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NASCAR Quaker State 400

With 20 laps to go, Kyle Busch pulled ahead of his fellow NASCAR drivers and won his second Sprint Cup Series Victory in the Quaker State 400.

Photos by DAMON ATHERTON | Contributing Photographer

The #88 Toyota of Matt Crafton led the field to the green flag in Thursday\'s NASCAR Camping world Truck Series UNOH 225.Team owner Richard Childress kept watch over Xfinity Series practice where grandson Ty Dillon turned laps.Last-minute preparation for the pit crews included gluing lug nuts to wheels.Families enjoyed the Fan Zone set up inside the pit area, especially the bumper cars decorated like their favorite drivers\' race cars.Kyle Larson\'s Target Chevy was fastest in both NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice sessions. The effort earned Larson the pole position for Saturday\'s Quaker State 400 when quaifying was rained out. Despite the limited track time, Larson was happy with thOn his way to the Xfinity series drivers meeting, Kyle Busch stopped to sign a few autographs.Old Glory was delivered to the track via skydiver.Owensboro, KY native Jeff Green participated in the Xfinity Series Kentucky 300. Mechanical woes held him to a 40th place finish.Houston Stamper, front tire changer for Chris Buescher\'s Xfinity Series #60 Ford team, held son Liam during the invocation and national anthem.Brad Keselowski, Paige White, and their daughter, Scarlett, posed with the Kentucky 300 trophy and the Crosley jukebox that awaited the race winner.A jubilant Brad Keselowski celebrated his first Xfinity Series win of 2015, collecting the trophy in the Kentucky 300.Steve Chaney, left, answered questions about his 1967 Mustang for Homer Berry. Chaney\'s Mustang was part of a classic car display that fans could enjoy during the day.Matt Kenseth\'s #20 Dollar General-sponsored Toyota rolled through tech inspection while fans watched.Jeff and Logan Ingles of Springfield, IL competed against one another in a racing simulator.Kenneth Purcell, crew member from Joe Gibbs Racing\'s #19 car, and family dressed to go along with the Minions movie paint scheme adorning the #19 Sprint Cup Series car driven by Carl Edwards.Jerrod Niemann performed for race fans before the start of the Quaker State 400.Crewmen push the #88 Nationwide Insurance Chevy, driven by fan-favorite Dale Earnhardt, Jr., into position on pit road.Two race wins so far this season means that 2014 Sprint Cup champion Kevin Harvick has secured his place in the 2015 Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship, as noted by the yellow \Brad Keselowski sought his third Sprint Cup Series victory in the 2015 Quaker State 400. Keselowski\'s #2 Miller Lite Ford started second, fell deep in the field, and battled back for a sixth-place finish.Hughes General Contractors adorned the hood of Clint Bowyer\'s #15 Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota. Company president Scott Hughes was very excited to see his company\'s name on the car.Many fans showed their support for driver Jeff Gordon, who will retire from full-time competition follwing the 2015 season.Jimmie Johnson brough home a ninth-place finish in his #48 Lowe\'s ProServices Chevy.Sunset over the Quaker State 400 as Jeff Gordon logged his final laps at the Kentucky Speedway. Kentucky will be the one active track on the schedule where Gordon did not win. His #24 Drive to End Hunger Chevy placed seventh after starting third.Quaker State provided green towels for fans to wave as the field took the green flag.Eventual race winner Kyle Bush in the #18 M&Ms Toyota led the field on a restart.Fireworks on-track, fireworks in the sky.Pole-sitter Kyle Larson experienced a tire rub; the left rear tire eventually lost air, putting the #42 Target Chevy into the turn one wall.Kyle Busch, who won the inaugural Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway in 2011, hoisted the trophy following the 2015 event.Once the rains stopped on Thursday, race teams went back to work prepping the cars for Saturday night\'s main event.The Toyotas of Erik Jones (4) and Matt Crafton (88) led the Camping World Truck Series to the green flag on a restart.Matt Crafton and his #88 team celebrated a win in the UNOH 225.NASCAR\'s most popular driver, Dale Earnhardt, Jr., took the green flag from the 10th spot; brake problems left Earnhardt 21st at the end of the night.Battle of the beer wagons: Brad Keselowski drove his Miller Lite-backed Ford to the inside of the Budweiser-sponsored Chevy piloted by Kevin Harvick.Local favorite Will Kimmel made his Sprint Cup Series debut at Kentucky Speedway. Kimmel\'s introduction to the Sprint Cup Series resulted in a 38th place finish after starting 40th.

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