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The 2017 STP 500 was a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race held on April 2, 2017, at Martinsville Speedway in Ridgeway, Virginia. Contested over 500 laps on the .526 mile (.847 km) paperclip-shaped short track, it was sixth race of the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season.

2017 STP 500
Race details[1][2][3][4][5][6][7][8][9][10]
Race 6 of 36 in the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
Date April 2, 2017 (2017-04-02)
Location Martinsville Speedway in Ridgeway, Virginia
Course Permanent racing facility
0.526 mi (0.847 km)
Distance 500 laps, 263 mi (423.5 km)
Average speed 70.139 miles per hour (112.878 km/h)
Pole position
Driver Chip Ganassi Racing
Time N/A
Most laps led
Driver Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing
Laps 274
Winner
No. 2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske
Television in the United States
Network FS1
Announcers Mike Joy, Jeff Gordon and Darrell Waltrip
Nielsen Ratings 2.1/4 (Overnight)[11]
Radio in the United States
Radio MRN
Booth Announcers Joe Moore, Jeff Striegle and Rusty Wallace
Turn Announcers Dave Moody (Backstretch)

Contents

ReportEdit

BackgroundEdit

 
Martinsville Speedway, the 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.

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
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 Reed Sorenson 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
51 Timmy Hill (i) Rick Ware Racing Chevrolet
72 Cole Whitt Tri-Star 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
Official entry list

First practiceEdit

Denny Hamlin was the fastest in the first practice session with a time of 19.879 seconds and a speed of 95.256 mph (153.300 km/h).[12]

Pos No. Driver Team Manufacturer Time Speed
1 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 19.879 95.256
2 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 19.920 95.060
3 42 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 19.939 94.970
Official first practice results

QualifyingEdit

Qualifying for Friday was cancelled due to rain and Kyle Larson, the point leader, was awarded the pole as a result.[13]

Starting LineupEdit

Pos No. Driver Team Manufacturer
1 42 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet
2 24 Chase Elliott Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
3 78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing Toyota
4 2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford
5 22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford
6 1 Jamie McMurray Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet
7 21 Ryan Blaney Wood Brothers Racing Ford
8 14 Clint Bowyer Stewart-Haas Racing Ford
9 4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Ford
10 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
11 31 Ryan Newman Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet
12 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
13 5 Kasey Kahne Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
14 41 Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing Ford
15 77 Erik Jones (R) Furniture Row Racing Toyota
16 6 Trevor Bayne Roush Fenway Racing Ford
17 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
18 43 Aric Almirola Richard Petty Motorsports Ford
19 19 Daniel Suárez (R) Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
20 3 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet
21 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
22 27 Paul Menard Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet
23 13 Ty Dillon (R) Germain Racing Chevrolet
24 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford
25 20 Matt Kenseth Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
26 95 Michael McDowell Leavine Family Racing Chevrolet
27 34 Landon Cassill Front Row Motorsports Ford
28 32 Matt DiBenedetto Go Fas Racing Ford
29 10 Danica Patrick Stewart-Haas Racing Ford
30 47 A. J. Allmendinger JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet
31 72 Cole Whitt Tri-Star Motorsports Chevrolet
32 15 Reed Sorenson Premium Motorsports Chevrolet
33 37 Chris Buescher JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet
34 38 David Ragan Front Row Motorsports Ford
35 83 Corey LaJoie (R) BK Racing Toyota
36 33 Jeffrey Earnhardt Circle Sport – The Motorsports Group Chevrolet
37 23 Gray Gaulding (R) BK Racing Toyota
38 51 Timmy Hill (i) Rick Ware Racing Chevrolet
Official starting lineup

Practice (post-qualifying)Edit

Second practiceEdit

Brad Keselowski was the fastest in the second practice session with a time of 20.058 seconds and a speed of 94.406 mph (151.932 km/h).[14]

Pos No. Driver Team Manufacturer Time Speed
1 2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford 20.058 94.406
2 31 Ryan Newman Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 20.125 94.092
3 78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing Toyota 20.180 93.836
Official second practice results

Final practiceEdit

Clint Bowyer was the fastest in the final practice session with a time of 20.174 seconds and a speed of 93.863 mph (151.058 km/h).[15]

Pos No. Driver Team Manufacturer Time Speed
1 14 Clint Bowyer Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 20.174 93.863
2 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 20.238 93.567
3 1 Jamie McMurray Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 20.246 93.530
Official final practice results

RaceEdit

First stageEdit

Kyle Larson led the field to the green flag at 2:18 p.m. He led the first 24 laps before giving way to Brad Keselowski on lap 25. The first caution flew on lap 69 when Ricky Stenhouse Jr. spun out in Turn 3.[16] Trevor Bayne, Keselowski, Michael McDowell (speeding) and Joey Logano (crew member over the wall too soon) restarted the race from the tail-end of the field. Earnhardt said after the race that based on "what I see on my dash I wasn’t speeding, but (NASCAR) has better technology than we do. They said it was in the segment out of my pit box. Hell, I must have got out of there pretty damn good. I don’t know what to do about that."[17] As a result of Keselowski's penalty, Martin Truex Jr., who was running second at the time, assumed the lead.[18]

The race restarted on lap 76. Denny Hamlin passed Truex for the lead on lap 89. Jamie McMurray made contact with Jimmie Johnson on lap 100 and developed a left-rear tire rub that cut down the tire, led to him spinning out and hitting the Turn 3 wall on lap 106, bringing out the second caution.[19] McMurray went on to finish last.[20]

The race restarted on lap 117. The third caution flew on lap 123 when Dale Earnhardt Jr. got loose exiting Turn 2, and received help from Ryan Blaney, and spun out on the backstretch.[21]

The race restarted on lap 127. Truex won the first stage and the fourth caution flew for the conclusion of the stage. Kyle Busch exited pit road with the race lead.[18]

Second stageEdit

The race restarted on lap 141. Chase Elliott took the lead from Busch on lap 145, only for Busch to pass under Elliott in Turn 2 to retake it on lap 152. Logano made an unscheduled stop for a flat left-rear tire on lap 230. In the closing laps of the stage, Busch drove to the outside of Stenhouse going into Turn 3 on lap 257 when Stenhouse made contact with him to try and stay on the lead lap.[22] On the last lap of the stage, Stenhouse bumped Busch out of the groove, allowing Elliott to pass Busch for the lead and win the second stage, as the fifth caution flew on lap 260 for the conclusion of the stage.[23] Busch was asked after the race if what Stenhouse did was fair, and he said it is "if you expect it back. I actually was rolling into Turn 3 and was kind of going higher out of my way in order to let the 17 [of Stenhouse] back by and give him the lap. That was my intent, and then he just drove through me. It cost me my spot to the 24 [of Chase Elliott], so I was hoping that I could run off the corner side by side with the 17 and keep the 24 at bay and just keep my nose in front of his and be able to score the segment, and I was trying to be a nice guy, but nice guys don't finish first."[24]

Final stageEdit

The race restarted on lap 272 and Busch took back the lead. Debris in Turn 2 brought out the sixth caution on lap 278.[18]

The race restarted on lap 284. Exiting Turn 4 on lap 287, Erik Jones made contact with the outside wall, came down across the nose of Austin Dillon going into Turn 1 and got nudged out of the groove.[25] Hamlin got into Dillon and turned him, and the domino effect resulted in heavy damage to the cars of Kurt Busch and Daniel Suárez. This brought out the seventh caution.[26]

The race restarted with 206 laps to go and the eighth caution flew a lap later when Busch's damaged 41 car blew a left-front tire and slammed the wall in Turn 3.[27]

The race restarted with 198 to go. The ninth caution flew with 192 to go when Gray Gaulding spun out in Turn 3.[18]

The race restarted with 187 to go. The 10th caution flew with 167 to go when Reed Sorenson spun out in Turn 3.[28] Hamlin and Stenhouse stayed out to assume the race lead. Kasey Kahne restarted the race from the tail-end of the field for speeding on pit road.[18]

The race restarted with 160 to go and Kyle Busch took the lead back with ease on the restart. The 11th caution flew with 109 to go when Jeffrey Earnhardt blew a right-front tire and slammed the wall exiting Turn 2. Aric Almirola, Bayne and Earnhardt restarted the race from the tail-end of the field for speeding.[18]

The race restarted with 101 to go. Keselowski retook the lead with 94 to go just as Matt DiBenedetto spun out in Turn 3, bringing out the 12th caution.[18]

 
Brad Keselowski celebrates his win in the 2017 STP 500.

The race restarted with 86 to go and Busch powered by Keselowski on the outside lane exiting Turn 2 to take the lead. The next lap, Hamlin got loose and made contact with Danica Patrick and sent her spinning. The resulting domino effect led to Bayne pushing Hamlin into the wall and Earnhardt slamming into the back of teammate Kahne, puncturing his radiator.[26] Earnhardt said the cars ahead of him "just stopped and I couldn't. I got into the back of (Kahne). His bumper knocked the top of the radiator off of it, knocked the fitting off the top of the radiator. We don't have much of a bumper on there to begin with keeping the cars as light as we can and that is about the second or third time I've knocked the top off the radiator here. I wish they were a little tougher than that, so we could beat and bang and keep going."[29] This brought out the 13th caution.[18]

The race restarted with 74 to go. The 14th caution flew with 69 to go for Truex spinning in Turn 4.[18]

The race restarted with 64 to go and Keselowski regained the lead. Busch took it back with 56 to go.[30] For the next 14 laps, Keselowski kept to the rear bumper of the 18 car, took the lead going into Turn 1 with 42 to go and drove on to score the victory.[31]

Post-raceEdit

Driver commentsEdit

“This is awesome,” Keselowski said in victory lane. “We’ve ran so good here with the Miller Lite Ford, but something always happens and we haven’t been able to bring it home. Martinsville is just one of those champion’s tracks. The guys that run well everywhere run well here, and it’s really just an honor to win here and get to compete here. This track is 70 years old and a lot of legends have won here. It feels great to be able to join them and bring home a clock.”[32]

“All we did was put four tires on it and it went to junk,” Busch said after leading a race high of 274 laps. “I hate it for our guys. They’ve deserved all year much better finishes than what we’ve been able to produce and here’s another one today.”[33]

Elliott, who finished third, said he was "proud of our improvements this weekend. I hope that it wasn’t just a fluke deal and we didn’t just get lucky today and run good. I really hope that we’ve found something or I have found something at this track that will lend some more consistent finishes that are further towards the front.”[34]

Dillon, who rallied from a multi-car wreck in the middle of the race to finish fifth, said of the final run he "thought we were going to have a little something for the two leaders, but in middle of the run, our car just lacked a little bit more turn and forward drive," Dillon said. "Then at the end we could come back to them again. I think I was running the 22 (fourth-place finisher Joey Logano) back down there at the end. Just proud of my guys and thankful for this run – we needed it."[35]

Race resultsEdit

Stage resultsEdit

Stage 1 Laps: 130

Pos No Driver Team Manufacturer Points
1 78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing Toyota 10
2 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 9
3 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 8
4 2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford 7
5 24 Chase Elliott Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 6
6 42 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 5
7 21 Ryan Blaney Wood Brothers Racing Ford 4
8 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 3
9 3 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 2
10 14 Clint Bowyer Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 1
Official stage one results

Stage 2 Laps: 130

Pos No Driver Team Manufacturer Points
1 24 Chase Elliott Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 10
2 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 9
3 2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford 8
4 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 7
5 21 Ryan Blaney Wood Brothers Racing Ford 6
6 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 5
7 20 Matt Kenseth Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 4
8 77 Erik Jones (R) Furniture Row Racing Toyota 3
9 6 Trevor Bayne Roush Fenway Racing Ford 2
10 5 Kasey Kahne Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 1
Official stage two results

Final stage resultsEdit

Stage 3 Laps: 240

Pos Grid No Driver Team Manufacturer Laps Points
1 4 2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford 500 55
2 10 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 500 52
3 2 24 Chase Elliott Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 500 50
4 5 22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford 500 33
5 20 3 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 500 34
6 30 47 A. J. Allmendinger JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 500 31
7 8 14 Clint Bowyer Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 500 31
8 11 31 Ryan Newman Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 500 29
9 25 20 Matt Kenseth Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 500 32
10 24 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford 500 27
11 33 37 Chris Buescher JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 500 26
12 15 77 Erik Jones (R) Furniture Row Racing Toyota 500 28
13 16 6 Trevor Bayne Roush Fenway Racing Ford 500 26
14 13 5 Kasey Kahne Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 500 24
15 17 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 500 32
16 3 78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing Toyota 500 31
17 1 42 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 500 25
18 18 43 Aric Almirola Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 500 19
19 22 27 Paul Menard Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 500 18
20 9 4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 500 17
21 31 72 Cole Whitt TriStar Motorsports Chevrolet 499 16
22 23 13 Ty Dillon (R) Germain Racing Chevrolet 499 15
23 29 10 Danica Patrick Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 499 14
24 34 38 David Ragan Front Row Motorsports Ford 498 13
25 7 21 Ryan Blaney Wood Brothers Racing Ford 498 22
26 26 95 Michael McDowell Leavine Family Racing Chevrolet 497 11
27 27 34 Landon Cassill Front Row Motorsports Ford 497 10
28 35 83 Corey LaJoie (R) BK Racing Toyota 496 9
29 37 23 Gray Gaulding (R) BK Racing Toyota 495 8
30 12 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 493 16
31 32 15 Reed Sorenson Premium Motorsports Chevrolet 492 6
32 19 19 Daniel Suárez (R) Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 489 5
33 38 51 Timmy Hill (i) Rick Ware Racing Chevrolet 486 0
34 21 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 418 8
35 28 32 Matt DiBenedetto Fas Lane Racing Ford 401 2
36 36 33 Jeffrey Earnhardt Circle Sport – The Motorsports Group Chevrolet 385 1
37 14 41 Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 295 1
38 6 1 Jamie McMurray Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 105 1
Official race results

Race statisticsEdit

  • Lead changes: 7 among different drivers
  • Cautions/Laps: 14 for 95
  • Red flags: 0
  • Time of race: 3 hours, 44 minutes and 59 seconds
  • Average speed: 70.139 miles per hour (112.878 km/h)

MediaEdit

TelevisionEdit

Fox Sports was covering their 17th race at the Martinsville Speedway. Mike Joy, nine-time Martinsville winner Jeff Gordon and 11-time Martinsville winner Darrell Waltrip called in the booth for the race. Jamie Little, Chris Neville and Matt Yocum handled pit road duties for the entire race.

FS1
Booth announcers Pit reporters
Lap-by-lap: Mike Joy
Color-commentator: Jeff Gordon
Color commentator: Darrell Waltrip
Jamie Little
Chris Neville
Matt Yocum

RadioEdit

MRN had the radio call for the race which would also be simulcasted on Sirius XM NASCAR Radio. Joe Moore, Jeff Striegle and seven-time Martinsville winner Rusty Wallace called the race in the booth as the cars were on the frontstretch. Dave Moody called the race from atop the turn 3 stands as the field is racing down the backstretch. Alex Hayden, Winston Kelley and Steve Post worked pit road for the radio side.

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

ReferencesEdit

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