2012 Daytona 500
|Race 1 of 36 in the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season|
|Date||February 27–28, 2012|
|Location||Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, Florida|
|Course||Permanent racing facility
2.5 mi (4.02336 km)
|Distance||202 laps, 505 mi (812.718 km)|
|Scheduled Distance||200 laps, 500 mi (804.672 km)|
|Weather||Temperatures as low as 62.6 °F (17.0 °C); wind speeds approaching 12 miles per hour (19 km/h)|
|Average speed||140.256 miles per hour (225.720 km/h)|
|Driver||Roush Fenway Racing|
|Qualifying race winners|
|Duel 1 Winner||Tony Stewart||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|Duel 2 Winner||Matt Kenseth||Roush Fenway Racing|
|Most laps led|
|Driver||Denny Hamlin||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|No. 17||Matt Kenseth||Roush Fenway Racing|
|Television in the United States|
|Announcers||Mike Joy, Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReynolds|
The 2012 Daytona 500 was a stock car race and the first round of the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. It was held between February 27–28, 2012 at the Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, Florida, before a crowd of 140,000 and was the 54th running of the Daytona 500. The 202-lap race was won by Matt Kenseth of the Roush Fenway Racing team. It was Kenseth's first win of the season and his second Daytona 500 victory; Dale Earnhardt Jr. finished second and Greg Biffle came in third.
The race was scheduled for February 26 but heavy rain caused it to be postponed until the next day. When it got underway at 7:02 p.m. EST, pole position driver Carl Edwards was immediately passed by Biffle before the first turn, and held it until he was passed by David Ragan on lap eleven. Denny Hamlin took over the lead after a second caution period and would lead the race for a total of 57 laps, during which Biffle also led. Matt Kenseth assumed the first place on lap 146 and maintained it until a seventh caution twelve laps later. The race was stopped for two hours after Juan Pablo Montoya struck a jet dryer, causing fuel to seep onto the track and erupted in flames. Kenseth regained the first position at the restart and maintained it to win.
Ten cautions were issued during the race, which saw twenty-five lead by ten different drivers. The result meant Kenseth led the Drivers' Championship with 47 points, five points ahead of Earnardt Jr, Biffle and Hamlin. Burton followed in fifth on 41 points. In the Manufacturers' Championship, Ford led with nine points, three ahead of Chevrolet in second. Toyota followed in third place on four points, with Dodge one point behind in fourth, with thirty-five races remaining in the season. The race attracted 13.69 million television viewers.
Daytona International Speedway is one of six superspeedways to hold NASCAR races; the others are Michigan International Speedway, Auto Club Speedway, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Pocono Raceway and Talladega Superspeedway. Its standard track is a four-turn, 2.5-mile (4.0 km) superspeedway. Daytona's turns are banked at 31 degrees, and the front stretch (the location of the finish line) is banked at 18 degrees. Trevor Bayne was the race's defending champion.
The Daytona 500 was conceived by NASCAR founder Bill France Sr. who had built the Daytona International Speedway. The race was first contested in 1959 and is the successor of shorter races held on the beaches in the Daytona Beach, Florida area. The race has been the opening round of the NASCAR season since 1982, and from 1988 onwards, it is been one of four events that requires cars to run restrictor plates. The race is often regarded as the most prestigious in NASCAR because it offers the most prize money to the winner. The race is often known as the "Great American Race" or the "Super Bowl of Stock Car Racing."
On February 20, 2011, NASCAR vice president of operations Steve O'Donnell announced that the 2012 Daytona 500 would be moved forward to the final Sunday of February from its traditional Washington's Birthday weekend slot. The decision was based on the possibility that there would be an extended NFL schedule and the Daytona 500 would be moved away from potential conflicts with the Super Bowl. The effect that this gave was the NASCAR season was shortened by one week and it planned to maintain momentum during the early part of the year.
After the two-car style draft (also called tandem racing) dominated races held on restrictor plate tracks during 2011, NASCAR reduced the size of the radiators from five liters to two liters and the air intakes were moved towards the car's fascia section. Also, the size of the restrictor plate was reduced by 1/64-inch with the cars required to run with softer springs and a smaller rear spoiler. The changes were aimed to reduced the effectiveness of two-car style drafting and make the cars more challenging to turn. Sprint Cup Series director John Darby stated, "We want to be able to give the teams more options when it comes to drafting and we want to be able to reduce the difference in the speeds between the tandem style of racing and more of the pack style of racing that the fans are accustomed to seeing."
In preparation for the race, NASCAR held several test sessions on January 12–14, 2012. Every test session began at 9 a.m. EST, stopped at 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. EST, and concluded at 5:00 p.m. EST. During the first session on the morning of January 12, thirty-one drivers participated, and Jeff Gordon was quickest with a speed of 192.773 miles per hour (310.238 km/h), while Kyle Busch had the highest speed of 202.402 miles per hour (325.734 km/h) during the second session in the afternoon. On the second day, NASCAR allowed for drivers to draft in packs to see how the cars would react. During the third session on the morning of January 13, where thirty-two drivers took part, Martin Truex Jr. and Clint Bowyer were both quickest with a speed of 204.722 miles per hour (329.468 km/h), and Kurt Busch recorded the fastest speed of 206.058 miles per hour (331.618 km/h); in the fourth session held in the afternoon. Ryan Newman and Casey Mears decided to leave after the session. During the fifth session, held on the morning on January 14, thirty drivers took part, with Kasey Kahne and Gordon were both quickest with a speed of 201.545 miles per hour (324.355 km/h). After the session, Danica Patrick, Tony Stewart, Kurt Busch and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. left the circuit after the session and NASCAR moved the pressure value up to 25 psi. Gordon was fastest in the sixth and final session held in the afternoon, with a speed of 200.562 miles per hour (322.773 km/h).
After some cars experienced overheating engines when driving in packs during the 2012 Budweiser Shootout, NASCAR increased the engine's pressure release values from 25 to 28 pounds per square inch to help reduce the occurrence of overheating and alleviate effects of driving in warmer temperatures.
Practice and qualifying
Seven practice sessions were held before the race. The first two held on February 18 and ran for 120 and 105 minutes each. The next two on February 22 were for a shortened 90 minutes each. Two days later, two more practice sessions were scheduled, which both ran for 60 minutes. The final practice session was held on February 25 and ran for 60 minutes. Greg Biffle was fastest with a time of 46.537 seconds in the first session, 0.011 seconds faster than Marcos Ambrose. Jeff Gordon (with a time of 46.596 seconds) was third, with Bayne, Paul Menard and Dale Earnhardt Jr. in the next three positions. Stewart, Matt Kenseth, Aric Almirola and Carl Edwards rounded out the top ten fastest drivers in the session. In the second practice session, Biffle remained fastest with a time of 46.574 seconds, with Bayne 0.021 seconds slower than Biffle's lap time. Truex Jr. was third quickest, ahead of Stewart and Mark Martin. Menard with sixth fastest with a time of 46.632 seconds. Edwards, Ambrose, Gordon and A.J. Allmendinger completed the top ten ahead of qualifying.
Forty-nine cars were entered for qualifying, but only 43 raced per NASCAR's qualifying procedure. Unlike most races during the season, the qualifying session only determined the first two positions, while the rest of the drivers qualified by the 2012 Gatorade Duels. Edwards clinched his eleventh pole position of his career, his first in the Daytona 500, with a time of 46.216 seconds. The time had the fastest recorded average speed since Jeff Gordon's pole lap in the 1999 event. He was joined on the front row of the grid by teammate Biffle. Bowyer who recorded the 22nd fastest time, had his car twice fail the post-race inspection for height sticks and was required to start at the rear of the field in the second Gatorade Duel race. Once the qualifying session was completed, Edwards commented, "It's huge to start this year for us and this company with the run today. This is the result of a lot of hard work this offseason and we are now ready to focus on how to win this Daytona 500."
Kenseth was quickest in the third practice session, with a time of 44.809 seconds. Bayne was second quickest with a lap only 0.009 seconds slower. Stenhouse Jr (who set a time of 44.849 seconds) was third fastest, ahead of Ambrose and Martin. Clint Bowyer, Michael McDowell, Kevin Harvick were in the next three positions. Menard and Kahne followed in the top ten. During the session, Brad Keselowski slowed to avoid Newman which caused Bowyer to turn into Keselowski, sending him spinning into the grass on the backstretch. Keselowski's car had sustained minor damage which meant he was not required to use his back-up car as mechanics were able to repair the damage. Almirola led fourth practice (where 25 drivers took part) with a lap of 45.065 seconds, nearly one-tenth of a second faster than David Stremme. David Ragan was third ahead of Robert Richardson Jr. and Biffle. During the session (where drivers ran in packs and drafted off each other), Juan Pablo Montoya made contact with Kahne, who was sent spinning into the grass on the frontstretch which caused parts of his car's nose to be torn off. Kahne was required to use his back-up car for the rest of Speedweeks. Stewart and Kenseth were the winners of the Gatorade Duels. The qualifying grid was finalised with Earnhardt Jr. in third and Ambrose fourth. Mears, Gordon, Truex Jr., Stenhouse Jr., Bayne and Stewart completed the top ten. The drivers that failed to qualify were Michael Waltrip, Richardson Jr., Bill Elliott, Mike Wallace, Kenny Wallace and J.J. Yeley.
Edwards was fastest in fifth practice with a 45.301 seconds lap, one-thousand of a second in front of Almirola. Ambrose (who set a lap of 46.067) was third quickest, ahead of Montoya and Biffle. Kahne and Gordon were sixth and seventh quickest, within one second of Edwards' time. Kyle Busch led the sixth session ahead of Joey Logano and Kurt Busch. Denny Hamlin was next with a 45.204 seconds lap ahead of Stewart who set a lap of 45.308 seconds. David Gilliland's lap of 44.969 seconds topped the final practice session, followed by Bayne and Stenhouse Jr. Almirola and Jeff Gordon rounded out the top five drivers, claiming the fourth and fifth positions respectively.
The 2012 Daytona 500 was the first race of the season, and was televised live in the United States on Fox. The race was due to start at 1:00 p.m. EST, but heavy rain hit the track and NASCAR officials had to delay the race until the afternoon of February 27; this made the event the first Daytona 500 to be postponed. Further rain throughout most of February 27, caused the race to start at 7:02 p.m. EST, making it the first race to start in primetime. Pastor Sonny Gallman of Central Baptist Church in Daytona began the pre-race ceremonies with an invocation. Daytona Beach resident Melisa TenBroeck performed the national anthem, and Wood Brothers Racing co-founder Leonard Wood gave the command for the drivers to start their engines. During the pace laps, Kahne, Patrick, Paul Menard and Gilliland had to move to the rear of the grid because they had switched to their backup cars and Kurt Busch because he had changed his car's engine.
At the start of the race, weather conditions were cloudy with the air temperature at 69 °F (21 °C). Biffle accelerated faster than teammate Edwards off the line, leading him at the first turn. At the start of lap two a multi-car collision going into turn one, was triggered by Sadler making contact with Johnson in the tri-oval and was sent spinning sideways and caught Patrick, Kurt Busch, Ragan and Bayne. The incident triggered the first caution of the race and the pace car. Johnson and Ragan were forced to retire, but Patrick, Bayne and Kurt Busch managed to drive back to their garages for repairs. The race restarted on lap seven, with Biffle leading Kenseth. On the eleventh lap, Smith had moved into the lead position; one lap later Biffle moved back into the lead in turn three with aid from teammate Edwards. On lap 13, Newman looped his car on the backstretch without making contact with the wall; a second caution was issued, during which the leaders, including Biffle, made pit stops. Menard and Hamlin (who both opted not to pit) led the field back up to speed at the restart; by the end of the lap Hamiln had the lead. Hamiln began to pull away from the rest of the field, with Menard in his tow as the leaders began to run in single file. After starting the race in 26th, Truex Jr. had moved up eighteen positions to eighth by lap 21, and Bowyer had moved up twenty positions to be running in tenth.
Biffle tried to pass Truex Jr. for seventh in turn one on the 23rd lap but Truex Jr. managed to keep the position. Both drivers continued to battle for the next two laps. By lap 25, Hamlin continued to lead with Menard, Ragan, Logano, Jeff Burton, Ambrose and Truex Jr. in the top seven positions. Bayne rejoined the race on lap 37. On lap 44, Burton, with assistance from Biffle, moved into the lead on the outside of the exit of turn two. Hamlin, who had dropped to third, attempted a passing manoveuvre around the outside for the lead one lap later but dropped to sixth. Green flag pit stops began on lap 56; most of the leaders, including Burton, pitted on lap 59. Gordon obtained the lead after the pit cycle had ended on lap 61 and began to pull away from Burton. Three laps later, debris was reported in turn two, triggering the third caution. Some drivers, including Gordon, opted to pit for fuel during the caution. Burton led the field at the restart, followed by Biffle, Ambrose, Truex Jr. and Kyle Busch. Biffle passed Burton for the lead in turn one, with Ambrose getting into second by turn three. Burton had dropped to sixth position by lap 76. Truex Jr. had moved ahead of Biffle around the outside for the lead on the same lap. Biffle reclaimed the lead momentarily on lap 78 but Truex Jr. retained the first position. Three laps later, the fourth caution of the race was prompted when Jeff Gordon's engine blew up going into turn three and flames temporarily appeared from his car. Most of the drivers, including Truex Jr., made pit stops under caution
Terry Labonte chose not to pit and led the field at the lap 86 restart, followed by Biffle; Biffle reclaimed the lead one lap later. Ambrose made contact with Terry Labonte coming off the fourth turn on lap 88 and rested at the side of the pit road; the race's fifth caution was issued. Some drivers chose to pit under caution. The race restarted on lap 92 with Biffle leading from Ambrose and Truex Jr. Eight laps later, Truex Jr., assisted by Hamlin, passed Biffle going into the third turn to take the lead and earned $200,000 for leading at the half-way point. On the 102nd lap, Stewart took over the lead on the backstretch before Hamlin went underneath him betweens turns three and four to relaim the first position. Two laps later, Truex Jr. had moved back into second place. By lap 110, pole position driver Edwards was running in 21st and was reporting fluctations in his car's fuel pressure. Bowyer started to slow on lap 127 from running out of fuel and could not go to pit road because of two faster cars blocking his entry. He coasted on the side of the track before stopping at turn two, triggering the sixth caution on the 129th lap. Most of the leaders, including Hamlin, pitted under caution.
Martin led the field up to speed at the restart on lap 132 and was followed by Smith and Biffle. On the next lap, Biffle (with aid from Hamlin) passed Martin for the lead going into the third turn. Biffle lost the lead with Hamlin passed him on lap 138; five laps later his teammate Logano took over first place. Kenseth carried extra momentum and drove to the high side of the fourth turn to take the lead from Logano on the 145th lap. Two laps later, Earnhardt Jr. moved into second after passing Logano. Stremme's engine failed on lap 157 and he spun in front of a small pack of traffic, causing the seventh caution. The leaders, which included Kenseth, made pit stops and some for two tires. Under caution, Montoya (who returned to the track after his pit stop) was driving at racing speed to catch up to the pace car, when a trailing arm broke on his car at turn three where two jet dryers were clearing debris. He lost control and skidded up the banking and collided with a trailer-mounted jet engine (filled with 200 gallons of kerosene), destroying it and rupturing the fuel tank, which started leaking fuel down the track. Seconds after Terry Labonte drove over the stream, a spark caused the fuel to burn, creating a wall of fire across the width of the track. The resulting conflagration caused a red flag to be shown.
Over the course of two hours, NASCAR officials cleaned and repatched the track. Montoya climbed out of his car all on his own power, but the driver of the safety truck, 52-year old Duane Barnes had to be assisted down the banking. Montoya and Barnes were taken to the nearby Halifax Medical Center for examination. Keselowski gained a large amount of attention during the suspension when he got out an iPhone from his pocket and took a picture of the accident scene which he posted to Twitter. Dave Blaney and Landon Cassill were the leaders prior to the red flag having not pitted under caution. Edwards and Kyle Busch removed tear-offs from their windshields and were required to go to the back of the field. The race got underway under caution at 11:57 p.m. EST. Mears ran out of fuel at turn two and had to be pushed to pit road by the recovery truck. Blaney and Cassill pitted for fuel, allowing Kenseth to become the leader for the lap 166 restart. He was ahead of teammate Biffle and Earnhardt Jr. in third and maintained the lead for the next ten laps. On lap 176, the eighth caution was issued after Mears made contact with Almirola. Almirola managed to regain control of his car, but Mears went into the side of Ambrose. The restart was delayed for one lap due to Logano moving to the back of the field for failing to maintain car speed. Kenseth led the field at the lap 182 restart, followed by Biffle. Five laps later, a second multi-car collision occurred on the frontstretch after Jamie McMurray cut a tire, veered off, and collided with Kahne. This started a chain-reaction accident involving Edwards, Stewart, Almirola, Keselowski and Smith. Earnhardt and Stewart sustained minor damage to their cars.
The race restarted on lap 194, with Kenseth once again leading. As the cars again were running single file, a third multi-car collision on the backstraightaway collected seventeen cars including Stewart, Blaney, Stenhouse Jr, Cassill, Kyle Busch and Ryan Newman. At the lap 201 start, for a green–white–checker finish (extending the race to 202 laps) with Kenseth leading Biffle, Hamlin, Earnhardt Jr. and Burton. Kenseth managed to withstand pressure from Biffle and Earnhardt Jr. over the final two laps and crossed the finish line on lap 202 to win his second Daytona 500. Biffle weaved on the backstretch to block Earnhardt Jr. but the Hendrick Motorsports driver passed Biffle at the finish for second. Hamlin finshed fourth, and Burton was fifth. Menard, Harvick, Edwards, Logano and Martin completed the top ten finishers.
Kenseth appeared in victory lane to celebrate his first victory of the season; the win earned him $1,588,887. Kenseth's victory was the 300th for his team Roush Fenway Racing in all three major series of NASCAR. Following his win, he described his feelings, "It feels great. I wasn’t expecting to win when I woke up this morning. It feels good to be sitting here.”, and, "I think the 16 (Biffle) had one of the strongest cars all week, and ours was right there as well. It took a long time to get to the front, but like Thursday, once we were in the front it was hard for anyone to get locked on to you." Earnhardt Jr., who finished in second place, said, "We couldn't ever get to Matt. I kind of waited until the last minute. I thought it was a great race. I want to thank the fans for sticking around on a Monday night and everyone who tuned in at home. Sorry about the delay and everything." Biffle, who took third, said, "We had a great speed weeks. Coming out of here with a third place finish is really exciting for us."
Much of the media attention was towards the crash of Montoya into the jet dryer under the race's seventh caution. Montoya expressed his surprise over his crash, "I've hit a lot of things — but a jet dryer?". He also revealed that his helmet was singed in the fire and suffered from foot ache. NASCAR President Mike Helton was also surprised over the incident, "You would think after 65 years and running all the races that NASCAR has run ... that you've seen about everything. You do think about, 'Oh, my gosh, if that can happen, what else can happen?" Barnes (who works in the Maintenance Department of the Michigan International Speedways and is from Addison, Michigan) thanked the fans and Montoya for their concerns. Keselowski was not fined by NASCAR for tweeting and was allowed to keep his iPhone in his pocket for the remainer of the season. Later in the week, track officials conducted a more thorough analysis of the track in turn three and determined the damage was worse than originally thought. A second patch job was conducted for the track's upcoming Daytona Bike Week events in March. After the conclusion of bike week activities, the affected area in turn three was completely removed and resurfaced by Lane Construction, the same company that resurfaced the entire track prior to the 2011 Daytona 500. Repairs were completed in time for the Coke Zero 400 in July. From the Subway Fresh Fit 500 onward, NASCAR required that an additional pace car would be behind the last jet dryer on track in all three national series and jet dryer drivers were allowed to wear helmets and fire suits for extra protection.
Two days after the race, one team were given penalties: Hendrick Motorsports for Johnson's car. Their penalty, for "actions detrimental to stock car racing", for unapproved car body modifications, a part of the car modified to enhance aerodyanmic performance (Johnson's car was found to have issues with its c-pillars during a February 17 inspection), included a $100,000 fine and a six-race suspension for crew chief Chad Knaus and car chief Ron Malec and the loss of 25 owner and driver points for Jeff Gordon and Johnson. Both Knaus and Malec were placed on probation until May 9, 2012 and suspended from NASCAR until April 18, 2012. Speed analyst and former driver Kyle Petty thought that the penalties went too far, stating that the car was never raced and questioned why NASCAR issued the penalties. Hendrick Motorsports immediately announced it would appeal the decision; Knaus and Malec were allowed to work with the team during the appeal. The team lost the initial appeal on March 13, which caused them to make a final appeal to NASCAR National Commissioner John Middlebrook. As a result of the final appeal held on March 20, Knaus and Malec's six-race suspension was lifted while the points penalties to Johnson and Jeff Gordon were rescinded; however, the $100,000 fine administered to Knaus was upheld.
As this was the first race of the season, Kenseth led the Drivers' Championship with 47 points, followed by Earnhardt Jr., Biffle and Hamlin who were all tied for second on 42 points. Burton followed in fifth on 40 points. Meanwhile, in the Manufacturers' Championship, Ford became the leader with nine points. Chevrolet were in second with six points. Toyota followed in third place with four points, one point ahead of Dodge in fourth. The race had a television auidence of 13.69 million viewers.
|1||99||Carl Edwards||Roush Fenway Racing||Ford||Pole Winner||1|
|2||16||Greg Biffle||Roush Fenway Racing||Ford||Outside Pole Winner||2|
|3||14||Tony Stewart||Stewart-Haas Racing||Chevrolet||Duel Race 1 Winner||3|
|4||17||Matt Kenseth||Roush Fenway Racing||Ford||Duel Race 2 Winner||4|
|5||88||Dale Earnhardt Jr.||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||5|
|6||78||Regan Smith||Furniture Row Racing||Chevrolet||6|
|7||9||Marcos Ambrose||Richard Petty Motorsports||Ford||7|
|8||48||Jimmie Johnson||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||8|
|9||31||Jeff Burton||Richard Childress Racing||Chevrolet||9|
|10||33||Elliott Sadler||Richard Childress Racing||Chevrolet||10|
|11||98||Michael McDowell||Phil Parsons Racing||Ford||Duel Race 1 transfer||11|
|12||20||Joey Logano||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||12|
|13||29||Kevin Harvick||Richard Childress Racing||Chevrolet||13|
|14||18||Kyle Busch||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||14|
|15||22||A. J. Allmendinger||Penske Racing||Dodge||15|
|16||24||Jeff Gordon||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||16|
|17||7||Robby Gordon||Robby Gordon Motorsports||Dodge||Duel Race 1 transfer||17|
|18||39||Ryan Newman||Stewart-Haas Racing||Chevrolet||18|
|19||1||Jamie McMurray||Earnhardt Ganassi Racing||Chevrolet||19|
|20||5||Kasey Kahne||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||20|
|21||6||Ricky Stenhouse Jr.||Roush Fenway Racing||Ford||21|
|22||55||Mark Martin||Michael Waltrip Racing||Toyota||22|
|23||2||Brad Keselowski||Penske Racing||Dodge||23|
|24||36||Dave Blaney||Tommy Baldwin Racing||Chevrolet||Duel Race 2 transfer||24|
|25||34||David Ragan||Front Row Motorsports||Ford||25|
|26||56||Martin Truex Jr.||Michael Waltrip Racing||Toyota||26|
|27||43||Aric Almirola||Richard Petty Motorsports||Ford||27|
|28||51||Kurt Busch||Phoenix Racing||Chevrolet||421|
|29||10||Danica Patrick||Tommy Baldwin Racing||Chevrolet||371|
|30||15||Clint Bowyer||Michael Waltrip Racing||Toyota||28|
|31||11||Denny Hamlin||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||29|
|32||47||Bobby Labonte||JTG Daugherty Racing||Toyota||30|
|33||38||David Gilliland||Front Row Motorsports||Ford||391|
|34||87||Joe Nemechek||NEMCO Motorsports||Toyota||Duel Race 2 transfer||32|
|35||42||Juan Pablo Montoya||Earnhardt Ganassi Racing||Chevrolet||411|
|36||13||Casey Mears||Germain Racing||Ford||34|
|37||27||Paul Menard||Richard Childress Racing||Chevrolet||431|
|38||93||David Reutimann||BK Racing||Toyota||36|
|39||83||Landon Cassill||BK Racing||Toyota||31|
|40||21||Trevor Bayne||Wood Brothers Racing||Ford||Speed – 193.615||38|
|41||26||Tony Raines||Front Row Motorsports||Ford||Speed – 192.534||33|
|42||30||David Stremme||Inception Motorsports||Toyota||Speed – 191.963||40|
|43||32||Terry Labonte||FAS Lane Racing||Ford||Champion's Provisional||35|
|44||09||Kenny Wallace||RAB Racing||Toyota||Speed – 191.567|
|45||40||Michael Waltrip||Hillman Racing||Toyota||Speed – 191.180|
|46||97||Bill Elliott||NEMCO Motorsports||Toyota||Speed – 189.950|
|47||37||Mike Wallace||Rick Ware Racing||Ford||Speed – 189.853|
|48||23||Robert Richardson Jr.||R3 Motorsports||Toyota||Speed – 188.438|
|49||49||J. J. Yeley||Robinson-Blakeney Racing||Toyota||Speed – 187.954|
1 Car moved to the back of the grid for going to a backup car (#10, #27, #38, #42), changing engines (#51).
|1||4||17||Matt Kenseth||Roush Fenway Racing||Ford||202||50||47|
|2||5||88||Dale Earnhardt Jr.||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||202||0||42|
|3||2||16||Greg Biffle||Roush Fenway Racing||Ford||202||43||42|
|4||31||11||Denny Hamlin||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||202||57||42|
|5||9||31||Jeff Burton||Richard Childress Racing||Chevrolet||202||24||40|
|6||37||27||Paul Menard||Richard Childress Racing||Chevrolet||202||2||39|
|7||13||29||Kevin Harvick||Richard Childress Racing||Chevrolet||202||0||37|
|8||1||99||Carl Edwards||Roush Fenway Racing||Ford||202||0||36|
|9||12||20||Joey Logano||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||202||2||36|
|10||22||55||Mark Martin||Michael Waltrip Racing||Toyota||202||2||35|
|11||30||15||Clint Bowyer||Michael Waltrip Racing||Toyota||202||0||33|
|12||26||56||Martin Truex Jr.||Michael Waltrip Racing||Toyota||202||8||33|
|13||7||9||Marcos Ambrose||Richard Petty Motorsports||Ford||202||0||31|
|14||32||47||Bobby Labonte||JTG Daugherty Racing||Toyota||202||0||30|
|15||24||36||Dave Blaney||Tommy Baldwin Racing||Chevrolet||202||6||30|
|16||3||14||Tony Stewart||Stewart-Haas Racing||Chevrolet||202||2||29|
|17||14||18||Kyle Busch||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||202||0||27|
|18||43||32||Terry Labonte||FAS Lane Racing||Ford||202||3||27|
|19||41||26||Tony Raines||Front Row Motorsports||Ford||202||0||25|
|20||21||6||Ricky Stenhouse Jr.||Roush Fenway Racing||Ford||202||0||–|
|21||18||39||Ryan Newman||Stewart-Haas Racing||Chevrolet||202||0||23|
|22||39||83||Landon Cassill||BK Racing||Toyota||202||0||22|
|23||33||38||David Gilliland||Front Row Motorsports||Ford||201||0||21|
|24||6||78||Regan Smith||Furniture Row Racing||Chevrolet||200||2||21|
|25||36||13||Casey Mears||Germain Racing||Ford||199||0||19|
|26||38||93||David Reutimann||BK Racing||Toyota||196||0||18|
|27||10||33||Elliott Sadler||Richard Childress Racing||Chevrolet||196||0||–|
|28||34||87||Joe Nemechek||NEMCO Motorsports||Toyota||194||0||–|
|29||20||5||Kasey Kahne||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||189||0||15|
|30||11||98||Michael McDowell||Phil Parsons Racing||Ford||189||0||14|
|31||19||1||Jamie McMurray||Earnhardt Ganassi Racing||Chevrolet||188||0||13|
|32||23||2||Brad Keselowski||Penske Racing||Dodge||187||0||12|
|33||27||43||Aric Almirola||Richard Petty Motorsports||Ford||187||0||11|
|34||15||22||A. J. Allmendinger||Penske Racing||Dodge||177||0||10|
|35||40||21||Trevor Bayne||Wood Brothers Racing||Ford||164||0||–|
|36||35||42||Juan Pablo Montoya||Earnhardt Ganassi Racing||Chevrolet||159||0||8|
|37||42||30||David Stremme||Inception Motorsports||Toyota||156||0||7|
|38||29||10||Danica Patrick||Tommy Baldwin Racing||Chevrolet||138||0||–|
|39||28||51||Kurt Busch||Phoenix Racing||Chevrolet||113||0||5|
|40||16||24||Jeff Gordon||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||81||1||5|
|41||17||7||Robby Gordon||Robby Gordon Motorsports||Dodge||25||0||3|
|42||8||48||Jimmie Johnson||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||1||0||2|
|43||25||34||David Ragan||Front Row Motorsports||Ford||1||0||1|
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