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JUL 10, 2019 | FORD PERFORMANCE STAFF

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT KENTUCKY

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SPARTA, Ky. – A Kentucky Speedway triple-header is on tap as NASCAR’s top three touring series head to the 1.5-mile facility for feature events on Thursday, Friday and Saturday night.  The weekend kicks off with the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series on Thursday with the NASCAR XFINITY and Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series running Friday and Saturday, respectively.

FORD IN THE MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES AT KENTUCKY

· Ford has 2 all-time series wins at Kentucky.
· Brad Keselowski has both Ford victories and three overall at Kentucky.
· Keselowski has 3 wins, 4 Top-5s, 6 Top-10s and 1 pole in 8 career Kentucky starts.

FORD IN THE NASCAR XFINITY SERIES AT KENTUCKY

· Ford has 7 series wins at Kentucky.
· Brad Keselowski and Ryan Blaney have two each with Ford.
· Cole Custer won the pole for this event last season.

FORD IN THE CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES AT KENTUCKY

· Ford has 3 series victories at Kentucky.
· Greg Biffle won the inaugural race at the track in 2000 with Roush Fenway Racing.
· ThorSport’s Ben Rhodes is the defending champion of this event.

KESELOWSKI LOVES KENTUCKY

There’s no denying that Kentucky Speedway has been one of the best tracks for Brad Keselowski, who has three MENCS wins, including two in the last five years with Ford.  Included in that streak is a win in his championship season of 2012, and a track-record 199 laps led in his 2014 victory.  The only place where Keselowski has won more is Talladega Superspeedway, where he has five career triumphs.

FUSION FUEL MILEAGE

Keselowski stretched his fuel the final 72 laps and held off Carl Edwards to win the Quaker State 400 in 2016.  After grabbing the lead on lap 200 of the 267-lap event, Keselowski went into full conservation mode 20 laps from the finish and briefly lost the lead to Matt Kenseth with seven laps to go.  Kenseth, however, was forced to pit road one lap later after running out of gas, and Keselowski regained the lead.  With Carl Edwards bearing down on him, Keselowski radioed to crew chief Paul Wolfe that he was out of gas with two laps remaining, but his No. 2 Miller Lite Fusion continued plugging along and made it across the finish line 0.175 seconds ahead of Edwards.  The win was Keselowski’s fourth of the season and second straight after taking the checkered flag at Daytona International Speedway. 

BATTLING BACK IN 2014

Ford got its first MENCS victory at Kentucky Speedway in 2014 when Keselowski dominated most of the event.  After he and teammate Joey Logano combined to lead the first 216 laps, Keselowski found himself with some ground to make up thanks to an ill-timed caution.  Kyle Busch inherited the lead with 49 laps to go after being on pit road when Aric Almirola hit the wall.  He stayed out while Keselowski and the other leaders pitted a couple of laps later.  Keselowski came out of the pits sixth and immediately began moving toward the front.  He eventually passed Busch with 20 laps to go and was never threatened from that point forward.  As dominating as he was on the track, Keselowski created just as much buzz afterwards when he cut his hand shaking a champagne bottle in victory lane.  The incident resulted in a delay of post-race photos as he went to the care center for what ended up being four stitches.

JACK BACK IN KENTUCKY

Jack Roush graduated in 1964 from Berea College in Berea, KY, which is approximately 100 miles south of Kentucky Speedway.  Roush, who earned a degree in mathematics, immediately took a job with Ford after graduating and has been associated with the company ever since.  Roush Fenway Racing has 137 all-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series wins, but Kentucky Speedway is one of only three tracks where he has yet to reach Victory Lane (Chicagoland, Indianapolis).

FORD MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP WINNERS AT KENTUCKY
2014 – Brad Keselowski
2016 – Brad Keselowski

FORD NASCAR XFINITY SERIES WINNERS AT KENTUCKY
2003 – Bobby Hamilton Jr.
2005 – Carl Edwards
2007 – Stephen Leicht
2013 – Brad Keselowski and Ryan Blaney
2015 – Brad Keselowski and Ryan Blaney

FORD NASCAR GANDER OUTDOORS TRUCK SERIES WINNERS AT KENTUCKY
2000 – Greg Biffle
2003 – Carl Edwards
2018 – Ben Rhodes