Hot laps from NASCAR week in Kentucky:
21. The Quaker State 400. Going into Saturday night's fifth Quaker State 400, there have been 1,068 laps run in Sprint Cup races at Kentucky Speedway.
20. Brad Keselowski. Has led 346 of those 1,068 Cup laps at Kentucky.
19. Kyle Busch. Has led 274 Cup laps in Sparta.
18. The way to pick in 2015. Even with the uncertainty created by NASCAR's introduction of a lower-downforce package for Kentucky, the two drivers who have combined to lead 58.1 percent of all Sprint Cup laps run in Sparta are your favorites Saturday night.
17. Impress your friends I. Can you name the four drivers to finish in the top 10 of all four Cup races at Kentucky Speedway? (Answer at No. 2)
16. Impress your friends II. Can you name all the drivers who have won Sprint Cup races in Kentucky? (Answer at No. 1).
15. Austin Dillon's wee-hours wreck. The scariest NASCAR wreck I have ever seen came at the finish line at Daytona International Speedway on Monday around 2:41 a.m.
14. The catch fence holds. Seeing a No. 3 car wreck at Daytona will always be jarring. Seeing Dillon airborne, upside down and flying into the catch fence even seemed to spook the other drivers.
13. Walked away. The grandson of Richard Childress, the longtime car owner of the late Dale Earnhardt, Dillon emerged on his own feet from the hull that was left of his car. There's been no greater example of the safety improvements made since Earnhardt was killed in an accident on the final lap of the 2001 Daytona 500.
12. Dillon's words. "It was a wicked ride, but thank the good Lord above for taking care of me," he said. "I am just going to be really sore."
11. Dillon's commonwealth connection. In 2002, a baseball all-star team from Louisville's Valley Sports won the Little League World Series. One of the teams they beat (4-2) in Williamsport, Pa., represented Southwest Forsyth Little League in Clemmons, N.C.
10. From Little League to Sprint Cup. Austin Dillon — the same guy who was airborne Monday — played second base for the North Carolina team that lost all three of its games in the 2002 LLWS.
9. Kentucky fried. Cole Whitt's No. 35 Ford will have KFC as its primary sponsor for the Quaker State 400. Whitt will wear a white fire suit to promote the return of a Colonel Sanders figure to Kentucky Fried Chicken's advertising.
8. Two chances to see Dale Jr. Coming off his Cup win at Daytona, Dale Earnhardt Jr. will be doing double duty over the bumps in Sparta. Earnhardt is scheduled to drive in both Friday night's Xfinity Series race as well as the Quaker State 400.
7. Junior at Kentucky. In four prior Cup races in Sparta, Earnhardt Jr. has finished 30th, fourth, 12th and fifth. He has never run an Xfinity Series race in Sparta.
6. Moving tickets? It could still happen now that race week is upon us, but Kentucky Speedway General Manager Mark Simendinger said Friday that having the most popular driver in NASCAR running in the Xfinity race in Sparta had not yet had a substantial impact on ticket sales.
5. Four Cup regulars. According to NASCAR's preliminary entry list, Cup stars Kyle Busch and Brad Keselowski and 2011 Brickyard 400 champ Paul Menard are slated to join Earnhardt Jr. in Friday's Xfinity race.
4. A 'value buy.' Tickets for the Xfinity race go for $59 and $39. Seeing Dale Jr., Kyle Busch and Brad Keselowski race for $39 is, comparatively speaking, a grand bargain.
3. A 'home team.' Owensboro's Michael Waltrip (30th in 2012) is the only native Kentuckian to run in a Cup race at Kentucky Speedway. However, Owensboro product Jeff Green is on the preliminary Quaker State 400 entry list in the No. 30 Chevrolet. With 46 cars entered for 43 slots, Green will have to earn his way into the field in qualifying.
2. Answer I. The four drivers to finish in the top 10 in all four Sprint Cup races at Kentucky Speedway are: Kyle Busch (1, 10, 5, 2), Jeff Gordon (10, 5, 8, 6), Jimmie Johnson (3, 6, 9, 10) and Matt Kenseth (6, 7, 1, 4).
1. Answer II. The drivers who have won Sprint Cup races in Kentucky are: Kyle Busch (2011), Brad Keselowski (2012 and '14), Matt Kenseth (2013) — and Lee Petty, who on Aug. 29, 1954, won in what is now the Cup Series over the half-mile dirt track at Corbin Speedway.