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Lap-by-Lap: Kentucky

July 10, 2011, ,

Lap 267 -- CHECKERD FLAG: Kyle Busch becomes the first driver to win a Cup Series race at Kentucky Speedway after fans watched him go from last to first to win the Truck Series race on Thursday, followed by a third-place finish in Friday's Nationwide event and now -- a third Cup Series trip to Victory Lane in 2011. David Reutimann finished second, his best of the season. Jimmie Johnson finished third after admitting he didn't see the white flag and thought he had one more lap to close than he actually did. Busch now assumes the lead atop the point standings with four points separating him from Carl Edwards in second.

Lap 266 -- WHITE FLAG: Kyle Busch leads with Jimmie Johnson on his bumper.

Lap 265 -- GREEN FLAG: Kyle Busch brings the field back up to speed with Jimmie Johnson in second and Kurt Busch in third.

Lap 263 -- Clint Bowyer appears to have cut a tire as the cleanup crew clears the track of debris.

Lap 262 -- YELLOW FLAG NO. 6: Clint Bowyer hits the wall. Landon Cassill gets the free pass.

Lap 261 -- Carl Edwards moves up to ninth. Kyle Busch remains the race leader but Jimmie Johnson is closing.

Lap 260 -- Kyle Busch jumps out front as Jimmie Johnson gets past Matt Kenseth for second.

Lap 259 -- GREEN FLAG: Kyle Busch leads the field back up to speed and is followed by Matt Kenseth, David Reutimann and Jimmie Johnson.

Lap 257 -- David Reutimann gives up the lead to take two tires on pit road. Kurt Busch takes four tires. Brad Keselowski takes four tires and the No. 18 is back out front.

Lap 254 -- YELLOW FLAG NO. 5: Trouble for Dale Earnhardt Jr. as the No. 88 blows a tire just after leaving pit road. Dale Jr. returns to his stall, has the tire replaced and is back on the track. Seven cars are on the lead lap. Juan Montoya gets the free pass with 23 cars taking the wave around. David Reutimann currently has the lead.

Lap 253 -- Most of the field is finishing up their final pit stops of the race. Denny Hamlin gives up second to pit for two tires and fuel. He's off in 7.2 seconds.

Lap 250 -- Kurt Busch makes his final stop and is off pit road in a flash with two tires and a splash of fuel.

Lap 248 -- Kyle Busch went to pit road behind Brad Keselowski but is now two spots ahead of the Blue Deuce and running in ninth.

Lap 246 -- No. 51 reporting debris in the groove in Turn 4. Still no caution.

Lap 243 -- Debris is being reported in Turn 4, but no caution yet.

Lap 242 -- Kurt Busch stays out to lead a lap. He'll have to pit before it's over.

Lap 240 -- Kyle Busch gives up second and calls for more downforce. He takes two tires and is off pit road. Brad Keselowski pits and takes just two tires and fuel as well.

Lap 237 -- Kyle Busch is closing on Brad Keselowski with each passing lap. The two have led the most laps among all drivers and have proven to be the fastest drivers on the track for most of the race.

Lap 236 -- Jimmie Johnson is in for an 8.1-second pit stop.

Lap 235 -- Drivers who pitted most recently may elect for right-side tires only and a splash of fuel to go. Points leader Kevin Harvick pits for tires and fuel.

Lap 234 -- Brad Keselowski last came to pit road on Lap 186.

Lap 233 -- Tony Stewart pits under green for what you'd think would be his final time. The No. 14 gets four tires, fuel and is back up to speed.

Lap 231 -- Ryan Newman is running in ninth and says the car is tight, then free on entry.

Lap 229 -- Matt Kenseth is in fourth but says the No. 17 is more than tight and thirsty for fuel. Tony Stewart is in fifth and discussing his fuel window and a good time to make their final pit stop.

Lap 227 -- Brad Keselowski and Kyle Busch are both short on fuel and will have to pit before final laps.

Lap 225 -- Tony Stewart rounds out the top five as Brad Keselowski continues to set the pace, 1.9-seconds ahead of Kyle Busch and 2.7-seconds ahead of Jimmie Johnson in third.

Lap 220 -- Ryan Newman and David Reutimann do battle for eighth.

Lap 219 -- Denny Hamlin is working on David Ragan for 10th. The 11 team has done an excellent job recovering from an engine change on Friday.

Lap 216 -- Juan Montoya is hanging around in seventh after starting the race on the front row.

Lap 213 -- The top three remains unchanged as Kyle Busch and Jimmie Johnson do battle for second.

Lap 212 -- Jimmie Johnson holds on to third.

Lap 211 -- Brad Keselowski holds his line on the inside and leads the lap.

Lap 210 -- GREEN FLAG: Brad Keselowski leads the field back to green and is followed by Kyle Busch, Jimmie Johnson and Tony Stewart.

Lap 207 -- Officials add another lap under yellow. Tony Stewart thinks he has a tire going down. He'll restart fourth.

Lap 202 -- Leader David Ragan heads to pit road with several others. Brad Keselowski stays out to assume the top spot and is followed by Kyle Busch and Jimmie Johnson. Jamie McMurray is fine and has been released form the in-field care center.

Lap 200 -- YELLOW FLAG NO 4: Jamie McMurray's car is smoking and on fire as the No. 1 blows an engine heading into Turn 1. The engine may be crispy, but McMurray's chances of winning are far from finger lickin' good.

Lap 199 -- Dale Jr. gives up position to pit for tires and fuel. David Ragan takes the lead as Denny Hamlin pits.

Lap 198 -- David Ragan is running in second as Dale Jr. races into third.

Lap 195 -- Denny Hamlin made the right call to pit under caution at Lap 153 and can afford to stay out awhile. He's on older tires, but track position is more important at this point.

Lap 193 -- Kyle Busch heads down pit road, asks for a drink, takes four tires and fuel. Denny Hamlin goes from last to first, stays off pit road and leads the lap.

Lap 192 -- Denny Hamlin is on the move and up to seventh as Dale Earnhardt Jr. joins the party in 10th.

Lap 190 --Kasey Kahne rounds out the top 10. David Reutimann is in fifth and Denny Hamlin is up to 12th after starting the race from the rear.

Lap 188 -- Jimmie Johnson has moved up to second as Kyle Busch leads by 0.764 seconds.

Lap 187 -- Kyle Busch takes the lead as Brad Keselowski pits for four tires and fuel. Total time: 14.8 seconds.

Lap 186 -- Brad Keselowski continues to use hand signals to communicate with his team; his radio isn't working.

Lap 182 -- Brad Keselowski will have to pit within the next five laps unless a caution comes out.

Lap 180 -- Tony Stewart gives up second and heads to pit road. The No. 14 takes four tires and fuel.

Lap 178 -- Tony Stewart worked hard all week to dial in the No. 14 and says the car is a tad free but plenty fast during long runs. He'll pit soon.

Lap 173 -- Brad Keselowski and Tony Stewart are running 1-2 but both are on a different pit cycle than Kyle Busch and Jimmie Johnson, currently running 3-4. Look for a lead change soon.

Lap 171 -- The Blue Deuce is holding its own out front and Tony Stewart (second) doesn't seem able to close.

Lap 169 -- Twenty-six cars remain on the lead lap. Kevin Harvick remains in 10th.

Lap 167 -- David Reutimann and Juan Montoya battle for sixth as leader Brad Keselowski contemplates his next pit stop, which shouldn't be too far off.

Lap 165 -- Brad Keselowski can hear his spotter but the radio isn't reliable. The No. 2 has now moved on to using hand signals while running out front.

Lap 163 -- Jimmie Johnson moves up to fourth as Kurt Busch drops into fifth. Tony Stewart last pitted on Lap 124. Brad Kesleowski pitted on Lap 129. Kyle Busch pitted at Lap 139 under caution.

Lap 161 -- Brad Keselowski takes back the lead as Tony Stewart and Kyle Busch do battle for second.

Lap 160 -- Tony Stewart, Kyle Busch and Brad Keselowski cross the stripe three wide and Stewart claims the lead.

Lap 159 -- Kyle Busch jumps out front, passing Brad Keselowski. Tony Stewart moves to third. Jimmie Johnson rounds out the top five.

Lap 158 -- GREEN FLAG: Brad Keselowski leads the field back to green and is followed by Kyle Busch, Kurt Busch, Tony Stewart and Carl Edwards.

Lap 156 -- Crews report the track is clean. One to go until green.

Lap 155 -- The field is bunched up under yellow and crossing the stripe as cleanup continues.

Lap 154 -- Brad Keselowski can't hear his team on the radio and will look to have it replaced on pit road.

Lap 153 -- YELLOW FLAG NO. 3: Oil in Turn 3. Bobby Labonte gets the free pass as several cars get back on the lead lap under another caution. Kasey Kahne heads back to pit road.

Lap 152 -- Brad Keselowski claims the fastest lap of the race at 30.501 seconds. Drivers reporting oil in Turns 3 and 4.

Lap 150 -- Jimmie Johnson moves to sixth, passing Kasey Kahne. Brad Keselowski increases his lead over Kyle Busch.

Lap 149 -- Kyle Busch gets past Kurt Busch for second.

Lap 148 -- Kasey Kahne drops to sixth. Brad Keselowski leads the lap and Tony Stewart remain in second.

Lap 147 -- GREEN FLAG: Brad Keselowski won Friday's Nationwide race and leads the field back to green. He's followed by Tony Stewart, Kyle Busch, Kurt Busch and Kasey Kahne.

Lap 145 -- Cleanup continues. One to go until green. Nine cars take wave around.

Lap 142 -- Brad Keselowski stays out to lead a lap. Tony Stewart stays off pit road as well and claims P2. Kyle Busch is in third as the field moves through Turn 2 under caution.

Lap 140 -- The leaders head to pit road. Kurt Busch takes a splash of fuel and gains a spot. Kyle Busch remains out front.

Lap 139 -- YELLOW FLAG NO. 2: Debris, somewhere. Mark Martin gets the free pass.

Lap 137 -- Matt Kenseth is tight in traffic but happy overall. Kurt Busch says the track feels like its going through a major change under the lights. Kasey Kahne has the No. 4 in fourth and struggling to keep the splitter off the ground.

Lap 136 -- Dale Jr. goes a lap down.

Lap 134 -- Kyle Busch is putting on a clinic during the Cup Series' first race at Kentucky. He's led 99 laps up to this point.

Lap 131 -- Twenty-once cars are back on the lead lap with Dale Earnhardt Jr. in 21st.

Lap 131 -- After a second cycle of green-flag pit stops, Kyle Busch is out front by 8.9 seconds. Carl Edwards assumes second.

Lap 129 -- Kyle Busch decides to come in and is followed by Brad Keselowski. Mike Bliss is caught speeding.

Lap 128 -- As pit stops continue, just three cars are on the lead lap.

Lap 127 -- Brad Keselowski stays out and moves up to third. Kurt Busch gives up second to pit. Five cars are on the lead lap.

Lap 125 -- Green-flag pit stops continue as Kyle Busch remains out on the track. He should pit soon.

Lap 123 -- Dale Jr. is in for four tires and fuel.

Lap 122 -- Juan Montoya is in for tires and fuel. The No. 48 heads down pit road.

Lap 120 -- Kasey Kahne is on pit road for four tires, fuel and a couple of adjustments. Greg Biffle is in for tires and fuel, so is David Reutimann.

Lap 119 -- Dale Earnhardt Jr. moves to 19th, up 10 spots since the start of the race.

Lap 116 -- More than 18.5 seconds separate leader Kyle Busch from Kevin Harvick in 10th. Busch has the fastest lap of the race at 30.792 seconds.

Lap 114 -- Jimmie Johnson drops to fourth as Carl Edwards takes the third spot.

Lap 113 -- Jeff Gordon is in danger of going a lap down. Marcos Ambrose can't gain ground after returning to pit road under green for more fuel. He's two laps down.

Lap 112 -- With the aid of just one caution, Denny Hamlin is knocking on the door of the top 10 after starting from the rear.

Lap 109 -- Brad Keselowski wants the car fixed for entry but says it gets better on the long runs. Juan Montoya is in eighth and says the care is a little tight. Matt Kenseth -- in ninth -- thought he broke a valve spring but reports the No. 17 seems to be improving.

Lap 107 -- Kasey Kahne is still complaining of vibration as the team talks about another adjustment.

Lap 106 -- Carl Edwards says the car is tight and stalling out in traffic, but remains in third.

Lap 103 -- Much longer, and leader Kyle Busch will have put most of the field at least one lap down. He's running 6.2-seconds ahead of Kurt Busch.

Lap 102 -- David Reutimann gets past Jimmie Johnson for fifth.

Lap 101 -- Drivers reporting debris in Turn 4. Officials are trying to confirm.

Lap 98 -- Leader Kyle Busch is half-a-track length ahead of Kevin Harvick in 10th.

Lap 94 -- Jimmie Johnson's biggest issue appears to be on pit road. The No. 48 is turning strong lap times, but losing positions after slow pit stops.

Lap 92 -- Kyle Busch has led 56 laps and has a lead of 4.7 seconds.

Lap 90 -- Casey Mears goes a lap down.

Lap 88 -- David Reutimann came to compete -- up 12 spots since the start of the race and into the top five.

Lap 84 -- Kyle Busch takes back the lead from Landon Cassill after the No. 51 heads to pit road.

Lap 82 -- Dave Blaney is penalized for missing a lug nut off pit road. Landon Cassill says out and leads a lap. David Reutiman is tight and gets a wedge adjustment, four tires and fuel. Kyle Busch says the No. 18 is too tight and gets a wedge adjustment. Kasey Kahne gets adjustments, four tires and fuel.

Lap 79 -- Brian Vickers is caught for speeding on pit road as the field cycles through green-flag pit stops.

Lap 76 -- Kentucky may be known for horse racing, but there is very little jockeying for position out front as Kyle Busch has the No. 18 several car lengths ahead of everyone else.

Lap 74 -- Twenty-eight cars are now running on the lead lap as David Gilliland goes a lap down.

Lap 70 -- Kasey Kahne passes Jimmie Johnson for third and is talking to his crew about another vibration in the No. 4. This wouldn't be the first race weekend that Kanhe has complained about vibration. His crew doesn't have an explanation and tells him to deal with it.

Lap 66 -- Mike Bliss goes a lap down.

Lap 65 -- Juan Montoya drops to eighth. Marcos Ambrose has to pit under green after a communication error with his pit crew has the No. 9 racing around with one less can of fuel than it should have.

Lap 60 -- Kyle Busch has the No. 18 running smooth as bourbon through the turns at Kentucky and continues to put space between himself and the rest of the field.

Lap 58 -- No change in the top five as Kyle Busch sets the pace, 3.2-seconds ahead of Kurt Busch -- in second.

Lap 53 -- Thirty-five cars remain on the lead lap with Travis Kvapil running in 35th.

Lap 51 -- Brad Keselowski won Friday's Nationwide race at Kentucky, remains in sixth and owns the fastest speed of the race at 197.83 mph.

Lap 50 -- Jamie McMurray is a big mover, up 11 spots to 23rd.

Lap 49 -- Kevin Harvick joins the party and passes Paul Menard for ninth.

Lap 47 -- Kyle Busch opens up a 2.1-second lead ahead of Kurt Busch.

Lap 45 -- Jimmie Johnson called the entry into Turn 3 flat and bumpy before his first pit stop and reports he likes the track bar adjustments made to the No. 48.

Lap 43 -- Brad Keselowski started in sixth and hasn't gained or lost a spot to this point.

Lap 41 -- Ryan Newman is getting cranky after Jeff Gordon rode the bumper of the No. 39 and wasn't letting off. Gordon gets by and passes Newman for 26th.

Lap 39 -- Kurt Busch gets past Kasey Kahne and is chasing brother Kyle for the lead. Jimmie Johnson passes Kahne as well and claims third.

Lap 38 -- David Reutimann is still gaining spots, up 10 since the start of the race and running in seventh.

Lap 37 -- Kyle Busch proves he's one of the best on the restart, screams past Kasey Kahne and claims the lead.

Lap 36 -- GREEN FLAG: Kasey Kahne leads the field back to green and is followed by Kyle Busch, Kurt Busch, Jimmie Johnson and Carl Edwards.

Lap 34 -- David Reutimann rounds out the top 10 after starting 17th. Travis Kvapil heads to pit road, giving the top spot to Kasey Kahne.

Lap 32 -- Travis Kvapil stayed out and is credited with leading a lap.

Lap 31 -- Most of the field heads down pit road. Kurt Busch takes two tires and is off. Joey Logano takes on fuel and is off. Kasey Kahne moves up two spots after winning the race off pit road. Kurt Busch loses two spots and will restart third.

Lap 30 -- YELLOW FLAG NO. 1: Competition caution. Greg Biffle and Joey Logano trade some paint but save their loose cars.

Lap 27 -- The leaders will soon have to deal with more lapped traffic as speeds continue to pick up.

Lap 26 -- Kurt Busch leads but can't shake little brother Kyle as he chases the No. 22 through Turn 4. Joe Nemechek goes a lap down.

Lap 22 -- Officials announce a competition caution at Lap 30.

Lap 20 -- Kurt Busch remains out front.

Lap 19 -- Denny Hamlin is on the move and in 28th after starting from the rear due to an engine change.

Lap 17 -- Kurt and Kyle Busch continue to run 1-2 and aren't being challenged much.

Lap 11 -- Paul Menard gains ground and moves up to ninth.

Lap 10 -- Tony Stewart claims 10th after passing Matt Kenseth.

Lap 8 -- Joey Logano is up three spots and is running in 12th. Ryan Newman and Jeff Gordon trade a little paint but save their cars and motor down the track.

Lap 6 -- Kurt and Kyle Busch are swapping 1-2 and doing their best to get clean air to the front of their cars.

Lap 5 -- Matt Kenseth joins the top 10 after passing Tony Stewart, now in 11th.

Lap 4 -- Juan Montoya has dropped three spots to fifth. David Ragan moves up one spot to seventh.

Lap 3 -- Kurt Busch catches brother Kyle and becomes the second leader of the race.

Lap 1 -- Kyle Busch moves high up the track, holds off brother Kurt through Turn 4 and leads the first lap.

7:45 p.m. ET -- GREEN FLAG: Kyle Busch brings the field to green and begins the first of 267 laps of racing at Kentucky Speedway. Denny Hamlin (changed engine) and Dave Blaney (changed transmission) start from the rear.

7:43 p.m. ET -- The cars are rolling off pit road for warm-up laps. It may be a new venue on the Sprint Cup tour, but Kentucky's surface is far from new. The asphalt here was put down when the track was repaved in 2005, seven years after construction. Since then it's seen plenty of action, from stock-car and open-wheel events to the countless test laps NASCAR teams turned here before the practice was banned.

7:37 p.m. ET -- Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear gives the command: "Gentlemen, start your engines!"

7:31 p.m. ET -- Recording artist Nick Lachey performs the national anthem.

7:30 p.m. ET -- Raceway Ministries Pastor John Roberts delivers the Invocation.

6:30 p.m. ET -- Countdown to Green is under way on TNT.

5:45 p.m. ET -- Jimmie Johnson has 15 victories on 1.5-mile tracks, most of all time. Other current drivers with 10 or more wins on 1.5-mile tracks: Jeff Gordon (14/142 starts); Tony Stewart (11/114); Carl Edwards (10/67); Mark Martin (10/170).

5:15 p.m. ET -- It's a beautiful day at Kentucky Speedway for the Quaker State 400. It's currently 81 degrees under sunny skies. Temperatures are expected to fall into the mid-70s as the evening progresses with very little chance for rain. Kyle Busch will bring the field to the green for the Cup Series' inaugural race at 7:45 p.m. ET. Seven drivers entered in today's race have won at Kentucky: Greg Biffle (Truck); Kyle Busch (Nationwide); Carl Edwards (Truck and Nationwide); David Gilliland (Nationwide); Kevin Harvick (Nationwide); Joey Logano (Nationwide) and Mike Skinner (Truck).