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.

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.

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.

"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.

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.

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.

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.

"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!

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.

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.

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.

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

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

.@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.

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!


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'?

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.

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

(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.

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!

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.