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2019 First Data 500

The 2019 First Data 500 was a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race held on October 27, 2019, at Martinsville Speedway in Ridgeway, Virginia. Contested over 500 laps on the .526 mile (.847 km) short track (extended from 500 laps), it was the 33rd race of the 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season, seventh race of the Playoffs, and first race of the Round of 8.

2019 First Data 500
Race details[1][2][3][4][5][6][7][8]
Race 33 of 36 in the 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
Date October 27, 2019 (2019-10-27)
Location Martinsville Speedway in Ridgeway, Virginia
Course Permanent racing facility
.526 mi (.847 km)
Distance 500 laps, 263 mi (423.5 km)
Average speed 75.448 miles per hour (121.422 km/h)
Pole position
Driver Joe Gibbs Racing
Time 19.354
Most laps led
Driver Martin Truex Jr. Joe Gibbs Racing
Laps 464
Winner
No. 19 Martin Truex Jr. Joe Gibbs Racing
Television in the United States
Network NBCSN
Announcers Rick Allen, Jeff Burton, Steve Letarte and Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Nielsen Ratings 2.252 million[9]
Radio in the United States
Radio MRN
Booth Announcers Alex Hayden, Jeff Striegle and Rusty Wallace
Turn Announcers Dave Moody (Backstretch)

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 Monster Energy Cup Series. The track is 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.

Entry listEdit

  • (i) denotes driver who are ineligible for series driver points.
  • (R) denotes rookie driver.
No. Driver Team Manufacturer
00 Landon Cassill (i) StarCom Racing Chevrolet
1 Kurt Busch Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet
2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford
3 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet
4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Ford
6 Ryan Newman Roush Fenway Racing Ford
8 Daniel Hemric (R) Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet
9 Chase Elliott Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
10 Aric Almirola Stewart-Haas Racing Ford
11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
12 Ryan Blaney Team Penske Ford
13 Ty Dillon Germain Racing Chevrolet
14 Clint Bowyer Stewart-Haas Racing Ford
15 Ross Chastain (i) Premium Motorsports Chevrolet
17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford
18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
19 Martin Truex Jr. Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
20 Erik Jones Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
21 Paul Menard Wood Brothers Racing Ford
22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford
24 William Byron Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
27 Reed Sorenson Premium Motorsports Chevrolet
32 Corey LaJoie Go Fas Racing Ford
34 Michael McDowell Front Row Motorsports Ford
36 Matt Crafton (i) Front Row Motorsports Ford
37 Chris Buescher JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet
38 David Ragan Front Row Motorsports Ford
41 Daniel Suárez Stewart-Haas Racing Ford
42 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet
43 Darrell Wallace Jr. Richard Petty Motorsports Chevrolet
47 Ryan Preece (R) JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet
48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
51 B. J. McLeod (i) Petty Ware Racing Chevrolet
52 Garrett Smithley (i) Rick Ware Racing Chevrolet
53 J. J. Yeley (i) Rick Ware Racing Chevrolet
77 Timmy Hill (i) Spire Motorsports Chevrolet
88 Alex Bowman Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
95 Matt DiBenedetto Leavine Family Racing Toyota
Official entry list
  • Matt Tifft was supposed to drive No. 36 car but he was hospitalized after suffering “a medical condition”. So Matt Crafton was called to replace Tifft in the No. 36 car.[10]

PracticeEdit

First practiceEdit

Joey Logano was the fastest in the first practice session with a time of 19.591 seconds and a speed of 96.657 mph (155.554 km/h).[11]

Pos No. Driver Team Manufacturer Time Speed
1 22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford 19.591 96.657
2 19 Martin Truex Jr. Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 19.689 96.176
3 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 19.732 95.966
Official first practice results

Final practiceEdit

Brad Keselowski was the fastest in the final practice session with a time of 19.667 seconds and a speed of 96.283 mph (154.952 km/h).[12]

Pos No. Driver Team Manufacturer Time Speed
1 2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford 19.667 96.283
2 12 Ryan Blaney Team Penske Ford 19.774 95.762
3 1 Kurt Busch Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 19.786 95.704
Official final practice results

QualifyingEdit

Denny Hamlin scored the pole for the race with a time of 19.354 and a speed of 97.840 mph (157.458 km/h).[13]

Qualifying resultsEdit

Pos No. Driver Team Manufacturer Time
1 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 19.354
2 9 Chase Elliott Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 19.383
3 19 Martin Truex Jr. Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 19.429
4 10 Aric Almirola Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 19.453
5 34 Michael McDowell Front Row Motorsports Ford 19.471
6 12 Ryan Blaney Team Penske Ford 19.487
7 14 Clint Bowyer Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 19.488
8 20 Erik Jones Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 19.492
9 41 Daniel Suárez Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 19.506
10 22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford 19.509
11 24 William Byron Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 19.525
12 95 Matt DiBenedetto Leavine Family Racing Toyota 19.545
13 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 19.547
14 42 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 19.547
15 2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford 19.579
16 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford 19.593
17 38 David Ragan Front Row Motorsports Ford 19.619
18 8 Daniel Hemric (R) Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 19.641
19 88 Alex Bowman Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 19.650
20 37 Chris Buescher JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 19.669
21 47 Ryan Preece (R) JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 19.686
22 4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 19.688
23 3 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 19.732
24 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 19.742
25 1 Kurt Busch Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 19.745
26 43 Darrell Wallace Jr. Richard Petty Motorsports Chevrolet 19.756
27 6 Ryan Newman Roush Fenway Racing Ford 19.762
28 32 Corey LaJoie Go Fas Racing Ford 19.796
29 13 Ty Dillon Germain Racing Chevrolet 19.821
30 21 Paul Menard Wood Brothers Racing Ford 19.900
31 36 Matt Crafton (i) Front Row Motorsports Ford 20.031
32 00 Landon Cassill StarCom Racing Chevrolet 20.070
33 51 B. J. McLeod (i) Petty Ware Racing Chevrolet 20.141
34 27 Reed Sorenson Premium Motorsports Chevrolet 20.150
35 53 J. J. Yeley (i) Rick Ware Racing Chevrolet 20.292
36 15 Ross Chastain (i) Premium Motorsports Chevrolet 20.401
37 77 Timmy Hill (i) Spire Motorsports Chevrolet 20.449
38 52 Garrett Smithley (i) Rick Ware Racing Chevrolet 20.477
Official qualifying results

RaceEdit

Stage resultsEdit

Stage One Laps: 130

Pos No Driver Team Manufacturer Points
1 19 Martin Truex Jr. Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 10
2 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 9
3 12 Ryan Blaney Team Penske Ford 8
4 14 Clint Bowyer Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 7
5 22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford 6
6 24 William Byron Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 5
7 10 Aric Almirola Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 4
8 9 Chase Elliott Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 3
9 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 2
10 41 Daniel Suárez Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 1
Official stage one results

Stage Two Laps: 130

Pos No Driver Team Manufacturer Points
1 19 Martin Truex Jr. Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 10
2 42 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 9
3 12 Ryan Blaney Team Penske Ford 8
4 22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford 7
5 10 Aric Almirola Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 6
6 24 William Byron Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 5
7 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 4
8 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 3
9 20 Erik Jones Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 2
10 2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford 1
Official stage two results

Final stage resultsEdit

Stage Three Laps: 240

Pos Grid No Driver Team Manufacturer Laps Points
1 3 19 Martin Truex Jr. Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 500 60
2 11 24 William Byron Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 500 45
3 15 2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford 500 35
4 1 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 500 45
5 6 12 Ryan Blaney Team Penske Ford 500 48
6 25 1 Kurt Busch Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 500 31
7 22 4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 500 30
8 10 22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford 500 42
9 14 42 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 500 37
10 35 6 Ryan Newman Roush Fenway Racing Ford 500 27
11 17 38 David Ragan Front Row Motorsports Ford 500 26
12 20 37 Chris Buescher JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 500 25
13 26 43 Darrell Wallace Jr. Richard Petty Motorsports Chevrolet 500 24
14 13 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 500 29
15 16 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford 500 22
16 12 95 Matt DiBenedetto Leavine Family Racing Toyota 500 21
17 18 8 Daniel Hemric (R) Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 500 20
18 36 32 Corey LaJoie Go Fas Racing Ford 500 19
19 21 47 Ryan Preece (R) JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 500 18
20 8 20 Erik Jones Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 499 19
21 28 21 Paul Menard Wood Brothers Racing Ford 499 16
22 23 3 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 499 15
23 5 34 Michael McDowell Front Row Motorsports Ford 499 14
24 27 13 Ty Dillon Germain Racing Chevrolet 498 13
25 29 36 Matt Crafton (i) Front Row Motorsports Ford 495 0
26 30 00 Landon Cassill (i) StarCom Racing Chevrolet 495 0
27 38 51 B. J. McLeod (i) Petty Ware Racing Chevrolet 494 0
28 32 53 J. J. Yeley (i) Rick Ware Racing Chevrolet 494 0
29 33 15 Ross Chastain (i) Premium Motorsports Chevrolet 494 0
30 19 88 Alex Bowman Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 494 7
31 9 41 Daniel Suárez Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 488 7
32 34 52 Garrett Smithley (i) Rick Ware Racing Chevrolet 487 0
33 31 27 Reed Sorenson Premium Motorsports Chevrolet 452 4
34 37 77 Timmy Hill (i) Spire Motorsports Chevrolet 450 0
35 7 14 Clint Bowyer Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 449 9
36 2 9 Chase Elliott Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 445 4
37 4 10 Aric Almirola Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 363 11
38 24 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 361 1
Official race results

Race statisticsEdit

  • Lead changes: 3 among 3 different drivers
  • Cautions/Laps: 11 for 69
  • Red flags: 0
  • Time of race: 3 hours, 29 minutes and 9 seconds
  • Average speed: 75.448 miles per hour (121.422 km/h)

MediaEdit

TelevisionEdit

NBC Sports covered the race on the television side. Rick Allen, 1997 race winner Jeff Burton, Steve Letarte and 2014 race winner Dale Earnhardt Jr. had the call in the booth for the race. Parker Kligerman, Marty Snider and Kelli Stavast reported from pit lane during the race.

NBCSN
Booth announcers Pit reporters
Lap-by-lap: Rick Allen
Color-commentator: Jeff Burton
Color-commentator: Steve Letarte
Color-commentator: Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Parker Kligerman
Marty Snider
Kelli Stavast

RadioEdit

MRN covered the radio call for the race, which was simulcast on Sirius XM NASCAR Radio. Alex Hayden, Jeff Striegle, and 7 time Martinsville winner Rusty Wallace had the call for MRN when the field raced down the front straightaway. Dave Moody covered the action for MRN when the field raced down the backstraightway into turn 3. Winston Kelley, Steve Post, Kim Coon, and Dillon Welch had the call for MRN from pit lane.

MRN
Booth announcers Turn announcers Pit reporters
Lead announcer: Alex Hayden
Announcer: Jeff Striegle
Announcer: Rusty Wallace
Backstretch: Dave Moody Winston Kelley
Steve Post
Kim Coon
Dillon Welch

Standings after the raceEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "2019 schedule". NASCAR.com. NASCAR Media Group, LLC. May 5, 2018. Retrieved September 19, 2019.
  2. ^ "Martinsville Speedway". NASCAR.com. NASCAR Media Group, LLC. January 3, 2013. Retrieved September 19, 2019.
  3. ^ "Entry List". MRN.com. Motor Racing Network. October 22, 2019. Retrieved October 22, 2019.
  4. ^ "First Practice Results". MRN.com. Motor Racing Network. October 26, 2019. Retrieved October 26, 2019.
  5. ^ "Final Practice Results". MRN.com. Motor Racing Network. October 26, 2019. Retrieved October 26, 2019.
  6. ^ "Starting Lineup". MRN.com. Motor Racing Network. October 26, 2019. Retrieved October 26, 2019.
  7. ^ "First Data 500 Results". MRN.com. Motor Racing Network. October 27, 2019. Retrieved October 27, 2019.
  8. ^ "Points standings" (PDF). Jayski.com. Jayski's Silly Season Site. October 27, 2019. Retrieved October 27, 2019.
  9. ^ "2019 First Data 500 ratings". ShowBuzzDaily. Mitch Metcalf. Retrieved 29 October 2019.
  10. ^ Ryan, Nate (October 26, 2019). "Matt Tifft in 'good spirits' after undergoing tests; will miss racer". NBC Sports. Retrieved October 27, 2019.
  11. ^ Utter, Jim (October 26, 2019). "Joey Logano tops first Cup practice; Elliott changes engines". Motorsport.com. Ridgeway, Virginia: Motorsport Network. Retrieved October 26, 2019.
  12. ^ Utter, Jim (October 26, 2019). "Keselowski tops final Cup practice at Martinsville". Motorsport.com. Ridgeway, Virginia: Motorsport Network. Retrieved October 26, 2019.
  13. ^ Utter, Jim (October 26, 2019). "Denny Hamlin takes pole position at Martinsville". Motorsport.com. Ridgeway, Virginia: Motorsport Network. Retrieved October 26, 2019.


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