News & Media

Lap-by-Lap: Kentucky

June 29, 2012, ,

Lap 200 -- CHECKERED FLAG: That was impressive! Austin Dillon takes the victory, the first of his career in the Nationwide Series ... and grandfather Richard Childress gets all but mugged by Max Papis on top of the team transporter!

Lap 198 -- Two laps to go. There's no challenge from behind.

Lap 194 -- Kurt Busch says that he's lost a cylinder in his engine.

Lap 192 -- There are only eight cars on the lead lap -- Austin Dillon, Kurt Busch, Kevin Harvick, Michael Annett, Justin Allgaier, Sam Hornish Jr., Brad Keselowski and Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

Lap 190 -- Ten laps to go. Austin Dillon also stands to take the lead in the Nationwide Series point standings if the race finishes the way it's going right now.

Lap 189 -- The top five are separated by 14.6 seconds.

Lap 186 -- The record here at Kentucky for most laps led by a Nationwide Series winner is 150, by Carl Edwwards. Austin Dillon is well over that mark.

Lap 184 -- Austin Dillon's lead is now 6.7 seconds.

Lap 180 -- Twenty laps to go.

Lap 178 -- Brian Scott is on pit road with the hood up. He had been running in ninth place.

Lap 176 -- Max Papis, who is serving as a coach for Austin Dillon, is standing on the team's transporter alongside Richard Childress.

Lap 170 -- Mike Wallace is being black-flagged for failure to maintain a safe speed on the race track.

Lap 169 -- If this was the 1970s and Monday Night Football, "Dandy" Don Meredith would be warming up to sing, "Turn out the lights, the party's over ..."

Lap 167 -- Four seconds.

Lap 164 -- Mike Dillon, Austin Dillon's father, was a regular on what is now the Nationwide Series for several years. His best finishes were a pair of fourth-place efforts -- one at Dover and the other at Hickory.

Lap 158 -- Austin Dillon is three seconds ahead of Kurt Busch, and the gap is growing.

Lap 156 -- Justin Allgaier and Kevin Harvick are fighting hard over third place. Give the spot to Harvick right now.

Lap 155 -- Austin Dillon has led all but eight laps so far tonight.

Lap 153 -- Austin Dillon is already out in front of second-place Kurt Busch by 1.5 seconds.

Lap 152 -- Kevin Harvick gets by Michael Annett for fourth place.

Lap 150 -- GREEN FLAG: Austin Dillon and Michael Annett are the leaders on the restart. Kurt Busch tries to go three wide for the lead going into Turn 1. The move doesn't work, but he does take second, over Just Allgaier.

Lap 147 -- Strategy has worked in Austin Dillon's favor, bit time. Because he was so far out front when he pitted, he was able to make it back out in time to re-take the lead before the caution came out.

Lap 145 -- Michael Annett drops onto pit road.

Lap 143 -- YELLOW FLAG: The event's second caution comes out when Mike Wallace slaps the wall.

Lap 143 -- Ricky Stenhouse Jr. is in his pit stall.

Lap 142 -- Leader Austin Dillon is stopping.

Lap 140 -- Sam Hornish Jr. is making his stop.

Lap 137 -- Kenndy Hamlin goes to the garage. Kurt Busch is in for his pit stop.

Lap 135 -- Denny Hamlin's engine is finally giving up the ghost.

Lap 132 -- Cole Whitt is on pit road.

Lap 130 -- Kevin Harvick is pitting.

Lap 122 -- Michael Annett is having a great night. He's currenly in fourth place.

Lap 120 -- Eighty laps to go.

Lap 117 -- Kurt Busch goes to the high side of Kevin Harvick for second place.

Lap 116 -- Kurt Busch is catching Kevin Harvick for second place.

Lap 114 -- It is kind of cool to see a black No. 3 car up front.

Lap 107 -- After putting a lap on Elliott Sadler, leader Austin Dillon has to deal with a big pack of lapped traffic.

Lap 106 -- Austin Dillon is about to lap 11th-place Elliott Sadler.

Lap 100 -- The race has reached the halfway point.

Lap 94 -- Austin Dillon's lead over Kevin Harvick is 6.9 seconds.

Lap 92 -- The top five after the green-flag pit stops are Austin Dillon, Kevin Harvick, Kurt Busch, Sam Hornish Jr. and Michael Annett.

Lap 88 -- After the cycle of stops, Austin Dillon's lead over Kevin Harvick is huge.

Lap 87 -- Justin Allgaier is pitting. The lead goes back to Austin Dillon.

Lap 85 -- Brad Keselowski, Danica Patrick, Michael Annett and others are pitting.

Lap 84 -- Ricky Stenhouse Jr. is in his pit stall. He's crooked, but he's in.

Lap 83 -- Austin Dillon, Kurt Busch and Elliott Sadler are making their stops.

Lap 82 -- Kevin Harvick is pitting.

Lap 81 -- Expect Austin Dillon to pit in the next few laps.

Lap 80 -- Twenty laps to the halfway point.

Lap 79 -- Austin Dillon's lead over Ricky Stenhouse Jr. stands at 1.4 seconds.

Lap 69 -- Denny Hamlin's engine might be in the process of laying down.

Lap 68 -- Kurt Busch charges past Sam Hornish Jr. for fourth place on the backstretch.

Lap 66 -- Elliott Sadler, shown in 11th place, says his car won't do anything he wants it to do.

Lap 64 -- Ricky Stenhouse Jr. is finally able to move past Kevin Harvick for second place.

Lap 63 -- Ricky Stenhouse Jr. tires to make a move on Kevin Harvick for second place, but Harvick uses a lapped car for a pick to block the move.

Lap 61 -- Forget about Austion Dillon. Kevin Harvick has his hands full with Ricky Stenhouse Jr. in a struggle for second place.

Lap 60 -- Kevin Harvick is now down 2.2 seconds to leader Austin Dillon.

Lap 56 -- The top-five cars are separated by 6.1 seconds.

Lap 54 -- Denny Hamlin reports that his rear tires are chattering on the race track. He's in 10th place.

Lap 52 -- Austin Dillon's lead over Kevin Harvick has not only stabilized, but grown by a little bit. He's now about 9/10ths of a second to the good over Harvick.

Lap 49 -- Ricky Stenhouse Jr. powers his way past Sam Hornish Jr. for third place coming off Turn 2. At about the same time, Kurt Busch grabs fifth place from Michael Annett.

Lap 45 -- Ricky Stenhouse Jr. was 10th on the restart after taking four tires, but after blasting his way through the field, his charge to the front has stalled a little bit in fourth place. Still, he'll be making a move on Sam Hornish Jr. for third any time now.

Lap 42 -- Sam Hornish Jr. is about a second behind second-place Kevin Harvick.

Lap 39 -- Kevin Harvick was able to erase about 2/10ths of a second off Austin Dillon's lead the last time around.

Lap 38 -- Kevin Harvick is now running in second,j Sam Hornish Jr. in third.

Lap 36 -- Ricky Stenhouse Jr. rolls to the outside of Justin Allgaier for fourth place.

Lap 34 -- The top five are Austin Dillon, Justin Allgaier, Kevin Harvick, Sam Hornish Jr. and Michael Annett.

Lap 31 -- GREEN FLAG: Austin Dillon and Kevin Harvick are the leaders on the restart. The outside line is working much better than the inside, allowing Justin Allgaier to chug into second place, past Harvick.

Lap 27 -- The leaders are on pit road. Most take just two tires, but Ricky Stenhouse Jr. takes four.

Lap 25 -- YELLOW FLAG: The event's first caution is out for an accident involving Jamie Mosley.

Lap 23 -- Brad Keselowski is slowly catching second-place Sam Hornish Jr., his Penske Racing teammate.

Lap 18 -- Austin Dillon has built a lead of 1.3 seconds over second-place Sam Hornish Jr.

Lap 4 -- Kevin Harvick appears to let Brad Keselowski make the pass in their battle for third place.

Lap 3 -- Brad Keselowski and Kevin Harvick are side by side for third place.

Lap 1 -- GREEN FLAG: The race gets under way at 7:49 p.m. ET. Pole-sitter Austin Dillon is clear for the lead in Turn 1.

7:44 p.m. ET -- Cars are beginning to roll off pit road.

7:42 p.m. ET -- The race's scheduled distance is 300 miles, 200 laps.

7:39 p.m. ET -- Kevin Hagan, president of Feed the Children, gives the command to fire engines.

7:32 p.m. ET -- The Cincinnati Children's Choir sings the national anthem.

7:31 p.m. ET -- The colors are presented by the Kentucky National Guard. The invocation is given by Pastor John Roberts of Raceway Ministries.

7:09 p.m. ET -- A severe wind and thunderstorm swept through the area this afternoon, but we should be OK for an on-time start.

7:07 p.m. ET -- Austin Dillon is on the pole after turning in a lap of 172.199 mph during qualifying. Teammate Kevin Harvick will start second, followed by Brad Keselowski, Sam Hornish Jr. and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. in the top five. Denny Hamlin, Justin Allgaier, Kurt Busch, Michael Annett and Cole Whitt round out the top 10.

John Jackson was the only driver who failed to qualify.

10:09 p.m. ET -- Qualifying is slated to begin at 4:35 p.m. ET. Cole Whitt was fastest in a single practice session on Thursday.