IPS: Travis Gregg leads flag to flag at Kentucky

Polesitter Travis Gregg led flag-to-flag at the Kentucky Speedway to earn his third Menards Infiniti Pro Series victory. "This is really exciting, leading every lap from the pole," said Gregg. "I have a lot of friends and family here today. I...

Polesitter Travis Gregg led flag-to-flag at the Kentucky Speedway to earn his third Menards Infiniti Pro Series victory. "This is really exciting, leading every lap from the pole," said Gregg. "I have a lot of friends and family here today. I think they made up the majority of the fans in the stands today."

Gregg calls nearby Lawrenceburg (Ind.) Speedway his home track, a quarter-mile dirt bullring where he cut his teeth driving powerful 410 cubic inch sprint cars.

Awarded 53 points for this event, Gregg moves into second place in the championship standings. "I hope we have a chance at the points championship now. I know this is an important race for us to get back into the point standings, and I think we took a big chunk out today," said Gregg, whose three victories have all come from the pole position.

Wade Cunningham finished second extending his points lead over second place and now leads the standings 341-314 over Gregg.

Marco Andretti finished third after an impressive restart late in the race. With less than 20 laps to go, smoke trailing from the rear of Jon Herb's car brought out the only caution period of the day. Andretti's restart vaulted him into a battle for second place with 12 laps remaining but Cunningham was able to edge ahead at the finish line.

Jay Drake found himself in the runner-up position on the restart but was quickly passed by several cars when racing resumed. "We lost," said Drake. "The motor wouldn't run on the restart. It was the same thing last race at Milwaukee. Drake was credited with fourth place.

Jaime Camara cruised passed Drake on the restart but quickly came under fire from the bunched up field. Camara faded to fifth before brushing the turn two wall. Eighth at the finish, and last car on the lead lap, Camara slid to third in the championship standings and now trails Cunningham by 52 points.

Jeff Simmons finished fourth followed by Nick Bussell and Marty Roth in seventh.

Chris Festa was black flagged for blocking and ordered to drive through the pits. He finished one lap down in ninth place.

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Series Indy Lights
Drivers Marty Roth , Marco Andretti , Jeff Simmons , Jay Drake , Nick Bussell , Chris Festa , Travis Gregg , Wade Cunningham , Jaime Camara