Originally posted on Race Review Online  |  Last updated 7/2/12

Traffic be damned, Saturday night was Kentucky Speedway's annual turn to host a Sprint Cup Series race, the Quaker State 400. And while fans struggled to figure out a way to get out of the speedway after the event, they were treated to a show that ended with Brad Keselowski taking his sixth win in the past season and a half, putting an exclamation point on another exciting week in NASCAR.

The majority of the week was all about Matt Kenseth, who announced the end of a 14-year partnership with Roush Fenway Racing at the end of this season and hinted that he has another deal in place. While Roush will replace Kenseth with Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Kenseth appears headed to the No. 20 car at Joe Gibbs Racing, which would jettison Joey Logano to a new fourth car. However, a factory Dodge ride also seems possible for Kenseth, perhaps if Andretti Autosport's long-rumored NASCAR team comes to fruition.

Some of the other biggest news came from the lips of none other than Bruton Smith, Speedway Motorsports president, who called for mandatory cautions in NASCAR events as a way to break up the long green flag stretches that have marked this season's competition. With cautions down this year, Smith explained that the move would be necessary to create more excitement in the sport, though NASCAR officials only call mandatory cautions as a way for teams to monitor their cars in the case of a fresh track surface. Smith basically admitted with his remarks that the show was more important than the racing, reactions aside.

The racing itself at Kentucky began on Thursday night with the return of the Camping World Truck Series. James Buescher led 119 of 150 laps to win the UNOH 225, bringing him within nine points of championship leader Timothy Peters, who finished fifth. Keselowski, in a sign of good things to come, finished second, despite failing to lead a lap, while Ty Dillon and polesitter Matt Crafton finished third and fourth, respectively.

Friday's Nationwide Series race was all about another Dillon, though - Austin, who led a dominant 192 of 200 laps to flummox the field behind him. Second place Kurt Busch, in fact, was nearly ten seconds behind Dillon at the line, a record margin of victory for Nationwide races at Kentucky. Only pit stops could knock Dillon from the point, as Michael Annett, Justin Allgaier, and Stenhouse combined for the other eight laps led. Dillon took over the Nationwide points lead from Richard Childress Racing teammate Elliott Sadler with the win, holding a two point advantage coming into next week's race at Daytona. However, that lead could prove short-lived, as the No. 3 car was deemed illegal in post-race inspection. Penalties will be forthcoming this week and will likely include a six-point penalty, which would hand Sadler the points lead once again.

Finally, Saturday night was all about the Sprint Cup stars. Outside polesitter Kyle Busch beat pole winner Jimmie Johnson to the line on lap one and led a race-high 118 of 267 laps, but faltered to 10th at the finish. Denny Hamlin led 58 laps and Johnson led 21, but when Keselowski took over the lead during the final caution for a Regan Smith/Ryan Newman wreck, it was all over. Keselowski beat Kasey Kahne to the line by 4.4 seconds, with Hamlin, Dale Earnhardt Jr., and Jeff Gordon rounding out the top five. Earnhardt Jr. is now 11 points back of Kenseth for the points lead, while Busch and Kahne now hold Chase wild card spots over Logano and Newman.

Kahne's finish required a remarkable drive through the field after falling a lap behind early following an unscheduled pit stop. It was almost an encapsulation of his entire season to day into one race; Kahne's year started with several bad finishes due to poor luck, but after a win at Charlotte
and several more excellent finishes he has now moved into a Wild Card spot for the first time in 2012.

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