Kentucky Speedway

A review of the 2011 Sprint Cup Series

Budweiser Shootout

When: Feb. 12 at Daytona Beach, Fla. (non-points race)

Winner: Kurt Busch

Recap: Busch grabs the first win of the season after Denny Hamlin goes below the yellow line at the checkered flag.

Gatorade Duel Races

When: Feb. 17 at Daytona Beach, Fla. (non-points races)

Winners: Kurt Busch, Jeff Burton

Recap: Busch gets a push from Regan Smith to win Duel 1. Burton edges teammate Clint Bowyer by .005 seconds to win Duel 2.

Daytona 500

When: Feb. 20 at Daytona Beach, Fla.

Winner: Trevor Bayne

Recap: In just his second Cup Series start, Bayne holds off the field to become the youngest Daytona 500 winner in history.

Subway Fresh Fit 500

When: Feb. 27 at Phoenix

Winner: Jeff Gordon

Recap: Gordon passes Kyle Busch with eight laps to go, snapping his career-long 66-race winless skid.

Kobalt Tools 400

When: March 6 at Las Vegas

Winner: Carl Edwards

Recap: Edwards rebounds at Las Vegas for his second win at the track and third in his past five Cup Series starts.

Jeff Byrd 500

When: March 20 at Bristol, Tenn.

Winner: Kyle Busch

Recap: Busch wins the Nationwide and Cup races at Bristol, running his streak to five in a row at the .533-mile Tennessee short track.

Auto Club 400

When: March 27 at Fontana, Calif.

Winner: Kevin Harvick

Recap: Harvick flies past leader Jimmie Johnson on the final lap for his first victory of 2011 and his first win on his home track.

Goody's Fast Relief 500

When: April 3 at Martinsville, Va.

Winner: Kevin Harvick

Recap: Harvick passes Dale Earnhardt Jr. with four laps to go to win his second consecutive Cup Series race.

Samsung Mobile 500

When: April 9 at Fort Worth, Texas

Winner: Matt Kenseth

Recap: Kenseth leads 169 of 334 laps and cruises to his first Cup victory since Fontana in 2009.

Aaron's 499

When: April 17 at Talladega, Ala.

Winner: Jimmie Johnson

Recap: Johnson edges Clint Bowyer by .002 seconds to win one of the closest races in NASCAR history.

Matthew & Daniel Hansen 400

When: April 30 at Richmond, Va.

Winner: Kyle Busch

Recap: Busch wins his third consecutive spring race at Richmond, beating teammate Denny Hamlin by 1.805 seconds.

Showtime Southern 500

When: May 7 at Darlington, S.C.

Winner: Regan Smith

Recap: Smith celebrates his first career win, but Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch steal his spotlight with a post-race confrontation.

FedEx 400

When: May 15 at Dover, Del.

Winner: Matt Kenseth

Recap: Kenseth takes two tires on his final pit stop and gets past his former teammate and mentor Mark Martin for the victory.

Sprint Showdown

When: May 21 at Charlotte, N.C. (non-points race)

Winner: David Ragan

Recap: Pole-sitter Ragan passes Brad Keselowski on the next-to-last lap, as both drivers advance to the All-Star Race.

NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race

When: May 21 at Charlotte, N.C. (non-points race)

Winner: Carl Edwards

Recap: Edwards wins three of the four segments and cruises to his first All-Star victory, giving him a $1 million payday.

Coca-Cola 600

When: May 29 at Charlotte, N.C.

Winner: Kevin Harvick

Recap: Harvick takes advantage as leader Dale Earnhardt Jr. runs out of gas a half-mile from the finish line.

STP 400

When: June 5 at Kansas City, Kan.

Winner: Brad Keselowski

Recap: Keselowski makes his fuel last when it counts and holds off Dale Earnhardt Jr. for his second career victory.

5-hour ENERGY 500

When: June 12 at Long Pond, Pa.

Winner: Jeff Gordon

Recap: Gordon ties Darrell Waltrip and Bobby Allison for third place on the all-time list with his 84th career victory.

Heluva Good 400

When: June 19 at Brooklyn, Mich.

Winner: Denny Hamlin

Recap: Hamlin holds off a charging Matt Kenseth after a restart with five laps left to claim his first victory of 2011.

Toyota Save Mart 350

When: June 26 at Sonoma, Calif.

Winner: Kurt Busch

Recap: Busch claims his first road-course victory and his first points-race victory of 2011 in dominating fashion.

Coke Zero 400

When: July 2 at Daytona Beach, Fla.

Winner: David Ragan

Recap: Ragan wins under caution as a wreck on the final lap brings out the yellow. It's his first Sprint Cup victory.Saturday — Quaker State 400

July 17 — Lenox Industrial Tools 301, Loudon, N.H.

July 31 — Brickyard 400, Indianapolis

Aug. 7 — Pennsylvania 500, Long Pond, Pa.

Aug. 14 — Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at The Glen, Watkins Glen, N.Y.

Aug. 21 — Pure Michigan 400, Brooklyn, Mich.

Aug. 27 — Irwin Tools Night Race, Bristol, Tenn.

Sept. 4 — AdvoCare 500, Hampton, Ga.

Sept. 10 — One Last Race To Make The Chase 400, Richmond, Va.

Sept. 18 — Chicagoland 400, Joliet, Ill.

Sept. 25 — Sylvania 300, Loudon, N.H.

Oct. 2 — AAA 400, Dover, Del.

Oct. 9 — Hollywood Casino 400, Kansas City, Kan.

Oct. 15 — Bank of America 500, Concord, N.C.

Oct. 23 — Talladega 500, Talladega, Ala.

Oct. 30 — TUMS Fast Relief 500, Ridgeway, Va.

Nov. 6 — AAA Texas 500, Fort Worth, Texas

Nov. 13 — Kobalt Tools 500, Avondale, Ariz.

Nov. 20 — Ford 400, Homestead, Fla.

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