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2014 Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500

The 2014 Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500 was a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stock car race held on October 26, 2014, at Martinsville Speedway in Ridgeway, Virginia. Contested over 500 laps on the .526-mile (.847 km) short track, it was the 33rd race of the 2014 Sprint Cup Series season, as well as the seventh race of ten in the Chase for the Sprint Cup. Dale Earnhardt, Jr. won the race, his fourth win of the season, while Jeff Gordon finished second. Ryan Newman, Tony Stewart and Joey Logano rounded out the top five. The top rookies of the race were Austin Dillon (12th), Justin Allgaier (17th), and Cole Whitt (18th).

2014 Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500
Race details[1][2][3][4][5][6][7][8][9][10]
Race 33 of 36 in the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
Date October 26, 2014
Location Martinsville Speedway in Ridgeway, Virginia
Course Permanent racing facility
.526 mi (.847 km)
Distance 500 laps, 263 mi (423.5 km)
Weather Sunny with a temperature of 70 °F (21 °C); wind out of the WNW at 10 miles per hour (16 km/h)
Average speed 70.725 mph (113.821 km/h)
Pole position
Driver Chip Ganassi Racing
Time 18.954
Most laps led
Driver Jeff Gordon Hendrick Motorsports
Laps 130
Winner
No. 88 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Hendrick Motorsports
Television in the United States
Network ESPN & MRN
Announcers Allen Bestwick, Dale Jarrett and Andy Petree (Television)
Joe Moore and Jeff Striegle (Booth)
Dave Moody (Backstretch) (Radio)
Nielsen Ratings 2.5/5 (Final)
2.3/5 (Overnight)
4.083 Million viewers[11]

Contents

Previous week's raceEdit

Brad Keselowski held off hard charging Ryan Newman and Matt Kenseth to win the GEICO 500.[12] “I can’t believe it,” Keselowski said. “Talladega is such a wild card and to be able to win here you have to catch breaks and make your own breaks, a little of both. I can’t believe we won at Talladega. This race is the scariest of the three in the bracket. To be able to win here is really a privilege, it really is.”[13] Kyle Busch, Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Kasey Kahne and Jimmie Johnson were the four drivers who were eliminated.[14] "We had a real good car most of the day," Earnhardt said. "Got real loose, kind of shuffled out. ... It's just hard racing. That's the way it goes at the end of these races. We weren't in good position."[15]

ReportEdit

BackgroundEdit

Martinsville Speedway is an International Speedway Corporation-owned NASCAR stock car racing track located in Henry County, in Ridgeway, Virginia, just to the south of Martinsville. At 0.526 miles (0.847 km) in length, it is the shortest track in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. The track was also one of the first paved oval tracks in NASCAR, being built in 1947 by H. Clay Earles. It is also the only race track that has been on the NASCAR circuit from its beginning in 1948.

Practice and qualifyingEdit

Jeff Gordon was the fastest in the first practice session with a time of 19.079 and a speed of 99.251 mph (159.729 km/h).[16] Justin Allgaier spun his car in the opening minutes of practice.[16] Jamie McMurray lightly brushed the wall, but the damage was cosmetic.[16] McMurray won the pole with a time of 18.954 and a speed of 99.905 mph (160.782 km/h).[17] “Great start to our weekend for our McDonald’s Chevrolet,” said McMurray. “We tested here and I thought we had a really good test. Keith (Rodden, crew chief) and Josh (Sell, Engineer) just did a really good job adjusting on the car. It’s amazing you can go quicker your second time out. For years we came here to these places and ran slower. That was a good lap.”[17] "I thought that first lap would be enough to sneak our way in there and then we could make some adjustments," Gordon said. "But I don't mind starting 13th. It's not a bad place to start; you just want that really good pit stall. So we'll definitely suffer with the pit stall a little bit, but we can still win it from there. Our car's really good."[17] “We just missed it today," Kevin Harvick said. "We were way too loose. … We have to get better and be ready to go on Sunday."[17] Harvick slapped the wall twice during qualifying and qualified 33rd.[18] Jimmie Johnson was the fastest in the second practice session with a time of 19.318 and a speed of 98.023 mph (157.753 km/h).[19] Justin Allgaier had smoke billowing from his car during the session. The culprit was a loss of power steering.[19] Kevin Harvick was the fastest in the final practice session with a time of 19.457 and a speed of 97.322 mph (156.625 km/h).[20]

RaceEdit

The race was scheduled to begin at 1:43 PM Eastern time, but it started at 1:48 p.m. with Jamie McMurray leading the field to the green. The first caution flag came out on lap 4 when Alex Bowman hopped the curb in turn 2 and spun around. The race restarted on lap nine and Matt Kenseth took the lead from McMurray for a lap, but gave the lead back to him the next lap. On lap 16, the second caution flag wave when Josh Wise tapped the corner of Travis Kvapil in turn 1 and sent him spinning. The race restarted on lap 21 with McMurray still leading. The third caution occurred on lap 75 when Kyle Fowler spun out in turn 2. The race restarted on lap 82 with McMurray still leading.

On lap 85, Jeff Gordon took the lead from McMurray. On lap 101, Jimmie Johnson was running third when he made an unscheduled stop to repair a loose wheel. He exited pit road in 38th place, and two laps down, but made one lap back by passing Gordon thanks to fresher tires. On lap 123, Gordon moved into second on the all-time laps led list at Martinsville Speedway.

The fourth caution of the race flew on lap 160 after Kasey Kahne tapped Brian Vickers and spun him around in turn 4 in front of the leader. “I was passing him and he ran me into the Turn 2 wall or he was going to, so I lifted. Then he blocked into 3, so I turned to go low and then he comes low and spun himself out,” Kahne said after being released from the infield care center for an unrelated incident on Lap 438. “He definitely wrecked us on purpose the first time, I mean look at the video,” Vickers said. “He just hooked us in the bumper and just wrecked us, I don’t know why.”[21] This would be the first of three incidents where the two cars made contact. The race restarted on lap 169, and McMurray and Gordon traded the lead until McMurray was pinned in the outside line and freight-trained.

Reed Sorenson brought out the fifth caution on lap 189 after spinning out in turn 2. Gordon won the race off pit road, but he and Ryan Newman were flagged for speeding off pit road and had to restart from the tail end of the field. This meant that when the race restarted on lap 206, Dale Earnhardt, Jr. was leading. Two laps after the restart, the sixth caution came out when David Ragan got clipped by Alex Bowman and spun in turn 4.

The race restarted on lap 214 and Earnhardt, Jr. lost the lead to Joey Logano.

The seventh caution flag flew on lap 221, in what would be the second incident between Vickers and Kahne, when Vickers turned Kahne into the turn 1 wall, presumably as payback for the earlier incident on lap 160. Brad Keselowski was caught in the melee too, but suffered little, if any, damage.

The race restarted on lap 227, but the eighth caution came out a lap later when Matt Kenseth locked up his brakes, got loose and got into Kevin Harvick in turn 1.[22] “The good thing about this format is you have two more weeks and two race tracks that we can win on,” Harvick said. “Everybody was so worried about us starting in the back (because of a poor qualifying effort) and we wrecked at the front.”[23] “He won’t win this championship,’‘ Harvick said of Kenseth. “If we don’t, he won’t.”[24] “I totally understand how he feels,’’ Kenseth said of Harvick. “He knows it’s a mistake, but it doesn’t help him. He got taken out of the race for being in the wrong place at the wrong time.’’[24]

The race restarted on lap 239 with Logano still leading. The ninth caution came out on lap 255 when a plastic Ford grille plate was spotted in turn 1. Justin Allgaier stayed out when the leaders pitted and assumed the lead. The race restarted on lap 261 and Tony Stewart took the lead. He led for fourteen laps before Logano reassumed the lead.

The tenth caution flag flew on lap 277 for the third case of contact between Kahne and Vickers. NASCAR issued a warning to the crew chiefs of both drivers to cease the antics.[25]

The race restarted on lap 283. Danny Hamlin took the lead on lap 291. The eleventh caution flag came out on lap 294 when Martin Truex, Jr. clipped Danica Patrick going into turn 2. Earnhardt, Jr. stayed out when the leaders pitted and assumed the lead. The race restarted on lap 300. Kurt Busch took the lead on lap 314. He led for 21 laps before Gordon took the lead, after rallying all the way back from his speeding penalty. On lap 359, Denny Hamlin retook the lead.

The twelfth caution flag came out on lap 387 when Reed Sorenson blew a right-front tire and slammed the wall in turn 1.

The race restarted on lap 394. Debris on the front stretch brought out the 13th caution on lap 418. Clint Bowyer won the race off pit road to take the lead. After pit stops, Kurt Busch's engine blew up while running seventh on the backstretch, prompting an extended yellow flag to allow crews to clean up oil spilled by Busch's car.

The race ultimately restarted with 67 laps to go. Three laps later, the 14th caution came out for a massive crash on the front straightaway. It started when Brad Keselowski lost an axle. As he tried to move out of the way, he got rear-ended by Casey Mears. A group of cars including Kasey Kahne, Martin Truex Jr., Danica Patrick and Carl Edwards was collected.[26] A ten-minute 47 second red flag ensued to allow for cleanup. The race restarted with 58 laps to go.

Dale Earnhardt, Jr. took back the lead with 47 laps to go.

Caution flew for the 15th time with twelve laps to go after Kyle Larson made contact with Marcos Ambrose trying to take the spot. The red flag was displayed for the second time of the race. Tony Stewart stayed out when the leaders pitted and assumed the lead.

Dale Earnhardt, Jr. took the lead from Stewart with four laps to go and held off a hard charging Jeff Gordon to score his first career win at Martinsville Speedway.[27] “Oh, man, been trying to win here for so many years,” Earnhardt said. “Real emotional win. I can’t believe we won here. We’re going to drink a lot of beer tonight. It’s a real emotional win. This team on pit road was great and Steve (Letarte, crew chief) and the guys did a real good job all day. They gave me a great shot at it there with the call at the end to take tires. I can’t believe we won here. This means so much to all of us. It’s just real emotional.”[27] "That means so much to Hendrick Motorsports," Gordon said. "That's the best way you can possibly pay tribute to those that we lost 10 years ago. To have a 1-2 finish, that's pretty awesome. I would have loved to have gotten that win to move on to Homestead, but this is certainly a great start for us."[28] "I thought we had the car to beat," Gordon said. "Those last couple of laps were just wild. This means so much to Hendrick Motorsports. It's the best way to pay tribute to everyone we lost 10 years ago. I would have loved to get that win to move on to Homestead. But I'm real happy for Dale. I know this means so much to him."[29] "We struggled a little bit with the balance all day long, being really, really tight, like really, really tight," said Ryan Newman. "The guys did a good job of adjusting it. Kept getting it better and better. Still never really got it right. But the strategy of two tires there at the end worked out good for us. Right number of laps with the guys that stayed out, kept the guys behind us that had four tires."[30] "I'm really surprised that we made it to the end without another caution," he continued. "The guys that were out front there with no tires, it was really just a replay. At least had the anticipation of it to be a replay of the race I won when I took tires a few years ago. We were fortunate to make it up from eighth to third there. Had a pretty good restart. Got down to the bottom when I needed to. Those guys were kind of all jumbled up. I got into the back of Clint (Bowyer) a little bit there. I apologize to him. But I had the 22 (Joey Logano) pushing me all the way through the corner. I don't know there was a whole lot I could have done any different. In the end it was a crazy restart at Martinsville, which we all expected."[30]

ResultsEdit

QualifyingEdit

Pos No. Driver Team Manufacturer R1 R2
1 1 Jamie McMurray Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 19.033 18.954
2 22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford 19.109 19.011
3 20 Matt Kenseth Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 18.971 19.066
4 14 Tony Stewart Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 19.155 19.070
5 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 19.048 19.076
6 2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford 19.093 19.081
7 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 19.089 19.083
8 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 19.134 19.087
9 31 Ryan Newman Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 19.141 19.159
10 41 Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 19.150 19.201
11 99 Carl Edwards Roush Fenway Racing Ford 19.152 19.214
12 15 Clint Bowyer Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 19.094 19.258
13 24 Jeff Gordon Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 19.158
14 27 Paul Menard Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 19.163
15 47 A. J. Allmendinger JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 19.164
16 42 Kyle Larson (R) Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 19.196
17 55 Brian Vickers Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 19.200
18 17 Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford 19.207
19 3 Austin Dillon (R) Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 19.231
20 13 Casey Mears Germain Racing Chevrolet 19.231
21 16 Greg Biffle Roush Fenway Racing Ford 19.235
22 51 Justin Allgaier (R) HScott Motorsports Chevrolet 19.256
23 88 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 19.257
24 5 Kasey Kahne Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 19.267
25 9 Marcos Ambrose Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 19.280
26 78 Martin Truex, Jr. Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet 19.283
27 43 Aric Almirola Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 19.300
28 40 Landon Cassill Hillman-Circle Sport LLC Chevrolet 19.305
29 34 David Ragan Front Row Motorsports Ford 19.308
30 10 Danica Patrick Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 19.341
31 36 Reed Sorenson Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet 19.345
32 23 Alex Bowman (R) BK Racing Toyota 19.347
33 4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 19.355
34 38 David Gilliland Front Row Motorsports Ford 19.365
35 98 Josh Wise Phil Parsons Racing Chevrolet 19.376
36 26 Cole Whitt (R) BK Racing Toyota 19.383
37 7 Michael Annett (R) Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet 19.457
38 93 Clay Rogers BK Racing Toyota 19.568
39 33 Travis Kvapil Hillman-Circle Sport LLC Chevrolet 19.583
40 83 J. J. Yeley BK Racing Toyota 19.611
41 44 Timmy Hill Team XTREME Racing Chevrolet 19.719
42 32 Kyle Fowler Go FAS Racing Ford 19.787
43 66 Mike Wallace Identity Ventures Racing Toyota 19.800

Race resultsEdit

Pos Grid No. Driver Team Manufacturer Laps Points
1 23 88 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 500 47
2 13 24 Jeff Gordon Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 500 44
3 9 31 Ryan Newman Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 500 41
4 4 14 Tony Stewart Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 500 41
5 2 22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford 500 40
6 3 20 Matt Kenseth Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 500 39
7 12 15 Clint Bowyer Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 500 38
8 5 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 500 37
9 15 47 A. J. Allmendinger JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 500 35
10 29 34 David Ragan Front Row Motorsports Ford 500 34
11 8 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 500 33
12 19 3 Austin Dillon (R) Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 500 32
13 21 16 Greg Biffle Roush Fenway Racing Ford 500 31
14 14 27 Paul Menard Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 500 30
15 18 17 Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford 500 29
16 1 1 Jamie McMurray Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 500 29
17 22 51 Justin Allgaier (R) HScott Motorsports Chevrolet 500 28
18 36 26 Cole Whitt (R) BK Racing Toyota 500 26
19 28 40 Landon Cassill Hillman-Circle Sport LLC Chevrolet 500 0
20 11 99 Carl Edwards Roush Fenway Racing Ford 500 24
21 27 43 Aric Almirola Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 500 23
22 34 38 David Gilliland Front Row Motorsports Ford 500 23
23 25 9 Marcos Ambrose Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 499 21
24 37 7 Michael Annett (R) Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet 499 20
25 35 98 Josh Wise Phil Parsons Racing Chevrolet 499 19
26 43 66 Mike Wallace Identity Ventures Racing Toyota 499 0
27 17 55 Brian Vickers Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 496 17
28 42 32 Kyle Fowler Go FAS Racing Ford 491 0
29 32 23 Alex Bowman (R) BK Racing Toyota 490 15
30 16 42 Kyle Larson (R) Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 487 14
31 6 2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford 472 13
32 7 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 459 12
33 33 4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 457 11
34 30 10 Danica Patrick Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 451 10
35 31 36 Reed Sorenson Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet 442 9
36 10 41 Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 438 9
37 20 13 Casey Mears Germain Racing Chevrolet 436 7
38 26 78 Martin Truex, Jr. Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet 436 6
39 40 83 J. J. Yeley BK Racing Toyota 436 0
40 24 5 Kasey Kahne Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 403 4
41 39 33 Travis Kvapil Hillman-Circle Sport LLC Chevrolet 280 3
42 41 44 Timmy Hill Team XTREME Racing Chevrolet 30 2
43 38 93 Clay Rogers BK Racing Toyota 25 1

Race summaryEdit

  • 24 lead changes among different drivers
  • 15 cautions for 105 laps, 2 red flags for 19 minutes 38 seconds
  • Time of race: 3:43:07
  • Dale Earnhardt, Jr. won his fourth race of the 2014 season

Standings after the raceEdit

Drivers with highlighted boxes are drivers currently in the Chase at this point.

ReferencesEdit

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