JULY 8, 2016

Quaker State makes a bunch of tough products for tough people that put their engines through some pretty tough conditions. We like to think we’re a blue collar product that just happens to come in a green bottle. It’s no wonder that for years we’ve put our name behind the Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway, widely considered one of NASCAR’s roughest tracks.

For 2016 though, NASCAR and Kentucky Speedway decided it was time for an upgrade to the bumpy track we’ve all fallen in love with.The best way to we think about it is like moving from the old traditional conventional motor oil to a newer, smoother synthetic motor oil. You’ll still get the goosebumps from feeling the horsepower pulsing through your bones, but the cars will perform a heck of a lot better without all that clanking around.

The rough-riding track has a few rough and tumble winners that always seem to be up front when that checkered flag drops at the end of 400 miles. Kyle “Rowdy” Busch swooped up the win in 2011 and 2015, and Brad Keselowski has two victories as well in 2012 and 2014. The only other driver to win the Quaker State 400 presented by Advance Auto Parts is Matt Kenseth. Maybe that’s a trend that’ll keep on keeping on too–just like an engine filled with some damn good oil.

According NASCAR analyst Larry McReynolds, who oddly enough used to be the crew chief for fan favorite and Quaker State sponsored driver Ricky Rudd back in the day, the new surface for the race means a lot can change to the race we’re used to seeing at Kentucky.

“Creating this type of surface is virgin territory, but the hopes are, we will see more than a one groove track which happens normally with a repave,” explained McReynolds. “With this very low downforce aero package that we'll be racing there and with the softer tire offering a lot of grip, speeds should be very fast. We have the potential to see the best Quaker State 400 ever, with good side by side racing throughout the field and drivers being able to pass if they catch another car.”

Tune in to NBC Sports on Saturday, July 9 at 7:30pm to watch the 2016 Quaker State 400 presented by Advance Auto Parts at Kentucky Speedway.

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