The STP 500 is an annual 500-lap Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series stock car race held at the 0.526-mile (0.847 km) Martinsville Speedway in Ridgeway, Virginia. It had no name from 1950 to 1955, before taking the name Virginia 500 in 1956. It is the first of two races at the track, the other one being the First Data 500 in the NASCAR playoffs.
|Location||Ridgeway, Virginia, United States|
|Distance||263 miles (423 km)|
|Laps||500 (Stage 1: 130|
Stage 2: 130
Stage 3: 240)
|Previous names||Unnamed (1950–1955)|
Virginia 500 (1956–1981, 2001–2003)
Virginia 500 Sweepstakes (second 1961 race)
Virginia National Bank 500 (1982–1983)
Sovran Bank 500 (1984–1987)
Pannill Sweatshirts 500 (1988–1989)
Hanes Activewear 500 (1990)
Hanes 500 (1991–1995)
Goody's Headache Powder 500 (1996–1998)
Goody's Body Pain 500 (1999–2000)
Advance Auto Parts 500 (2004–2005)
DirecTV 500 (2006)
Goody's Cool Orange 500 (2007–2008)
Goody's Fast Pain Relief 500 (2009–2010)
Goody's Fast Relief 500 (2011–2012)
STP Gas Booster 500 (2013)
|Most wins (driver)||Richard Petty (9)|
|Most wins (team)||Petty Enterprises (12)|
|Most wins (manufacturer)||Chevrolet (26)|
|Length||0.526 mi (0.847 km)|
Longtime sponsor Goody's Powder returned as race sponsor for the 2007 spring race with their new orange-flavored brand with the race title being Goody's Cool Orange 500; the Goody's 500 was originally the name of the fall race, which since 2008 has also been sponsored by the British pharmaceutical conglomerate, as the TUMS QuikPak 500.
The race on April 1, 2007, was the second race for NASCAR's car design, the Car of Tomorrow. This event is currently the sixth race of the season, the first race where current points standings (instead of the previous year, as in the first five races) determine exemptions. Brad Keselowski is the most recent winner of the race, having won it in 2019.
In 2020, the race will move to Mother's Day weekend in May and will become a Saturday night race.
- 1953: Herb Thomas was originally declared the winner, but a recheck showed that he had been credited with an extra lap.
- 1971: Controversy dogged Richard Petty's win as he lost his gas cap (dry-break fuel couplers were not mandated until 1974) during the race but was not black flagged; there had been incidents of drivers flagged to get gas caps under green.
- 1973: David Pearson won his first short track race since 1971, driving the Wood Brothers Mercury.
- 1976: Darrell Waltrip took the win, the first for the DiGard Motorsports Chevrolet.
- 1979: Richard Petty posted his first win in a Chevrolet and first short track win since 1975.
- 1981: Morgan Shepherd stunned the field with his first career Winston Cup win. It also marked the first victory since October 1963 for the Pontiac nameplate, who had been on a seventeen year hiatus from NASCAR.
- 1982: After nearly a dozen second-place finishes, Harry Gant pulled down his first win.
- 1984: Geoff Bodine edged Ron Bouchard for the win, the first for Bodine and the first for Hendrick Motorsports; it was also the first for crew chief Harry Hyde since 1977.
- 1986: Ricky Rudd won a race where wrecks and blown engines put the entire field behind him at least one lap down.
- 1989: Darrell Waltrip won, the final win for Chevrolet's bubble-glassed Monte Carlo racecar; the Monte Carlo was replaced by the Lumina.
- 1990: Geoff Bodine posted his first win with Junior Johnson.
- 1997: Jeff Gordon edged Bobby Hamilton for the win, ending a four-race win streak in the Virginia 500 by Rusty Wallace.
- 1998: Bobby Hamilton drove the Morgan-McClure Motorsports Chevrolet to the win; he engaged in several bouts of multilap drag-racing with John Andretti, driving the Petty Enterprises Pontiac that Hamilton had driven the previous three seasons.
- 1999: John Andretti lost a lap after being tagged by Ward Burton; he made up the lap and ran down Jeff Burton; in the final ten laps he and Burton raced nose to nose for several laps before Andretti rallied to the win, his first for Petty Enterprises, the 200th short track win for the team, and the first for the team since 1997.
- 2002: Bobby Labonte posted his first career short track win.
- 2004: Rusty Wallace posted his final Nextel Cup win.
- 2010: Denny Hamlin stormed four-abreast through traffic on a late restart to steal the win.
- 2012: Ryan Newman stormed to the checkered flag because of the wreck that happened before. Clint Bowyer hit both Jimmie Johnson and Jeff Gordon during the first attempt. Newman held off A. J. Allmendinger on the second attempt to win the Goody's Fast Relief 500.
- 2014: Kurt Busch posted his first win with Stewart-Haas Racing after passing Jimmie Johnson with eleven laps to go. The win was Busch's first in two seasons following his firing from Penske Racing and numerous confrontations with media. The race lead changed 33 times, a track record, breaking the 31 set in Kevin Harvick's 2011 win.
- 2018: The race was postponed to Monday due to snow. Clint Bowyer won the race, breaking a 190-race winless streak dating back to 2012.
- 2019: Brad Keselowski dominated by leading 446 laps and winning the race.
|Year||Date||No.||Driver||Team||Manufacturer||Race distance||Race time||Average speed
|1950||May 21||41||Curtis Turner||John Eanes||Oldsmobile||150||75 (120.7)||Report|
|1951||May 6||41||Curtis Turner||John Eanes||Oldsmobile||200||100 (160.934)||Report|
|1952||April 6||120||Dick Rathmann||Walt Chapman||Hudson||200||100 (160.934)||2:19:59||42.862||Report|
|1953||May 17||42||Lee Petty||Petty Enterprises||Dodge||200||100 (160.934)||Report|
|1954||May 16||87||Jim Paschal||Bob Griffin||Oldsmobile||200||100 (160.934)||2:10:04||46.130||Report|
|1955||May 15||300||Tim Flock||Carl Kiekhaefer||Chrysler||200||100 (160.934)||1:54:10||52.555||Report|
|1956||May 20||502||Buck Baker||Carl Kiekhaefer||Dodge||500||250 (402.336)||4:06:07||60.947||Report|
|1957||May 19||87||Buck Baker||Hugh Babb||Chevrolet||441*||220.5 (354.86)||3:50:49||57.318||Report|
|1958||April 20||4||Bob Welborn||Julian Petty||Chevrolet||500||250 (402.336)||4:05:27||66.007||Report|
|1959||May 3||42||Lee Petty||Petty Enterprises||Oldsmobile||500||250 (402.336)||4:12:03||59.512||Report|
|1960||April 10||43||Richard Petty||Petty Enterprises||Plymouth||500||250 (402.336)||3:54:35||63.943||Report|
|1961*||April 9||28||Fred Lorenzen||Holman-Moody||Ford||149*||74.5 (119.896)||1:05:23||68.366||Report|
|April 30||27||Junior Johnson||Rex Lovette||Pontiac||500||250 (402.336)||3:46:19||66.278||Report|
|1962||April 22||43||Richard Petty||Petty Enterprises||Plymouth||500||250 (402.336)||3:45:49||66.425||Report|
|1963||April 21||43||Richard Petty||Petty Enterprises||Plymouth||500||250 (402.336)||3:51:24||64.823||Report|
|1964||April 26||28||Fred Lorenzen||Holman-Moody||Ford||500||250 (402.336)||3:33:59||70.098||Report|
|1965||April 25||28||Fred Lorenzen||Holman-Moody||Ford||500||250 (402.336)||3:44:40||66.765||Report|
|1966||April 24||14||Jim Paschal||Frieden Enterprises||Plymouth||500||250 (402.336)||3:36:54||69.156||Report|
|1967||April 23||43||Richard Petty||Petty Enterprises||Plymouth||500||250 (402.336)||3:42:24||67.446||Report|
|1968||April 28||21||Cale Yarborough||Wood Brothers Racing||Mercury||500||250 (402.336)||3:44:56||66.686||Report|
|1969||April 27||43||Richard Petty||Petty Enterprises||Ford||500||250 (402.336)||3:52:54||64.405||Report|
|1970||May 31||71||Bobby Isaac||Nord Krauskopf||Dodge||377*||197.925 (318.529)||2:53:20||68.584||Report|
|1971||April 25||43||Richard Petty||Petty Enterprises||Plymouth||500||262.5 (422.452)||3:22:41||77.707||Report|
|1972||April 30||43||Richard Petty||Petty Enterprises||Plymouth||500||262.5 (422.452)||3:37:00||72.657||Report|
|1973||April 29||21||David Pearson||Wood Brothers Racing||Mercury||500||262.5 (422.452)||3:44:26||70.251||Report|
|1974||April 28||11||Cale Yarborough||Richard Howard||Chevrolet||450*||236.25 (380.207)||3:22:41||70.427||Report|
|1975||April 27||43||Richard Petty||Petty Enterprises||Dodge||500||262.5 (422.452)||3:47:15||69.282||Report|
|1976||April 25||88||Darrell Waltrip||DiGard Motorsports||Chevrolet||500||262.5 (422.452)||3:39:43||71.759||Report|
|1977||April 24||11||Cale Yarborough||Junior Johnson & Associates||Chevrolet||384*||201.6 (324.443)||2:36:26||77.405||Report|
|1978||April 23||88||Darrell Waltrip||DiGard Motorsports||Chevrolet||500||262.5 (422.452)||3:22:00||77.971||Report|
|1979||April 22||43||Richard Petty||Petty Enterprises||Chevrolet||500||262.5 (422.452)||3:25:43||76.562||Report|
|1980||April 27||88||Darrell Waltrip||DiGard Motorsports||Chevrolet||500||262.5 (422.452)||3:48:06||69.049||Report|
|1981||April 26||5||Morgan Shepherd||Cliff Stewart||Pontiac||500||262.5 (422.452)||3:30:10||75.019||Report|
|1982||April 25||33||Harry Gant||Mach 1 Racing||Buick||500||262.5 (422.452)||3:30:01||75.073||Report|
|1983||April 24||11||Darrell Waltrip||Junior Johnson & Associates||Chevrolet||500||262.5 (422.452)||3:57:14||66.46||Report|
|1984||April 29||5||Geoffrey Bodine||All-Star Racing||Chevrolet||500||263 (423.257)||3:35:23||73.264||Report|
|1985||April 28||33||Harry Gant||Mach 1 Racing||Chevrolet||500||263 (423.257)||3:16:06||73.022||Report|
|1986||April 27||15||Ricky Rudd||Bud Moore Engineering||Ford||500||263 (423.257)||3:25:15||76.882||Report|
|1987||April 26||3||Dale Earnhardt||Richard Childress Racing||Chevrolet||500||263 (423.257)||3:36:44||72.808||Report|
|1988||April 24||3||Dale Earnhardt||Richard Childress Racing||Chevrolet||500||263 (423.257)||3:31:08||74.74||Report|
|1989||April 23||17||Darrell Waltrip||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||500||263 (423.257)||3:19:41||79.025||Report|
|1990||April 29||11||Geoffrey Bodine||Junior Johnson & Associates||Ford||500||263 (423.257)||3:23:49||77.423||Report|
|1991||April 28||3||Dale Earnhardt||Richard Childress Racing||Chevrolet||500||263 (423.257)||3:26:41||75.139||Report|
|1992||April 26||6||Mark Martin||Roush Racing||Ford||500||263 (423.257)||3:22:05||78.086||Report|
|1993||April 25||2||Rusty Wallace||Penske Racing||Pontiac||500||263 (423.257)||3:18:33||79.078||Report|
|1994||April 24||2||Rusty Wallace||Penske Racing||Ford||500||263 (423.257)||3:25:43||76.7||Report|
|1995||April 23||2||Rusty Wallace||Penske Racing||Ford||356*||187.256 (301.359)||2:35:44||72.145||Report|
|1996||April 21||2||Rusty Wallace||Penske Racing||Ford||500||263 (423.257)||3:13:50||81.41||Report|
|1997||April 20||24||Jeff Gordon||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||500||263 (423.257)||3:44:19||70.347||Report|
|1998||April 20||4||Bobby Hamilton||Morgan-McClure Motorsports||Chevrolet||500||263 (423.257)||3:43:10||70.709||Report|
|1999||April 18||43||John Andretti||Petty Enterprises||Pontiac||500||263 (423.257)||3:28:35||75.653||Report|
|2000||April 9||6||Mark Martin||Roush Racing||Ford||500||263 (423.257)||3:41:45||71.161||Report|
|2001||April 8||88||Dale Jarrett||Robert Yates Racing||Ford||500||263 (423.257)||3:42:53||70.799||Report|
|2002||April 14||18||Bobby Labonte||Joe Gibbs Racing||Pontiac||500||263 (423.257)||3:33:23||73.951||Report|
|2003||April 13||24||Jeff Gordon||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||500||263 (423.257)||3:28:51||75.557||Report|
|2004||April 18||2||Rusty Wallace||Penske Racing||Dodge||500||263 (423.257)||3:51:29||68.169||Report|
|2005||April 10||24||Jeff Gordon||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||500||263 (423.257)||3:38:52||72.099||Report|
|2006||April 2||20||Tony Stewart||Joe Gibbs Racing||Chevrolet||500||263 (423.257)||3:36:56||72.741||Report|
|2007||April 1||48||Jimmie Johnson||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||500||263 (423.257)||3:44:36||70.258||Report|
|2008||March 30||11||Denny Hamlin||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||500||263 (423.257)||3:35:41||73.163||Report|
|2009||March 29||48||Jimmie Johnson||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||500||263 (423.257)||3:27:48||75.938||Report|
|2010||March 29*||11||Denny Hamlin||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||508*||267.208 (430.029)||3:39:05||73.180||Report|
|2011||April 3||29||Kevin Harvick||Richard Childress Racing||Chevrolet||500||263 (423.257)||3:32:41||74.195||Report|
|2012||April 1||39||Ryan Newman||Stewart-Haas Racing||Chevrolet||515*||270.89 (435.955)||3:26:12||78.823||Report|
|2013||April 7||48||Jimmie Johnson||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||500||263 (423.257)||3:38:58||72.066||Report|
|2014||March 30||41||Kurt Busch||Stewart-Haas Racing||Chevrolet||500||263 (423.257)||3:38:38||72.176||Report|
|2015||March 29||11||Denny Hamlin||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||500||263 (423.257)||3:49:13||68.843||Report|
|2016||April 3||18||Kyle Busch||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||500||263 (423.257)||3:17:02||80.088||Report|
|2017||April 2||2||Brad Keselowski||Team Penske||Ford||500||263 (423.257)||3:44:59||70.139||Report|
|2018||March 26*||14||Clint Bowyer||Stewart-Haas Racing||Ford||500||263 (423.257)||3:13:14||81.663||Report|
|2019||March 24||2||Brad Keselowski||Team Penske||Ford||500||263 (423.257)||3:21:54||78.158||Report|
- 1957: Race shortened due to crash.
- 1961 (first): Race abandoned as a result of rain. Under current rules, it would not be declared official as less than 50% of the race distance was completed.
- 1961 (second): A replacement race for the original 1961 race.
- 1970, 1977, and 1995: Race shortened due to rain.
- 1974: Race shortened due to 1973-74 energy crisis.
- 1998 and 2010: Race postponed from Sunday to Monday due to rain.
- 2010 and 2012: Race extended due to a NASCAR Overtime finish. 2012 took two attempts.
- 2018: Race postponed from Sunday to Monday due to snow.
Track length notesEdit
- 1950–1969: 0.5 mile course
- 1970–1983: 0.525 mile course
- 1984–present: 0.526 mile course
Multiple winners (drivers)Edit
|9||Richard Petty||1960, 1962, 1963, 1967, 1969, 1971, 1972, 1975, 1979|
|5||Darrell Waltrip||1976, 1978, 1980, 1983, 1989|
|Rusty Wallace||1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2004|
|3||Cale Yarborough||1968, 1974, 1977|
|Dale Earnhardt||1987, 1988, 1991|
|Jeff Gordon||1997, 2003, 2005|
|Jimmie Johnson||2007, 2009, 2013|
|Denny Hamlin||2008, 2010, 2015|
|2||Curtis Turner||1950, 1951|
|Buck Baker||1956, 1957|
|Lee Petty||1953, 1959|
|Fred Lorenzen||1964, 1965|
|Jim Paschal||1954, 1966|
|Harry Gant||1982, 1985|
|Geoffrey Bodine||1984, 1990|
|Mark Martin||1992, 2000|
|Brad Keselowski||2017, 2019|
Multiple winners (teams)Edit
|12||Petty Enterprises||1953, 1959, 1960, 1962, 1963, 1967, 1969, 1971, 1972, 1975, 1979, 1999|
|8||Hendrick Motorsports||1984, 1989, 1997, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2013|
|7||Team Penske||1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2004, 2017, 2019|
|6||Joe Gibbs Racing||2002, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2015, 2016|
|4||Richard Childress Racing||1987, 1988, 1991, 2011|
|3||Holman-Moody||19611, 1964, 1965|
|DiGard Motorsports||1976, 1978, 1980|
|Junior Johnson & Associates||1977, 1983, 1990|
|Stewart-Haas Racing||2012, 2014, 2018|
|2||John Eanes||1950, 1951|
|Carl Kiekhaefer||1955, 1956|
|Wood Brothers Racing||1968, 1973|
|Mach 1 Racing||1982, 1985|
|Roush Racing||1992, 2000|
|26||Chevrolet||1957, 1958, 1974, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1991, 1997, 1998, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014|
|14||Ford||1964, 1965, 1969, 1986, 1990, 1992, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2017, 2018, 2019|
|7||Plymouth||1960, 1962, 1963, 1966, 1967, 1971, 1972|
|5||Pontiac||1961, 1981, 1993, 1999, 2002|
|Dodge||1953, 1956, 1970, 1975, 2004|
|4||Oldsmobile||1950, 1951, 1954, 1959|
|Toyota||2008, 2010, 2015, 2016|
|Year||Network||Lap-by-lap||Color commentator(s)||Pit reporter(s)|
|1979||MRN TV||Jack Arute||Ned Jarrett|
|1981||ESPN||Bob Jenkins||Eli Gold||Dick Berggren|
|1985||SETN||Mike Joy||Benny Parsons|
|1987||Eli Gold||Jerry Punch|
|1988||Mike Joy||Eli Gold|
|1989||ESPN||Bob Jenkins||Ned Jarrett and Benny Parsons||Jerry Punch and Dick Berggren|
|1990||Jerry Punch and John Kernan|
|1997||Jerry Punch, Bill Weber and John Kernan|
|2001||Fox||Mike Joy||Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReynolds||Steve Byrnes, Matt Yocum, Dick Berggren and Jeanne Zelasko|
|2007||Steve Byrnes, Matt Yocum, Dick Berggren and Krista Voda|
|2013||Steve Byrnes, Matt Yocum and Krista Voda|
|2015||FS1||Matt Yocum, Jamie Little and Chris Neville|
|2016||Darrell Waltrip and Jeff Gordon||Matt Yocum, Jamie Little and Vince Welch|
|2017||Matt Yocum, Jamie Little and Chris Neville|
|2018||Matt Yocum, Jamie Little and Vince Welch|
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