @NASCAR_NNS
Unofficial top five finishers at @KySpeedway Keselowski, Sadler, Crafton, Vickers, Busch. #NASCAR

10:18 p.m. ET: Dash4Cash!

Elliott Sadler @Elliott_Sadler
The #Dash4Cash qualifiers for @DISupdates! Will compete for $100,000 next week -PR pic.twitter.com/bH3ur8PFxS

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10:14 p.m. ET: Solid, solid Penske Racing No. 22 car.

AJ Allmendinger @AJDinger
Congrats to Roger and @keselowski and everyone at @penskeracing and @DiscountTire on the NNS win. Cool to be a part of two in a row.

10:13 p.m. ET: Solid daps from the champ to Five-Time.

NASCAR on ESPN @ESPNNASCAR
"This is the type of car you get once a year if your lucky. I felt like Jimmie Johnson, this thing was a rocket," says winner @keselowski

10:10 p.m. ET: Washout? Nah. BURNOUT!

Chase Elliott @chaseelliott
That's a first! #rainburnout

10:09 p.m. ET: Run for the hills!

Reid Spencer@Reid_Spencer
High winds and lightning on the way. NASCAR and Ky Speedway urging folks to clear pits and grandstands.

10:08 p.m. ET: Wow, it's over.

NASCAR Nationwide @NASCAR_NNS
The race has just been called due to weather. The winner is @keselowski #NASCAR

9:59 p.m. ET: Never, ever, EVER count him out.

NASCAR Nationwide @NASCAR_NNS
Lap 170 - Still under the red flag and they have just called out the jet dryers. #NASCAR

9:58 p.m. ET: Stay patient, folks.

NASCAR Nationwide @NASCAR_NNS
Lap 170 - Still under the red flag and they have just called out the jet dryers. #NASCAR

9:52 p.m. ET: Not hard to see why he's the reigning Sprint Cup champ.

NASCAR on ESPN @ESPNNASCAR
"I want to race. I've never won a rain-shortened race and I don't want this to be the first. ... I want to earn this," says @keselowski

9:46 p.m. ET: Ay, caramba.

David Caraviello@dcaraviello
We are under El Bandera Roja here at Kentucky for Agua del Cielo.

9:44 p.m. ET: Analysis from Four-Time.

Jeff Gordon @JeffGordonWeb
Watching NNS race and my prediction on weather is a little more rain coming then clear to complete the last 30 laps.

9:39 p.m. ET: Just a quick race update for you.

David Caraviello@dcaraviello
As they run now under caution, with 34 to go: Keselowski, Sadler, Crafton, Vickers, Busch, Dillon, Larson, Piquet, Hornish, Bowman.

9:31 p.m. ET: Just so many shows going on tonight.

David Caraviello@dcaraviello
Brad Keselowski back to the front at Kentucky. BKShow?

9:18 p.m. ET: Smith to garage with part failure

9:10 p.m. ET: Busch/Keselowski drama.

9:07 p.m. ET: Here we go!

NASCAR on ESPN @ESPNNASCAR
Restart Lap 129 of 200: Brad, KyleB., Sam, Elliott, Austin, Vickers, Allgaier, Pastrana, Crafton, bowman, Larson, Swindell all on lead lap.

9:02 p.m. ET: Might be too little, too late.

NASCAR Nationwide @NASCAR_NNS
Lap 123 - Caution is out for debris as pts. leader @ReganSmith returns to the track after repairs on his suspension. #NASCAR

8:55 p.m. ET: Really not looking good for Smith.

David Caraviello@dcaraviello
Smith's two closest pursuers, Justin Allgaier and Sam Hornish Jr., running 13th and fourth. Points lead cut from 58 to 28 after last week.

8:53 p.m. ET: Could be huge, Jerry. HUGE!

David Caraviello@dcaraviello
More problems for Nationwide championship leader Regan Smith. To pit road a second time, hood up. "Something broke." Going behind wall.

8:48 p.m. ET: Halfway home, boys and girl.

NASCAR Nationwide @NASCAR_NNS
Lap 100 - Halfway home at @KySpeedway w/ @KyleBusch & @keselowski continue close battle for the lead. Pit stops coming up also. #NASCAR

8:45 p.m. ET: To put it simply, yessssssss.

David Caraviello@dcaraviello
Our two tripleheader contestants, Kyle Busch and Brad Keselowski, are now separated by less than a quarter second in Kentucky N'wide race.

8:41 p.m. ET: Absolutely.

Reid Spencer@Reid_Spencer
BTW, Matt Crafton doing an admirable job in NNS debut, currently holding P3 by a slim margin over Sam Hornish Jr.

8:36 p.m. ET: Kaboom.

NASCAR on ESPN @ESPNNASCAR
Kyle and Brad raced each other hard in the Truck race last night, now they're first/second in the Nationwide race. #FireworksAtNight?

8:34 p.m. ET: Out Front with Miss Coors Light: Quaker State 400

8:30 p.m. ET: Hard to argue there.

Jimmie Johnson @JimmieJohnson
A great day for the 488 shop, congrats @SteveLetarte & @DaleJr.

8:27 p.m. ET: Rough.

landon cassill @landoncassill
Hate this for my JD Motorsports team. That is our second engine failure in a row. Our car was handling pretty good too.

8:18 p.m. ET: Pit stop updates.

Boris for JGR @JoeGibbsRacing
Busch, Sadler, & Vickers all pit at the same time. So far so good! #NASCAR

TSMotorsports@TSMotorsports
Lap 50 - @NelsonPiquet hits pit road for a four tire stop.

TSMotorsports@TSMotorsports
.@J_Allgaier also on pit road for four tires and @SunocoRacing fuel

No.6 Team@RFR6PR
.@Tbayne21 asking for lots more grip when we come in for first pit stop. Getting close to needing green flag pits #RFRDriven

8:10 p.m. ET: Yeah, that's right.

NASCAR on ESPN @ESPNNASCAR
The top-4 championship-eligible finishers tonight race for an extra $100,000 at Daytona, the first race of Nationwide's Dash 4 Cash program.

8:05 p.m. ET:  Well, we don't have to worry about Samantha Busch falling asleep until Daytona, it appears.

Samantha Busch @SamanthaBusch
Pit box set up, they must think I get real thirsty during the races! @MonsterEnergy ;) twitpic.com/czq1r1

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8 p.m. ET: Ryan Truex, professional photographer, freelance race car driver.

Ryan Truex @Ryan_Truex

Watching the @NASCAR_NNS race at Kentucky on put road @ESPNNASCAR #nascar pic.twitter.com/v3bRVkqD6Y

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7:57 p.m. ET: Safe to say Michael Waltrip is in the camp that feels it should have been Bo Bice instead of Carrie Underwood.

Michael Waltrip @mw55
Lots o love for my buddy @OfficialBoBice and his rendition of our anthem. Good job bud!

7:55 p.m. ET: Many expecting big things from him tonight.

No. 60 TEAM@Pastrana60Team
Lap 10 and Pastrana has settled into 8th. Quiet on the radio.

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7:47 p.m. ET: Woo!

NASCAR Nationwide @NASCAR_NNS
GREEN FLAG!

7:45 p.m. ET: Heh, heh. I see what you did there.

Boris for JGR @JoeGibbsRacing
Which of our #NASCAR drivers are you cheering for tonight? (All of them is an acceptable answer :)

7:25 p.m. ET: Who's ready for racin'?

NASCAR Nationwide @NASCAR_NNS
Just about ready for the green flag for the Feed the Children 300, on @ESPNNASCAR (ESPN).

7:24 p.m. ET: This is getting juicy.

NASCAR on SPEED @NASCARonSPEED
.@kylepetty on his @DanicaPatrick comments on @SPEEDCenter- "When she goes out to race, she runs laps. She doesn't race people...(cont.)"

NASCAR on SPEED @NASCARonSPEED
(Cont). @kylepetty- "We don't see her do a lot of door-to-door (racing)...most of the time, she maintains her pace & runs her speed."

7:20 p.m. ET: Like he even needs introduction at a Nationwide race. Please.

KyleBuschMotorsports @KBMteam
Pre race intros @KySpeedway @KyleBusch gets ready to rumble! @MonsterEnergy style. #unleashthebeast pic.twitter.com/pwe57BlWz3

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7:10 p.m. ET: This is a huge deal, if you missed it earlier.

David Caraviello@dcaraviello
Also earlier at #NASCAR.com: James Finch has found a buyer for Phoenix Racing, transaction may be done by mid-July. bit.ly/11NOdXy

7:07 p.m. ET: Interesting. Definitely keep an eye on this during tonight's Feed the Children 300.

NASCAR on ESPN @ESPNNASCAR
Sam Hornish says he and crew chief Greg Erwin are fine after several volatile radio exchanges at Road America.

7:03 p.m. ET: Surely, can't be serious.

David Caraviello@dcaraviello
This cloud stuff is serious. Dale Jr. said track got cloudy about six cars before he went out, and he knew the track temp was going down.

7:02 p.m. ET: Yeah, buddy indeed!

David Caraviello@dcaraviello
Two bits of news from Dale Jr.: He got his hair cut by Great Clips before qualifying. And he followed qualifying on #NASCAR.com. #YeahBuddy

7 p.m. ET: Gotta say, that looks pretty natural.

Hendrick Motorsports @TeamHendrick
This is the first pole of the 2013 #NASCAR Sprint Cup season for #DaleJr and the No. 88 team. pic.twitter.com/Tj7SRKQNEf

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6:58 p.m. ET: There's that cloud, again.

David Caraviello@dcaraviello
Dale: "We thought we had a top-5 car in practice, got some good cloud cover … that brought the track temp down and gave us an advantage."

6:51 p.m. ET: Heh. There's that classic DC humor, shining through again.

David Caraviello@dcaraviello

Yes, that Marty Snider is indeed speedy. Oh, wait …. RT @TeamHendrick: The fastest man in Kentucky. #NASCAR pic.twitter.com/3aVX9Vf9cq

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6:45 p.m. ET: Some of the Chevy drivers.

Team Chevy @TeamChevy

.@NASCAR #SPRINTCUP qualifying results @KySpeedway - @DaleJr p1 @JimmieJohnson p3 @RyanNewman39 p7 @jpmontoya p10

6:44 p.m. ET: Montoya looking to rebound from one of the most disappointing final laps for any driver of the season last week at Sonoma.

Juan Pablo Montoya @jpmontoya
qualified P10 in the @Target car. the guys made really good changes from practice. think we have a pretty good piece.

6:43 p.m. ET: Cloud coverage: an underrated driver skill.

David Caraviello@dcaraviello
Key to Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s pole run at Kentucky? "We got some great cloud cover," he said. OK, the car might have been pretty good, too.

6:35 p.m. ET: Now seems like a great time to tune in!

NASCAR @NASCAR
Want to hear what the top qualifiers have to say? Get ready for Press Pass --> nas.cr/gzbW #NASCAR

5:30 p.m. ET: Hello, and thanks for joining NASCAR.com's Minute-by-Minute coverage of Kentucky Speedway weekend. Tonight we're looking at Sprint Cup qualifying and the Nationwide Series Feed the Children 300 race.

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