- Martin Truex Jr. (+2)
Suddenly Martin Truex Jr. has appeared to dwarf the other two of the big three in terms of speed. Neither Kyle Busch nor Kevin Harvick led a single lap, due in part to Truex leading 174 of them. Truex also swept the stages and grabbed the race win as well.
- Kevin Harvick (-1)
Harvick had another solid race on Saturday night at Kentucky. While he didn’t lead any laps, he stayed in the top five all night and ended up fifth. This marks his 14th top five finish in 19 races so far this season, including five of his last six.
- Kyle Busch (-1)
Like Harvick, Busch had a solid night, but didn’t lead any laps. Busch ended the race in fourth, his 13th top five this season, and, like Harvick, his fifth top five in his last six races.
- Brad Keselowski (+2)
Keselowski ended the night third after a gutsy pit call by crew chief Paul Wolfe put him up front on old tires after the end of stage two. He was able to lead for about 35 laps before losing the lead to eventual winner Martin Truex Jr. Fortunately for Keselowski, the caution came out shortly after, and he was able to keep his track position.
- Kyle Larson (NC)
Larson was running down the leaders late in Saturday night’s race, but a faulty track bar adjuster foiled any hope of a victory as his car rapidly became a handful. However, his crew was able to adjust the car on pit road during the final pit stop of the night, and Larson charged through the pack to grab a hard-earned ninth-place finish. That wasn’t the first charge through the pack, either. Larson was late to driver introductions and had to start from the rear of the field Saturday. That didn’t stop him from scoring points in both stages, though.
- Clint Bowyer (-2)
Bowyer had a very “meh” race on Saturday night. He ran much of the race inside the top ten, ending both stages in sixth place. In the final stage, he fell back to his finishing position of 12th.
- Kurt Busch (NC)
Busch found himself up front for a total of 45 laps through alternative pit strategy, and it worked out for him. He managed to finish sixth, but didn’t quite have the speed to contend with the top five.
- Erik Jones (+2)
Coming off his big win at Daytona, Jones was looking for more at Kentucky. It wasn’t another win, but it wasn’t a failure by any stretch. Jones fought an ill-handling car all night, falling outside the top ten, before working his way back up to finish seventh. This marks his fourth consecutive top ten finish, and his ninth this season.
- Aric Almirola (-1)
Almirola finished eighth, a solid day for the Stewart-Haas Racing driver. He ran decent all day, and ended up with his eighth top ten of the season. Of those eight top tens, though, none are top fives. Yet.
- Joey Logano (-1)
Logano didn’t have a great night, but managed a 10th place finish on the day, his 14th of the season. His year hasn’t been flashy, but it’s been solid. He doesn’t have too many top fives to show for it, though.