Kyle Busch initially led the field for the first nine to ten laps before Aric Almirola made a fantastic move on the inside towards Turn 3 for 1st spot.
From there, Almirola remained unstoppable for the caution-free Stage 1 as well as carried at least the first half of Stage 2.
But the last half of the middle stage has changed a lot from lead changes where Ryan Blaney overtook Almirola that saw him relegated to 2nd & never recovered ever since.
Then a little later, after some drivers take the late stop due to tactical reasons, Matt Kenseth spun out where another round of pit stops came in.
Brad Keselowski won the race off pit road & held on with the 2nd mini win.
On the run home, there’s a lot of lead changes and carnage along the way when Martin Truex Jr. overtook Keselowski just after the restart & held on top spot in the 1st half Stage 3.
But the Austin Dillon incident with 38 to go changes everything when Truex didn’t maintain his next run when Kevin Harvick moved towards the inside line off Truex & Blaney for the lead.
Harvick was on the verge of winning another race at Kentucky with a quiet 2nd half Stage 3 run until the Ryan Newman spin with less than six to go saw another reset going into overtime.
The winner may be one of the Stewart-Haas cars, but it’s not Harvick as Cole Custer leapfrogged both Harvick & Truex that turned out to be winning move of the day at Kentucky Speedway.
It’s his first win at the top level in his rookie season just a few months after he first hopped in the No.41 Ford Mustang race car.
Custer has proved his worth before over the last few years at Xfinity Series level as their Big Three guys upfront alongside Christopher Bell & Tyler Reddick.
Although, he may not have an Xfinity Series championship to his name.
But he has a talented finesse in decent equipment that can live up to its potential.
With the right timing and mindset that Stewart-Haas sees this as the perfect fit to provide decent competition with his team-mates.
Not only just his team-mates, but Custer also hopes to turn his first Cup win into a regular front-row force in months and years to come.