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The 2015 STP 500 was a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race held on March 29, 2015, at Martinsville Speedway in Ridgeway, Virginia. Contested over 500 laps on the 0.526 miles (0.847 km) paperclip shaped short track, it was the sixth race of the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season. Denny Hamlin won the race while Brad Keselowski finished runner-up. Joey Logano, Matt Kenseth and David Ragan rounded out the top five.

2015 STP 500
Race details[1][2][3][4][5][6][7][8][9][10]
Race 6 of 36 in the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
Layout of the track
Layout of the track
Date March 29, 2015 (2015-03-29)
Location Martinsville Speedway in Ridgeway, Virginia
Course Permanent racing facility
0.526 mi (0.847 km)
Distance 500 laps, 263 mi (423.257 km)
Weather Sunny, clear blue skies with a temperature of 45 °F (7 °C); wind out of the west/northwest at 1 mph (1.6 km/h)
Average speed 68.843 mph (110.792 km/h)
Pole position
Driver Team Penske
Time 19.232
Most laps led
Driver Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing
Laps 154
Winner
No. 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing
Television in the United States
Network Fox Sports 1
Announcers Mike Joy, Larry McReynolds and Darrell Waltrip
Nielsen Ratings 2.5/4 (Overnight)[11]
2.8/5 (Final)[12]
4.061 Million viewers[12]
Radio in the United States
Radio MRN
Booth Announcers Joe Moore, Jeff Striegle and Rusty Wallace
Turn Announcers Dave Moody (Backstretch)

Joey Logano won the pole for the race and led 91 laps on his way to a third-place finish. Kevin Harvick led the most laps – leading 154 – on his way to an eighth-place finish, ending an eight consecutive race streak of finishing first or second. The race had 31 lead changes among 13 different drivers, as well as 16 caution flag periods for 112 laps.

Hamlin's 25th career victory was his fifth win at Martinsville Speedway and the eighth at the track for Joe Gibbs Racing. The win moved Hamlin up to eighth in the points standings, which were still headed by Harvick; he left Martinsville with a 24-point lead over Logano. Despite being the winning manufacturer, Toyota still trailed Chevrolet by 37 points in the manufacturers' standings, in third place.

The STP 500 was carried by Fox Sports on the cable/satellite Fox Sports 1 network for the American television audience – the first scheduled points race to air on the channel. The radio broadcast for the race was carried by the Motor Racing Network and Sirius XM NASCAR Radio.

Contents

ReportEdit

BackgroundEdit

 
Martinsville Speedway, the race track where the race was held.

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

Kevin Harvick entered Martinsville with a 28-point lead over Joey Logano following his eighth consecutive top-two finish, while Martin Truex, Jr. entered 33 points back in third. Dale Earnhardt, Jr. entered 61 points back in fourth, a point ahead of Brad Keselowski in fifth.

Changes to the trackEdit

Following the lead of other tracks in the wake of Kyle Busch's wreck in the previous month's Xfinity Series Alert Today Florida 300 at Daytona International Speedway, Martinsville Speedway president Clay Campbell announced that tire barrier packs would be installed at the end of the backstretch inside wall prior to the entrance of pit road,[13] for "the continued safety of the drivers and our fans".[13]

Tire reductionEdit

For the race weekend at Martinsville, NASCAR reduced the number of tire sets that Sprint Cup teams were allotted, from eleven to ten.[14] Martinsville was the first of several races in 2015 to have a reduction in tire sets,[14] as a cost cutting measure with tire sets costing teams up to two-thousand dollars.[14]

Entry listEdit

The entry list for the STP 500 was released on Thursday, March 19, 2015 at 1:47 p.m. Eastern time. Forty-six cars were entered for the race. All but four were entered for the previous week's race at Auto Club Speedway. Defending Xfinity Series champion Chase Elliott was entered to make his first career Sprint Cup Series start in the No. 25 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet. After The Motorsports Group opted not to enter the three race West-Coast swing, Ron Hornaday, Jr. entered the race in the No. 30 Chevrolet. Alex Kennedy drove the No. 33 Hillman-Circle Sport LLC Chevrolet that had been driven by Brian Scott the previous race. Brett Moffitt was entered to drive the No. 34 Front Row Motorsports Ford, but he drove the No. 55 Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota, replacing Brian Vickers, who was ruled out for the next three months because of blood clots. Chris Buescher drove the No. 34 car in replacement of Moffitt. The No. 44 Team Xtreme Racing Chevrolet was entered for the race and was to be driven by Travis Kvapil. However, the team withdrew from the race on Friday, March 27.[15] Team owner John Cohen stated that "with the threat of rain and our position in the points, we made the decision to channel our resources towards racing at Texas Motor Speedway in two weeks" and that "our crew is hard at work and our focus remains on qualifying into races each week".[15]

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 David Ragan Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
19 Carl Edwards Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
20 Matt Kenseth (PC6) Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford
23 J. J. Yeley (i) BK Racing Toyota
24 Jeff Gordon (PC7) Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
25 Chase Elliott (i) Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
26 Jeb Burton (R) BK Racing Toyota
27 Paul Menard Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet
30 Ron Hornaday, Jr. The Motorsports Group Chevrolet
31 Ryan Newman Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet
32 Mike Bliss (i) Go FAS Racing Ford
33 Alex Kennedy (R) Hillman-Circle Sport LLC Chevrolet
34 Chris Buescher (i) 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 Brett Moffitt (R) Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota
62 Brendan Gaughan (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
98 Josh Wise Phil Parsons Racing Ford
Official entry list
Key Meaning
(R) Rookie
(i) Ineligible for points
(PC#) Past champions provisional

First practiceEdit

Ryan Newman was the fastest in the first practice session with a time of 19.355 and a speed of 97.835 mph (157.450 km/h).[16] Chase Elliott, making his first ever Sprint Cup Series start, was 29th with a time of 19.656 and a speed of 96.337 mph (155.039 km/h).[16] Elliott told reporters that the Sprint Cup Series "is a different world" and that "we're happy to be here".[16] Late in the session, Austin Dillon's car went up in smoke, due to a fluid leak.[16]

Pos No. Driver Team Manufacturer Time Speed
1 31 Ryan Newman Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 19.355 97.835
2 47 A. J. Allmendinger JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 19.386 97.679
3 24 Jeff Gordon Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 19.389 97.664
Official first practice results

QualifyingEdit

 
Joey Logano, seen here at the 2015 Daytona 500, won the pole for the STP 500.

Joey Logano won the pole with a time of 19.232 and a speed of 98.461 mph (158.458 km/h).[17] Logano explained to reporters that he joked with his crew chief Todd Gordon about how many laps he could cover in the final session of qualifying; he stated that he "ran six and I told Todd I can't hold my breath any more than that so that's the fastest I can go",[17] Ryan Newman joined Logano on the front row, but lamented the fact that he was not closer to Logano, stating that he "could have been just a tick quicker and gotten that pole", while also looking towards the race and the importance of pit stops during it.[17]

Jimmie Johnson was also "excited" about his Hendrick Motorsports car, while qualifying fifth on the grid. He also elaborated that the car had "been real fast" and that "to have the car here starting in the top five with this much speed on Friday is awesome".[17] Matt Kenseth qualified eighth, describing his first run as "okay", before further explaining that his car's "balance was pretty good and we were a little loose", and that "we just could never really get it any better on older tires".[17] Chase Elliott qualified 27th on speed, and thus, ensured his place in the field for his maiden Sprint Cup Series start; he described the result as "definitely a big relief for us" and that he and his team were "excited for Sunday".[17] Kurt Busch, the defending race winner, qualified just in front of Elliott, in 26th position. He described his car as "tight on corner exit" and that "it was like the rear end was planted too well".[17] Brendan Gaughan and Ron Hornaday, Jr. failed to qualify for the race.

Qualifying resultsEdit

Pos No. Driver Team Manufacturer R1 R2 R3
1 22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford 19.345 19.395 19.232
2 31 Ryan Newman Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 19.935 19.337 19.258
3 78 Martin Truex, Jr. Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet 19.408 19.426 19.313
4 24 Jeff Gordon Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 19.453 19.369 19.399
5 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 19.377 19.384 19.405
6 14 Tony Stewart Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 19.484 19.362 19.428
7 42 Kyle Larson[N 1] Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 19.446 19.389 19.429
8 20 Matt Kenseth Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 19.332 19.419 19.443
9 5 Kasey Kahne Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 19.411 19.418 19.465
10 47 A. J. Allmendinger JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 19.424 19.381 19.469
11 19 Carl Edwards Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 19.444 19.428 19.486
12 2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford 19.447 19.394 19.514
13 27 Paul Menard Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 19.458 19.444
14 88 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 19.464 19.461
15 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 19.443 19.468
16 10 Danica Patrick Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 19.454 19.468
17 4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 19.487 19.470
18 43 Aric Almirola Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 19.476 19.474
19 1 Jamie McMurray Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 19.480 19.477
20 18 David Ragan Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 19.484 19.562
21 51 Justin Allgaier[N 2] HScott Motorsports Chevrolet 19.473 19.564
22 3 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 19.515 19.570
23 17 Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford 19.436 19.611
24 13 Casey Mears[N 3] Germain Racing Chevrolet 19.459 0.000
25 16 Greg Biffle Roush Fenway Racing Ford 19.525
26 41 Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 19.533
27 25 Chase Elliott (i) Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 19.538
28 46 Michael Annett HScott Motorsports Chevrolet 19.542
29 38 David Gilliland Front Row Motorsports Ford 19.589
30 15 Clint Bowyer Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 19.599
31 98 Josh Wise Phil Parsons Racing Ford 19.601
32 26 Jeb Burton (R) BK Racing Toyota 19.624
33 55 Brett Moffitt (R) Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 19.652
34 40 Landon Cassill (i) Hillman-Circle Sport LLC Chevrolet 19.664
35 34 Chris Buescher (i) Front Row Motorsports Ford 19.672
36 6 Trevor Bayne Roush Fenway Racing Ford 19.673
37 35 Cole Whitt Front Row Motorsports Ford 19.713
38 9 Sam Hornish, Jr. Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 19.720
39 7 Alex Bowman Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet 19.744
40 32 Mike Bliss (i) Go FAS Racing Ford 19.788
41 33 Alex Kennedy (R) Hillman-Circle Sport LLC Chevrolet 19.871
42 23 J. J. Yeley (i) BK Racing Toyota 19.890
43 83 Matt DiBenedetto (R) BK Racing Toyota 20.025
Did not qualify
44 62 Brendan Gaughan (i) Premium Motorsports Chevrolet 19.801
45 30 Ron Hornaday, Jr. The Motorsports Group Chevrolet 19.850
Official qualifying results

Practice (post-qualifying)Edit

Second practiceEdit

Denny Hamlin was the fastest in the second practice session with a time of 19.499 and a speed of 97.113 mph (156.288 km/h).[21] Thirty minutes into the session, Jimmie Johnson started reporting that his car was having engine issues,[22] but upon further inspection, it turned out to be a minor electrical issue.[22] When he went back out, Johnson reported that there were "no issues".[22]

Pos No. Driver Team Manufacturer Time Speed
1 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 19.499 97.113
2 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 19.524 96.988
3 24 Jeff Gordon Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 19.545 96.884
Official second practice results

Final practiceEdit

Kurt Busch was the fastest in the final practice session with a time of 19.502 and a speed of 97.098 mph (156.264 km/h).[23] Greg Biffle made contact with the wall exiting turn 4 20 minutes into the session,[24] causing cosmetic damage to his car; he returned to the track after minor repairs.[24]

Pos No. Driver Team Manufacturer Time Speed
1 41 Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 19.502 97.098
2 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 19.560 96.810
3 24 Jeff Gordon Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 19.577 96.726
Official final practice results

Prior to the raceEdit

 
Kyle Larson, seen here at the 2015 Daytona 500, was sent to a hospital in Charlotte, North Carolina after fainting on Saturday.

On Saturday before the race, Kyle Larson was taken to a local hospital after fainting.[18] John Olguin, vice-president of communications for Chip Ganassi Racing told Jim Utter of The Charlotte Observer that Larson suffered a fainting spell during an autograph session and was taken to the infield care center.[18] Doctors at the care center advised that he go to a local hospital for further evaluation.[18][19] While he checked out well by the hospital, Larson was sent to the Carolina Medical Center in Charlotte, North Carolina to be evaluated by a neurologist.[19] On raceday morning, Chip Ganassi Racing announced that Larson was not medically cleared to race and that Regan Smith would drive in his place.[20] As Larson qualified the car on Friday, his Chase eligibility was unaffected.[20] With the driver change, Smith started from the rear of the field for the race.[25]

RaceEdit

First-halfEdit

StartEdit

The race was scheduled to start at 1:13 p.m., but started five minutes later when Joey Logano led the field to the green flag. The first caution flew on lap 11 when Trevor Bayne spun out in turn 1. His left-rear tire got cut down after contact with Alex Bowman in turn 3. The race restarted on lap 17 with Logano still leading the field. On the following lap, Ryan Newman – in the outside lane – took the lead from Logano, but Logano eventually retook the lead on lap 20. The second caution flew on lap 22 when Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. got loose in turn 3, spun out, and lightly rear-ended the wall.[26]

The race restarted on lap 27 when Matt Kenseth, trapped on the outside line, nearly spun out in turn 3 trying to go underneath Jeff Gordon. The third caution flew on lap 54 when J. J. Yeley hit the wall in turn 1, after contact with Denny Hamlin caused his left-front tire to deflate. A. J. Allmendinger dropped to the tail end of the field for speeding on pit road as did Aric Almirola. The race restarted on lap 61. In a classic Martinsville accordion effect, Brett Moffitt crashed into the rear of Chase Elliott. Moffitt was forced to pit to remove the hood of his car, that was flapping. This brought out the fourth caution of the race. Elliott did not pit instaneously, but took his car to the garage. Dale Earnhardt, Jr. gave up fifth place to pit under the caution.[26]

The race restarted on lap 82. The fifth caution flew on lap 94 when Alex Kennedy spun out in turn 4 after making contact with Matt DiBenedetto. Earnhardt, Jr. came onto pit road before it was open apparently to fix something inside his car; he radioed to his team that he "lost the gear shifter". Martin Truex, Jr. stayed out to take the lead with Danica Patrick and Landon Cassill doing likewise, while Mike Bliss dropped to the tail end for speeding on pit road.[26]

Second quarter markEdit

The race restarted on lap 101. The field was log-jammed by Cassill and Patrick until Patrick got bumped by Cassill. This allowed Logano to get under Cassill and send him and Patrick backwards down the field. He caught Truex, Jr. and passed him with ease to retake the lead on lap 121. By lap 128, Logano caught the tail end of the field to start the lapping process. Kevin Harvick jumped underneath Logano to take the lead on lap 135. Hamlin got under Harvick in turn 1 to retake the lead on lap 149. Around lap 150, Allmendinger's engine began smoking and there were reports that he was putting down oil on the track, but it ultimately turned out to be a left-front tire rub. Jimmie Johnson – an eight-time Martinsville winner – went a lap down on lap 161. This was compounded by the sixth caution on lap 163, which came out when Stenhouse, Jr. spun in turn 4; so Casey Mears got the free pass as the first car a lap down, just ahead of Johnson.[26]

Hamlin and Harvick swapped the lead on pit road and Harvick exited with the lead. Hamlin was forced to drop to the tail end of the field along with Allmendinger for an uncontrolled tire on pit road. Other pit penalties were levied to Kasey Kahne, who dropped to the rear for speeding, and Earnhardt, who dropped to the rear for having too many men over the wall. The race restarted on lap 172 and Brad Keselowski got the best restart to take the lead on lap 173. Eventually, Harvick powered by on the inside to take back the lead before losing it to his teammate Kurt Busch on lap 176. The seventh caution flew on lap 183 for debris in turn 4, which turned out to be a plastic grill plate from one of the Ford cars.[26]

The race restarted on lap 189 with Busch in the lead, before Harvick retook the lead on lap 196. The eighth caution flew on lap 206 when Stenhouse Jr. hit the wall again in turn 3. Harvick and Logano swapped the lead on pit road and Harvick exited first. Justin Allgaier was held a lap for pitting outside his pit box, while Paul Menard dropped to the rear for speeding on pit road. For the second consecutive caution, Earnhardt Jr. dropped to the rear for too many men over the wall again. Kahne stayed out to take the lead, ahead of the restart on lap 216. The ninth caution flew on lap 219 when Michael Annett got loose in turn 2, and made contact with Logano, spinning both drivers out.[26]

The race restarted on lap 225. The tenth caution of the race flew on lap 228 for a multi-car wreck in turn 1; it began with an accordion effect of Menard slowing down to avoid hitting someone, only for Earnhardt, Jr. to rear end him. Allgaier, Mears, David Ragan, and Cole Whitt were also caught in the incident.[27] Drivers slowed down to try and avoid the initial contact between Ragan and Mears, but were unable to do so and the wreck followed.[27] Earnhardt stated that he was unsure "why they stopped down there in the corner" and that he "knocked the radiator out" of his car.[28]

Second-halfEdit

HalfwayEdit

The race restarted on lap 239 and as Kahne was on old tires, he was no match for Harvick's newer rubber as he took the lead on lap 240. The eleventh caution flew on lap 269 when Allgaier hit the wall. Carl Edwards took the lead under caution, ahead of the restart on lap 285. Harvick took the lead back just before the twelfth caution flew for a multi-car wreck in turn 3, which began when Busch turned into Regan Smith, caving in his car's nose.[29] Annett cut down through the patch of grass after being bumped in the rear by Trevor Bayne and got into Ryan Newman.[29]

The race restarted on lap 295 with Harvick in the lead. Keselowski took the lead back on lap 303 and led for the next few laps, before catching lapped cars at the wrong spot and lost the lead to Hamlin on lap 317. Harvick got underneath Hamlin to retake the lead on lap 328, and he maintained the lead until the thirteenth caution flew on lap 354 when Annett hit the wall in turn 1. With his pit stall being behind the start/finish line, Harvick swapped the lead with Kenseth on pit road, but Harvick returned to the track in the lead for the restart on lap 364. The fourteenth caution of the race flew on lap 367 when Menard got loose entering turn 3, and got turned around by Logano in turn 4. His spin delayed Almirola, Bayne, and Greg Biffle.[26]

Fourth quarterEdit

 
Denny Hamlin, seen here at the 2015 Daytona 500, scored his 25th career victory at Martinsville.

The race restarted with 127 laps to go. Busch changed lanes before the start/finish line and was ordered to serve a pass-through penalty. His crew chief Tony Gibson requested a review of the call and the penalty was rescinded. This was due to the fact that Busch was supposed to be lined up on the inside for the restart. Hamlin took back the lead with 101 laps to go. The fifteenth caution flew with 69 laps to go when Edwards spun out in turn 4 after a right-rear puncture. Kenseth led a lap with Hamlin pitting behind the start/finish line and maintained the lead at the culmination of the stops. Busch dropped to the rear for having too many men over the wall on pit road and Earnhardt, Jr. dropped to the rear for speeding on pit road. The race restarted with 61 laps to go, and Gordon took the lead for the first time with 59 laps to go. Debris on the front stretch brought out the sixteenth caution of the race with 40 to go. Kenseth exited pit road first, but Tony Stewart stayed out to take the lead. Gordon was caught speeding on pit road and dropped to the rear of the field.[30] After the race, Gordon was "disappointed" in regards to the speeding violation and that he "felt like [they] finally got the car, got [their]selves in a position to win that race".[30]

The race restarted with 34 laps to go. Kenseth took the lead with 29 laps to go, before ceding the lead to Hamlin a couple of laps later. Hamlin retained the lead for the remainder of the race and despite a last turn bump by Keselowski, he achieved his fifth Martinsville win in the Sprint Cup Series.[31]

Post-raceEdit

Driver commentsEdit

In victory lane, Hamlin stated that he and his team "just weren't going to be denied today", while also praising Keselowski for not wrecking him coming off the final turn.[31] Keselowski stated that he "just felt like [he] raced him the way [he] wanted to be raced", amid criticism for not pursuing the victory.[31] An eighth-place finish ended Harvick's Top 2 finishing streak at eight races.[32] Harvick expressed that he "just got hung on the outside and couldn't get back down" and that he "just lost track position at the wrong time".[32] Patrick's seventh-place finish tied her with Janet Guthrie for the most top 10 finishes in the Sprint Cup Series by a female driver with five.[33]

Race resultsEdit

Pos Grid No. Driver Team Manufacturer Laps Points
1 15 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 500 47
2 12 2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford 500 43
3 1 22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford 500 42
4 8 20 Matt Kenseth Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 500 41
5 20 18 David Ragan Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 500 39
6 3 78 Martin Truex, Jr. Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet 500 39
7 16 10 Danica Patrick Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 500 37
8 17 4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 500 38
9 4 24 Jeff Gordon Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 500 36
10 19 1 Jamie McMurray Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 500 34
11 9 5 Kasey Kahne Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 500 34
12 18 43 Aric Almirola Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 500 32
13 30 15 Clint Bowyer Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 500 31
14 26 41 Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 500 31
15 24 13 Casey Mears Germain Racing Chevrolet 500 29
16 7 42 Regan Smith (i) Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 500 0
17 11 19 Carl Edwards Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 500 28
18 36 6 Trevor Bayne Roush Fenway Racing Ford 500 26
19 25 16 Greg Biffle Roush Fenway Racing Ford 500 25
20 6 14 Tony Stewart Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 500 25
21 34 40 Landon Cassill (i) Hillman-Circle Sport LLC Chevrolet 500 0
22 37 35 Cole Whitt Front Row Motorsports Ford 499 22
23 13 27 Paul Menard Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 499 21
24 35 34 Chris Buescher (i) Front Row Motorsports Ford 499 0
25 29 38 David Gilliland Front Row Motorsports Ford 499 19
26 42 23 J. J. Yeley (i) BK Racing Toyota 497 0
27 2 31 Ryan Newman Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 496 18
28 33 55 Brett Moffitt (R) Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 496 16
29 32 26 Jeb Burton (R) BK Racing Toyota 496 15
30 31 98 Josh Wise Phil Parsons Racing Ford 496 14
31 43 83 Matt DiBenedetto (R) BK Racing Toyota 494 13
32 38 9 Sam Hornish, Jr. Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 493 12
33 41 33 Alex Kennedy (R) Hillman-Circle Sport LLC Chevrolet 492 11
34 40 32 Mike Bliss (i) Go FAS Racing Ford 491 0
35 5 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 468 9
36 14 88 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 453 8
37 39 7 Alex Bowman Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet 444 7
38 27 25 Chase Elliott (i) Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 427 0
39 28 46 Michael Annett HScott Motorsports Chevrolet 389 5
40 23 17 Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford 364 4
41 22 3 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 330 3
42 21 51 Justin Allgaier HScott Motorsports Chevrolet 328 2
43 10 47 A. J. Allmendinger JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 177 1
Official STP 500 results

Race statisticsEdit

  • 31 lead changes among 13 different drivers
  • 16 cautions for 112 laps
  • Time of race: 3 hours, 49 minutes, 13 seconds
  • Average speed: 68.843 mph (110.792 km/h)
  • Denny Hamlin took home $172,260 in winnings
Lap Leaders
Laps Leader
1–16 Joey Logano
17–18 Ryan Newman
19–56 Joey Logano
57 Mike Bliss
58–96 Joey Logano
97–119 Martin Truex, Jr.
120–133 Joey Logano
134–147 Kevin Harvick
148–164 Denny Hamlin
165 Brad Keselowski
166–170 Kevin Harvick
171–172 Brad Keselowski
173 Kevin Harvick
174–194 Kurt Busch
195–207 Kevin Harvick
208 Joey Logano
209–237 Kasey Kahne
238–270 Kevin Harvick
271 Brad Keselowski
272–284 Carl Edwards
285–301 Kevin Harvick
302–315 Brad Keselowski
316–326 Denny Hamlin
327–357 Kevin Harvick
358 Matt Kenseth
359–398 Kevin Harvick
399–433 Denny Hamlin
434–441 Matt Kenseth
442–462 Jeff Gordon
463–470 Tony Stewart
471–472 Matt Kenseth
473–500 Denny Hamlin
Total laps led
Leader Laps
Kevin Harvick 154
Joey Logano 108
Denny Hamlin 91
Kasey Kahne 29
Martin Truex, Jr. 23
Jeff Gordon 21
Kurt Busch 21
Brad Keselowski 18
Carl Edwards 13
Matt Kenseth 11
Tony Stewart 8
Ryan Newman 2
Mike Bliss 1

Race awardsEdit

MediaEdit

TelevisionEdit

Fox Sports covered their fifteenth race at Martinsville Speedway. This was also the first scheduled points race aired on Fox Sports 1. FS1 had previously carried the rain-delayed 2014 Food City 500 as well as the exhibition 2014 NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race. Mike Joy, Larry McReynolds and eleven-time Martinsville race winner Darrell Waltrip had the call in the booth for the race. Jamie Little, Chris Neville and Matt Yocum handled the pit road duties for the television side.

Fox Sports 1
Booth announcers Pit reporters
Lap-by-lap: Mike Joy
Color-commentator: Larry McReynolds
Color commentator: Darrell Waltrip
Jamie Little
Chris Neville
Matt Yocum

RadioEdit

MRN had the radio call for the race, which was also simulcasted on Sirius XM NASCAR Radio. Joe Moore, Jeff Striegle and seven time Martinsville winner Rusty Wallace called the race in the booth when the field was racing down the front stretch. Dave Moody called the race from the Bill France Tower stands in turn 3 when the field was racing down the backstretch. Alex Hayden, Winston Kelley and Steve Post worked pit road for MRN.

MRN
Booth announcers Turn announcers Pit reporters
Lead announcer: Joe Moore
Announcer: Jeff Striegle
Announcer: Rusty Wallace
Backstretch: Dave Moody Alex Hayden
Winston Kelley
Steve Post

Standings after the raceEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Kyle Larson qualified the car, but after fainting the day before the race, he was not medically cleared to drive. Regan Smith drove in his place and started from the rear of the field for the driver change.[18][19][20]
  2. ^ Justin Allgaier started from the rear after switching to a backup car post-qualifying.
  3. ^ Casey Mears started from the rear for changing transmissions.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "2015 NASCAR Schedule" (PDF). NASCAR.com. NASCAR Media Group, LLC. August 26, 2014. Retrieved March 23, 2015.
  2. ^ "Martinsville Speedway". NASCAR.com. NASCAR Media Group, LLC. January 3, 2013. Archived from the original on May 10, 2015. Retrieved March 23, 2015.
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