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Lap-by-Lap: Kentucky

September 22, 2012, ,

Lap 200 -- CHECKERED FLAG: Austin Dillon leads 65 laps to score the Nationwide Series sweep at Kentucky Speedway this season.

Lap 197 -- There's a nice little scramble for ninth place. Brad Sweet has it and Ryan Blaney wants it.

Lap 195 -- Five laps to go. Giddyup there, Mr. Hornish!

Lap 193 -- The gap between Austin Dillon and second-place Sam Hornish Jr. remains steady at about 1.2 seconds.

Lap 191 -- There are 10 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 190 -- Ten laps to go. It's Austin Dillon's race to lose.

Lap 186 -- Sam Hornish Jr. trails Austin Dillon by 1.4 seconds.

Lap 183 -- The top five is Austin Dillon, Sam Hornish Jr., Brendan Gaughan, Drew Herring and Elliott Sadler.

Lap 180 -- Twenty laps to go.

Lap 176 -- Ricky Stenhouse Jr. is now shown in 17th place.

Lap 174 -- Austin Dillon is 1.5 seconds in front of Sam Hornish Jr.

Lap 171 -- Sam Hornish Jr. is going after Brendan Gaughan for second place.

Lap 170 -- Elliott Sadler roars past Drew Herring for fifth place on the backstretch. Thirty laps to go.

Lap 167 -- Brendan Gaughan bypasses Cole Whitt for second place.

Lap 166 -- GREEN FLAG: Austin Dillon, Sam Hornish Jr., Cole Whitt, Drew Herring and Brendan Gaughan are the leaders on the restart. Elliott Sadler is in seventh place. Dillon is clear for the lead in Turns 1 and 2. Whitt and Gaughan get by Hornish for second and third.

Lap 162 -- Elliott Sadler is on pit road. Ryan Blaney and Brad Sweet are also in.

Lap 160 -- YELLOW FLAG NO. 6: Eric McClure slides through the infield grass.

Lap 154 -- Austin Dillon leads Elliott Sadler by three seconds. It's 7.6 seconds back to third-place Sam Hornish Jr.

Lap 152 -- After the cycle of green-flag stops, the top five are Austin Dillon, Elliott Sadler, Sam Hornish Jr., Cole Whitt and Drew Herring.

Lap 150 -- Fifty laps to go. Drew Herring is in his pit stall. Brian Scott and Michael Annett are also in.

Lap 147 -- Joe Nemechek's car is smoking. Cole Whitt makes his pit stop. Johanna Long and Sam Hornish Jr. are also on pit road.

Lap 146 -- Elliott Sadler and Austin Dillon, teammates at Richard Childress Racing, are pitting.

Lap 145 -- Elliott Sadler radios his crew saying his steering box is locking up.

Lap 143 -- Johanna Long just got around Brian Scott for 10th place. Can you say "real deal"?

Lap 141 -- Alex Bowman's car is smoking, and there's fluid hitting the roof camera on leader Elliott Sadler's Chevrolet.

Lap 139 -- Danica Patrick makes her stop.

Lap 138 -- Justin Allgaier is pitting.

Lap 136 -- There are 13 cars on the lead lap. Alex Bowman gives up eighth place to roll onto pit road.

Lap 132 -- Kurt Busch goes to the garage.

Lap 130 -- Kurt Busch is on pit road. The crew goes under the hood.

Lap 129 -- Kurt Busch's car is smoking heavily.

Lap 128 -- Elliott Sadler leads Austin Dillon by 1.7 seconds.

Lap 122 -- Ricky Stenhouse Jr. update. He's still three laps down and in 26th place.

Lap 120 -- Eighty laps to go.

Lap 118 -- In two career Nationwide Series starts here at Kentucky, Elliott Sadler has finished fifth and ninth.

Lap 116 -- Austin Dillon continues to lose ground to leader Elliott Sadler.

Lap 111 -- The best battle on the track is between Cole Whitt and Drew Herring for fifth place.

Lap 107 -- Elliott Sadler leads Austin Dillon by about 4/10ths of a second, and third-place Kurt Busch by about 2.7.

Lap 106 -- The top five are Elliott Sadler, Austin Dillon, Kurt Busch, Sam Hornish Jr. and Cole Whitt.

Lap 103 -- Austin Dillon makes another attempt on Elliott Sadler for the lead in Turn 3, but can't make the move stick.

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

Lap 99 -- Elliott Sadler clears Austin Dillon for the top spot.

Lap 98 -- Austin Dillon gets a run under Elliott Sadler for the lead in Turn 3. They remain side by side at the stripe.

Lap 97 -- After spinning early in the race, Drew Herring is back up in sixth place.

Lap 94 -- Brian Scott scrapes the wall coming off Turn 2, but keeps going without bringing out the caution.

Lap 93 -- GREEN FLAG: Austin Dillon, Elliott Sadler, Brian Scott, Sam Hornish Jr. and Kurt Busch are the leaders on the restart. Sadler clears for the lead while Hornish appears to be having all kinds of trouble on the restart.

Lap 90 -- The leaders hit pit road.

Lap 87 -- YELLOW FLAG NO. 5: Taylor Malsam spins off Turn 4. Elliott Sadler had just lapped Malsam, who was then tagged into the spin by Mike Wallace.

Lap 85 -- Danny Efland is finally able to make it around to pit road. No caution.

Lap 83 -- Danny Efland is off the pace in Turns 1 and 2.

Lap 80 -- Elliott Sadler leads Austin Dillon by two seconds. Green-flag pit stops should be coming up in the near future.

Lap 77 -- Ricky Stenhouse Jr. has gone another lap down. He's now three laps back in 29th place.

Lap 74 -- Justin Allgaier is on pit road.

Lap 72 -- Ryan Blaney's car was overheating, possibly due to debris on the grille.

Lap 71 -- Kurt Busch and Sam Hornish Jr. are having quite the tussle over third place.

Lap 66 -- Austin Dillon goes into second place off Turn 4, past Sam Hornish Jr.

Lap 65 -- The top five are Elliott Sadler, Sam Hornish Jr., Austin Dillon, Kurt Busch and Justin Allgaier.

Lap 61 -- Elliott Sadler has built a 2.3-second lead over Sam Hornish Jr.

Lap 54 -- Justin Allgaier slips again in Turn 2, which allows Brian Scott to close on him for fifth place.

Lap 53 -- Ricky Stenhouse Jr. is in 31st place, two laps down.

Lap 51 -- Ricky Stenhouse Jr. is on pit road. He's gone a lap down while sitting in his stall.

Lap 50 -- Ricky Stenhouse Jr. is off the pace and headed to pit road.

Lap 48 -- Ricky Stenhouse Jr. has slipped into the wall in Turn 4, damaging both the front and the rear of his car.

Lap 47 -- Elliott Sadler shoots past Sam Hornish Jr. for the lead in Turn 3.

Lap 45 -- Justin Allgaier bobbles in Turn 2, and that allows Elliott Sadler and Austin Dillon to get by him for second and third, respectively.

Lap 44 -- GREEN FLAG: Austin Dillon, Sam Hornish Jr., Elliott Sadler, Justin Allgaier and Kurt Busch bring the field to the restart. Allgaier jumps three wide to take second place, while Hornish shoots into the lead.

Lap 39 -- YELLOW FLAG NO. 4: Drew Herring gets bumped by Michael Annett going into Turn 3, causing him to loop his Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota.

Lap 37 -- How will Ricky Stenhouse Jr.'s car respond in traffic, as opposed to the clean air he enjoyed out front? We're about to find out!

Lap 36 -- GREEN FLAG: Austin Dillon, Sam Hornish Jr., Justin Allgaier, Brian Scott and Drew Herring are the leaders. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. is shown in 28th place. Dillon is clear for the lead on the backstretch.

Lap 35 -- The contact between Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Eric McClure forced Stenhouse to back up into his pit stall, where the crew pulled the fender of his right-front tire. He has returned to the pits to shove the hood down.

Lap 33 -- The leaders are on pit road. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Eric McClure make substantial contact! Stenhouse was exiting his pit stall when McClure was trying to enter his.

Lap 31 -- YELLOW FLAG NO. 3: This is the planned competition caution.

Lap 25 -- Ricky Stenhouse Jr. is now two seconds better than Sam Hornish Jr. Just waiting for the competition caution now to make some tire pressure changes, chassis adjustments ... something ... to catch Stenhouse!

Lap 23 -- Kurt Busch is up to 16th ... let's see. How would you SPELL the theme music from "Jaws"?

Lap 21 -- Ricky Stenhouse Jr. has opened up a lead of about 9/10ths of a second over Sam Hornish Jr.

Lap 19 -- Brendan Gaughan is looking low in Turn 4 on Justin Allgaier in their battle for fifth place. There's nothing there ... yet.

Lap 17 -- The field has strung out a little bit. That's OK. It doesn't pay anything to lead this early!

Lap 16 -- Ricky Stenhouse Jr. is a few car lengths in front of second-place Sam Hornish Jr.

Lap 14 -- Video replay shows that Sam Hornish Jr. did NOT make contact with Austin Dillon while passing him for second a few laps ago. Ooops. Sorry about that!

Lap 13 -- GREEN FLAG: Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Sam Hornish Jr., Austin Dillon, Elliott Sadler and Brendan Gaughan are the leaders on the restart. Stenhouse clears for the lead off Turn 2.

Lap 11 -- Ricky Stenhouse Jr. has been warned to maintain his speed once the pace car hits pit road as the caution is about to end.

Lap 10 -- Just like the last caution, there are few takers on pit road.

Lap 8 -- YELLOW FLAG NO. 2: Brad Sweet spins between Turns 3 and 4.

Lap 7 -- Austin Dillon retakes second from Sam Hornish Jr. on the backstretch, but then Hornish gives him a little bit of a nudge to back around him off Turn 4.

Lap 6 -- GREEN FLAG: Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Austin Dillon, Sam Hornish Jr., Drew Herring and Brendan Gaughan are the leaders on the restart. Hornish dives under Dillon on the backstretch for second place.

Lap 2 -- YELLOW FLAG NO. 1: Joe Nemechek has spun on the backstretch. Kurt Busch, who started from the rear of the field after making his way to Kentucky from New Hampshire, is already up to 22nd.

Lap 1 -- GREEN FLAG: The race gets under way at 4:18 p.m. ET. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. clears Austin Dillon for the lead on the backstretch going into Turn 3.

4:12 p.m. ET -- The pace car is beginning to roll the field off pit road. We're going racing!

4:10 p.m. ET -- There will be a competition caution at lap 30 to check tire wear and so forth. No fueling will be allowed until then.

4:09 p.m. ET -- Joe Sturm, a disabled Vietnam veteran, gives the command to fire engines while accompanied by Sgt. Beyco, a retired Marine military dog.

4:04 p.m. ET -- Four T-38s, 49 FTS at Columbus Air Force Base, do the fly over. Somebody, somewhere can pull strings to get me a flight in one of those suckers!

4:02 p.m. ET -- MacKenzie Morgan sings the national anthem.

4:01 p.m. ET -- After the Kentucky National Guard presents the colors, Pastor John Roberts of Raceway Ministries gives the invocation.

3:30 p.m. ET -- ESPN's pre-race coverage has started.

3:15 p.m. ET -- Austin Dillon is on the pole for the Kentucky 300 with a lap of 177.264 mph. Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Sam Hornish Jr., Drew Herring and Michael Annett took second through fifth, while Brendan Gaughan, Brian Scott, Elliott Sadler, Alex Bowman and Justin Allgaier round out the top 10.

11:35 a.m. ET -- Qualifying for Saturday's Nationwide Series race at Kentucky Speedway is set to begin in one hour.