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Kurt Busch's strategic decision to get four fresh tires for the Quaker State 400's overtime restart gave him the advantage he needed to gran his first win of the season, first for Chip Ganassi Racing and first for Chevrolet at Kentucky Speedway. The night race brought NASCAR's new rules package to life as battles throughout the field combined with hectic restarts to produce one of the most entertaining races of the season with multiple contenders for victory through the final laps.
With the win, Busch takes away another spot in the playoffs for nonwinning drivers with many on the outside looking in. The battle around the final playoff position continues to remain heated, with Erik Jones now taking the position on the heels of his third-place finish, at the expense of Ryan Newman who is just two points adrift. This week's race at New Hampshire is one of just seven races remaining for drivers to win their way into the championship battle or amass as many points as possible to claim a spot. Kevin Harvick is the defending winner.
Kurt Busch – The first stage Saturday night in Kentucky was initially a Stewart-Haas Racing special, but late cautions enabled Busch to work his way to the front and win the segment. The stage was a small consolation for missing out on the July Daytona win. It didn't matter after the final stage because his team set him up with four fresh tires for an overtime battle that he