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The 2019 STP 500 was a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race that was held on March 24, 2019, at Martinsville Speedway in Ridgeway, Virginia. Contested over 500 laps on the .526 mile (.847 km) paperclip-shaped short track, it was the sixth race of the 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season.

2019 STP 500
Race details[1][2][3][4][5][6][7][8]
Race 6 of 36 in the 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
Date March 24, 2019 (2019-03-24)
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 78.158 miles per hour (125.783 km/h)
Pole position
Driver Team Penske
Time 19.356
Most laps led
Driver Brad Keselowski Team Penske
Laps 446
Winner
No. 2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske
Television in the United States
Network FS1
Announcers Mike Joy, Jeff Gordon and Darrell Waltrip
Nielsen Ratings 2.455 million[9]
Radio in the United States
Radio MRN
Booth Announcers Alex Hayden, 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 Monster Energy NASCAR 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
00 Landon Cassill 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
32 Corey LaJoie Go Fas Racing Ford
34 Michael McDowell Front Row Motorsports Ford
36 Matt Tifft (R) 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 Cody Ware (R) Petty Ware Racing Chevrolet
52 Jeb Burton (i) Rick Ware Racing Chevrolet
77 D. J. Kennington (i) Spire Motorsports Chevrolet
88 Alex Bowman Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
95 Matt DiBenedetto Leavine Family Racing Toyota
Official entry list

PracticeEdit

First practiceEdit

 
First practice

Clint Bowyer was the fastest in the first practice session with a time of 19.387 seconds and a speed of 97.674 mph (157.191 km/h).[10]

Pos No. Driver Team Manufacturer Time Speed
1 14 Clint Bowyer Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 19.387 97.674
2 41 Daniel Suárez Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 19.470 97.257
3 10 Aric Almirola Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 19.521 97.003
Official first practice results

Final practiceEdit

 
Final practice

Chase Elliott was the fastest in the final practice session with a time of 19.413 seconds and a speed of 97.543 mph (156.980 km/h).[11]

Pos No. Driver Team Manufacturer Time Speed
1 9 Chase Elliott Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 19.413 97.543
2 88 Alex Bowman Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 19.597 96.627
3 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 19.600 96.612
Official final practice results

QualifyingEdit

 
Qualifying for the race

Joey Logano scored the pole for the race with a time of 19.356 and a speed of 97.830 mph (157.442 km/h).[12]

Qualifying resultsEdit

Pos No. Driver Team Manufacturer R1 R2 R3
1 22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford 19.476 19.462 19.356
2 10 Aric Almirola Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 19.453 19.429 19.393
3 2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford 19.430 19.474 19.430
4 4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 19.462 19.423 19.445
5 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 19.355 19.385 19.449
6 24 William Byron Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 19.530 19.551 19.481
7 42 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 19.462 19.445 19.502
8 9 Chase Elliott Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 19.548 19.432 19.511
9 19 Martin Truex Jr. Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 19.587 19.529 19.518
10 41 Daniel Suárez Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 19.505 19.497 19.556
11 14 Clint Bowyer Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 19.580 19.560 19.581
12 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 19.579 19.550 19.608
13 37 Chris Buescher JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 19.571 19.571
14 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 19.635 19.579
15 21 Paul Menard Wood Brothers Racing Ford 19.545 19.583
16 47 Ryan Preece (R) JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 19.496 19.588
17 88 Alex Bowman Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 19.580 19.593
18 12 Ryan Blaney Team Penske Ford 19.501 19.602
19 20 Erik Jones Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 19.597 19.602
20 1 Kurt Busch Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 19.572 19.623
21 6 Ryan Newman Roush Fenway Racing Ford 19.570 19.626
22 95 Matt DiBenedetto Leavine Family Racing Toyota 19.575 19.630
23 13 Ty Dillon Germain Racing Chevrolet 19.591 19.652
24 34 Michael McDowell Front Row Motorsports Ford 19.636 19.695
25 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford 19.664
26 38 David Ragan Front Row Motorsports Ford 19.703
27 43 Darrell Wallace Jr. Richard Petty Motorsports Chevrolet 19.742
28 00 Landon Cassill StarCom Racing Chevrolet 19.785
29 8 Daniel Hemric (R) Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 19.807
30 3 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 19.814
31 15 Ross Chastain (i) Premium Motorsports Chevrolet 19.846
32 36 Matt Tifft (R) Front Row Motorsports Ford 19.846
33 52 Jeb Burton (i) Rick Ware Racing Chevrolet 19.998
34 77 D. J. Kennington (i) Spire Motorsports Chevrolet 20.013
35 32 Corey LaJoie Go Fas Racing Ford 0.000
36 51 Cody Ware (R) Petty Ware Racing Chevrolet 0.000
Official qualifying results
  • William Byron, D. J. Kennington, and Jeb Burton all starting at the back due to failing inspection.

RaceEdit

Stage ResultsEdit

Stage One Laps: 130

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

Stage Two Laps: 130

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

Final Stage ResultsEdit

 
Brad Keselowski leads the race following a restart

Stage Three Laps: 240

Pos Grid No Driver Team Manufacturer Laps Points
1 3 2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford 500 60
2 7 9 Chase Elliott Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 500 51
3 13 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 500 36
4 17 12 Ryan Blaney Team Penske Ford 500 48
5 5 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 500 47
6 4 4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 500 35
7 10 14 Clint Bowyer Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 500 38
8 8 19 Martin Truex Jr. Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 500 38
9 2 10 Aric Almirola Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 500 41
10 9 41 Daniel Suárez Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 500 29
11 29 3 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 500 27
12 19 1 Kurt Busch Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 500 25
13 22 13 Ty Dillon Germain Racing Chevrolet 500 24
14 16 88 Alex Bowman Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 500 23
15 14 21 Paul Menard Wood Brothers Racing Ford 500 22
16 15 47 Ryan Preece (R) JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 500 21
17 26 43 Darrell Wallace Jr. Richard Petty Motorsports Chevrolet 500 20
18 6 42 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 500 19
19 1 22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford 500 23
20 21 95 Matt DiBenedetto Leavine Family Racing Toyota 500 17
21 12 37 Chris Buescher JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 499 16
22 34 24 William Byron Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 499 15
23 20 6 Ryan Newman Roush Fenway Racing Ford 499 14
24 11 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 498 13
25 24 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford 498 12
26 25 38 David Ragan Front Row Motorsports Ford 496 11
27 28 8 Daniel Hemric (R) Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 496 10
28 27 00 Landon Cassill StarCom Racing Chevrolet 494 9
29 31 36 Matt Tifft (R) Front Row Motorsports Ford 494 8
30 18 20 Erik Jones Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 491 7
31 23 34 Michael McDowell Front Row Motorsports Ford 491 6
32 35 77 D. J. Kennington (i) Spire Motorsports Chevrolet 489 0
33 32 32 Corey LaJoie Go Fas Racing Ford 489 4
34 30 15 Ross Chastain (i) Premium Motorsports Chevrolet 365 0
35 36 52 Jeb Burton (i) Rick Ware Racing Chevrolet 163 0
36 33 51 Cody Ware (R) Petty Ware Racing Chevrolet 55 1
Official race results

Race statisticsEdit

  • Lead changes: 4 among 3 different drivers (Laps Led: Keselowski (446), Elliott (49), Logano (5))
  • Cautions/Laps: 7 for 56
  • Red flags: 0
  • Time of race: 3 hours, 21 minutes and 54 seconds
  • Average speed: 78.158 miles per hour (125.783 km/h)

MediaEdit

TelevisionEdit

Fox Sports covered their 19th race at the Martinsville Speedway. Mike Joy, nine-time Martinsville winner Jeff Gordon and 11-time Martinsville winner Darrell Waltrip called the race from the booth. Jamie Little, Vince Welch 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
Vince Welch
Matt Yocum

RadioEdit

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

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

Standings after the raceEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "2019 schedule". NASCAR.com. NASCAR Media Group, LLC. May 5, 2018. Retrieved March 2, 2019.
  2. ^ "Martinsville Speedway". NASCAR.com. NASCAR Media Group, LLC. January 3, 2013. Retrieved March 2, 2019.
  3. ^ "Entry List". MRN.com. Motor Racing Network. March 18, 2019. Retrieved March 18, 2019.
  4. ^ "First Practice Results". MRN.com. Motor Racing Network. March 23, 2019. Retrieved March 23, 2019.
  5. ^ "Final Practice Results". MRN.com. Motor Racing Network. March 23, 2019. Retrieved March 23, 2019.
  6. ^ "Starting Lineup". MRN.com. Motor Racing Network. March 23, 2019. Retrieved March 23, 2019.
  7. ^ "STP 500 Results". MRN.com. Motor Racing Network. March 24, 2019. Retrieved March 24, 2019.
  8. ^ "Points standings" (PDF). Jayski.com. Jayski's Silly Season Site. March 24, 2019. Retrieved March 24, 2019.
  9. ^ "STP 500 ratings". ShowBuzzDaily. Mitch Metcalf. Retrieved 26 March 2019.
  10. ^ Utter, Jim (March 23, 2019). "Stewart-Haas Racing's Fords lead Saturday's first Cup practice". Motorsport.com. Ridgeway, Virginia: Motorsport Network. Retrieved March 23, 2019.
  11. ^ Utter, Jim (March 23, 2019). "Chase Elliott and Hendrick Motorsports top final Cup practice". Motorsport.com. Ridgeway, Virginia: Motorsport Network. Retrieved March 23, 2019.
  12. ^ "Logano leads pack of Fords to front at Martinsville Speedway". Associated Press. Ridgeway, Virginia: AP Sports. Associated Press. March 23, 2019. Retrieved March 23, 2019.


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