Open main menu

2015 Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500

The 2015 Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500 was a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race held on November 15, 2015, at ISM Raceway (Phoenix International Raceway) in Avondale, Arizona. Contested over 219 laps – shortened from 312 due to rain – on the one mile (1.6 km) oval, it was the 35th race of the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season, ninth race of the Chase and final race of the Eliminator Round. Dale Earnhardt, Jr. won the race, his third of the season. Kevin Harvick finished second. Joey Logano, Kyle Busch and Jimmie Johnson rounded out the top-five.

2015 Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500
Race details[1][2][3][4][5][6][7][8][9][10]
Race 35 of 36 in the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
2015 Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500 logo.png
Date November 15, 2015 (2015-11-15)
Location Jeff Gordon Raceway in Avondale, Arizona
Course Permanent racing facility
1 mi (1.6 km)
Distance 219 laps, 219 mi (350.4 km)
Scheduled Distance 312 laps, 312 mi (499.2 km)
Weather Cloudy with a temperature of 65 °F (18 °C); wind out of the east at 8 mph (13 km/h)
Average speed 106.512 mph (171.414 km/h)
Pole position
Driver Hendrick Motorsports
Time 25.147
Most laps led
Driver Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing
Laps 143
Winner
No. 88 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Hendrick Motorsports
Television in the United States
Network NBCSN
Announcers Rick Allen, Jeff Burton and Steve Letarte
Nielsen Ratings 1.3/2 (Overnight)[11]
1.4/2 (Final)[12]
2.2 Million viewers[12]
Radio in the United States
Radio MRN
Booth Announcers Jeff Striegle, Alex Hayden and Rusty Wallace
Turn Announcers Dan Hubbard (1 & 2) and Kyle Rickey (3 & 4)

Johnson won the pole for the race and led 44 laps on his way to a fifth–place finish. Harvick led a race high of 143 laps on his way to a runner-up finish. There were eight lead changes among seven different drivers, as well as two cautions for 29 laps.

This was the 26th career victory for Earnhardt, third of the season, third at Phoenix International Raceway and 10th at the track for Hendrick Motorsports. It moved him to seventh in the points standings. The win clinched Chevrolet its 39th overall – 13th consecutive – manufacturer's championship. It would ultimately prove to be Earnhardt's final career victory before his retirement in 2017.

The Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500 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

 
Phoenix International Raceway, the track where the race was held.

Phoenix International Raceway (Jeff Gordon Raceway) – also known as PIR – is a one-mile, low-banked tri-oval race track located in Avondale, Arizona. It is named after the nearby metropolitan area of Phoenix. The motorsport track opened in 1964 and currently hosts two NASCAR race weekends annually. PIR has also hosted the IndyCar Series, CART, USAC and the Rolex Sports Car Series. The raceway is currently owned and operated by International Speedway Corporation.

The raceway was originally constructed with a 2.5 mi (4.0 km) road course that ran both inside and outside of the main tri-oval. In 1991 the track was reconfigured with the current 1.51 mi (2.43 km) interior layout. PIR has an estimated grandstand seating capacity of around 67,000. Lights were installed around the track in 2004 following the addition of a second annual NASCAR race weekend.

Phoenix International Raceway is home to two annual NASCAR race weekends, one of 13 facilities on the NASCAR schedule to host more than one race weekend a year. The track is both the first and last stop in the western United States, as well as the fourth and penultimate track on the schedule.

Jeff Gordon entered with a two–point over Kyle Busch.[13] Kevin Harvick entered third three–points back.[14] Martin Truex, Jr. entered fourth six–points back.[15] Carl Edwards entered fifth 13–points back.[16] Brad Keselowski entered sixth 19–points back.[17] Kurt Busch entered seventh 34–points back.[18] Joey Logano entered eighth 69–points back.[19]

Jeff Gordon RacewayEdit

On June 11, 2015, Phoenix International Raceway announced that it would be renamed Jeff Gordon Raceway for the Sprint Cup Series race.[20] Track President Bryan Sperber said that they "were thinking of it like an athlete getting the keys to the city. It (the idea) took off from there. Starting with the quirky layout of our track, it seems like Phoenix always does things a little different. We're the next-to-last race so a lot of good ideas will already have been implemented at other venues. We thought, 'We better step up our game' and do something really cool, that the fans can be a part of, that what we do for Jeff is remembered."[20]

Chase-clinching scenariosEdit

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

  • Jeff Gordon: Clinched by virtue of his Martinsville victory.
  • Kyle Busch: Would have clinched with either a finish of third or better, fourth and at least one lap led or fifth and most laps led. (Finished fourth with one lap led)
  • Kevin Harvick: Would have clinched with a finish of second or better, third and at least one lap led or fourth and most laps led. (Finished second with most [143] laps led)
  • Martin Truex, Jr., Carl Edwards, Brad Keselowski and Kurt Busch: All four could only guarantee advancement with a win, but could also qualify on points depending on how the rest of the Chase drivers do. (Truex Jr. finished 14th, Edwards 12th, Keselowski ninth and Kurt Busch seventh)
  • Joey Logano: Could only advance via a win (point deficit too big for advancement on points). Finished third.[21]

Entry listEdit

The entry list for the Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500 was released on Monday, November 9 at 1:23 p.m. Eastern time. Forty-three cars were entered for the race. Ryan Ellis made his Sprint Cup Series debut in the No. 33 Hillman-Circle Sport LLC Chevrolet.[22] Ryan Preece drove the No. 98 Premium Motorsports Ford. Erik Jones drove the No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota while Matt Kenseth served the second of his two–race suspension.[23]

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 Erik Jones (i) Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford
23 Jeb Burton (R) BK Racing Toyota
24 Jeff Gordon (PC6) 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 Joey Gase (i) Go FAS Racing Ford
33 Ryan Ellis (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 Timmy Hill 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
98 Ryan Preece Premium Motorsports Ford
Official entry list
Key Meaning
(R) Rookie
(i) Ineligible for points
(PC#) Past champions provisional

First practiceEdit

Jimmie Johnson was the fastest in the first practice session with a time of 25.383 and a speed of 141.827 mph (228.248 km/h).[24]

Pos No. Driver Team Manufacturer Time Speed
1 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 25.383 141.827
2 42 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 25.391 141.783
3 41 Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 25.429 141.571
Official first practice results

QualifyingEdit

 
Jimmie Johnson scored the pole for the race.

Jimmie Johnson won the pole with a new track record time of 25.147 and a speed of 143.158 mph (230.390 km/h).[25] He said that his team "didn’t have the summer that we wanted, but these guys have been working so hard on the No. 48 team and at Hendrick Motorsports. So, I’m very happy to see the progress and the direction things are going. It’s been a little bit, everywhere. If we keep doing that, we’re going to close this season out just like we want to and be ready for 2016.”[26] Kurt Busch, who qualified second, said he felt that he "let the team down a little on that lap because our car is better than that. But starting upfront here is a big advantage and we’ll work on the car a little tomorrow to fine tune and be ready to go out and race on Sunday and hope for a win.”[26] Joey Logano, who qualified 14th, said that he "just missed it a little bit. I wish we were in the next round and going for a pole, but the fact of the matter is we’re gonna start 14th and we’re gonna work on our car tomorrow and get it ready to win a race on Sunday.”[26]

Qualifying resultsEdit

Pos No. Driver Team Manufacturer R1 R2 R3
1 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 25.688 25.306 25.147
2 41 Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 25.445 25.178 25.196
3 88 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 25.661 25.309 25.249
4 19 Carl Edwards Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 25.610 25.310 25.263
5 78 Martin Truex, Jr. Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet 25.765 25.386 25.300
6 42 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 25.448 25.305 25.301
7 20 Erik Jones (i) Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 25.655 25.344 25.313
8 4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 25.552 25.319 25.340
9 5 Kasey Kahne Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 25.561 25.397 25.341
10 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 25.489 25.404 25.382
11 24 Jeff Gordon Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 25.399 25.319 25.458
12 1 Jamie McMurray Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 25.804 25.385 25.458
13 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 25.440 25.412
14 22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford 25.489 25.419
15 27 Paul Menard Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 25.747 25.461
16 3 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 25.604 25.470
17 43 Aric Almirola Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 25.629 25.481
18 2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford 25.672 25.483
19 17 Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford 25.725 25.542
20 16 Greg Biffle Roush Fenway Racing Ford 25.708 25.588
21 10 Danica Patrick Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 25.580 25.645
22 31 Ryan Newman Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 25.736 25.663
23 47 A. J. Allmendinger JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 25.746 25.668
24 13 Casey Mears Germain Racing Chevrolet 25.736 25.763
25 51 Justin Allgaier HScott Motorsports Chevrolet 25.808
26 6 Trevor Bayne Roush Fenway Racing Ford 25.814
27 15 Clint Bowyer Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 25.850
28 9 Sam Hornish, Jr. Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 25.878
29 55 David Ragan Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 25.916
30 83 Matt DiBenedetto (R) BK Racing Toyota 25.918
31 14 Tony Stewart Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 25.948
32 40 Landon Cassill (i) Hillman-Circle Sport LLC Chevrolet 26.047
33 26 J. J. Yeley (i) BK Racing Toyota 26.056
34 38 David Gilliland Front Row Motorsports Ford 26.110
35 7 Alex Bowman Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet 26.112
36 46 Michael Annett HScott Motorsports Chevrolet 26.125
37 23 Jeb Burton (R) BK Racing Toyota 26.278
38 35 Cole Whitt Front Row Motorsports Ford 26.312
39 32 Joey Gase (i) Go FAS Racing Ford 26.326
40 34 Brett Moffitt (R) Front Row Motorsports Ford 26.381
41 98 Ryan Preece Premium Motorsports Ford 26.571
42 33 Ryan Ellis (i) Hillman-Circle Sport LLC Chevrolet 26.724
43 62 Timmy Hill (i) Premium Motorsports Chevrolet 27.375
Official qualifying results

Practice (post-qualifying)Edit

Second practiceEdit

Kurt Busch was the fastest in the second practice session with a time of 25.783 and a speed of 139.627 mph (224.708 km/h).[27]

Pos No. Driver Team Manufacturer Time Speed
1 41 Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 25.783 139.627
2 19 Carl Edwards Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 25.851 139.260
3 42 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 25.871 139.152
Official second practice results

Final practiceEdit

Kurt Busch was the fastest in the final practice session with a time of 25.709 and a speed of 140.029 mph (225.355 km/h).[28]

Pos No. Driver Team Manufacturer Time Speed
1 41 Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 25.709 140.029
2 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 25.827 139.389
3 88 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 25.875 139.130
Official final practice results

RaceEdit

First halfEdit

StartEdit

The race was scheduled to start at 12:45 p.m., but rain showers delayed the start of the race.[29] After a delay of over six and a half hours, the cars began rolling off pit road just after 7:00 p.m. Under a clear night Arizona sky, Jimmie Johnson led the field to the green flag at 9:27 p.m.[30] He wouldn't lead the first lap though. That honor went to Kurt Busch. He wouldn't be credited with leading those laps, however, after he was black-flagged for beating the control car (the leader) to the line on the initial start and was forced to serve a pass-through penalty.[31] Following the race, Busch said he "had no reason to jump the start. I had no reason to get excited. We (thought we) had 312 laps to go race. But we’ve had a great season.”[32] As a result, Johnson was credited with leading those seven laps. The first caution of the race flew on lap 41. This was a scheduled competition caution because of the rain. Kevin Harvick exited pit road with the lead after taking just right-side tires. Johnson was tagged for speeding on pit road. Danica Patrick was tagged for her crew being over the wall too soon. Both restarted the race from the tail-end of the field.[33]

Second quarterEdit

The race restarted on lap 48. The heavy betting favorite proceeded to drive away from the rest of the top-10 cars and put everyone up to 20th down a lap. Joey Logano kicked off a round of green flag stops on lap 119. Race leader Harvick pitted on lap 120 and handed the lead to Kyle Busch. He pitted the next lap and handed the lead to Brad Keselowski. He pitted on lap 124 and handed the lead to David Ragan. He pitted on lap 126 and the lead cycled back to Harvick. Trevor Bayne and Keselowski were both tagged for speeding on pit road and were forced to serve drive-through penalties.[33]

Second halfEdit

HalfwayEdit

 
Dale Earnhardt, Jr., seen here at the 2015 Daytona 500, scored his 26th and final career victory at Phoenix.

Logano was the first on pit road at lap 194 to kick off the next round of stops. Harvick pitted the next lap and handed the lead to Dale Earnhardt, Jr. He pitted the next lap and handed the lead to Jeff Gordon. The second caution of the race flew on lap 196 for a two-car wreck in turn 3. Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. got loose, hit the back of Joey Gase and sent them both into the wall. Earnhardt opted not to pit – having just made his stop prior to the caution – and assumed the race lead.[33]

After three attempts to restart the race were waived off because of a safety vehicle sitting on the track in turn 4, the field continued to be under caution due to rain. The race was red-flagged on lap 220. After a few minutes, NASCAR called the race and Earnhardt was declared the winner for the 26th and final time in his career, similar to the rain-shortened 2015 Quicken Loans 400 in June when Kurt Busch scored his second win of the season.[34] His victory also clinched the manufacturer's championship for Chevrolet.[35]

Post-raceEdit

Driver commentsEdit

Earnhardt said that his team "had an idea that the rain was in the area, but all the circumstances that played out at the end of the race are just kind of luck I think. I want to give Greg (Ives, crew chief) a lot of credit and the guys. They gave us a good enough car to come here and qualify well. I think the reason why we won this race is because of the way we qualified to give ourselves a position to be up front all night."[36]

After a second-place finish clinched his spot in the championship race, Harvick said that he didn't "want to be greedy and be disappointed with how it went today when you look at the big picture. I think it's definitely been a Chase that's been a little bit up and down for us, but the guys have battled through, and we've survived a lot of situations to be in contention for next week. You always want to win when you have a car like we did today, but I'll take it again next week."[37] He also added that, while losing the race was bittersweet, his Budweiser Chevrolet "just really performed well today and we were able to lead a lot of laps and just really proud of the guys for the decisions that they made overnight to get that last little bit out of the car today and how it performed was really good. Just caution came out at the wrong time, and we didn't get to make up the ground on the racetrack under green, where Dale was pitted and the way that they came out of the pits just didn't time out well. But still proud of our group, and sometimes you win some of those things, sometimes you don't, but in the end the big picture is what it's all about.”[38]

After a third-place finish wasn't enough to advance Logano to the championship race, he said that it's not easy "to play the race with rain in the area. You don’t know what’s gonna happen, but you just hope there’s another shot. You hope that there’s a restart and if two of them slip up and you’re able to put it three-wide on the bottom, or do something like that, but just didn’t ever have the opportunity there at the end. We had plenty of opportunities to try and get ourselves to the front, we just weren’t as fast at the 4 (Kevin Harvick). We were a solid second place car, but (Dale Earnhardt) Junior timed it out really well when they pitted to that caution and it worked out really well for them.”[39] He also said that he "can't help the weather. I guess it wasn’t in the cards tonight, but I’m still super proud of what this Pennzoil team has done all year.”[39]

Following a fourth-place finish that advanced Kyle Busch to the championship race, he said that he was gratified with "this team. (Crew chief) Adam Stevens and these guys, they worked hard and they persevered all through the beginning part of the season when I was gone working with David Ragan, Erik Jones and Matt Crafton and those guys that drove my race car. But once I was able to return, it felt pretty good to get back in the car and have my team guys motivated and ready to have me back, and we've really excelled since then.”[40]

Following a sixth-place finish, Gordon said that drivers "want to win when you have a car like we did today, but I'll take it again next week. We're excited about the opportunity to go down there (Homestead). Certainly for me, my final race. I can't think of anything sweeter than just having that opportunity to go down there and battle for the championship and seeing what happens.”[41]

After being black-flagged at the start of the race and rallying to a seventh-place finish, Kurt Busch said that he "had a great season, we won two races, sat on three poles. We did everything possible to put polish on a season like this and get out there with elbow grease and work hard it, and you know, when there’s some tarnish that’s sitting there, polish and polish and polish, that’s all I kept doing all year.”[42]

After a 14th-place finish was enough to beat out Carl Edwards for the final championship race spot, Martin Truex, Jr. said that it was "obviously an exciting day for everybody at Furniture Row Racing and me. Just super proud of my team for the season we've been able to put together, and I feel like we've overcome a lot of obstacles. We have kind of overcome a lot of odds, and I'm just proud to be part of this group and looking forward to having the opportunity to do something that we've all dreamed about our whole lives next weekend."[43]

Race resultsEdit

Pos Grid No. Driver Team Manufacturer Laps Points
1 3 88 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 219 47
2 8 4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 219 44
3 14 22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford 219 41
4 10 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 219 41
5 1 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 219 40
6 11 24 Jeff Gordon Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 219 39
7 2 41 Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 219 37
8 13 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 219 36
9 18 2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford 219 36
10 17 43 Aric Almirola Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 219 34
11 22 31 Ryan Newman Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 219 33
12 4 19 Carl Edwards Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 219 32
13 15 27 Paul Menard Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 219 31
14 5 78 Martin Truex, Jr. Furniture Row Racing Toyota 219 30
15 12 1 Jamie McMurray Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 218 29
16 21 10 Danica Patrick Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 218 28
17 25 51 Justin Allgaier HScott Motorsports Chevrolet 218 27
18 29 55 David Ragan Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 218 27
19 7 20 Erik Jones (i) Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 218 0
20 16 3 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 218 24
21 6 42 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 218 23
22 24 13 Casey Mears Germain Racing Chevrolet 218 22
23 27 15 Clint Bowyer Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 218 21
24 23 47 A. J. Allmendinger JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 218 20
25 20 16 Greg Biffle Roush Fenway Racing Ford 218 19
26 9 5 Kasey Kahne Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 217 18
27 31 14 Tony Stewart Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 217 17
28 30 83 Matt DiBenedetto (R) BK Racing Toyota 217 16
29 33 26 J. J. Yeley (i) BK Racing Toyota 216 0
30 34 38 David Gilliland Front Row Motorsports Ford 216 14
31 28 9 Sam Hornish, Jr. Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 215 13
32 36 46 Michael Annett HScott Motorsports Chevrolet 215 12
33 38 35 Cole Whitt Front Row Motorsports Ford 215 11
34 26 6 Trevor Bayne Roush Fenway Racing Ford 215 10
35 32 40 Landon Cassill (i) Hillman-Circle Sport LLC Chevrolet 215 0
36 40 34 Brett Moffitt (R) Front Row Motorsports Ford 215 8
37 41 98 Ryan Preece Premium Motorsports Ford 214 7
38 35 7 Alex Bowman Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet 214 6
39 37 23 Jeb Burton (R) BK Racing Toyota 213 5
40 42 33 Ryan Ellis (i) Hillman-Circle Sport LLC Chevrolet 211 0
41 19 17 Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford 194 3
42 39 32 Joey Gase (i) Go FAS Racing Ford 161 0
43 43 62 Timmy Hill (i) Premium Motorsports Chevrolet 127 0
Official Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500 results

Race statisticsEdit

  • 8 lead changes among 7 different drivers
  • 2 cautions for 29 laps
  • Time of race: 2 hours, 3 minutes, 22 seconds
  • Average speed: 106.512 mph (171.414 km/h)
  • Dale Earnhardt, Jr. took home $462,976 in winnings
Lap leaders
Laps Leader
1-44 Jimmie Johnson
45-118 Kevin Harvick
119 Kyle Busch
120-123 Brad Keselowski
124 David Ragan
125-193 Kevin Harvick
194 Dale Earnhardt, Jr.
195-198 Jeff Gordon
199-219 Dale Earnhardt, Jr.
Total laps led
Leader Laps
Kevin Harvick 143
Jimmie Johnson 44
Dale Earnhardt, Jr. 22
Jeff Gordon 4
Brad Keselowski 4
Kyle Busch 1
David Ragan 1

Race awardsEdit

MediaEdit

TelevisionEdit

NBC Sports was scheduled to covered the race on the television side but NBCSN covered the race due to rain. Rick Allen, two–time Phoenix winner 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.

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 had the radio call for the race, which was simulcast on Sirius XM NASCAR Radio. Jeff Striegle, Alex Hayden and 1998 race winner Rusty Wallace called the race from the booth when the field was racing down the frontstretch. Dan Hubbard called the race from atop the turn 1 suites when the field was racing through turns 1 and 2. Kyle Rickey called the race from a billboard outside turn 4 when the field was racing through turns 3 and 4. Winston Kelley, Pete Pistone and Steve Post handled pit road on the radio side.

MRN
Booth announcers Turn announcers Pit reporters
Lead announcer: Jeff Striegle[44]
Announcer: Alex Hayden[45]
Announcer: Rusty Wallace[46]
Turns 1 & 2: Dan Hubbard
Turns 3 & 4: Kyle Rickey
Winston Kelley
Pete Pistone
Steve Post

Standings after the raceEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "2015 NASCAR Schedule" (PDF). NASCAR.com. NASCAR Media Group, LLC. August 26, 2014. Retrieved November 9, 2015.
  2. ^ "Phoenix International Raceway". NASCAR.com. NASCAR Media Group, LLC. January 3, 2013. Retrieved November 9, 2015.
  3. ^ "Entry List". MRN.com. Motor Racing Network. November 9, 2015. Archived from the original on November 10, 2015. Retrieved November 9, 2015.
  4. ^ "First Practice Results". MRN.com. Motor Racing Network. November 13, 2015. Archived from the original on November 15, 2015. Retrieved November 13, 2015.
  5. ^ "Starting Lineup". MRN.com. Motor Racing Network. November 13, 2015. Archived from the original on November 16, 2015. Retrieved November 13, 2015.
  6. ^ "Second Practice Results". MRN.com. Motor Racing Network. November 14, 2015. Archived from the original on November 16, 2015. Retrieved November 14, 2015.
  7. ^ "Final Practice Results". MRN.com. Motor Racing Network. November 14, 2015. Archived from the original on November 17, 2015. Retrieved November 14, 2015.
  8. ^ "Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500 Results". MRN.com. Motor Racing Network. November 16, 2015. Archived from the original on November 17, 2015. Retrieved November 16, 2015.
  9. ^ "Points standings" (PDF). Jayski.com. NASCAR Statistics. November 16, 2015. Archived from the original (PDF) on November 17, 2015. Retrieved November 16, 2015.
  10. ^ "Manufacturer standings" (PDF). Jayski.com. NASCAR Integrated Marketing Communications. November 16, 2015. Archived from the original (PDF) on November 17, 2015. Retrieved November 16, 2015.
  11. ^ Paulsen (November 16, 2015). "Ratings Roundup: More CFB, Delayed NASCAR, NASCAR Xfinity". SportsMediaWatch.com. Sports Media Watch. Retrieved November 17, 2015.
  12. ^ a b Paulsen (November 19, 2015). "Ratings Roundup: Delayed NASCAR, NASCAR Xfinity, Soccer Friendlies". SportsMediaWatch.com. Sports Media Watch. Retrieved November 20, 2015.
  13. ^ Jensen, Tom (November 9, 2015). "Jeff Gordon uses race at Texas as Chase learning experience". FoxSports.com. Fox Sports Interactive Media, LLC. Retrieved November 10, 2015.
  14. ^ Bruce, Kenny (November 8, 2015). "Harvick rallies at Texas, keeps title hopes alive". NASCAR.com. Fort Worth, Texas: NASCAR Media Group, LLC. Retrieved November 10, 2015.
  15. ^ Hembree, Mike (November 9, 2015). "NASCAR's Martin Truex Jr. ditches clams to chase championship". USA Today. Fort Worth, Texas: Gannett Satellite Information Network, Inc. Retrieved November 10, 2015.
  16. ^ Spencer, Lee (November 9, 2015). "One last shot to make NASCAR's final four". Motorsport.com. Motorsport.com, Inc. Retrieved November 10, 2015.
  17. ^ Fryer, Jenna (November 10, 2015). "Column: Team Penske battling each other with title on line". Associated Press. Charlotte, North Carolina: AP Sports. Associated Press. Archived from the original on November 10, 2015. Retrieved November 10, 2015.
  18. ^ McCubbin, Ashley (November 8, 2015). "Kurt Busch Posts Solid Seventh Place Finish In Texas". SpeedwayMedia.com. USA Today Sports Digital Properties. Retrieved November 10, 2015.
  19. ^ Scott, David (November 8, 2015). "Joey Logano's poor finish means he must win at Phoenix to advance". The Charlotte Observer. Fort Worth, Texas: The McClatchy Company. Retrieved November 10, 2015.
  20. ^ a b Knight, Michael (June 11, 2015). "PIR to be renamed in honor of Jeff Gordon for fall race". The Arizona Republic. Gannett Satellite Information Network, Inc. Retrieved November 10, 2015.
  21. ^ "Chase-clinching scenarios for Phoenix". NASCAR.com. NASCAR Media Group, LLC. November 9, 2015. Retrieved November 10, 2015.
  22. ^ Aragon, Dominic (November 15, 2015). "Ellis set for Sprint Cup debut". theracingexperts.com. Avondale, Arizona: The Racing Experts. Archived from the original on November 17, 2015. Retrieved November 15, 2015.
  23. ^ Gluck, Jeff (November 11, 2015). "NASCAR's Erik Jones driven to exceed high expectations". USA Today. Huntersville, North Carolina: Gannett Satellite Information Network, Inc. Retrieved November 12, 2015.
  24. ^ Spencer, Lee (November 13, 2015). "Jimmie Johnson leads first practice at PIR". Motorsport.com. Avondale, Arizona: Motorsport.com, Inc. Retrieved November 13, 2015.
  25. ^ James, Brant (November 13, 2015). "Johnson wins Phoenix pole; Kyle Busch, Keselowski size up chances". USA Today. Avondale, Arizona: Gannett Satellite Information Network, Inc. Retrieved November 13, 2015.
  26. ^ a b c Pistone, Pete. "Phoenix Pole to Johnson". MRN.com. Avondale, Arizona: Motor Racing Network. Archived from the original on November 16, 2015. Retrieved November 13, 2015.
  27. ^ Spencer, Lee (November 14, 2015). "Kurt Busch tops second Phoenix practice". Motorsport.com. Avondale, Arizona: Motorsport.com, Inc. Retrieved November 14, 2015.
  28. ^ Bonkowski, Jerry (November 14, 2015). "Kurt Busch sweeps both Sprint Cup practice sessions at Phoenix". nascartalk.nbcsports.com. NBC Sports. Retrieved November 14, 2015.
  29. ^ Gluck, Jeff (November 15, 2015). "NASCAR race at Phoenix delayed by rain". USA Today. Avondale, Arizona: Gannett Satellite Information Network, Inc. Retrieved November 15, 2015.
  30. ^ Gluck, Jeff (November 16, 2015). "Harvick, Truex Jr., Kyle Busch join Gordon in Chase finale; Dale Jr. wins at Phoenix". USA Today. Avondale, Arizona: Gannett Satellite Information Network, Inc. Retrieved November 16, 2015.
  31. ^ Scott, David (November 16, 2015). "Rain at Phoenix, Dale Earnhardt Jr. win end some drives for Chase". The Charlotte Observer. Avondale, Arizona: The McClatchy Company. Retrieved November 16, 2015.
  32. ^ Knight, Michael (November 15, 2015). "Kurt Busch penalty costs him shot at NASCAR Chase finale". The Arizona Republic. Avondale, Arizona: Gannett Satellite Information Network, Inc. Retrieved November 16, 2015.
  33. ^ a b c "2015 Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500". Sprint Cup Series. Season 67. Avondale Arizona. November 15, 2015. Event occurs at 9:27 p.m. NBC Sports. NBCSN. Retrieved November 23, 2015.
  34. ^ Fryer, Jenna; Marshall, John (November 16, 2015). "Shortened race in Phoenix determines final 3 Chase spots". Associated Press. Avondale, Arizona: AP Sports. Associated Press. Archived from the original on November 16, 2015. Retrieved November 16, 2015.
  35. ^ Spencer, Lee (November 16, 2015). "Dale Earnhardt Jr. wins rain-shortened Cup race". Motorsport.com. Avondale, Arizona: Motorsport.com, Inc. Retrieved November 16, 2015.
  36. ^ Pistone, Pete (November 15, 2015). "Earnhardt Jr. Reigns at Phoenix". MRN.com. Avondale, Arizona: Motor Racing Network. Archived from the original on November 17, 2015. Retrieved November 16, 2015.
  37. ^ Pockrass, Bob (November 16, 2015). "Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch and Martin Truex Jr. punch finale tickets as Dale Earnhardt Jr. steals win". ESPN.com. Avondale, Arizona: ESPN Internet Ventures. Retrieved November 16, 2015.
  38. ^ Pistone, Pete (November 16, 2015). "Mission Accomplished for Harvick". MRN.com. Avondale, Arizona: Motor Racing Network. Archived from the original on November 17, 2015. Retrieved November 16, 2015.
  39. ^ a b Crandall, Kelly (November 16, 2015). "Logano Left to Wonder about the Restart That Never Was". popularspeed.com. Popular Speed. Retrieved November 16, 2015.
  40. ^ Pistone, Pete (November 16, 2015). "Kyle Busch Gets Title Shot". MRN.com. Avondale, Arizona: Motor Racing Network. Archived from the original on November 17, 2015. Retrieved November 16, 2015.
  41. ^ Spencer, Lee (November 16, 2015). "NASCAR's Championship 4 grid is set". Motorsport.com. Avondale, Arizona: Motorsport.com, Inc. Retrieved November 16, 2015.
  42. ^ James, Brant (November 16, 2015). "James: Kurt Busch's title hopes washed away in Phoenix". USA Today. Avondale, Arizona: Gannett Satellite Information Network, Inc. Retrieved November 16, 2015.
  43. ^ Oreovicz, John (November 16, 2015). "Championship contender Martin Truex Jr. more than just happy to be here". ESPN.com. Avondale, Arizona: ESPN Internet Ventures. Retrieved November 17, 2015.
  44. ^ Alex Hayden [@TheAlexHayden] (November 15, 2015). "Hurry up and wait with @RustyWallace and twitterless Jeff. #RainInTheDesert @MRNRadio #AskMRN" (Tweet). Retrieved November 17, 2015 – via Twitter.
  45. ^ Alex Hayden [@TheAlexHayden] (November 15, 2015). "Current look here at PIR from the @MRNRadio booth. #AskMRN" (Tweet). Retrieved November 17, 2015 – via Twitter.
  46. ^ Oreovicz, John (November 16, 2015). "Monday Rundown: Rare rain at Phoenix brought back memories for Rusty Wallace". ESPN.com. Avondale, Arizona: ESPN Internet Ventures. Retrieved November 17, 2015.


Previous race:
2015 AAA Texas 500
Sprint Cup Series
2015 season
Next race:
2015 Ford EcoBoost 400