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The 2017 GEICO 500 is a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race held on May 7, 2017, at Talladega Superspeedway in Lincoln, Alabama. Contested over 191 laps, extended from 188 laps due to overtime, on the 2.66 mile (4.28 km) superspeedway, it was the 10th race of the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season. Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. won the race, his first career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series win, while Jamie McMurray finished second and Kyle Busch finished third.

2017 GEICO 500
Race details[1][2][3][4][5][6][7][8]
Race 10 of 36 in the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
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Date May 7, 2017 (2017-05-07)
Location Talladega Superspeedway in Lincoln, Alabama
Course Permanent racing facility
2.66 mi (4.28 km)
Distance 191 laps, 508.06 mi (817.64 km)
Scheduled Distance 188 laps, 500.08 mi (804.64 km)
Average speed 145.669 miles per hour (234.432 km/h)
Pole position
Driver Roush Fenway Racing
Time 49.993
Most laps led
Driver Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing
Laps 48
Winner
No. 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Roush Fenway Racing
Television in the United States
Network Fox
Announcers Mike Joy, Jeff Gordon and Darrell Waltrip
Nielsen Ratings 3.4/7 (Overnight)[9]
3.5/8 (Final)[10]
5.9 million viewers[10]
Radio in the United States
Radio MRN
Booth Announcers Joe Moore, Jeff Striegle and Rusty Wallace
Turn Announcers Dave Moody (1 & 2), Mike Bagley (Backstretch) and Kyle Rickey (3 & 4)

Contents

ReportEdit

BackgroundEdit

 
Talladega Superspeedway, the track where the race will be held

Talladega Superspeedway, formerly known as Alabama International Motor Speedway, is a motorsports complex located north of Talladega, Alabama. It is located on the former Anniston Air Force Base in the small city of Lincoln. A tri-oval, the track was constructed in 1969 by the International Speedway Corporation, a business controlled by the France family. Talladega is most known for its steep banking. The track currently hosts NASCAR's Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, Xfinity Series and Camping World Truck Series. Talladega is the longest NASCAR oval with a length of 2.66-mile-long (4.28 km) tri-oval like the Daytona International Speedway, which is a 2.5-mile-long (4.0 km).

Entry listEdit

No. Driver Team Manufacturer
1 Jamie McMurray Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet
2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford
3 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet
4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Ford
5 Kasey Kahne Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
6 Trevor Bayne Roush Fenway Racing Ford
7 Elliott Sadler (i) Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet
10 Danica Patrick Stewart-Haas Racing Ford
11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
13 Ty Dillon (R) Germain Racing Chevrolet
14 Clint Bowyer Stewart-Haas Racing Ford
15 Joey Gase (i) Premium Motorsports Toyota
17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford
18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
19 Daniel Suárez (R) Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
20 Matt Kenseth Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
21 Ryan Blaney Wood Brothers Racing Ford
22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford
23 Gray Gaulding (R) BK Racing Toyota
24 Chase Elliott Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
27 Paul Menard Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet
31 Ryan Newman Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet
32 Matt DiBenedetto Go Fas Racing Ford
33 Jeffrey Earnhardt Circle Sport – The Motorsports Group Chevrolet
34 Landon Cassill Front Row Motorsports Ford
37 Chris Buescher JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet
38 David Ragan Front Row Motorsports Ford
41 Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing Ford
42 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet
43 Aric Almirola Richard Petty Motorsports Ford
47 A. J. Allmendinger JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet
48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
55 Reed Sorenson Premium Motorsports Toyota
72 Cole Whitt TriStar Motorsports Ford
75 Brendan Gaughan (i) Beard Motorsports Chevrolet
77 Erik Jones (R) Furniture Row Racing Toyota
78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing Toyota
83 Corey LaJoie (R) BK Racing Toyota
88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
95 Michael McDowell Leavine Family Racing Chevrolet
96 D. J. Kennington Gaunt Brothers Racing Toyota
Official entry list

PracticeEdit

First practiceEdit

Clint Bowyer was the fastest in the first practice session with a time of 48.653 seconds and a speed of 196.822 mph (316.754 km/h).[11]

Pos No. Driver Team Manufacturer Time Speed
1 14 Clint Bowyer Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 48.653 196.822
2 4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 48.748 196.439
3 2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford 48.905 195.808
Official first practice results

Final practiceEdit

Final practice session for Friday was cancelled due to rain.

QualifyingEdit

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. scored the pole for the race with a time of 49.993 and a speed of 191.547 mph (308.265 km/h).[12] Describing the thought of leading the field to green "nice," Stenhouse said his crew "worked really, really hard on these cars. Like I said earlier, Jimmy Fennig has done a great job on these speedway cars. This is cool. Doug Yates builds awesome horsepower. With his dad, Robert, not doing as well as we would like, it would be cool to dedicate this one to him and all the hard work that the engine shop does. Man, it’s a cool way to start the weekend. I’m ready to get to Sunday.[13]

Qualifying resultsEdit

Pos No. Driver Team Manufacturer R1 R2
1 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford 50.180 49.993
2 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 50.294 50.194
3 2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford 50.338 50.287
4 20 Matt Kenseth Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 50.425 50.353
5 6 Trevor Bayne Roush Fenway Racing Ford 50.424 50.359
6 4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 50.552 50.394
7 19 Daniel Suárez (R) Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 50.448 50.397
8 24 Chase Elliott Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 50.348 50.421
9 27 Paul Menard Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 50.545 50.495
10 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 50.483 50.511
11 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 50.562 50.541
12 22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford 50.546 50.646
13 78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing Toyota 50.573
14 77 Erik Jones (R) Furniture Row Racing Toyota 50.583
15 41 Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 50.590
16 21 Ryan Blaney Wood Brothers Racing Ford 50.598
17 14 Clint Bowyer Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 50.657
18 3 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 50.657
19 5 Kasey Kahne Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 50.661
20 31 Ryan Newman Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 50.677
21 42 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 50.815
22 43 Aric Almirola Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 50.843
23 1 Jamie McMurray Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 50.877
24 95 Michael McDowell Leavine Family Racing Chevrolet 50.963
25 34 Landon Cassill Front Row Motorsports Ford 50.968
26 32 Matt DiBenedetto Go Fas Racing Ford 50.992
27 47 A. J. Allmendinger JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 50.997
28 13 Ty Dillon (R) Germain Racing Chevrolet 51.095
29 38 David Ragan Front Row Motorsports Ford 51.098
30 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 51.110
31 10 Danica Patrick Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 51.210
32 75 Brendan Gaughan (i) Beard Motorsports Chevrolet 51.441
33 55 Reed Sorenson Premium Motorsports Toyota 51.451
34 37 Chris Buescher JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 51.471
35 7 Elliott Sadler (i) Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet 51.513
36 83 Corey LaJoie (R) BK Racing Toyota 51.722
37 23 Gray Gaulding (R) BK Racing Toyota 51.995
38 72 Cole Whitt TriStar Motorsports Chevrolet 52.098
39 15 Joey Gase (i) Premium Motorsports Toyota 52.227
40 33 Jeffrey Earnhardt Circle Sport – The Motorsports Group Chevrolet 52.414
Did not qualify
41 96 D. J. Kennington Gaunt Brothers Racing Toyota 52.074
Official qualifying results

RaceEdit

First stageEdit

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. led the field to the green flag at 2:20 p.m. He led the first 14 laps before trash on his grille forced him to give up the lead to remove said trash, handing the lead to Brad Keselowski on lap 15. The first caution of the race flew on lap 17 when Kyle Larson, two laps after he made contact with the wall exiting Turn 2, thanks to an awkward push from teammate Jamie McMurray, suffered a right-front tire cut and slammed the wall in Turn 1. Ryan Newman opted not to pit and assumed the race lead, but pitted the following lap and handed the lead to Clint Bowyer.[14]

The race restarted on lap 21. By lap 25, there were three lines battling for the lead. Kyle Busch rode a push from the top line to take the lead exiting Turn 2 on lap 28. Keselowski edged out Busch at the line to retake the lead on lap 34. Denny Hamlin made an unscheduled stop on lap 48 for a vibration. Teammates Daniel Suárez and Matt Kenseth attempted to pit with 3 to go, but did not make it onto pit road before the leader crossed the start/finish line for 2-to-go, at which point pit road is closed. As a result, they were issued pass-through penalties for "pitting too soon" (pitting when pit road is closed). Keselowski won the first stage as the second caution flew for the end of the stage on lap 55. Ty Dillon opted not to pit and assumed the lead, but pitted the following lap and the lead cycled to Hamlin.[14]

Second stageEdit

The race restarted on lap 62. Hamlin received a real challenge for the lead on lap 79 from teammate Busch and lost it to him on lap 81. The third caution flew the following lap when Reed Sorenson suffered a right-front tire blowout and slammed the wall in the tri-oval. He could not continue and went on to finish 40th.[15]

The race restarted on lap 87. Bowyer edged out Newman at the line to retake the lead on lap 90. Hamlin edged out Bowyer at the line to retake the lead two laps later and drove on to win the second stage as the fourth caution flew for the end of the stage at lap 110. Kenseth opted not to pit and assumed the lead.[14]

Final stageEdit

The race restarted with 72 laps to go. From 70 to go to 65 to go, the lead changed five times: Hamlin (70), Keselowski (69), Hamlin (68), Keselowski (67) and Kevin Harvick (65). Jimmie Johnson took the lead with 59 to go. Harvick edged out Johnson at the line to retake the lead with 55 to go. Joey Logano took the lead exiting Turn 2 with 49 to go. A number of cars hit pit road under green with 45 to go. Logano pitted with 40 to go, handing the lead to Elliott Sadler. Sadler pitted the following lap and the lead cycled to Kyle Busch.[14]

The fifth caution flew with 28 to go when Ryan Blaney was turned on the backstretch, by contact from Stenhouse, and collected the outside wall. Blaney made it back to the pits, but had heavy damage that could not be fixed within the 5-minute "crash clock", relegating him to a 39th-place finish.[16]

The race restarted with 23 to go. With 20 to go, A. J. Allmendinger was giving Chase Elliott a push exiting Turn 2 when he turned Elliott's car up the track, triggering a multi-car wreck (known as "The Big One") and bringing out the sixth caution (which also brought out a 26-minute and 51-second red flag for cleanup).[17] Contact from Logano's car lifted Elliott's car into the air, which then rode the steel barrier of the outside retaining wall before coming back down to the ground. Allmendinger's car was also turned upside down as a result of the 16-car wreck on the backstretch.[18] Elliott said afterwards that Allmendinger apologized. "I don't know that it was really his fault, per se. He had a big run and he kind of got to my bumper and just happened to be in a bad spot coming up off the corner, skewed a little bit to my left rear. And when that happens, it just unloads these cars too much."[19] Allmendinger said afterwards that he "barely tapped (Elliott). And then I tried to get off him but at that point it was too late. It was just one of those things battling for the lead. The plan kind of went. We waited at the back and started moving forward. I hated that happened, but it’s Talladega. I’m not a big fan of it, but if you’re up front and you’ve got a chance to go for it, racing happens I guess, here.”[20]

The race restarted with 15 to go. Busch took back the lead on the restart and Dale Earnhardt Jr., who was running third, dropped off the pace due to a loose tire.[21] Earnhardt said that the loose wheel "was pretty bad. We were about to wreck. And we were lucky to get to pit road and get it changed. The left rear tire come loose. We didn’t change it on the last stop but the glue build-up on the stud didn’t allow them to get the tire tight and it just kind of worked its way loose. We only had one nut tight when we come down pit road. It was real close to coming off."[22] The seventh caution flew with 10 to go for Landon Cassill, who had broken a drive shaft and was unable to coast off the track.[14]

The race restarted with seven to go. The eighth caution flew with three to go after Bowyer, on the inside of a three-wide battle, made contact with Chris Buescher, who then made contact with Newman. Newman spun toward the inside wall, and though he corrected the spin, he made heavy contact with the inside wall and was unable to continue.[14]

OvertimeEdit

The race restarted in overtime with two to go. Busch and Stenhouse were side-by-side coming to the white flag, with Busch edging out Stenhouse, but Stenhouse took the lead exiting Turn 2 and held off McMurray and Busch to drive on to score the victory and his first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series win ever.[23]

Post-raceEdit

Driver commentsEdit

Stenhouse said in victory lane that the win was "a long time coming. We’ve run really well here at Talladega. This is the closest race track to home. I got a lot of cheers riding around here today and the fans were awesome. We had a lot packed in here at Talladega and it felt old-school. Man, to finally get that win for Jack (Roush) and everyone on our team is really special.”[24]

Jamie McMurray, who threaded the needle between Busch and Johnson exiting Turn 2 on the final lap and edged Busch at the line to claim a runner-up finish, said "it’s really circumstantial as to what the guys do in front of you and what is happening behind you. I just got a run at the right time. I thought the No. 17 (Stenhouse) was going to get a little bit further out, but when we were coming to the line it just seemed like his car wasn’t going at that point, so it was a good finish. It was a great race. I’m glad everybody is okay, that was a really scary wreck on the backstretch, but really good day for our McDonald’s Chevrolet. We had good pit stops and the guys did a great job.”[25]

Busch, who led a race high of 48 laps on his way to a third-place finish, said Stenhouse "got a run from behind off Turn 2, and I don't know what his help was or anything like that but he actually ran into the back of me, and then you'd think that that momentum would propel me forward some, and he just turned left and went right by. That was pretty impressive, I guess -- or I was just that slow and in his way. We did all we could here today and it's all circumstantial on how you win these things. Unfortunately our circumstances didn't quite go our way, but we go to a real race track (Kansas) next week and we'll try to win there."[26]

Race resultsEdit

Stage resultsEdit

Stage 1 Laps: 55

Pos No Driver Team Manufacturer Points
1 2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford 10
2 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford 9
3 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 8
4 78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing Toyota 7
5 6 Trevor Bayne Roush Fenway Racing Ford 6
6 22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford 5
7 27 Paul Menard Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 4
8 10 Danica Patrick Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 3
9 21 Ryan Blaney Wood Brothers Racing Ford 2
10 77 Erik Jones (R) Furniture Row Racing Toyota 1
Official stage one results

Stage 2 Laps: 55

Pos No Driver Team Manufacturer Points
1 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 10
2 4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 9
3 21 Ryan Blaney Wood Brothers Racing Ford 8
4 78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing Toyota 7
5 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 6
6 42 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 5
7 41 Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 4
8 5 Kasey Kahne Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 3
9 77 Erik Jones (R) Furniture Row Racing Toyota 2
10 1 Jamie McMurray Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 1
Official stage two results

Final stage resultsEdit

Stage 3 Laps: 81

Pos Grid No Driver Team Manufacturer Laps Points
1 1 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford 191 49
2 23 1 Jamie McMurray Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 191 36
3 10 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 191 42
4 22 43 Aric Almirola Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 191 33
5 19 5 Kasey Kahne Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 191 35
6 15 41 Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 191 35
7 3 2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford 191 40
8 30 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 191 35
9 9 27 Paul Menard Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 191 32
10 29 38 David Ragan Front Row Motorsports Ford 191 27
11 11 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 191 36
12 21 42 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 191 30
13 28 13 Ty Dillon (R) Germain Racing Chevrolet 191 24
14 17 14 Clint Bowyer Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 191 23
15 34 37 Chris Buescher JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 191 22
16 38 72 Cole Whitt TriStar Motorsports Chevrolet 191 21
17 35 7 Elliott Sadler (i) Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet 191 0
18 26 32 Matt DiBenedetto Go Fas Racing Ford 191 19
19 7 19 Daniel Suárez (R) Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 191 18
20 37 23 Gray Gaulding (R) BK Racing Toyota 191 17
21 39 15 Joey Gase (i) Premium Motorsports Toyota 191 0
22 2 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 191 15
23 6 4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 191 23
24 4 20 Matt Kenseth Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 190 13
25 20 31 Ryan Newman Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 185 12
26 32 75 Brendan Gaughan (i) Beard Motorsports Chevrolet 183 0
27 36 83 Corey LaJoie (R) BK Racing Toyota 183 10
28 40 33 Jeffrey Earnhardt Circle Sport – The Motorsports Group Chevrolet 174 9
29 25 34 Landon Cassill Front Row Motorsports Ford 173 8
30 8 24 Chase Elliott Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 168 7
31 27 47 A. J. Allmendinger JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 168 6
32 12 22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford 168 10
33 14 77 Erik Jones (R) Furniture Row Racing Toyota 168 7
34 24 95 Michael McDowell Leavine Family Racing Chevrolet 168 3
35 13 78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing Toyota 168 16
36 18 3 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 168 1
37 5 6 Trevor Bayne Roush Fenway Racing Ford 168 7
38 31 10 Danica Patrick Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 168 4
39 16 21 Ryan Blaney Wood Brothers Racing Ford 160 11
40 33 55 Reed Sorenson Premium Motorsports Toyota 72 1
Official race results

Race statisticsEdit

  • Lead changes: 14 among different drivers
  • Cautions/Laps: 8 for 33
  • Red flags: 1 for 26 minutes and 51 seconds
  • Time of race: 3 hours, 29 minutes and 16 seconds
  • Average speed: 145.669 miles per hour (234.432 km/h)

MediaEdit

TelevisionEdit

Fox Sports covered their 17th race at the Talladega Superspeedway. Mike Joy, six-time Talladega winner – and all-time restrictor plate race wins record holder – Jeff Gordon and four-time Talladega winner Darrell Waltrip called the race in the booth for the race. Jamie Little, Chris Neville, Vince Welch and Matt Yocum handled the action on pit road for the television side.

Fox Television
Booth announcers Pit reporters
Lap-by-lap: Mike Joy
Color-commentator: Jeff Gordon
Color commentator: Darrell Waltrip
Jamie Little
Chris Neville
Vince Welch
Matt Yocum

RadioEdit

MRN had the radio call for the race which was also simulcast on Sirius XM NASCAR Radio. Joe Moore, Jeff Striegle and Rusty Wallace called the race in the booth when the field raced through the tri-oval. Dave Moody called the race from the Sunoco spotters stand outside turn 2 when the field raced through turns 1 and 2. Mike Bagley called the race from a platform inside the backstretch when the field raced down the backstretch. Kyle Rickey called the race from the Sunoco spotters stand outside turn 4 when the field raced through turns 3 and 4. Alex Hayden, Winston Kelley, Kim Coon, and Steve Post worked pit road for the radio side.

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

Standings after the raceEdit

ReferencesEdit

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