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The 2015 Ford EcoBoost 400 was a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race held on November 22, 2015, at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Homestead, Florida. Contested over 267 laps on the 1.5 mile (2.4 km) oval, it was the 36th and final race of the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season. Kyle Busch won the race and the championship, his fifth of the season and first of his career. Kevin Harvick finished second. Brad Keselowski, Joey Logano and Kyle Larson rounded out the top-five. Jeff Gordon finished sixth in his 797th and final scheduled career start and Martin Truex, Jr. rounded out the Chase drivers in 14th.

2015 Ford EcoBoost 400
Race details[1][2][3][4][5][6][7][8][9][10]
Race 36 of 36 in the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
2015 Ford EcoBoost 400 logo.jpg
Date November 22, 2015 (2015-11-22)
Location Homestead-Miami Speedway in Homestead, Florida
Course Permanent racing facility
1.5 mi (2.4 km)
Distance 267 laps, 400.5 mi (640.8 km)
Weather Mostly sunny skies with a temperature of 81 °F (27 °C); wind out of the west/southwest at 13 mph (21 km/h)
Average speed 131.755 mph (212.039 km/h)
Pole position
Driver Joe Gibbs Racing
Time 30.568
Most laps led
Driver Brad Keselowski Team Penske
Laps 86
Winner
No. 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing
Television in the United States
Network NBC
Announcers Rick Allen, Jeff Burton and Steve Letarte
Nielsen Ratings 4.4/10 (Overnight)[11]
4.4/10 (Final)[12]
7.6 Million viewers[12]
Radio in the United States
Radio MRN
Booth Announcers Joe Moore, Jeff Striegle and Rusty Wallace
Turn Announcers Dave Moody (1 & 2) and Mike Bagley (3 & 4)

Denny Hamlin won the pole for the race and led zero laps on his way to a 10th-place finish. Keselowski led a race high of 86 laps on his way to a third-place finish. The race had 18 lead changes among eight different drivers, as well as seven caution flag periods for 30 laps.

This was the 34th victory for Busch, fifth of the season, first at Homestead-Miami Speedway and sixth at the track for Joe Gibbs Racing. It clinched his first career Sprint Cup Series championship. Despite being the winning manufacturer, Toyota finished the season 68-points back of Chevrolet who had clinched the manufacturers championship the week prior at Phoenix.

With the introduction of NASCAR's team charter program in 2016, this race marks the final race with a 43-car field.

The Ford EcoBoost 400 was carried by NBC Sports on the broadcast NBC network for the American television audience. The radio broadcast for the race was carried by the Motor Racing Network and Sirius XM NASCAR Radio.

Contents

ReportEdit

BackgroundEdit

 
Homestead-Miami Speedway, the track where the race was held.

Homestead-Miami Speedway is a motor racing track located in Homestead, Florida. The track, which has several configurations, has promoted several series of racing, including NASCAR, the Verizon IndyCar Series, the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series and the Championship Cup Series.

Since 2002, Homestead-Miami Speedway has hosted the final race of the season in all three of NASCAR's series: the Sprint Cup Series, Xfinity Series and the Camping World Truck Series. Ford Motor Company sponsors all three of the season-ending races; the races have the names Ford EcoBoost 400, Ford EcoBoost 300 and Ford EcoBoost 200, respectively, and the weekend is marketed as Ford Championship Weekend. The Xfinity Series (then known as the Busch Series) has held its season-ending races at Homestead since 1995.

Championship driversEdit

Jeff Gordon was the first of the four drivers to clinch a spot in the championship four, winning the first race of the Eliminator Round at Martinsville. Gordon, running in his final full-time season of Sprint Cup Series racing, seeks his fifth Sprint Cup championship and first since 2001. Entering his 797th Sprint Cup race, he had six consecutive top-10 finishes, including a sixth-place at Phoenix;[13] altogether, he had recorded 20 top-10s in 2015,[14] along with four poles, which include three at the schedule's four restrictor plate races.[15] Gordon struggled during the early portion of the season, being involved in crashes in the first two races and was as low as 35th in points.[14][16] However, he managed to gain positions in the standings with eight consecutive top-10s after the Kobalt 400. During the remainder of the regular season, he was between ninth and 13th-place in the points. In the first six Chase races, he finished in the top-10 in all but two races (at Chicagoland and Dover).[14] At Martinsville, he clinched a spot in the final four by taking advantage of Team Penske drivers Joey Logano and Brad Keselowski's accidents to claim his 93rd career victory.[17]

Kevin Harvick, the defending Cup champion, finished second behind Dale Earnhardt, Jr. at Phoenix to clinch his place in the championship race.[18] Harvick, who had won the 2014 Ford EcoBoost 400, had dominated the regular season, leading the points for 23 straight races (from Las Vegas to Darlington), while also winning at Vegas and Phoenix.[19] However, Harvick struggled in the first two races of the Chase, crashing at Chicago and running out of fuel at Loudon. Being required to win to advance to the Contender Round, he capitalized on Jimmie Johnson's mechanical failure to win at Dover.[20] At Talladega, Harvick – once again faced with the possibility of being eliminated from the Chase and a struggling car – was involved in a controversial restart crash on the green–white–checker finish when he collided with Trevor Bayne and caused a crash with intentions of defending his Chase spot.[21]

Kyle Busch finished fourth at Phoenix to clinch his spot in the championship race.[18] He did not start the first 11 races of the season due to breaking his right leg and left foot when he crashed in the Xfinity Series race at Daytona International Speedway. He returned to racing at the All-Star Race, with his first points race return being an 11th-place finish in the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.[22] For Busch to qualify for the Chase, he had to record at least one win and make the top 30.[23] The next three races were marred by crashes in two, but scored his first win of the season in the Toyota/Save Mart 350.[24] He then proceeded to win three consecutive races, making him the first driver since the 2007 season to accomplish the feat.[23] The following week, he won his first pole of the year at Pocono. The week after, he entered the top-30 in points. In the first nine Chase races, Busch finished in the top-20 in all but one race (Loudon).[24]

Martin Truex, Jr. was the last driver to click his spot in the championship race after the Phoenix race was stopped, beating Carl Edwards by five-points with his 14th-place finish. Truex, considered as the underdog of the championship four,[25] had a strong regular season under new crew chief Cole Pearn.[26] He recorded top-10 finishes in the first seven races. From Kansas to Dover, Truex led a combined 239 laps, but failed to win.[27] The following race at Pocono, Truex was able to claim his first victory of the season, third of his career and first since the 2013 Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway.[27] Despite being as high as second in points, Truex's finishes during the remainder of the regular season dropped him down to ninth.[27] During the Chase, he finished in the top-20 in every race, with a best finish of third at Charlotte.[27]

Drivers making final start with teamEdit

A number of drivers made their final start with their respective 2015 team this weekend.

While nothing was officially announced, Richard Petty Motorsports team owner Richard Petty said that he didn't expect Sam Hornish, Jr. to return to the No. 9 Ford in 2016. He said that the team has "to look at sponsorship as much as anything else. It's a combination deal. We can't just go with the driver and then not have the money. We can't go with the money and not have a driver."[28]

On August 22, 2015, Michael Waltrip Racing announced that the team would terminate operations at the end of the 2015 season.[29] On September 28, 2015, HScott Motorsports announced that Clint Bowyer would drive the No. 51 car in 2016.[30] This displaced Justin Allgaier who returned to the Xfinity Series in 2016 to drive for JR Motorsports.[31]

David Ragan – who drove for Front Row Motorsports, Joe Gibbs Racing and MWR in the 2015 season – was without a ride going into the offseason.[32] He said that a few "teams have reached out to me. I've reached out to a few teams. Ultimately I don't have anything in the works or coming together right now. I'm trying to be as patient as I can just to see what happens. A lot of times things change that are unexpected with some of these top teams in the last months of the season. We've had guys get fired after Homestead before. Drivers have issues, different things happen, so I'm patiently waiting for the right opportunity."[32] Eventually, he would be with BK Racing for 2016, in the #23 J.J. Yeley (later Jeb Burton) were in.[33]

Entry listEdit

The entry list for the Ford EcoBoost 400 was released on Monday, November 16 at 12:15 p.m. Eastern time. Forty-five drivers were entered for the race. All but Ryan Blaney and Michael McDowell were entered in the previous week's race at Phoenix. After serving a two-race suspension, Matt Kenseth returned to the seat of the No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota. Josh Wise drove the No. 32 Go FAS Racing Ford. Ty Dillon returned to the seat of the No. 33 Hillman-Circle Sport LLC Chevrolet. Reed Sorenson drove the No. 62 Premium Motorsports Ford.

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 Josh Wise Go FAS Racing Ford
33 Ty Dillon (i) Hillman-Circle Sport LLC Chevrolet
34 Brett Moffitt (R) 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 Reed Sorenson 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 Ryan Preece Premium Motorsports Ford
Official initial entry list
Official updated entry list
Key Meaning
(R) Rookie
(i) Ineligible for points
(PC#) Past champions provisional

First practiceEdit

Carl Edwards was the fastest in the first practice session with a time of 30.832 and a speed of 175.143 mph (281.865 km/h).[34] The session was red-flagged 39 minutes in when Ryan Preece went up in smoke and started leaking power steering fluid.[34]

Pos No. Driver Team Manufacturer Time Speed
1 19 Carl Edwards Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 30.832 175.143
2 2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford 30.954 174.452
3 78 Martin Truex, Jr. Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet 30.968 174.374
Official first practice results

QualifyingEdit

 
Denny Hamlin scored the pole for the race.

Denny Hamlin won the pole for the race with a time of 30.568 and a speed of 176.655 mph (284.299 km/h).[35] He said afterwards that he wished his team "were a part of it (championship four)...unfortunately[,] a couple mechanical things took us out of this Chase, but we're going to hopefully go out with a bang."[36] Joey Logano, who qualified second, said that he wasn't "quite fast enough. It felt like after practice we didn’t get a qualifying run before the rain and it was an unknown to us. My team did a good job with the changeover to qualifying trim though and I am proud of what my team was able to do there, just wish we were a little faster in that third round.”[37] Kyle Busch, who qualified third, said that where you qualify at Homestead "doesn't matter much. Nothing to hang our heads about right now.”[37] Jeff Gordon, who qualified fifth for his 797th and final career start, said he's "having a blast. It's a win-win no matter what happens. When it goes the way it went in qualifying…man that’s fun. How could I not be having the time of my life? We have a very strong race car in this Axalta Chevrolet, obviously, because to be able to do that the next couple of runs; I’m pretty proud of those laps. I had to make up to this team what I did on the first run, so I was glad I was able to make it up. It’s pretty awesome to get top five. I’m really happy and proud of that.”[37]

Qualifying resultsEdit

Pos No. Driver Team Manufacturer R1 R2 R3
1 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 30.665 30.689 30.568
2 22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford 30.520 30.519 30.636
3 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 30.691 30.587 30.671
4 31 Ryan Newman Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 30.590 30.748 30.796
5 24 Jeff Gordon Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 30.758 30.705 30.806
6 21 Ryan Blaney (i) Wood Brothers Racing Ford 30.681 30.756 30.832
7 19 Carl Edwards Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 30.525 30.777 30.846
8 2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford 30.571 30.666 30.849
9 88 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 30.587 30.771 30.914
10 3 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 30.621 30.752 30.922
11 78 Martin Truex, Jr. Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet 30.645 30.776 30.946
12 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 30.856 30.703 31.017
13 4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 30.363 30.779
14 43 Aric Almirola Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 30.677 30.786
15 41 Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 30.492 30.793
16 17 Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford 30.734 30.808
17 27 Paul Menard Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 30.597 30.815
18 5 Kasey Kahne Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 30.826 30.815
19 20 Matt Kenseth Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 30.636 30.820
20 47 A. J. Allmendinger JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 30.798 30.882
21 16 Greg Biffle Roush Fenway Racing Ford 30.867 30.960
22 1 Jamie McMurray Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 30.741 30.974
23 42 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 30.817 31.024
24 15 Clint Bowyer Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 30.878 31.277
25 33 Ty Dillon (i) Hillman-Circle Sport LLC Chevrolet 30.884
26 6 Trevor Bayne Roush Fenway Racing Ford 31.014
27 13 Casey Mears Germain Racing Chevrolet 31.065
28 9 Sam Hornish, Jr. Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 31.084
29 95 Michael McDowell Leavine Family Racing Ford 31.097
30 51 Justin Allgaier HScott Motorsports Chevrolet 31.142
31 26 J. J. Yeley (i) BK Racing Toyota 31.178
32 32 Josh Wise Go FAS Racing Ford 31.244
33 7 Alex Bowman Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet 31.259
34 40 Landon Cassill (i) Hillman-Circle Sport LLC Chevrolet 31.283
35 10 Danica Patrick Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 31.311
36 14 Tony Stewart Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 31.345
37 83 Matt DiBenedetto (R) BK Racing Toyota 31.361
38 55 David Ragan Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 31.411
39 46 Michael Annett HScott Motorsports Chevrolet 31.469
40 35 Cole Whitt Front Row Motorsports Ford 31.499
41 38 David Gilliland[N 1] Front Row Motorsports Ford 31.549
42 34 Brett Moffitt (R) Front Row Motorsports Ford 31.581
43 98 Ryan Preece Premium Motorsports Ford 31.771
Failed to qualify
44 23 Jeb Burton (R) BK Racing Toyota 31.749
45 62 Reed Sorenson Premium Motorsports Chevrolet 31.850
Official qualifying results

Practice (post-qualifying)Edit

Second practiceEdit

Kyle Larson was the fastest in the second practice session with a time of 30.680 and a speed of 176.010 mph (283.261 km/h).[38]

Pos No. Driver Team Manufacturer Time Speed
1 42 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 30.680 176.010
2 4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 30.823 175.194
3 19 Carl Edwards Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 30.968 174.374
Official second practice results

Final practiceEdit

Joey Logano was the fastest in the final practice session with a time of 30.786 and a speed of 175.404 mph (282.285 km/h).[39]

Pos No. Driver Team Manufacturer Time Speed
1 22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford 30.786 175.404
2 5 Kasey Kahne Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 30.843 175.080
3 88 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 30.851 175.035
Official final practice results

RaceEdit

First halfEdit

StartEdit

The race was scheduled to start at 3:15 p.m., but was delayed by rain.[40] The track was dried and under mostly sunny Florida skies, Denny Hamlin led the field to the green flag at 5:15 p.m.. It would be Joey Logano, however, who would lead the first lap. Hamlin followed closely to not lose ground on him. Fluid in turn 1 brought out the first caution of the race on lap 13. The fluid came from the No. 11 Toyota. Logano opted not to pit while most of the field came down pit road.[41]

The race restarted on lap 19. Kyle Busch on four new tires had no trouble passing Logano for the lead on lap 21. The second caution of the race flew on lap 31. It was a scheduled competition caution for overnight and pre-race rain showers.[41]

The race restarted on lap 36. Jeff Gordon drove underneath Busch and Carl Edwards to take the lead the next lap. The third caution of the race flew on lap 40 for a single-car wreck in turn 1. Kasey Kahne suffered a right-rear tire blowout and hit the wall.[41]

The race restarted on lap 45. Kevin Harvick drove by Gordon exiting turn 2 to take the lead the next lap. The fourth caution of the race flew on lap 47 for a multi-car wreck on the backstretch. Exiting turn 2, Clint Bowyer bounced off Ty Dillon overcorrected, turned up the track, clipped Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and sent him into the inside wall.[42] Aric Almirola slammed into the rear of Bowyer. Casey Mears got clipped by Earnhardt and hit the inside wall. David Ragan hit Earnhardt and damaged his car. After being released from the infield care center, Bowyer said that exiting "two, my car got loose, and I couldn’t catch it. We lost the handling on the car big-time. I hate for it to end this way. I wanted to end on a strong note for MWR. I appreciate everybody’s hard work over the years, but unfortunately it’s over."[43] He would go on to finish 43rd.[44] Jimmie Johnson was running fourth when race control called him onto pit road to fix the right-side of the car after the jackman inadvertently pushed in the right-rear side skirt when he was making a wedge adjustment to the car. He was also forced to serve a drive-through penalty when the race went back to green.[41]

Second quarterEdit

The race restarted on lap 54. Martin Truex, Jr. kicked off a round of green flag stops on lap 89. Harvick pitted from the lead on lap 91 and handed it to Kyle Larson. He pitted the next lap and the lead cycled to Logano.[45]

Truex started the next round of green flag stops when he pitted on lap 138. During his stop, a fire started in his pit stall that forced his gas man to cease fueling the car before it was completed. Logano stopped from the lead on lap 139 and handed it to Kyle Busch. He pitted the next lap and the lead cycled to Edwards.[41]

Second halfEdit

HalfwayEdit

Debris on the backstretch brought out the fifth caution of the race on lap 148. The debris came from the back of the No. 88 Chevrolet of Earnhardt, Jr. Kyle Busch exited pit road with the race lead.[41]

The race restarted on lap 155. The sixth caution of the race flew on lap 167 for a single-car wreck in turn 1. Josh Wise suffered a right-front tire blowout and slammed the wall. Truex exited pit road with the race lead after taking just right-side tires.[41]

The race restarted with 96 laps to go. Brad Keselowski passed Truex with ease on the backstretch and took the lead with 95 to go. Truex started the final round of green flag stops with 54 laps to go. Keselowski pitted with 53 laps to go and handed the lead to Kyle Busch. He pitted the next lap and the lead cycled back to Keselowski.[41]

Fourth quarterEdit

 
Kyle Busch, seen here at Sonoma, scored his 34th career victory and his first championship.

After the final stop, Kyle Busch continued to run in second until he was passed by Larson with 14 laps to go. Harvick continued to run in fourth. Gordon ran in 10th and Truex ran between 12th and 14th in the running order. After passing Busch for second, Larson began to reel in race leader Keselowski. Debris on the front stretch brought out the seventh caution of the race with 12 laps to go. It was for a piece of metal lying under the flag stand while NBC mistakenly showed what appeared to be a plastic bottle on the apron as the debris that brought out the caution.[46] Keselowski's crew chief Paul Wolfe told FoxSports.com after the race that he was "trying to understand what it was for. I didn't ever really see what it was for, but I guess that's just the way it goes. I figured we obviously had a nice lead there and should have been able to cruise into Victory Lane, but I guess it just wasn't meant to be."[46]

The race restarted with seven laps to go.[47] Kyle Busch powered by Keselowski exiting turn 2 to take the lead with six to go.[48] He would go on to win the race and earn his first ever NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship.[49]

Post-raceEdit

Driver commentsEdit

Busch said afterwards that winning the title was "pretty unbelievable. It’s a dream of a lifetime, a dream come true, it’s something that happens only every so often. I just can’t believe with everything that happened this year, all the turmoil that I went through, my wife went through, my family went through and people around me went through. This championship is for these guys, my wife, my family and everyone who sacrificed to get me here.”[50]

Harvick's 13th runner-up finish in 2015 broke a tie with Bobby Allison for most second-place finishes in a single season.[51] He joked after the race that second was "the theme of our season."[52] He also added that he was "just really proud of everybody on our team. We were definitely a little bit off tonight, and we just kept throwing stuff at it, and we never really found anything that really helped the car that was like, oh, man, that's what we needed right there. I thought there at the end that the restart, we might do a little better than that, but obviously either the splitter was on the ground or the car was just tighter than it probably needed to be, and just I couldn't hustle it and got it tight and got it up the racetrack and got behind.”[53]

Following a third-place finish, Keselowski said that he "led a lot of laps. The last four races, we have run pretty strong, maybe not as strong at Phoenix as we wanted, but three of the four races, we were really strong, and we just didn't have enough to close it at the end. I was really proud of my team tonight, really happy with what they were able to give me, and we were able to take a run at it, we just didn't quite have enough at the end on that final restart to hold those guys off."[54]

Following a fourth-place finish, Logano said that he, unfortunately, "didn’t win and that’s what we wanted to do. We had a few good runs and made an adjustment that just took it out of the track and by the time we got it back we lost too much track position. We had a bad pit stop under green and lost more there, so it was too little, too late. We couldn’t redeem ourselves after a couple mistakes.”[55]

After a fifth-place finish, Larson said that he "didn’t need that last caution. It probably cost me or Brad (Keselowski) a win, but it did make it somewhat exciting at the end. Disappointed that we didn’t get the win because I really thought we were about two to three laps away from passing Brad for the lead. We will just go back next season and try and fight for some more wins."[56]

A sixth-place finish wasn't enough to deliver Gordon a fifth Sprint Cup Series championship.[57] He said afterwards that he was ""a little disappointed," but all in all, a good way to go out. It doesn't mean I had to win a championship or even compete for a championship, but I wanted to win a race, at least. I wanted to show that I still had what it takes, and I think the Chase showed that. I'm extremely proud of my driving and our effort these last 10 races. That's something that's going to stick with me for a long time - in how I made the announcement and how we approached this season and how we finished it."[58]

Following a 12th-place finish, Truex said that it was "a little disappointing where we ended up. We definitely didn’t come in here saying we’d be OK with fourth. We tried our best, but it just wasn’t in the cards for us tonight. It’s frustrating to have a day like this because everything was on the line.”[59]

Race resultsEdit

Pos Grid No. Driver Team Manufacturer Laps Points
1 3 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 267 43
2 13 4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 267 42
3 8 2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford 267 43
4 2 22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford 267 41
5 23 42 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 267 40
6 5 24 Jeff Gordon Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 267 38
7 19 20 Matt Kenseth Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 267 37
8 15 41 Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 267 36
9 12 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 267 35
10 1 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 267 34
11 7 19 Carl Edwards Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 267 34
12 11 78 Martin Truex, Jr. Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet 267 32
13 22 1 Jamie McMurray Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 267 31
14 10 3 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 267 30
15 21 16 Greg Biffle Roush Fenway Racing Ford 267 29
16 4 31 Ryan Newman Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 267 28
17 6 21 Ryan Blaney (i) Wood Brothers Racing Ford 267 0
18 26 6 Trevor Bayne Roush Fenway Racing Ford 267 26
19 18 5 Kasey Kahne Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 267 25
20 20 47 A. J. Allmendinger JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 266 24
21 17 27 Paul Menard Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 266 23
22 16 17 Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford 266 22
23 25 33 Ty Dillon (i) Hillman-Circle Sport LLC Chevrolet 266 0
24 35 10 Danica Patrick Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 266 20
25 28 9 Sam Hornish, Jr. Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 266 19
26 33 7 Alex Bowman Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet 265 18
27 38 55 David Ragan Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 265 17
28 40 35 Cole Whitt Front Row Motorsports Ford 265 16
29 36 14 Tony Stewart Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 265 15
30 39 46 Michael Annett HScott Motorsports Chevrolet 264 14
31 42 34 Brett Moffitt (R) Front Row Motorsports Ford 264 13
32 41 38 David Gilliland Front Row Motorsports Ford 264 12
33 29 95 Michael McDowell Leavine Family Racing Ford 264 11
34 31 26 J. J. Yeley (i) BK Racing Toyota 264 0
35 34 40 Landon Cassill (i) Hillman-Circle Sport LLC Chevrolet 263 0
36 30 51 Justin Allgaier HScott Motorsports Chevrolet 263 8
37 37 83 Matt DiBenedetto (R) BK Racing Toyota 263 7
38 43 98 Ryan Preece Premium Motorsports Ford 262 6
39 32 32 Josh Wise Go FAS Racing Ford 247 5
40 9 88 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 241 4
41 14 43 Aric Almirola Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 209 3
42 27 13 Casey Mears Germain Racing Chevrolet 104 2
43 24 15 Clint Bowyer Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 46 1
Official Ford EcoBoost 400 results

Race statisticsEdit

  • 18 lead changes among 8 different drivers
  • 7 cautions for 30 laps
  • Time of race: 3 hours, 2 minutes, 23 seconds
  • Average speed: 131.755 mph (212.039 km/h)
  • Kyle Busch took home $346,506 in winnings
Lap leaders
Laps Leader
1-19 Joey Logano
20-35 Kyle Busch
36-44 Jeff Gordon
45-90 Kevin Harvick
91-92 Kyle Larson
93-138 Joey Logano
139 Kyle Busch
140-144 Carl Edwards
145-151 Joey Logano
152-154 Carl Edwards
155-168 Kyle Busch
169-171 Martin Truex, Jr.
172-214 Brad Keselowski
215-216 Kyle Busch
217-257 Brad Keselowski
258 Kyle Busch
259-260 Brad Keselowski
261-267 Kyle Busch
Total laps led
Leader Laps
Brad Keselowski 86
Joey Logano 72
Kevin Harvick 46
Kyle Busch 41
Jeff Gordon 9
Carl Edwards 8
Martin Truex, Jr. 3
Kyle Larson 2

Race awardsEdit

MediaEdit

TelevisionEdit

NBC covered the race on the television side. Rick Allen, Jeff Burton and Steve Letarte had the call in the booth for the race. Dave Burns, Mike Massaro, Marty Snider and Kelli Stavast handled pit road on the television side. While the race itself aired on NBC, NBCSN aired NBCSN NASCAR Hot Pass, a simultaneous live feed dedicated to each of the Chase drivers, with commentary by Leigh Diffey and Dale Jarrett. Also, three different angles from in-car cameras and a track map tracked the driver's position and changes throughout the field.[60]

NBC
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 had the radio call for the race, which was simulcast on Sirius XM NASCAR Radio. Joe Moore, Jeff Striegle and Rusty Wallace called the race from the booth when the field was racing down the frontstretch. Dave Moody called the race from a billboard outside turn 2 when the field was racing through turns 1 and 2. Mike Bagley called the race from a billboard outside turn 3 when the field was racing through turns 3 and 4. Alex Hayden, Winston Kelley and Steve Post handled pit road on the radio side.

MRN
Booth announcers Turn announcers Pit reporters
Lead announcer: Joe Moore[61]
Announcer: Jeff Striegle[61]
Announcer: Rusty Wallace[61]
Turns 1 & 2: Dave Moody[62]
Turns 3 & 4: Mike Bagley[63]
Alex Hayden[64]
Winston Kelley[65]
Steve Post[66]

Final season standingsEdit

NoteEdit

  1. ^ David Gilliland started from the rear of the field after a transmission change.

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