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NASCAR Kentucky 2016 results: Full finishing order for Quaker State 400

Keselowski saved enough fuel to win his fourth race of season and second in seven days.

Carl Edwards fully expected Brad Keselowski to run out of fuel in the closing stages of Saturday night's NASCAR race at Kentucky Speedway, and Keselowski thought his tank had hit empty with two laps remaining.

But Keselowski had enough fuel in reserve and managed to cross the finish line on fumes to take the Quaker State 400, his series-best fourth victory of 2016 and second consecutive win. Keselowski need a tow truck to push him to victory lane, as he ran out of fuel just short of the checkered flag. He won by .175 seconds over Edwards.

Ryan Newman finished third, with Kurt Busch fourth. Tony Stewart, making his 600th start, finished fifth.

"I knew we were way short of being able to make it, so I got as aggressive as I could," Keselowski said. "Somehow, we made it and I'm not even really sure you can say we made it because we ran out with about two to go, and by running out I mean it stumbled really, really bad and I was able to somehow limp it around the last two laps and stay ahead of Carl and bring her home. That was something."

When Keselowski slowed with two laps to go, Edwards closed suddenly on the No. 2 car. But Keselowski countered by throwing a block on Edwards, then sped up and pulled away leaving Edwards with no chance to pass him for the win.

"Yeah, I thought he was out of fuel, and he wasn't," Edwards said. "He played it perfectly. He let me get to him and then stood on it.

For much of the night Keselowski ran in the top 10, but didn't appear to have a winning car. That distinction belonged to Kevin Harvick, who led a race-high 128 laps, and Martin Truex Jr., who emerged as a contender in the second half. But both Harvick and Truex weren't able to conserve fuel like Keselowski and needed to make late pit stops. Harvick finished ninth, Truex 10th.

"It just came down the fuel mileage, we couldn't make it at the end and some guys could," Harvick said. "That is just part of it."

Greg Biffle scored his first top-10 finish of the season with a sixth-place effort, followed by Jamie McMurray and Matt Kenseth.

A hard tire compound and a reconfigured track with brand-new surface that had little grip outside of the bottom groove, challenged drivers throughout the night. Jimmie Johnson and Joey Logano were among several who struggled, each involved in separate single-car crashes when they slid up the track and into the outside wall.

Rookies Ryan Blaney and Chase Elliott were each positioned in the top 10, seemingly poised for good finishes, until Blaney got loose and clipped Elliott on lap 89 of 267. The contact sent both crashing into the Turn 3 wall and requiring a trip to the garage for extensive repairs.

Eleven cautions, tying the Kentucky track record, slowed the race for 53 laps.

Quaker State 400 finishing order

Finish Start Driver Make Laps Status Led
1 2 Brad Keselowski Ford 267 Running 75
2 5 Carl Edwards Toyota 267 Running 0
3 14 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 267 Running 0
4 3 Kurt Busch Chevrolet 267 Running 10
5 22 Tony Stewart Chevrolet 267 Running 0
6 23 Greg Biffle Ford 267 Running 0
7 16 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 267 Running 0
8 11 Matt Kenseth Toyota 267 Running 2
9 1 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 267 Running 128
10 7 Martin Truex, Jr. Toyota 267 Running 46
11 17 Trevor Bayne Ford 267 Running 0
12 6 Kyle Busch Toyota 267 Running 0
13 13 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Chevrolet 267 Running 0
14 18 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 267 Running 0
15 10 Denny Hamlin Toyota 267 Running 0
16 12 Austin Dillon Chevrolet 267 Running 1
17 27 Danica Patrick Chevrolet 266 Running 2
18 24 Paul Menard Chevrolet 266 Running 0
19 20 Kyle Larson Chevrolet 266 Running 0
20 26 Aric Almirola Ford 266 Running 0
21 36 Cole Whitt Chevrolet 266 Running 0
22 31 David Ragan Toyota 265 Running 2
23 25 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet 265 Running 0
24 40 Josh Wise Chevrolet 264 Running 0
25 30 Ty Dillon Chevrolet 264 Running 1
26 37 Michael Annett Chevrolet 264 Running 0
27 39 Reed Sorenson Chevrolet 262 Running 0
28 38 Jeffrey Earnhardt Ford 262 Running 0
29 29 Landon Cassill Ford 261 Running 0
30 28 Casey Mears Chevrolet 246 Running 0
31 8 Chase Elliott Chevrolet 210 Running 0
32 9 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 208 Crash 0
33 32 Brian Scott Ford 151 Crash 0
34 33 Regan Smith Chevrolet 150 Crash 0
35 15 Ryan Blaney Ford 143 Running 0
36 19 A.J. Allmendinger Chevrolet 103 Crash 0
37 34 Chris Buescher Ford 92 Crash 0
38 35 Matt DiBenedetto Toyota 79 Crash 0
39 4 Joey Logano Ford 52 Crash 0
40 21 Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. Ford 9 Crash 0