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2015 CampingWorld.com 500 at Talladega

The 2015 CampingWorld.com 500 at Talladega was a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race held on October 25, 2015, at Talladega Superspeedway in Lincoln, Alabama. Contested over 196 laps – extended from 188 laps due to a green-white-checker finish – on the 2.66 mile (4.2 km) superspeedway, it was the 32nd race of the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season, sixth race of the Chase and final race of the Contender Round. Joey Logano won the race, his sixth of the season and third in a row, thus sweeping the entire Contender Round. Dale Earnhardt, Jr. finished second. Jeff Gordon, Brad Keselowski and Carl Edwards rounded out the top-five.

2015 CampingWorld.com 500 at Talladega
Race details[1][2][3][4][5][6][7][8][9]
Race 32 of 36 in the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
2015 CampingWorld.com 500 at Talladega logo.jpg
Date October 25, 2015 (2015-10-25)
Location Talladega Superspeedway in Lincoln, Alabama
Course Permanent racing facility
2.66 mi (4.28 km)
Distance 196 laps, 521.36 mi (838.88 km)
Scheduled Distance 188 laps, 500.08 mi (804.64 km)
Average speed 167.311 mph (269.261 km/h)
Pole position
Driver Hendrick Motorsports
Time 49.234
Most laps led
Driver Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Hendrick Motorsports
Laps 61
Winner
No. 22 Joey Logano Team Penske
Television in the United States
Network NBCSN
Announcers Rick Allen, Jeff Burton and Steve Letarte
Nielsen Ratings 2.5/5 (Overnight)[10]
2.6/5 (Final)[11]
4.2 Million viewers[11]
Radio in the United States
Radio MRN
Booth Announcers Joe Moore, Jeff Striegle and Rusty Wallace
Turn Announcers Dave Moody (1 & 2), Mike Bagley (Backstretch) and Kyle Rickey (3 & 4)

Gordon won the pole for the race and led eight laps on his way to a third-place finish. Earnhardt lead a race high of 61 laps on his way to a runner-up finish. The race had 30 lead changes among 18 different drivers, as well as three caution flag periods for 18 laps.

This was the 14th career victory for Logano, sixth of the season, third consecutive, first at Talladega Superspeedway and third at the track for Team Penske. He left Talladega with the points lead. Despite being the winning manufacturer, Ford left Talladega trailing Chevrolet by 63-points in the manufacturer standings.

The CampingWorld.com 500 at Talladega was carried by NBC Sports on the cable/satellite NBCSN network for the American television audience. The radio broadcast for the race was carried by the Motor Racing Network and Sirius XM NASCAR Radio.

ReportEdit

BackgroundEdit

 
Talladega Superspeedway, the track where the race was held.

Talladega Superspeedway, originally known as Alabama International Motor Superspeedway (AIMS), is a motorsports complex located north of Talladega, Alabama. It is located on the former Anniston Air Force Base in the small city of Lincoln. The track is a tri-oval and was constructed in the 1960s by the International Speedway Corporation, a business controlled by the France Family. Talladega is most known for its steep banking and the unique location of the start/finish line that's located just past the exit to pit road. The track currently hosts the NASCAR series such as the Sprint Cup Series, Xfinity Series and the Camping World Truck Series. Talladega is the longest NASCAR oval with a length of 2.66-mile-long (4 km) tri-oval like the Daytona International Speedway, which also is a 2.5-mile-long (4 km) tri-oval. At its peak, Talladega had a seating capacity of 175,000 spectators.[12] The current capacity is 80,000 seats.[13]

Joey Logano entered with a 13–point lead over Denny Hamlin.[14] Kurt Busch entered third 18–points back.[15] Carl Edwards entered fourth 19–points back.[16] Kevin Harvick, Jeff Gordon and Brad Keselowski entered fifth 24–points back.[17] Martin Truex, Jr. entered eighth 25–points back.[18] Kyle Busch entered ninth 31–points back.[19] Ryan Newman entered 10th 33–points back.[20] Dale Earnhardt, Jr. entered 11th 56–points back.[21] Matt Kenseth entered 12th 60–points back.[22]

Race procedure adjustmentEdit

On Tuesday, October 20, NASCAR announced that the number of green-white-checker attempts would be reduced to just a single-attempt for the weekend's race.[23] NASCAR Executive Vice-President and Chief Racing Development Officer Steve O'Donnell said that after "extensive dialogue with the industry, we have decided to make a procedural change at Talladega Superspeedway this weekend. In the event the race goes beyond the advertised distance due to a caution, we will use a single attempt at a green-white-checker finish. We take very seriously the responsibility of balancing exciting finishes and safety. We’re confident that this is a positive direction for both.”[23]

Chase-clinching scenariosEdit

The following Chase-clinching scenarios were in play for the weekend's race.

Regardless of who winsEdit

Denny Hamlin would've clinched a spot in the Eliminator Round with a finish of 14th or better, 15th if he led a lap or 16th if he led the most laps.[24] Kurt Busch would've clinched with a finish of eighth or better, ninth if he led a lap or 10th if he led the most laps.[24] Carl Edwards would've clinched with a finish of seventh or better, eighth if he led a lap or ninth if he led the most laps.[24] Kevin Harvick, Jeff Gordon and Brad Keselowski would've clinched if any of them finished second or better, third if any of them led a lap or fourth if any of them led the most laps.[24] Martin Truex, Jr. would've clinched with a finish of second or better or third if he led the most laps.[24]

Must winEdit

Kyle Busch, Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Matt Kenseth and Ryan Newman only controlled their destinies with a win.[24]

Entry listEdit

The entry list for the CampingWorld.com 500 at Talladega was released on Monday, October 19 at 9:43 a.m. Eastern time. Forty-five cars were entered for the race. All but Michael McDowell were entered in the previous week's race at Kansas. There were several driver changes for this weekend's race. Bobby Labonte returned to the seat of the No. 32 Go FAS Racing Ford. Travis Kvapil returned to the seat of the No. 33 Hillman-Circle Sport LLC Chevrolet. Josh Wise drove the No. 34 Front Row Motorsports Ford. Michael Waltrip drove the No. 98 Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota.

No. Driver Team Manufacturer
1 Jamie McMurray Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet
2 Brad Keselowski (PC3) Team Penske Ford
3 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet
4 Kevin Harvick (PC1) Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet
5 Kasey Kahne Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
6 Trevor Bayne Roush Fenway Racing Ford
7 Alex Bowman Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet
9 Sam Hornish, Jr. Richard Petty Motorsports Ford
10 Danica Patrick Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet
11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
13 Casey Mears Germain Racing Chevrolet
14 Tony Stewart (PC4) Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet
15 Clint Bowyer Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota
16 Greg Biffle Roush Fenway Racing Ford
17 Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford
18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
19 Carl Edwards Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
20 Matt Kenseth (PC6) Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
21 Ryan Blaney (i) Wood Brothers Racing Ford
22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford
23 Jeb Burton (R) BK Racing Toyota
24 Jeff Gordon (PC7) Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
26 J. J. Yeley (i) BK Racing Toyota
27 Paul Menard Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet
31 Ryan Newman Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet
32 Bobby Labonte (PC8) Go FAS Racing Ford
33 Travis Kvapil (i) Hillman-Circle Sport LLC Chevrolet
34 Josh Wise Front Row Motorsports Ford
35 Cole Whitt Front Row Motorsports Ford
38 David Gilliland Front Row Motorsports Ford
40 Landon Cassill (i) Hillman-Circle Sport LLC Chevrolet
41 Kurt Busch (PC5) Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet
42 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet
43 Aric Almirola Richard Petty Motorsports Ford
46 Michael Annett HScott Motorsports Chevrolet
47 A. J. Allmendinger JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet
48 Jimmie Johnson (PC2) Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
51 Justin Allgaier HScott Motorsports Chevrolet
55 David Ragan Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota
62 Timmy Hill (i) Premium Motorsports Chevrolet
78 Martin Truex, Jr. Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet
83 Matt DiBenedetto (R) BK Racing Toyota
88 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
95 Michael McDowell Leavine Family Racing Ford
98 Michael Waltrip Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota
Official entry list
Key Meaning
(R) Rookie
(i) Ineligible for points
(PC#) Past champions provisional

PracticeEdit

First practiceEdit

Greg Biffle was the fastest in the first practice session with a time of 47.597 and a speed of 201.189 mph (323.782 km/h).[25]

Pos No. Driver Team Manufacturer Time Speed
1 16 Greg Biffle Roush Fenway Racing Ford 47.597 201.189
2 10 Danica Patrick Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 47.731 200.624
3 51 Justin Allgaier HScott Motorsports Chevrolet 47.743 200.574
Official first practice results

Final practiceEdit

Brad Keselowski was the fastest in the final practice with a time of 48.752 and a speed of 196.423 mph (316.112 km/h).[26]

Pos No. Driver Team Manufacturer Time Speed
1 2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford 48.752 196.423
2 21 Ryan Blaney (i) Wood Brothers Racing Ford 48.772 196.342
3 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 49.178 194.721
Official final practice results

QualifyingEdit

 
Jeff Gordon, seen here at the 2015 Daytona 500, won the pole for the race.

Jeff Gordon won the pole with a time of 49.234 and a speed of 194.500 mph (313.017 km/h).[27] Gordon said he knew he "had a fast car, but I wasn’t sure. This is a different car than what we had here earlier this year. I mean everybody felt confident in the car and it was really fast in the drafting sessions, but we weren’t exactly sure when we made a mock qualifying run if we had what it took for the pole, but after that first run I knew the boys did what they do."[27] Dale Earnhardt, Jr. said that his teammates "had a little more speed, but we feel like our car is going to race really well and just ready to go,”[27] Martin Truex, Jr.'s time was disallowed after he went below the yellow line during his qualifying laps, which is forbidden on superspeedways.[27] Justin Allgaier started from the rear after his car was damaged on pit road during qualifying.[27] Michael Annett and Jeb Burton failed to make the race.[27]

Qualifying resultsEdit

Pos No. Driver Team Manufacturer R1 R2
1 24 Jeff Gordon Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 49.296 49.234
2 5 Kasey Kahne Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 49.348 49.453
3 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 49.506 49.467
4 20 Matt Kenseth Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 49.506 49.468
5 88 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 49.516 49.575
6 6 Trevor Bayne Roush Fenway Racing Ford 49.717 49.674
7 4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 49.712 49.720
8 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 49.658 49.737
9 21 Ryan Blaney (i) Wood Brothers Racing Ford 49.545 49.743
10 22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford 49.586 49.746
11 2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford 49.565 49.820
12 14 Tony Stewart Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 49.731 49.845
13 27 Paul Menard Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 49.749
14 41 Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 49.792
15 19 Carl Edwards Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 49.792
16 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 49.824
17 17 Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford 49.880
18 31 Ryan Newman Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 49.891
19 16 Greg Biffle Roush Fenway Racing Ford 49.915
20 10 Danica Patrick Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 49.924
21 9 Sam Hornish, Jr. Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 49.940
22 55 David Ragan Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 49.943
23 42 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 49.946
24 1 Jamie McMurray Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 49.981
25 43 Aric Almirola Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 50.002
26 3 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 50.009
27 95 Michael McDowell Leavine Family Racing Ford 50.077
28 13 Casey Mears Germain Racing Chevrolet 50.095
29 15 Clint Bowyer Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 50.109
30 26 J. J. Yeley (i) BK Racing Toyota 50.146
31 47 A. J. Allmendinger JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 50.179
32 62 Timmy Hill (i) Premium Motorsports Chevrolet 50.246
33 98 Michael Waltrip Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 50.338
34 35 Cole Whitt Front Row Motorsports Ford 50.358
35 32 Bobby Labonte Go FAS Racing Ford 50.449
36 83 Matt DiBenedetto (R) BK Racing Toyota 50.528
37 7 Alex Bowman Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet 50.549
38 38 David Gilliland Front Row Motorsports Ford 50.570
39 51 Justin Allgaier HScott Motorsports Chevrolet 50.631
40 34 Josh Wise Front Row Motorsports Ford 50.744
41 40 Landon Cassill (i) Hillman-Circle Sport LLC Chevrolet 50.885
42 33 Travis Kvapil (i) Hillman-Circle Sport LLC Chevrolet 50.889
43 78 Martin Truex, Jr. Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet 0.000
Failed to qualify
44 23 Jeb Burton (R) BK Racing Toyota 50.765
45 46 Michael Annett HScott Motorsports Chevrolet 50.828
Official qualifying results

RaceEdit

StartEdit

First halfEdit

 
Jeff Gordon leads the field to the green flag at Talladega Superspeedway.

Under overcast Alabama skies, Jeff Gordon led the field to the green flag at 2:34 p.m. Eastern time. He would lead the first nine laps before Dale Earnhardt, Jr. used the middle line to drive by him and take the lead on lap 10. Denny Hamlin used a push on the top line to take the lead on lap 12. Earnhardt used the bottom line to pass and jump in front of him to take the lead on lap 16. Hamlin used the middle line to retake the lead on lap 17. Earnhardt hugged the yellow line and took the lead on lap 18. Gordon rode the middle line to retake the lead on lap 19. Earnhardt powered ahead on the bottom to take back the lead on lap 20. Five laps later, the first seven cars broke away from the rest of the pack. When Trevor Bayne caught his bumper, Matt Kenseth broke out of line and drove past teammate Hamlin. He, however, was shuffled out of line and fell back towards the middle of the pack. Green flag pit stops began on lap 38. Earnhardt hit pit road on lap 40 and handed the lead to Michael Waltrip. He pitted the next lap and the lead cycled to Jimmie Johnson. Austin Dillon was tagged for a tire violation and was forced to serve a drive-through penalty. Aric Almirola was tagged for speeding on pit road and was forced to serve a drive-through penalty.

Second quarterEdit

 
Dale Earnhardt, Jr. leads at lap 71 at Talladega.

For the next 20 laps, the No. 48 Chevrolet headed the field in a single-file line riding around the top lane of Talladega. By lap 56, he had two big pieces of paper on the grill of his car that caused some concern. Dale Earnhardt, Jr. used the bottom line to retake the lead on lap 65. The second round of green flag stops began on lap 78. Earnhardt ducked onto pit road on lap 80 and handed the lead to Michael Waltrip. He pitted the next lap and handed the lead to David Ragan. He pitted the next lap and the lead cycled to Paul Menard. Michael McDowell was tagged for speeding on pit road and was forced to serve a drive-through penalty. Travis Kvapil was tagged for his crew being over the wall too soon and was forced to serve a drive-through penalty. Joey Logano passed to the outside of Menard at the start/finish line to take the lead on lap 84. The escape roof hatch on Denny Hamlin's car came loose on lap 84 and he was forced to make an unscheduled stop to tape down the hatch. After five laps of running behind the No. 33 car, it began to come up again.

Second halfEdit

HalfwayEdit

 
Kasey Kahne leads at Talladega.

Clint Bowyer used the outside line to pass for the lead on lap 96. Kevin Harvick used a push from the middle line to take the lead on lap 98. Kasey Kahne used the bottom line to take the lead on lap 102. Casey Mears couldn't get his car slowed down enough while pitting and ran through the tri-oval grass on lap 118. Kahne hit pit road the next lap and handed the lead to Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. The lead cycled to Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Unfortunately, he was tagged for his crew being over the wall too soon and was forced to serve a drive-through penalty. The lead then went to teammate Jimmie Johnson. Justin Allgaier was tagged for his crew being over the wall too soon and was forced to serve a drive-through penalty.

Earnhardt was saved from going a lap down when the first caution of the race flew with 57 laps to go after Allgaier's engine let go exiting turn 2. Ryan Newman opted not to pit and assumed the lead. He pitted the next lap and handed the lead to Kurt Busch. He pitted the next lap and gave the lead to David Gilliland. He pitted the next lap and the lead cycled to Matt Kenseth.

Fourth quarterEdit

 
The field makes their way through turn 1 at Talladega in the closing stages of the race.

The race restarted with 49 laps to go. Kyle Busch jumped ahead of his teammate to take the lead with 48 laps to go. Dale Earnhardt, Jr. dove underneath Kyle Busch on the backstretch to retake the lead with 37 laps to go. A few cars began making their final stop with 20 laps to go. Earnhardt hit pit road with 19 laps to go and handed the lead to Paul Menard. He pitted the next lap and handed the lead to David Gilliland. He pitted the next laps and the lead cycled to Greg Biffle who was on a different pit cycle.

 
The Big One happens on the final lap.

As the field began to bunch up in the closing 15 laps, Biffle enjoyed a lead of nearly a full lap ahead of Joey Logano. The lead was so great, in fact, that he caught the tail-end of the lead pack of cars. With 10 laps to go, Earnhardt and a number of other cars broke the single-file train and began making his move towards the front of the line. The next two laps saw the line go from single to double and even triple-file. Unfortunately for Biffle, Jamie McMurray's engine let go on the backstretch and brought out the second caution of the race with five laps to go.

FinishEdit
 
Joey Logano celebrates his third-consecutive win.

The race restarted with two laps to go at a scheduled Green-white-checker finish though a first attempt at a restart failed when Jimmie Johnson spun out after been tagged from behind by Kyle Larson. On the second attempt, the third caution of the race flew for a huge crash exiting pit road. That happened as Kevin Harvick's car was unable to accelerate when the green flag was waived and collided with Trevor Bayne before the start line. A total of ten cars were involved in the melee, Denny Hamlin, Michael McDowell, Tony Stewart, Matt Kenseth, David Gilliland, Kevin Harvick, Danica Patrick, Sam Hornish Jr., Trevor Bayne and Austin Dillon.

Logano was ahead of Earnhardt when the caution came out and scored his sixth race of the season and first at Talladega.[28] During the burnout celebration, fans hurled debris including beer cans at Logano as a protest to the green-white checkered rule and the fact that the yellow flag was immediately displayed when the crash occurred and not letting the cars race back to the finish line. While at victory lane and during the interview, the crowd booed Logano loudly. [29] The crowd reaction was similar to the 2004 Spring race. In both, Earnhardt Jr was ahead, but was second when at the time line before the caution, as the time line decides races.

Post-raceEdit

Driver commentsEdit

Following the race, Logano said that his team was "going on all eight right now. It’s amazing — all these different types of racetracks we’ve been able to win at this season and how hard everyone keeps fighting. We want the big trophy at the end of the year. We want to win every trophy in between, but we want the big one at the end of the season. What we’ve shown in this latest round is a big deal, but the fact of the matter is that we’re back to zero again. What we do have going for us that other teams don’t have is a lot of confidence. We’ve got momentum, and we’re relaxed. We’ve shown that we know how to do it. We’ve just got to keep going out there and do what we know how to do.”[30]

Dale Earnhardt, Jr. said after the race that if they went another 100 yards, he would've "been in the lead, but NASCAR makes the calls. They are the governing body, and I have 100 percent faith in the choices that they make. I'm not going to be too upset about it. I did everything I could. I'm proud of myself. I'm proud of my team. We can sit here and pout about this day, but we didn't do good enough in the first two races of this round," he said. "If we had done better in those first two races of this round, we would not be worried about losing by a splitter. We didn't do a good job in those first two races. We've got to try to win another race before the year is out, have some fun."[31]

Following a third–place finish in his final restrictor plate race, Jeff Gordon said that it was "intense. That was wild. That was crazy. I hate it that I didn't have Dale Jr. in front of me on that last restart. I got kind of excited about pushing him there at the end and get both him and me in the next round. That was pretty smart of the Penske guys to split themselves up. It is unfortunate that we had those two wrecks on those restarts. The restarts are so crucial. Everybody is trying to get all that they can and banging one another. I loved my race car today. My 3M Chevrolet was awesome. I would have loved to have a shot at them there and finish this thing out.”[32]

Several drivers had expressed criticisms over Kevin Harvick during the final restart attempt including Trevor Bayne who've accused Harvick of deliberately wrecking him in order to secure his position for the Elimination 8 Round.[33] "I timed the restart and got to his bumper and when I realized there was no chance he was going to go, I pulled to the high side, he was still in line, I got to his door, he started coming up, I went all the way out, and then he just hooked us. After first it was like, 'How did that just happen?' At first I didn't know if somebody had piled into the back of him and run him up into me, or what had happened. But then after going back and watching, it wasn't that complicated" said Bayne in an interview with Fox Sports prior to the race at Martinsville Speedway. Harvick responded "I was just trying to get out of the way once I got going there. I thought I could get going better than I did the first time and I just didn't get going. So as I was pulling up, I was looking to the inside waiting for them to shoot the gap and I hit the 6. Crew Chief Rodney Childers indicated that the motor on Harvick's car was blowing up. Nascar did not sanction Harvick for the incident and kept his spot in the next round of the Chase [34]

Race resultsEdit

Pos Grid No. Driver Team Manufacturer Laps Points
1 10 22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford 196 47
2 5 88 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 196 44
3 1 24 Jeff Gordon Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 196 42
4 11 2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford 196 40
5 15 19 Carl Edwards Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 196 39
6 13 27 Paul Menard Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 196 39
7 43 78 Martin Truex, Jr. Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet 196 37
8 29 15 Clint Bowyer Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 196 37
9 17 17 Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford 196 36
10 14 41 Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 196 35
11 16 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 196 34
12 18 31 Ryan Newman Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 196 33
13 33 98 Michael Waltrip Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 196 32
14 26 3 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 196 30
15 7 4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 196 30
16 25 43 Aric Almirola Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 196 28
17 21 9 Sam Hornish, Jr. Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 196 27
18 3 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 196 27
19 2 5 Kasey Kahne Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 196 26
20 19 16 Greg Biffle Roush Fenway Racing Ford 196 25
21 6 6 Trevor Bayne Roush Fenway Racing Ford 196 23
22 34 35 Cole Whitt Front Row Motorsports Ford 196 22
23 35 32 Bobby Labonte Go FAS Racing Ford 196 21
24 23 42 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 196 20
25 12 14 Tony Stewart Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 196 47
26 4 20 Matt Kenseth Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 196 19
27 20 10 Danica Patrick Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 196 17
28 27 95 Michael McDowell Leavine Family Racing Ford 195 16
29 40 34 Josh Wise Front Row Motorsports Ford 195 15
30 22 55 David Ragan Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 195 15
31 28 13 Casey Mears Germain Racing Chevrolet 195 13
32 38 38 David Gilliland Front Row Motorsports Ford 194 13
33 37 7 Alex Bowman Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet 194 11
34 31 40 Landon Cassill (i) Hillman-Circle Sport LLC Chevrolet 194 0
35 42 33 Travis Kvapil (i) Hillman-Circle Sport LLC Chevrolet 193 0
36 31 47 A. J. Allmendinger JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 193 8
37 8 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 192 8
38 30 26 J. J. Yeley (i) BK Racing Toyota 192 0
39 24 1 Jamie McMurray Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 182 5
40 36 83 Matt DiBenedetto (R) BK Racing Toyota 177 4
41 32 62 Timmy Hill (i) Premium Motorsports Chevrolet 168 3
42 39 51 Justin Allgaier HScott Motorsports Chevrolet 130 2
43 9 21 Ryan Blaney (i) Wood Brothers Racing Ford 84 0

Race statisticsEdit

  • 30 lead changes among 18 different drivers
  • 3 cautions for 18 laps
  • Time of race: 3 hours, 6 minutes, 58 seconds
  • Average speed: 167.311 mph (269.261 km/h)
  • Joey Logano took home $289,573 in winnings
Lap Leaders
Laps Leader
1-7 Jeff Gordon
8-10 Dale Earnhardt, Jr.
11-14 Denny Hamlin
15 Dale Earnhardt, Jr.
16 Denny Hamlin
17 Dale Earnhardt, Jr.
18 Jeff Gordon
19-39 Dale Earnhardt, Jr.
40-41 Michael Waltrip
42-63 Jimmie Johnson
64-79 Dale Earnhardt, Jr.
80 Michael Waltrip
81 David Ragan
82 Paul Menard
83-94 Joey Logano
95-96 Clint Bowyer
97-100 Kevin Harvick
101-118 Kasey Kahne
119-120 Ricky Stenhouse, Jr.
121 Greg Biffle
122-133 Jimmie Johnson
134 Ryan Newman
135 Kurt Busch
136 David Gilliland
137-139 Matt Kenseth
140-150 Kyle Busch
151-169 Dale Earnhardt, Jr.
170 Paul Menard
171 David Gilliland
172-188 Greg Biffle
189-196 Joey Logano
Total laps led
Leader Laps
Dale Earnhardt, Jr. 61
Jimmie Johnson 34
Joey Logano 20
Kasey Kahne 18
Greg Biffle 18
Kyle Busch 11
Jeff Gordon 8
Denny Hamlin 5
Kevin Harvick 4
Michael Waltrip 3
Matt Kenseth 3
Paul Menard 2
Clint Bowyer 2
Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. 2
David Gilliland 2
Kurt Busch 1
Ryan Newman 1
David Ragan 1

Race awardsEdit

MediaEdit

TelevisionEdit

NBCSN will cover the race on the television side. Rick Allen, Jeff Burton and Steve Letarte will have the call in the booth for the race. Dave Burns, Mike Massaro, Marty Snider and Kelli Stavast will handle pit road on the television side.

NBCSN
Booth announcers Pit reporters
Lap-by-lap: Rick Allen
Color-commentator: Jeff Burton
Color-commentator: Steve Letarte
Dave Burns
Mike Massaro
Marty Snider
Kelli Stavast

RadioEdit

MRN will have the radio call for the race, which will be simulcast on Sirius XM NASCAR Radio. Joe Moore, Jeff Striegle and Rusty Wallace will call the race from the booth when the field is racing through the tri-oval. Dave Moody will call the race from the Sunoco tower outside turn 2 when the field is racing through turns 1 and 2. Mike Bagley will call the race from a platform on the inside of the track when the field is racing through down the backstretch. Kyle Rickey will call the race from the Sunoco tower outside turn 4 when the field is racing through turns 3 and 4. Alex Hayden, Winston Kelley and Steve Post will handle pit road on the radio side.

MRN
Booth announcers Turn announcers Pit reporters
Lead announcer: Joe Moore
Announcer: Jeff Striegle
Announcer: Rusty Wallace
Turns 1 & 2: Dave Moody
Backstretch: Mike Bagley
Turns 3 & 4: Kyle Rickey
Alex Hayden
Winston Kelley
Steve Post

Standings after the raceEdit

ReferencesEdit

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