2015 NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race

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2015 NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race
Race details[1][2][3][4][5][6][7]
Date May 16, 2015 (2015-05-16)
Location Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, North Carolina
Course Permanent racing facility
1.5 mi (2.4 km)
Distance Showdown:
40 laps, 60 mi (97 km)
All-Star Race:
110 laps, 165 mi (266 km)
Avg Speed Showdown: 102.370 mph (164.749 km/h)
All-Star Race: 106.452 mph (171.318 km/h)
Sprint Showdown
Pole Paul Menard
Time 28.470
Winner (segment 1) Greg Biffle
Winner (segment 2) Clint Bowyer
Fan Vote winner Danica Patrick
Weather Mostly sunny with a temperature of 79 °F (26 °C); wind out of the south at 5 mph (8.0 km/h)
Sprint All-Star Race
Pole Denny Hamlin
Time 1:51.227
Most laps led Brad Keselowski
Laps led 49
Winner Denny Hamlin
Weather Mostly cloudy with a temperature of 74 °F (23 °C); wind out of the south/southeast at 3 mph (4.8 km/h)
Television
Network Fox Sports 1
Announcers Mike Joy, Larry McReynolds and Darrell Waltrip
Nielsen Ratings 2.1/4 (Overnight)[8]
2.1/4 (Final)
3.8 Million viewers[9]
Radio
Network Motor Racing Network
Announcers Joe Moore, Jeff Striegle and Rusty Wallace (Booth)
Dave Moody (1 & 2)
Kyle Rickey (3 & 4) (Turns)

The 2015 NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race (XXXI) was a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stock car race held on May 16, 2015 at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, North Carolina. Contested over 110 laps, it was the second exhibition race of the 2015 Sprint Cup Series season.

Report[edit]

Background[edit]

Charlotte Motor Speedway, the track where the race was held.
"These updates were made to ensure that our fans have every opportunity to see the best drivers in one of our crown jewel events and give them even more on-track action," said Steve O’Donnell, NASCAR executive vice president and chief racing development officer. "Expanding this field and adding laps delivers that to our fans, raising the competition level and ensuring that this race continues to be the biggest all-star event in all of sports."

NASCAR executive vice-president Steve O'Donnell speaking on Sirius XM NASCAR Radio.[10]

Race winners from the previous season through the 2015 SpongeBob SquarePants 400 at Kansas Speedway, and all previous All-Star race winners and Sprint Cup champions who had attempted to qualify for every race in 2015 were eligible to compete in the All-Star Race.[10] The drivers who finished first in either of the Sprint Showdown 20-lap preliminary races, advanced to compete in the race, as well as the Sprint fan vote winner.[10] The All-Star Race was 110 laps long, separated into five segments: four segments of 25 laps and a final segment of ten laps.[10] A mandatory pit stop was between the final two segments, while pitting between the 25 lap segments was optional.[10] A minimum of 20 drivers took part of the All-Star Race.[10] Seventeen were automatically in the race while three got in via the Showdown. Kyle Busch, who was not expected to return to racing until Independence Day weekend at Daytona International Speedway, announced - via a video on Twitter - that he was coming back for the All-Star Race.[11]

Entry list[edit]

Sprint Showdown[edit]

The entry list for the Sprint Showdown was released on Tuesday, May 12 at 10:04 a.m. Eastern time. Thirty drivers were entered for the race, but Travis Kvapil's entry was withdrawn before the race.

No. Driver Team Manufacturer
3 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet
6 Trevor Bayne Roush Fenway Racing Ford
7 Alex Bowman Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet
9 Sam Hornish Jr. Richard Petty Motorsports Ford
10 Danica Patrick Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet
13 Casey Mears Germain Racing Chevrolet
15 Clint Bowyer Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota
16 Greg Biffle Roush Fenway Racing Ford
17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford
23 J. J. Yeley BK Racing Toyota
25 Chase Elliott Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
26 Jeb Burton (R) BK Racing Toyota
30 Jeff Green The Motorsports Group Chevrolet
32 Mike Bliss Go FAS Racing Ford
33 Alex Kennedy (R) Hillman-Circle Sport LLC Chevrolet
35 Cole Whitt Front Row Motorsports Ford
38 David Gilliland Front Row Motorsports Ford
40 Landon Cassill Hillman-Circle Sport LLC Chevrolet
42 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet
46 Michael Annett HScott Motorsports Chevrolet
51 Justin Allgaier HScott Motorsports Chevrolet
55 David Ragan Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota
62 Brendan Gaughan Premium Motorsports Chevrolet
78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet
83 Matt DiBenedetto (R) BK Racing Toyota
95 Michael McDowell Leavine Family Racing Ford
98 Josh Wise Phil Parsons Racing Ford
Official initial Sprint Showdown entry list
Official final Sprint Showdown entry list
Key Meaning
(R) Rookie
Sprint All-Star Race[edit]

The entry list for the All-Star Race was released that same day at 11:03 a.m. Seventeen cars were automatically entered for the race. Jeff Gordon started his 22nd and final All-Star Race.

No. Driver Team Manufacturer
1 Jamie McMurray Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet
2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford
4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet
5 Kasey Kahne Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
14 Tony Stewart Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet
18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
19 Carl Edwards Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
20 Matt Kenseth Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford
24 Jeff Gordon Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
31 Ryan Newman Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet
41 Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet
43 Aric Almirola Richard Petty Motorsports Ford
47 A. J. Allmendinger JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet
48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
Official Sprint All-Star Race entry list

Practice[edit]

Sprint Showdown practice[edit]

Austin Dillon was the fastest in the lone Sprint Showdown practice session with a time of 28.528 and a speed of 189.288 mph (304.630 km/h).[12]

Pos No. Driver Team Manufacturer Time Speed
1 3 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 28.528 189.288
2 16 Greg Biffle Roush Fenway Racing Ford 28.585 188.910
3 78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet 28.602 188.798
Official Sprint Showdown practice results

All-Star Race practice[edit]

Kyle Busch, in his first race since breaking both his right leg and left foot at Daytona in February, was the fastest in the lone Sprint All-Star Race practice session with a time of 28.589 and a speed of 188.884 mph (303.979 km/h).[13] "I was excited to get back in here, see my guys and get the taste of all that again," Busch said. "Everything went according to plan and we had some decent speed in race trim. We're excited and hopefully, we can see that speed again tomorrow night."[14]

Pos No. Driver Team Manufacturer Time Speed
1 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 28.589 188.884
2 1 Jamie McMurray Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 28.663 188.396
3 4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 28.684 188.258
Official Sprint All-Star Race practice results

Qualifying (Showdown)[edit]

Paul Menard, seen here at the 2015 Daytona 500, scored the pole for the Sprint Showdown.

Paul Menard won the pole for the Sprint Showdown with a time of 28.470 and a speed of 189.673 mph (305.249 km/h).[15]

Qualifying results (Showdown)[edit]

Pos No. Driver Team Manufacturer R1 R2
1 27 Paul Menard Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 28.434 28.470
2 16 Greg Biffle Roush Fenway Racing Ford 28.427 28.472
3 55 David Ragan Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 28.595 28.564
4 15 Clint Bowyer Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 28.682 28.678
5 3 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 28.777 28.697
6 42 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 28.694 28.708
7 78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet 28.563 28.715
8 10 Danica Patrick Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 28.533 28.724
9 13 Casey Mears Germain Racing Chevrolet 28.633 28.880
10 95 Michael McDowell Leavine Family Racing Ford 28.773 28.895
11 25 Chase Elliott Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 28.712 28.982
12 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford 28.521 28.996
13 9 Sam Hornish Jr. Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 28.777  —
14 51 Justin Allgaier HScott Motorsports Chevrolet 28.817  —
15 6 Trevor Bayne Roush Fenway Racing Ford 28.857  —
16 7 Alex Bowman Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet 28.970  —
17 38 David Gilliland Front Row Motorsports Ford 28.997  —
18 32 Mike Bliss Go FAS Racing Ford 29.124  —
19 98 Josh Wise Phil Parsons Racing Ford 29.164  —
20 40 Landon Cassill Hillman-Circle Sport LLC Chevrolet 29.191  —
21 83 Matt DiBenedetto (R) BK Racing Toyota 29.208  —
22 26 Jeb Burton (R) BK Racing Toyota 29.239  —
23 35 Cole Whitt Front Row Motorsports Ford 29.258  —
24 23 J. J. Yeley BK Racing Toyota 29.561  —
25 46 Michael Annett HScott Motorsports Chevrolet 29.753  —
26 30 Jeff Green The Motorsports Group Chevrolet 29.779  —
27 62 Brendan Gaughan Premium Motorsports Chevrolet 30.122  —
28 33 Alex Kennedy (R) Hillman-Circle Sport LLC Chevrolet 30.124  —
29 66 Tanner Berryhill (R) Premium Motorsports Chevrolet 30.495  —
Official Sprint Showdown qualifying results

Sprint Showdown[edit]

Segment One[edit]

The race was scheduled to start at 7:15 p.m., but started at 7:25 p.m. when Paul Menard led the field to the green flag. He didn't get a good start and Greg Biffle easily took the lead. Biffle pulled away from the field on his way to winning the first segment with relative ease. The first caution of the race flew on lap 21 to end the segment. Clint Bowyer assumed the lead with Biffle advancing to the All-Star Race. He lost the lead, however, on pit road to David Ragan.

Segment Two[edit]

Martin Truex Jr. jumped to the lead with 20 laps to go on the restart. The second caution of the race flew for a one car spin in turn 4. Exiting 4, J. J. Yeley got loose and spun through the grass on the front stretch. Unlike in the first segment, only green flag laps count. Only one car opted to pit under the caution.

The race restarted with 18 laps to go. Kyle Larson matched Truex the whole lap to take the lead off of turn 4. Clint Bowyer went three-wide for the lead with 16 laps to go. Larson got tapped by Sam Hornish Jr. in 3 and about tagged the wall in 4. He saved it, but brought the car down pit with eight laps to go and ending his chance of advancing to the All-Star Race. It was ultimately Clint Bowyer who would win to advance to the All-Star Race.[16] Danica Patrick won the fan vote to advance to the All-Star Race.[17] “I have great fans," Patrick said in a press release. "I know I didn’t make it in last year, but I heard that they voted even more last year than the year before that and so I’m sure that this year was nothing different. I think I got close at the end and they came through. They always come through. I am lucky to have such great fans."[17]

Results[edit]

Greg Biffle, seen here at the 2015 Daytona 500, advanced his way into the All-Star Race by winning the first segment.
Clint Bowyer, seen here at the 2015 Daytona 500, advanced into the All-Star Race after winning the second segment.
Danica Patrick, seen here at the 2015 Daytona 500, advanced to the All-Star Race after winning the fan vote.
Pos Grid No. Driver Team Manufacturer Segment Laps
1 2
1 4 15 Clint Bowyer Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 2 1 40
2 1 27 Paul Menard Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 3 2 40
3 5 78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet 7 3 40
4 13 9 Sam Hornish Jr. Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 14 4 40
5 11 25 Chase Elliott Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 8 5 40
6 5 3 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 4 6 40
7 15 6 Trevor Bayne Roush Fenway Racing Ford 17 7 40
8 14 51 Justin Allgaier HScott Motorsports Chevrolet 12 8 40
9 8 10 Danica Patrick Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 10 9 40
10 9 13 Casey Mears Germain Racing Chevrolet 11 10 40
11 3 55 David Ragan Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 5 11 40
12 10 95 Michael McDowell Leavine Family Racing Ford 13 12 40
13 17 38 David Gilliland Front Row Motorsports Ford 18 13 40
14 23 35 Cole Whitt Front Row Motorsports Ford 21 14 40
15 21 83 Matt DiBenedetto (R) BK Racing Toyota 19 15 40
16 22 26 Jeb Burton (R) BK Racing Toyota 23 16 40
17 19 98 Josh Wise Phil Parsons Racing Ford 17 40 40
18 24 23 J. J. Yeley BK Racing Toyota 22 18 40
19 26 30 Jeff Green The Motorsports Group Chevrolet 24 19 40
20 28 33 Alex Kennedy (R) Hillman-Circle Sport LLC Chevrolet 25 20 40
21 29 66 Tanner Berryhill (R) Premium Motorsports Chevrolet 27 21 38
22 27 62 Brendan Gaughan Premium Motorsports Chevrolet 26 22 38
23 12 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford 9 23 39
24 6 42 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 6 24 38
25 25 46 Michael Annett HScott Motorsports Chevrolet 28 26 34
26 16 7 Alex Bowman Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet 15 26 22
27 20 40 Landon Cassill Hillman-Circle Sport LLC Chevrolet 16 27 20
28 18 32 Mike Bliss Go FAS Racing Ford 29 28 6
29 2 16 Greg Biffle Roush Fenway Racing Ford 1 DNS 20

Qualifying (All-Star Race)[edit]

Denny Hamlin won the pole for the All-Star Race with a cumulative time of 1:51.227 and a speed of 145.648 mph (234.398 km/h).[18] Like the Kansas race the previous week, the qualifying session started on Fox News Channel, due to a Major League Baseball game running long, the qualifying session went on Fox Sports 1 13 minutes later.

All-Star Race qualifying results[edit]

Pos No. Driver Team Manufacturer Time Speed
1 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 1:51.227 145.648
2 16 Greg Biffle Roush Fenway Racing Ford 1:52.000 144.643
3 2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford 1:52.228 144.349
4 15 Clint Bowyer Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 1:52.300 144.256
5 5 Kasey Kahne Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 1:52.794 143.625
6 10 Danica Patrick[N 1] Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 1:52.893 143.499
7 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 1:53.121 143.209
8 43 Aric Almirola Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 1:53.220 143.084
9 24 Jeff Gordon Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 1:53.223 143.080
10 19 Carl Edwards Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 1:53.382 142.880
11 22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford 1:53.664 142.525
12 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 1:53.706 142.473
13 47 A. J. Allmendinger JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 1:53.764 142.400
14 1 Jamie McMurray Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 1:54.024 142.075
15 14 Tony Stewart Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 1:54.144 141.926
16 41 Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 1:54.934 140.950
17 20 Matt Kenseth Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 1:55.578 140.165
18 31 Ryan Newman Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 1:57.880 137.428
19 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 2:00.466 134.748
20 4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 2:04.769 129.840

All-Star Race[edit]

Segment 1[edit]

The Sprint All-Star Race was scheduled to start at 9:16 p.m., but started at 9:42 p.m. when Denny Hamlin led the field to the green flag. He jumped to a lead of two seconds over Kasey Kahne in five laps. But by lap 10, Kahne has cut the gap to half a second. He finally passed Hamlin on the outside in turn 2 to take the lead on lap 16. Exiting turn 4, Greg Biffle slapped the wall with five laps to go in segment 1. He slammed the wall a second time in the final lap of the first segment. The first caution of the race flew on lap 26 to complete the first segment.[19] While pitting in the first four segments is optional, all the cars opted to pit at the end of the first segment. Brad Keselowski exited pit road with the lead. To add to Biffle's woes, he was tagged for speeding on pit road and restarted the race from the tail-end of the field. The effect, however, was moot because he was already last in the running order.[20]

Segment 2[edit]

The race restarted on lap 26. Dale Earnhardt Jr. spun the tires on the restart and just dropped like a rock down the running order. Kurt Busch got underneath Keselowski to briefly take the lead on lap 34. Keselowski would take back the lead the next lap. Busch attempted to go by him the next lap, but got loose exiting turn 2 and lost ground to him. While Kurt reeled in Brad down to three tenths of a second, Keselowski would cross the line first in the second segment.[21] The second caution of the race flew to end segment 2. Once again, all the cars opted to pit under the caution. This time, Jamie McMurray left with the lead. Greg Biffle, Kyle Busch and Denny Hamlin were all tagged for speeding on pit road and restarted the race from the tail-end of the field.[20]

Segment 3[edit]

The race restarted on lap 51. McMurray didn't get a good start and was about spun out by Joey Logano. This allowed teammate Brad Keselowski to retake the lead. Danica Patrick took her car to the garage on lap 60 after the left-front hub of her car burned out.[22] Kyle Busch made an unscheduled stop for a tire vibration on lap 63. The culprit was a loose left-rear wheel. Kevin Harvick made a charge at the lead, but Brad Keselowski was able to lead the entire third segment as the third caution of the race flew to conclude segment 3.[23] Everybody pitted under this caution. Matt Kenseth exited with the lead. Greg Biffle and Tony Stewart were tagged for speeding on pit road and Dale Earnhardt Jr. was tagged for his crew being over the wall too soon. All three restarted the race from the tail-end of the field.[20]

Segment 4[edit]

Denny Hamlin, seen here at the 2015 Daytona 500, scored the victory in the Sprint All-Star Race.

The race restarted on lap 76. Denny Hamlin beat his teammate to take the lead on lap 77. He, however, was no match on two tires to Kurt Busch on four who took the lead on lap 78. He would hold the lead to the conclusion of the fourth segment as the fourth caution of the race flew.[24] Brad Keselowski led the field down pit road for the mandatory four tire pit stop. Denny Hamlin exited with the lead. Carl Edwards and Brad Keselowski were tagged for speeding on pit road and restarted the race from the tail-end of the field.[20]

10 laps to go[edit]

The race restarted with 10 laps to go. While Hamlin was unable to pull away from the field as had been the norm in the last few years, he was able to hold off a hard charging Kevin Harvick to score the victory in the Sprint All-Star Race.[25] It was the fifth straight year that the winner of the race restarted either first or second in the final 10 laps.[26] "In the middle part of the race, I thought we were out to lunch," Hamlin said. "With 50 (laps) to go, I didn’t see this coming. But the pit crew knocked it out of the park – a primetime, under-pressure performance that won us the race. Then, we had to hold off the "4" (Harvick), which we haven’t been able to do the last two years. Everything came together perfectly for that last 10 laps."[27] Jeff Gordon finished fourth in his 22nd and final All-Star Race.[28] Kyle Busch finished sixth in his first Sprint Cup Series race since Homestead last November.[29] "I felt like I got of the car after 100 laps and I'm fine," Busch said. "Am I going to die out after 200 or 300? I don't know, but the plan is to the full distance."[29] After restarting the race from the tail-end of the field, Brad Keselowski worked his way to a ninth-place finish.[30]

All-Star Race results[edit]

Pos Grid No. Driver Team Manufacturer Segment Laps
1 2 3 4 5
1 1 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 2 8 13 3 1 110
2 20 4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 10 6 2 2 2 110
3 16 41 Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 5 2 3 1 3 110
4 9 24 Jeff Gordon Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 6 3 6 7 4 110
5 17 20 Matt Kenseth Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 13 9 7 10 5 110
6 19 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 14 7 19 9 6 110
7 5 5 Kasey Kahne Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 1 5 5 5 7 110
8 11 22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford 7 4 4 16 8 110
9 3 2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford 4 1 1 4 9 110
10 7 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 3 12 16 14 10 110
11 13 47 A. J. Allmendinger JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 16 10 12 8 11 110
12 4 15 Clint Bowyer Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 11 11 10 19 12 110
13 2 16 Greg Biffle Roush Fenway Racing Ford 8 20 17 17 13 110
14 8 43 Aric Almirola Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 18 19 18 18 14 110
15 12 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 9 13 9 12 15 110
16 14 1 Jamie McMurray Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 12 14 11 15 16 110
17 10 19 Carl Edwards Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 15 17 8 6 17 110
18 18 31 Ryan Newman Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 19 18 17 11 18 110
19 15 14 Tony Stewart Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 20 15 14 13 19 110
20 6 10 Danica Patrick Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 17 16 20 20 20 78

Media[edit]

Television[edit]

Fox Sports covered their 15th All-Star Race. Mike Joy, Larry McReynolds and 1985 race winner Darrell Waltrip had the call in the booth for the race. Jamie Little, Chris Neville and Matt Yocum handled the pit road duties for the television side. Like Kansas, coverage was briefly moved to FOX News Channel due to MLB Coverage on Fox Sports 1 running long. This time, FOX News Channel broadcast the first few cars of qualifying. Once the MLB Game ended, both channels briefly simulcasted Qualifying until Kasey Kahne qualified. Coverage then switched to Fox Sports 1.

Fox Sports 1
Booth announcers Pit reporters
Lap-by-lap: Mike Joy
Color-commentator: Larry McReynolds
Color commentator: Darrell Waltrip
Jamie Little
Chris Neville
Matt Yocum

Radio[edit]

MRN has carried the All-Star Race since 1985 and had the radio call for the race, which was simulcast on Sirius XM NASCAR Radio. Joe Moore, Jeff Striegle and 1989 race winner Rusty Wallace called the race in the booth when the field was racing down the front stretch. Dave Moody called the race from a scaffold outside of turn 2 when the field was racing through turns 1 and 2. Kyle Rickey called the race from a billboard outside of turn 3 when the field was racing through turns 3 and 4. Alex Hayden, Winston Kelley and Steve Post worked pit road for MRN.

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

Note[edit]

  1. ^ Danica Patrick changed engines after practice and started the race from the rear of the field.

References[edit]

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