2017 First Data 500
The 2017 First Data 500 was a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race held on October 29, 2017, at Martinsville Speedway in Ridgeway, Virginia. Contested over 505 laps -- extended from 500 laps due to an overtime finish, on the .526 mile (.847 km) short track (extended from 500 laps), it was the 33rd race of the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season, seventh race of the Playoffs, and first race of the Round of 8.
|Race 33 of 36 in the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series|
|Date||October 29, 2017|
|Location||Martinsville Speedway in Ridgeway, Virginia|
Permanent racing facility|
.526 mi (.847 km)
|Distance||505 laps, 265.63 mi (427.49 km)|
|Scheduled Distance||500 laps, 263 mi (423.5 km)|
|Average speed||74.902 miles per hour (120.543 km/h)|
|Most laps led|
|Driver||Kyle Busch||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|No. 18||Kyle Busch||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|Television in the United States|
|Announcers||Rick Allen, Jeff Burton and Steve Letarte|
|Radio in the United States|
|Booth Announcers||Joe Moore, Jeff Striegle and Rusty Wallace|
|Turn Announcers||Dave Moody (Backstretch)|
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 Monster Energy 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 race track that has been on the NASCAR circuit from its beginning in 1948. Along with this, Martinsville is the only NASCAR oval track on the entire NASCAR track circuit to have asphalt surfaces on the straightaways, then concrete to cover the turns.
|1||11||Denny Hamlin||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||19.846||95.415|
|2||42||Kyle Larson||Chip Ganassi Racing||Chevrolet||19.870||95.299|
|3||31||Ryan Newman||Richard Childress Racing||Chevrolet||19.900||95.156|
|Official first practice results|
|1||22||Joey Logano||Team Penske||Ford||20.056||94.416|
|2||24||Chase Elliott||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||20.075||94.326|
|3||78||Martin Truex Jr.||Furniture Row Racing||Toyota||20.083||94.289|
|Official final practice results|
|1||22||Joey Logano||Team Penske||Ford||19.631||19.571||19.622|
|2||78||Martin Truex Jr.||Furniture Row Racing||Toyota||19.725||19.696||19.627|
|3||24||Chase Elliott||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||19.742||19.685||19.636|
|4||21||Ryan Blaney||Wood Brothers Racing||Ford||19.718||19.705||19.700|
|5||14||Clint Bowyer||Stewart-Haas Racing||Ford||19.721||19.608||19.702|
|6||11||Denny Hamlin||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||19.760||19.691||19.707|
|7||2||Brad Keselowski||Team Penske||Ford||19.695||19.696||19.712|
|8||77||Erik Jones (R)||Furniture Row Racing||Toyota||19.755||19.722||19.772|
|9||42||Kyle Larson||Chip Ganassi Racing||Chevrolet||19.694||19.685||19.786|
|10||43||Aric Almirola||Richard Petty Motorsports||Ford||19.658||19.716||19.820|
|11||41||Kurt Busch||Stewart-Haas Racing||Ford||19.757||19.661||19.844|
|12||5||Kasey Kahne||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||19.667||19.734||19.947|
|13||4||Kevin Harvick||Stewart-Haas Racing||Ford||19.734||19.736||—|
|14||18||Kyle Busch||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||19.709||19.739||—|
|15||19||Daniel Suárez (R)||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||19.708||19.746||—|
|16||1||Jamie McMurray||Chip Ganassi Racing||Chevrolet||19.711||19.751||—|
|17||20||Matt Kenseth||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||19.660||19.767||—|
|18||31||Ryan Newman||Richard Childress Racing||Chevrolet||19.711||19.791||—|
|19||27||Paul Menard||Richard Childress Racing||Chevrolet||19.727||19.792||—|
|20||95||Michael McDowell||Leavine Family Racing||Chevrolet||19.684||19.793||—|
|21||88||Dale Earnhardt Jr.||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||19.715||19.795||—|
|22||17||Ricky Stenhouse Jr.||Roush Fenway Racing||Ford||19.756||19.808||—|
|23||10||Danica Patrick||Stewart-Haas Racing||Ford||19.728||19.833||—|
|24||48||Jimmie Johnson||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||19.734||20.126||—|
|25||3||Austin Dillon||Richard Childress Racing||Chevrolet||19.779||—||—|
|26||13||Ty Dillon (R)||Germain Racing||Chevrolet||19.791||—||—|
|27||47||A. J. Allmendinger||JTG Daugherty Racing||Chevrolet||19.792||—||—|
|28||32||Matt DiBenedetto||Go Fas Racing||Ford||19.799||—||—|
|29||37||Chris Buescher||JTG Daugherty Racing||Chevrolet||19.810||—||—|
|30||72||Cole Whitt||TriStar Motorsports||Chevrolet||19.871||—||—|
|31||38||David Ragan||Front Row Motorsports||Ford||19.880||—||—|
|32||15||Reed Sorenson||Premium Motorsports||Chevrolet||19.885||—||—|
|33||34||Landon Cassill||Front Row Motorsports||Ford||19.916||—||—|
|34||6||Trevor Bayne||Roush Fenway Racing||Ford||19.921||—||—|
|35||83||Gray Gaulding (R)||BK Racing||Toyota||19.971||—||—|
|36||23||Corey LaJoie (R)||BK Racing||Toyota||19.987||—||—|
|37||33||Jeffrey Earnhardt||Circle Sport – The Motorsports Group||Chevrolet||20.027||—||—|
|38||51||Kyle Weatherman||Rick Ware Racing||Chevrolet||20.226||—||—|
|39||66||Carl Long (i)||MBM Motorsports||Chevrolet||20.410||—||—|
|40||7||Hermie Sadler||Premium Motorsports||Chevrolet||20.585||—||—|
|Official qualifying results|
- Jimmie Johnson started from the rear after changing tires on the car following qualifying.
Joey Logano led the field to the green flag at 3:16 p.m, Ty Dillon and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. wrecked in turn two on lap 37 to produce the first caution of the afternoon. NASCAR had planned to have a competition caution at lap 45 but chose to use the first true caution for the competition period.
The race restarted on lap 94.
Brad Keselowski, targeting Sunday’s race as a must-win, outran Kyle Busch by 1.1 seconds to win the race’s first stage on lap 130, Completing the top 10 were Joey Logano, Jimmie Johnson, Martin Truex Jr., Chase Elliott, Ryan Blaney, Kasey Kahne, Austin Dillon and Denny Hamlin. The fourth caution of the race flew on lap 132 to complete stage one.
The race restarted on lap 140 and it remained green for 122 laps.
The race’s second stage ended with a tense battle for the lead between Brad Keselowski and arch-rival Kyle Busch. They bumped fenders with three laps remaining in the stage, Keselowski eventually winning the race to the finish line by 1.1 seconds. Following in the top 10 were Joey Logano, Martin Truex Jr., Chase Elliott, Ryan Blaney, Kevin Harvick, Matt Kenseth, Clint Bowyer and Jimmie Johnson, The fifth caution of the race flew to complete stage two.
The race restarted on lap 272 and it remained green for 32 laps, The sixth caution of the race flew on lap 304 when Kyle Larson, who fell out of the playoffs last week at Kansas Speedway, lost control of his car and crashed into the inside wall on the backstretch, Larson finished 37th, his second consecutive finish of 35th or worse.
The race restarted on lap 322 and it remained green for 40 laps, The eighth caution of the race flew on lap 362 when Landon Cassill spun out in turn 4, There was no free pass under this caution.
The race restarted on lap 368 and it remained green for 91 laps, The ninth caution of the race flew on lap 459 for a single-car wreck in turn 2, A Carl Long crash brought the leaders to the pits for key stops. Chase Elliott’s crew returned his car to the track first. He was leading when Long’s wreck occurred. Elliott was followed out of the pits by Brad Keselowski, Joey Logano and Kyle Busch.
The race restarted on lap 497 and the eleventh caution of the race flew on the final lap when race leader Brad Keselowski chose the outside line with Elliott running on the inside. Elliott ran Keselowski's car up the race track to take the lead until Hamlin raced to his back bumper, made contact and spun Elliott into the wall and crashed, sending the race into overtime.
Busch guaranteed himself a spot in the final four at Homestead-Miami Speedway with the victory and a chance to win his second championship. Busch won his first title in 2015.
Points leader Martin Truex Jr. finished second, followed by Clint Bowyer, Brad Keselowski and Kevin Harvick. The race ended under caution as a massive wreck broke out before Busch crossed the start-finish line that especially involving Harvick, Trevor Bayne, Hamlin, Blaney, Kenseth, Johnson, Suarez, Kahne, Ty Dillon, Paul Menard, Buescher, Kurt Busch, Danica Patrick, Cassill, and Cole Whitt. Denny Hamlin finished seventh.
'There's a lot more tension on everyone else than there is us," a clearly pleased Busch said in victory lane. "Great win here today at Martinsville. We put ourselves in the right spot in the end, and there was just chaos unfolding and we took advantage. Just looking forward to going to Homestead. We can go out and race for wins and let everybody else have to worry."
Stage 1 Laps: 130
|1||2||Brad Keselowski||Team Penske||Ford||10|
|2||18||Kyle Busch||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||9|
|3||22||Joey Logano||Team Penske||Ford||8|
|4||48||Jimmie Johnson||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||7|
|5||78||Martin Truex Jr.||Furniture Row Racing||Toyota||6|
|6||24||Chase Elliott||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||5|
|7||21||Ryan Blaney||Wood Brothers Racing||Ford||4|
|8||5||Kasey Kahne||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||3|
|9||3||Austin Dillon||Richard Childress Racing||Chevrolet||2|
|10||11||Denny Hamlin||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||1|
|Official stage one results|
Stage 2 Laps: 130
|1||2||Brad Keselowski||Team Penske||Ford||10|
|2||18||Kyle Busch||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||9|
|3||22||Joey Logano||Team Penske||Ford||8|
|4||78||Martin Truex Jr.||Furniture Row Racing||Toyota||7|
|5||24||Chase Elliott||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||6|
|6||21||Ryan Blaney||Wood Brothers Racing||Ford||5|
|7||4||Kevin Harvick||Stewart-Haas Racing||Ford||4|
|8||20||Matt Kenseth||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||3|
|9||14||Clint Bowyer||Stewart-Haas Racing||Ford||2|
|10||48||Jimmie Johnson||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||1|
|Official stage two results|
Final stage resultsEdit
Stage 3 Laps: 240
|1||14||18||Kyle Busch||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||505||58|
|2||2||78||Martin Truex Jr.||Furniture Row Racing||Toyota||505||48|
|3||5||14||Clint Bowyer||Stewart-Haas Racing||Ford||505||36|
|4||7||2||Brad Keselowski||Team Penske||Ford||505||53|
|5||13||4||Kevin Harvick||Stewart-Haas Racing||Ford||505||36|
|6||34||6||Trevor Bayne||Roush Fenway Racing||Ford||505||31|
|7||6||11||Denny Hamlin||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||505||31|
|8||4||21||Ryan Blaney||Wood Brothers Racing||Ford||505||38|
|9||17||20||Matt Kenseth||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||505||31|
|10||22||17||Ricky Stenhouse Jr.||Roush Fenway Racing||Ford||505||27|
|11||21||88||Dale Earnhardt Jr.||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||505||26|
|12||24||48||Jimmie Johnson||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||505||33|
|13||25||3||Austin Dillon||Richard Childress Racing||Chevrolet||505||26|
|14||18||31||Ryan Newman||Richard Childress Racing||Chevrolet||505||23|
|15||15||19||Daniel Suárez (R)||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||505||22|
|16||12||5||Kasey Kahne||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||505||24|
|17||23||10||Danica Patrick||Stewart-Haas Racing||Ford||505||20|
|18||10||43||Aric Almirola||Richard Petty Motorsports||Ford||505||19|
|19||20||95||Michael McDowell||Leavine Family Racing||Chevrolet||505||18|
|20||19||27||Paul Menard||Richard Childress Racing||Chevrolet||505||17|
|21||29||37||Chris Buescher||JTG Daugherty Racing||Chevrolet||505||16|
|22||11||41||Kurt Busch||Stewart-Haas Racing||Ford||505||15|
|23||33||34||Landon Cassill||Front Row Motorsports||Ford||505||14|
|24||1||22||Joey Logano||Team Penske||Ford||504||29|
|25||30||72||Cole Whitt||TriStar Motorsports||Chevrolet||504||12|
|26||8||77||Erik Jones (R)||Furniture Row Racing||Toyota||504||11|
|27||3||24||Chase Elliott||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||504||21|
|28||31||38||David Ragan||Front Row Motorsports||Ford||503||9|
|29||16||1||Jamie McMurray||Chip Ganassi Racing||Chevrolet||503||8|
|30||26||13||Ty Dillon (R)||Germain Racing||Chevrolet||501||7|
|31||35||83||Gray Gaulding (R)||BK Racing||Toyota||501||6|
|32||32||15||Reed Sorenson||Premium Motorsports||Chevrolet||500||5|
|33||36||23||Corey LaJoie (R)||BK Racing||Toyota||500||4|
|34||40||7||Hermie Sadler||Premium Motorsports||Chevrolet||494||3|
|35||38||51||Kyle Weatherman||Rick Ware Racing||Chevrolet||488||2|
|36||39||66||Carl Long (i)||MBM Motorsports||Chevrolet||444||0|
|37||9||42||Kyle Larson||Chip Ganassi Racing||Chevrolet||300||1|
|38||37||33||Jeffrey Earnhardt (R)||Circle Sport – The Motorsports Group||Chevrolet||274||1|
|39||28||32||Matt DiBenedetto||Go Fas Racing||Ford||187||1|
|40||27||47||A. J. Allmendinger||JTG Daugherty Racing||Chevrolet||94||1|
|Official race results|
- Lead changes: 6 among different drivers
- Cautions/Laps: 11 for 74
- Red flags: 0
- Time of race: 3 hours, 32 minutes, 47 seconds
- Average speed: 74.902 miles per hour (120.543 km/h)
NBC Sports 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, Marty Snider and Kelli Stavast reported from pit lane during the race.
|Booth announcers||Pit reporters|
|Lap-by-lap: Rick Allen
Color-commentator: Jeff Burton
Color-commentator: Steve Letarte
|Booth announcers||Turn announcers||Pit reporters|
|Lead announcer: Joe Moore
Announcer: Jeff Striegle
Announcer: Rusty Wallace
|Backstretch: Dave Moody||Alex Hayden|
Standings after the raceEdit
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