2014 STP 500
The 2014 STP 500 was a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stock car race that was held on March 30, 2014, at Martinsville Speedway in Ridgeway, Virginia. Contested over 500 laps on the 0.526 miles (0.847 km) oval, it was the sixth race of the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Kurt Busch won the race, his first win with Stewart-Haas Racing, breaking an 83-race winless streak. Jimmie Johnson finished second, while Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Joey Logano, and Marcos Ambrose rounded out the top five. The top rookies of the race were Austin Dillon (15th), Justin Allgaier (23rd), and Kyle Larson (27th).
|Race 6 of 36 in the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series|
|Date||March 30, 2014|
Permanent racing facility|
0.526 mi (0.847 km)
|Distance||500 laps, 263 mi (423.257 km)|
|Weather||Mostly cloudy with a temperature around 48 °F (9 °C); wind out of the NNW at 25 miles per hour (40 km/h)|
|Average speed||72.176 mph (116.156 km/h)|
|Driver||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|Most laps led|
|Driver||Jimmie Johnson||Hendrick Motorsports|
|No. 41||Kurt Busch||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|Television in the United States|
|Network||Fox & MRN|
Mike Joy, Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReynolds (Television)|
Joe Moore and Barney Hall (Booth)
Dave Moody (Backstretch) (Radio)
6.7 Million viewers
Previous week's raceEdit
On the final lap of the Auto Club 400, Kyle Busch passed his brother Kurt Busch and held off a hard charging rookie Kyle Larson to win the race. "Holy cow, what do you expect when you have a green-white-checkered finish and everyone comes down pit road to put on four tires," Busch said. "That's a Days of Thunder thing right there. What do you mean, there's two laps to go, everybody is to pit, Cole. I came off the fourth turn in disbelief that we won this thing, because we were mediocre all day. It was really weird for us, not a race that we're typically used to. But now there's a load off your shoulders that you can go out the rest of the season and race the way you want to." After winning his first Nationwide Series race the previous day, Larson stated that it had "been a really good weekend" and that he had been battling "probably a 12th place car for most of the day".
The track, Martinsville Speedway, is a four-turn short track that is 0.526 miles (0.847 km) long. The track's turns are banked at eleven degrees, while the front stretch, the location of the finish line, has a zero degree banking. Like the front stretch, the backstraightaway also doesn't have a banked surface. The race consisted of 500 laps, equivalent to a race distance of 263 miles (423 km). The defending race winner was Jimmie Johnson.
The entry list for the STP 500 was released on Monday, March 24 at 9:03 a.m. Eastern time. Forty-four drivers were entered for the race.
Denny Hamlin was the fastest in the first and ultimately, only practice session of the weekend with a time of 18.932 and a speed of 100.021 mph (160.968 km/h).
|1||11||Denny Hamlin||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||18.932||100.021|
|2||22||Joey Logano||Team Penske||Ford||19.067||99.313|
|3||20||Matt Kenseth||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||19.094||99.173|
|Official first practice results|
Kyle Busch won the pole with a time of 18.998 and a speed of 99.674 mph (160.410 km/h). Busch felt that his car seemed "to be working well right now, whatever is working" but felt that he had "to be a little bit faster. There's still some speed to be gained and some consistency throughout races as well keeping speed throughout a run. There's room for improvement still". David Reutimann failed to qualify for the race. Rain washed out the two other practice sessions that were due to be held the day before the race.
|1||18||Kyle Busch||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||19.008||18.988|
|2||11||Denny Hamlin||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||18.960||19.022|
|3||22||Joey Logano||Team Penske||Ford||18.898||19.045|
|4||48||Jimmie Johnson||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||19.053||19.093|
|5||24||Jeff Gordon||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||19.048||19.118|
|6||20||Matt Kenseth||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||19.037||19.118|
|7||14||Tony Stewart||Stewart-Haas Racing||Chevrolet||19.133||19.150|
|8||99||Carl Edwards||Roush Fenway Racing||Ford||19.057||19.157|
|9||1||Jamie McMurray||Chip Ganassi Racing||Chevrolet||19.018||19.200|
|10||10||Danica Patrick||Stewart-Haas Racing||Chevrolet||19.096||19.290|
|11||16||Greg Biffle||Roush Fenway Racing||Ford||19.089||19.369|
|12||15||Clint Bowyer||Michael Waltrip Racing||Toyota||19.074||19.445|
|13||55||Brian Vickers||Michael Waltrip Racing||Toyota||19.134||—|
|14||2||Brad Keselowski||Team Penske||Ford||19.141||—|
|15||47||A. J. Allmendinger||JTG Daugherty Racing||Chevrolet||19.149||—|
|16||31||Ryan Newman||Richard Childress Racing||Chevrolet||19.151||—|
|17||9||Marcos Ambrose||Richard Petty Motorsports||Ford||19.183||—|
|18||4||Kevin Harvick||Stewart-Haas Racing||Chevrolet||19.184||—|
|19||23||Alex Bowman (R)||BK Racing||Toyota||19.193||—|
|20||43||Aric Almirola||Richard Petty Motorsports||Ford||19.200||—|
|21||27||Paul Menard||Richard Childress Racing||Chevrolet||19.203||—|
|22||41||Kurt Busch||Stewart-Haas Racing||Chevrolet||19.203||—|
|23||13||Casey Mears||Germain Racing||Chevrolet||19.205||—|
|24||34||David Ragan||Front Row Motorsports||Ford||19.205||—|
|25||51||Justin Allgaier (R)||HScott Motorsports||Chevrolet||19.238||—|
|26||88||Dale Earnhardt, Jr.||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||19.248||—|
|27||5||Kasey Kahne||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||19.252||—|
|28||42||Kyle Larson (R)||Chip Ganassi Racing||Chevrolet||19.257||—|
|29||32||Travis Kvapil||Go FAS Racing||Ford||19.274||—|
|30||17||Ricky Stenhouse, Jr.||Roush Fenway Racing||Ford||19.282||—|
|31||78||Martin Truex, Jr.||Furniture Row Racing||Chevrolet||19.283||—|
|32||95||Michael McDowell||Leavine Family Racing||Toyota||19.322||—|
|33||98||Josh Wise||Phil Parsons Racing||Chevrolet||19.331||—|
|34||3||Austin Dillon (R)||Richard Childress Racing||Chevrolet||19.345||—|
|35||26||Cole Whitt (R)||Swan Racing||Toyota||19.358||—|
|36||40||Landon Cassill||Circle Sport||Chevrolet||19.370[N 1]||—|
|37||33||David Stremme||Circle Sport||Chevrolet||19.385||—|
|38||83||Ryan Truex (R)||BK Racing||Toyota||19.402||—|
|39||38||David Gilliland||Front Row Motorsports||Ford||19.430||—|
|40||7||Michael Annett (R)||Tommy Baldwin Racing||Chevrolet||19.478||—|
|41||30||Parker Kligerman (R)||Swan Racing||Toyota||19.506||—|
|42||36||Reed Sorenson||Tommy Baldwin Racing||Chevrolet||19.511||—|
|43||66||Joe Nemechek||Identity Ventures Racing||Toyota||19.657||—|
|Did not qualify|
|44||35||David Reutimann||Front Row Motorsports||Ford||19.370||—|
|Official qualifying results|
The race began at 1:13 p.m. Eastern time with Kyle Busch leading the field to the green flag from the outside line on the initial start. With the tight confines of Martinsville, it did not take long for the first caution of the race to wave. It flew on lap 2 after Parker Kligerman hit the back of Martin Truex, Jr. and spun out in turn 3. A number of cars towards the back were on pit road for damage sustained in a classic Martinsville accordion effect. The race restarted on lap 11, before Matt Kenseth took the lead on lap 17. Jimmie Johnson took the lead on lap 21 and held the lead to the competition caution on lap 41 due to overnight rain. Travis Kvapil stayed out to lead a lap before giving the lead back to Johnson. Brad Keselowski was exiting pit road when he collided with Kasey Kahne who was entering. The bulk of the damage came when Kurt Busch clipped the right side of Keselowski's car. He was forced to take his car to the garage. Keselowski felt that Busch "just accelerated and drove through us, absolutely drove through us" and that he was "tired of his recklessness".
The race restarted on lap 48, with Kenseth retaking the lead on lap 56. Kyle Busch took back the lead on lap 59, before the lead cycled to Joey Logano on lap 65, and back to Johnson on lap 82. Keselowski returned to the track for a payback move at Kurt Busch; he gave out the middle finger until Kurt Busch bumped him out of the way. Keselowski's car ultimately left a tire mark on the left side of Kurt Busch's car. After the race, Kurt Busch stated that he had "steered right to go around Brad and he clobbers our left-side door" and later described Keselowski's move as "punk-ass" and that he "will get what he gets back when I decide to give it back". The two drivers battled for 17 laps in total. Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. wheel-hopped the curb in turn 1 trying to avoid ramming Kurt Busch and scraped the wall, which brought out the third caution of the race on lap 103. Matt Kenseth beat Jimmie Johnson off pit road to take the lead for the restart, on lap 110.
Cautions breed cautionsEdit
Logano took back the lead on lap 111, before the fourth caution of the race flew on lap 114 after Kvapil clipped Michael Annett going into turn 3, with the incident also involving David Gilliland. From the restart at lap 120, Logano maintained the lead until lap 133, when Johnson returned to the head of the race. Greg Biffle became the race's next leader on lap 155, and held the lead until the fifth caution of the race flew on lap 170 after Casey Mears got tapped by Gilliland in turn 1 and sent him spinning. Marcos Ambrose beat Biffle off pit road to take the lead for the restart on lap 179. Ambrose led until on lap 195 when Kenseth passed him. The sixth caution of the race flew on lap 200 after Dale Earnhardt, Jr. tapped Jamie McMurray in turn 2 and sent his car into the wall. Kenseth led the field to the restart on lap 208, before Johnson returned to the lead on lap 213.
The seventh caution of the race flew on lap 219 after Alex Bowman got hit in the rear by Gilliland and rear-ended the wall in turn 4. Earnhardt, Jr. stayed out on track while others pitted for tires, and thus took the lead for the restart, on lap 226. A short green-flag run followed before debris in turn 1 brought out the eighth caution of the race on lap 231. Kevin Harvick's run of mechanical mishaps continued when he was forced to pit because of a broken rear-end chain. Earnhardt, Jr. still led the field for the restart on lap 238, before Kurt Busch took the lead on lap 243. Johnson returned to the front on lap 245, before the ninth caution of the race flew at the halfway mark, after Ryan Truex was sent spinning into the turn 4 wall. Harvick stayed out to lead a lap before pitting and the lead cycled back to Kenseth for the restart, on lap 258.
Earnhardt, Jr. took back the lead on lap 260, before Johnson (lap 265) and Clint Bowyer (lap 284) both went to the head of the race. Johnson retook the lead on lap 288, and held the top spot until the next caution, the 10th, flew on lap 315 after Joe Nemechek hit the wall in turn 4. The race restarted on lap 323, and Johnson stayed out front until the 11th caution of the race flew on lap 340 after Kyle Larson got loose and spun out exiting turn 2. The race restarted on lap 347, with Bowyer and Johnson swapping the lead before a piece of debris brought out the 12th caution of the race on lap 349. Johnson maintained the lead from the restart on lap 358 to the 13th caution of the race, which flew with 90 laps to go after Martin Truex, Jr. got turned by Keselowski in turn 2.
The race restarted with 83 laps to go, with Johnson leading until 51 laps to go, when Bowyer assumed the lead. The 14th caution of the race flew with 42 laps to go after Carl Edwards got loose and spun out in turn 2. Bowyer and Johnson swapped the lead on pit road, as Johnson won the race off to take the lead. The race restarted with 35 laps to go, and was passed by Kurt Busch 7 laps later. Johnson had another spell out front with 18 laps to go, but Kurt Busch took the lead back with 11 laps to go and held off Johnson to end his 83-race winless streak, and achieved his 25th career victory. Busch stated that he "didn't know if we'd be able to do it, you know? The 48 car is king here, him or the 24", and that he had "been on this journey for a while and every time you come to Martinsville, you just kind of draw a line through it like there's no way I'll be able to challenge those Hendrick guys or be up in the top 10. This Stewart-Haas team gave me a car to do it." Johnson, who led 296 laps, stated that his car was "so on edge slipping and sliding" and that a "lack of security in our own car kept us from feeling more racy and putting a bumper to someone or really getting inside someone aggressively".
|1||22||41||Kurt Busch||Stewart-Haas Racing||Chevrolet||500||47|
|2||5||48||Jimmie Johnson||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||500||44|
|3||26||88||Dale Earnhardt, Jr.||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||500||42|
|4||3||22||Joey Logano||Team Penske||Ford||500||41|
|5||17||9||Marcos Ambrose||Richard Petty Motorsports||Ford||500||40|
|6||6||20||Matt Kenseth||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||500||39|
|7||18||4||Kevin Harvick||Stewart-Haas Racing||Chevrolet||500||38|
|8||20||43||Aric Almirola||Richard Petty Motorsports||Ford||500||36|
|9||12||15||Clint Bowyer||Michael Waltrip Racing||Toyota||500||36|
|10||21||27||Paul Menard||Richard Childress Racing||Chevrolet||500||34|
|11||15||47||A. J. Allmendinger||JTG Daugherty Racing||Chevrolet||500||34|
|12||5||24||Jeff Gordon||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||500||32|
|13||8||99||Carl Edwards||Roush Fenway Racing||Ford||500||31|
|14||1||18||Kyle Busch||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||500||31|
|15||34||3||Austin Dillon (R)||Richard Childress Racing||Chevrolet||500||29|
|16||13||55||Brian Vickers||Michael Waltrip Racing||Toyota||500||28|
|17||7||14||Tony Stewart||Stewart-Haas Racing||Chevrolet||500||27|
|18||11||16||Greg Biffle||Roush Fenway Racing||Ford||500||27|
|19||2||11||Denny Hamlin||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||500||25|
|20||16||31||Ryan Newman||Richard Childress Racing||Chevrolet||500||24|
|21||31||78||Martin Truex, Jr.||Furniture Row Racing||Chevrolet||500||23|
|22||27||5||Kasey Kahne||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||500||22|
|23||25||51||Justin Allgaier (R)||HScott Motorsports||Chevrolet||500||21|
|24||23||13||Casey Mears||Germain Racing||Chevrolet||500||20|
|25||36||40||Landon Cassill||Circle Sport||Chevrolet||500||0|
|26||39||38||David Gilliland||Front Row Motorsports||Ford||499||18|
|27||28||42||Kyle Larson (R)||Chip Ganassi Racing||Chevrolet||498||17|
|28||24||34||David Ragan||Front Row Motorsports||Ford||497||16|
|29||35||26||Cole Whitt (R)||Swan Racing||Toyota||497||15|
|30||38||83||Ryan Truex (R)||BK Racing||Toyota||496||14|
|31||40||7||Michael Annett (R)||Tommy Baldwin Racing||Chevrolet||495||13|
|32||10||10||Danica Patrick||Stewart-Haas Racing||Chevrolet||494||12|
|33||29||32||Travis Kvapil||Go FAS Racing||Ford||493||12|
|34||42||36||Reed Sorenson||Tommy Baldwin Racing||Chevrolet||492||10|
|35||33||98||Josh Wise||Phil Parsons Racing||Chevrolet||492||9|
|36||19||23||Alex Bowman (R)||BK Racing||Toyota||488||8|
|37||32||95||Michael McDowell||Leavine Family Racing||Toyota||474||7|
|38||14||2||Brad Keselowski||Team Penske||Ford||469||6|
|39||37||33||David Stremme||Circle Sport||Chevrolet||440||5|
|40||30||17||Ricky Stenhouse, Jr.||Roush Fenway Racing||Ford||409||4|
|41||41||30||Parker Kligerman (R)||Swan Racing||Toyota||408||3|
|42||9||1||Jamie McMurray||Chip Ganassi Racing||Chevrolet||396||2|
|43||43||66||Joe Nemechek||Identity Ventures Racing||Toyota||310||0|
- Lead changes: 33 among different drivers
- Cautions/Laps: 14 for 92
- Red flags: 0
- Time of race: 3 hours, 38 minutes, and 38 seconds
- Average speed: 72.176 miles per hour (116.156 km/h)
|Booth announcers||Pit reporters|
|Lap-by-lap: Mike Joy
Color-commentator: Larry McReynolds
Color commentator: Darrell Waltrip
|Booth announcers||Turn announcers||Pit reporters|
|Lead announcer: Joe Moore
Announcer: Barney Hall
|Backstretch: Dave Moody||Winston Kelly|
Standings after the raceEdit
- Landon Cassill and David Reutimann both set a lap time of 19.370 in Round 1 for 36th position, the final guaranteed starting spot. As Cassill's team was higher in owner's points, Cassill qualified for the race at the expense of Reutimann, since his team was lowest in owner's points of those whose times were outside the top 36.
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