3 THINGS WE LEARNED FROM KEN­TUCKY

The Hamilton Spectator - - SPORTS - — God­win Kelly, god­win.kelly@news-jrnl.com

1. Hard tires

Goodyear went to “old re­li­able” by us­ing su­per-hard tires at Ken­tucky Speedway to avoid tire is­sues. “It was the hard­est thing on the planet,” three-time Cup Se­ries cham­pion Tony Ste­wart said af­ter the race. “The NHL doesn’t have any­thing on them on a hard puck.”

2. Crazy eight

Matt Kenseth fin­ished eighth at Ken­tucky Satur­day night and was gen­uinely pleased the way his No. 20 Toy­ota han­dled. “It’s the best we ran in two months, re­ally,” he said. “I thought we had a top-3 to a top-5 car.” Fuel mileage was Kenseth’s un­do­ing at Ken­tucky.

3. ‘Brad Speedway’

Brad Ke­selowski has 21 ca­reer NASCAR Cup Se­ries wins and three of those have been earned at Ken­tucky. Since Ken­tucky has hosted only six Cup races, Ke­selowski has won half those races staged at the 1.5-mile oval since 2011. He has won ev­ery other year since 2012.

AP/TI­MOTHY D. EASLEY

Dale Earn­hardt Jr. makes a pit stop for more tires at Ken­tucky Speedway. Goodyear brought the hard­est tires it could make to keep them from blis­ter­ing on Ken­tucky’s new as­phalt sur­face.

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