2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series

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2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
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Kyle Busch, the 2015 Sprint Cup Series champion
Kevin Harvick, finished 1 point behind Kyle Busch in second place
Jeff Gordon, who retired from full-time racing after the season, finished 5 points behind Kyle Busch in third place
Martin Truex Jr., finished 11 points behind Kyle Busch in fourth place

The 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series was the 67th season of professional stock car racing in the United States and the 44th modern-era Cup season. The season began at Daytona International Speedway with the Sprint Unlimited exhibition race, the Budweiser Duels, and the Daytona 500. The season ended with the Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Kyle Busch won the championship, despite missing the first third of the season due to severe leg injuries suffered in an Xfinity Series race at Daytona. Busch also became the first Toyota driver to win a Cup championship.[1] Despite almost running the full season, Brett Moffitt was named Rookie of the Year.

The season also marked the first season of a new television contract. During the season, races were televised in the United States on Fox, Fox Sports 1, NBC, and NBCSN. ESPN and Turner Sports, who televised races from 2007 to 2014, did not seek to renew their contracts NASCAR following the completion of the 2014 season; this marked the end of a 31-year relationship between NASCAR and Turner's primary stations, TBS and TNT. In addition, it was the first season on the newly rebranded Fox Sports Racing in Canada and the Caribbean.

On January 22, 2015, four-time champion Jeff Gordon announced that 2015 would be his final season as a full-time driver, but he did not rule out complete retirement. Chase Elliott replaced him in the No. 24 car for Hendrick Motorsports in 2016.

Teams and drivers[edit]

Complete schedule[edit]

There were 43 full-time teams in 2015.

Manufacturer Team No. Race driver Crew chief
Chevrolet Chip Ganassi Racing 1 Jamie McMurray Matt McCall[2]
42 Kyle Larson 35[3] Chris Heroy
Regan Smith 1[4]
Furniture Row Racing 78 Martin Truex Jr. Cole Pearn[5]
Germain Racing 13 Casey Mears[6] Bootie Barker
Hendrick Motorsports 5 Kasey Kahne[7] Keith Rodden[8]
24 Jeff Gordon Alan Gustafson
48 Jimmie Johnson[9] Chad Knaus[10]
88 Dale Earnhardt, Jr.[11] Greg Ives[12]
HScott Motorsports 46 Michael Annett[13] Jay Guy[14]
51 Justin Allgaier[15] Steve Addington
JTG Daugherty Racing 47 A. J. Allmendinger Brian Burns[16]
Richard Childress Racing 3 Austin Dillon Gil Martin 15
Slugger Labbe 21[17]
27 Paul Menard[18] Justin Alexander
31 Ryan Newman Luke Lambert 30
Todd Parrott 6
33 Ty Dillon 5[19][20] Todd Parrott 9
Mike Chance 1
Slugger Labbe 6
Pat Tryson 6
Gil Martin 1
Paul Clapprood 13
Brian Scott 10[21]
Hillman-Circle Sport LLC Michael Annett 1[22][N 1]
Alex Kennedy (R) 13
Derek White 1
Travis Kvapil 2
Mike Bliss 2
B. J. McLeod 1
Ryan Ellis 1
40 Landon Cassill[23] Mark Hillman
Stewart-Haas Racing 4 Kevin Harvick[24] Rodney Childers
10 Danica Patrick Daniel Knost[25]
14 Tony Stewart Chad Johnston
41 Regan Smith 3[26] Tony Gibson[27]
Kurt Busch 33
Tommy Baldwin Racing 7 Alex Bowman[28] Kevin Manion 10
Tommy Baldwin Jr. 26[29]
Ford Front Row Motorsports 34 David Ragan 1[30] Derrick Finley
Joe Nemechek 1[31]
Brett Moffitt (R) 25[32]
Chris Buescher 6[33]
Reed Sorenson 1
Justin Marks 1
Josh Wise 1
35 Cole Whitt[30] Randy Cox[30]
38 David Gilliland[34] Donnie Wingo[34]
Go FAS Racing 32 Bobby Labonte 4[35][N 2] Clinton Cram
Mike Bliss 10[36]
Joey Gase 4[37]
Travis Kvapil 2[38]
Boris Said 2[39]
Will Kimmel 2[40]
Eddie MacDonald 1
Josh Wise 8[41]
Jeffrey Earnhardt 2
Kyle Fowler 1
Richard Petty Motorsports 9 Sam Hornish, Jr.[42] Drew Blickensderfer 10
Kevin Manion 26[43]
43 Aric Almirola[44] Trent Owens
Roush Fenway Racing 6 Trevor Bayne[45] Bob Osborne[46]
16 Greg Biffle[47] Matt Puccia[46]
17 Ricky Stenhouse, Jr.[47] Nick Sandler[46]
Team Penske 2 Brad Keselowski[48] Paul Wolfe
22 Joey Logano Todd Gordon
Toyota BK Racing 23 J. J. Yeley 24[49][50] Joe Williams35
Patrick Donahue1
Jeb Burton 12 (R)
26 Jeb Burton 24 (R)[51] Patrick Donahue35
Joe Williams 1
J. J. Yeley 11
Josh Wise 1
83 Johnny Sauter 1[52] Doug Richert 28
Gene Nead 8
Matt DiBenedetto (R) 35[53]
Joe Gibbs Racing 11 Denny Hamlin Dave Rogers[54]
18 Matt Crafton 1[55] Adam Stevens[54]
David Ragan 9[56]
Erik Jones 1[57]
Kyle Busch 25
19 Carl Edwards[58] Darian Grubb[54]
20 Matt Kenseth 34[59] Jason Ratcliff[54]
Erik Jones 2
Michael Waltrip Racing 15 Clint Bowyer Brian Pattie 16
Billy Scott 18
Dax Gerringer 2 [60]
55 Michael Waltrip 2[61] Billy Scott 15
Brian Pattie 20
Dax Gerringer 1[60]
Brett Moffitt (R) 6
Brian Vickers 2[61]
David Ragan 26[62]
Chevrolet 7
Ford 28
Phil Parsons Racing 11
Premium Motorsports 25
98 Josh Wise 18[63][64] Gene Nead 20
Jay Robinson 1
Scott Eggleston 4
Zach McGowan10
Timmy Hill 6
Reed Sorenson 5
T. J. Bell 1
Ryan Preece 5[65]
Toyota Michael Waltrip Racing Michael Waltrip 1 Bobby Kennedy
Chevrolet 30
Ford 4
Toyota 2
Premium Motorsports 62 Brian Scott 1[66][N 3] Slugger Labbe 1
Zach McGowan 7
Scott Eggleston 14
Wayne Carroll 14
Brendan Gaughan 16[67]
Reed Sorenson 8
Timmy Hill 10
T. J. Bell 1

Limited schedule[edit]

Manufacturer Team No. Race driver Crew chief Round(s)
Chevrolet Hendrick Motorsports 25 Chase Elliott[68] Kenny Francis 5
Hillman-Circle Sport LLC 39 Travis Kvapil Mike Chance 2
Team XTREME Racing 44 Reed Sorenson[69] Peter Sospenzo 1
Travis Kvapil 3
The Motorsports Group 30 Ron Hornaday Jr.[70] Pat Tryson 2
Dave Fuge 11
4
Jeff Green 3
Travis Kvapil 5
Josh Wise 1
Ford Leavine Family Racing 95 Michael McDowell[71] Wally Rogers 14
Kevin Walter 6
20
Wood Brothers Racing 21 Ryan Blaney[72] Jeremy Bullins[73] 19
Toyota
RAB Racing 29 Justin Marks[74] Matthew Lucas 1
Reed Sorenson 3
Premium Motorsports 66 Mike Wallace[75] Scott Eggleston 1
Chevrolet 2
Tanner Berryhill (R) 1

Changes[edit]

Teams[edit]

Drivers[edit]

Crew chiefs[edit]

Schedule[edit]

The final calendar was released on August 26, 2014,[77] comprising 36 races, as well as two exhibition races. The schedule also includes two Budweiser Duels, which are the qualifying races for the Daytona 500.

Key changes from 2014 include:

  • The Bojangles' Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway, which traditionally ran on Labor Day Weekend until 2003, returned to its traditional spot in the schedule in 2015.[78]
  • The race at Atlanta Motor Speedway moved to the second race of the season, while the spring race at Bristol Motor Speedway (often plagued by bad weather) moved from March to April. This created a three-race "west coast swing" for the third through fifth races of the season, wherein the events at Las Vegas, Phoenix and Auto Club (Fontana) now happened consecutively (as opposed to being broken up by a trip back east to Bristol).
  • The Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway moved to Sunday night at the request of NBC for the re-launch of its coverage. This also removed a conflict with an Independence Day fireworks special traditionally aired by the network.[79][80][81]
  • A third off-week is added in between the Irwin Tools Night Race at Bristol and the Bojangles' Southern 500 due to the calendar.
  • The second off-week has been moved to late-June between the Michigan and Sonoma races instead of the usual late-July break between New Hampshire and Indianapolis. This is to accommodate a Fox scheduling conflict where the U.S. Open and the FIFA Women's World Cup Round of 16 are on the same weekend.
  • Charlotte and Kansas swap Chase race dates.
  • The mandate of standardized start times was quietly abolished, with some races (especially in the second half of the season) occurring later in the afternoon than normal.[82]
No. Race title Track Date TV Time
Sprint Unlimited Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach February 14 Fox 8:30 p.m.
Budweiser Duels February 19 FS1 7:15 p.m. (Duel 1)
9:15 p.m. (Duel 2)
1 Daytona 500 February 22 Fox 1:30 p.m.
2 Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 Atlanta Motor Speedway, Hampton March 1 Fox 2:00 p.m.
3 Kobalt 400 Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Las Vegas March 8 Fox 3:45 p.m.
4 CampingWorld.com 500 Phoenix International Raceway, Avondale March 15 Fox 3:45 p.m.
5 Auto Club 400 Auto Club Speedway, Fontana March 22 Fox 3:45 p.m.
6 STP 500 Martinsville Speedway, Ridgeway March 29 FS1 1:15 p.m.
7 Duck Commander 500 Texas Motor Speedway, Fort Worth April 11 Fox 7:45 p.m.
8 Food City 500 Bristol Motor Speedway, Bristol April 19 Fox
FS1
2:30 p.m. (Fox)
7:00 p.m. (FS1)
9 Toyota Owners 400 Richmond International Raceway, Richmond April 26† Fox 1:15 p.m.
10 GEICO 500 Talladega Superspeedway, Lincoln May 3 Fox 1:15 p.m.
11 SpongeBob SquarePants 400 Kansas Speedway, Kansas City May 9 FS1
FNC
7:30 p.m.
Sprint Showdown Charlotte Motor Speedway, Concord May 15 FS1 7:15 p.m.
NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race May 16 FS1 9:30 p.m.
12 Coca-Cola 600 May 24 Fox 6:15 p.m.
13 FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks Dover International Speedway, Dover May 31 FS1 1:15 p.m.
14 Axalta "We Paint Winners" 400 Pocono Raceway, Long Pond June 7 FS1 1:15 p.m.
15 Quicken Loans 400 Michigan International Speedway, Brooklyn June 14 FS1 1:00 p.m.
16 Toyota/Save Mart 350 Sonoma Raceway, Sonoma June 28 FS1 3:15 p.m.
17 Coke Zero 400 Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach July 5 NBC 11:30 p.m.
18 Quaker State 400 Kentucky Speedway, Sparta July 11 NBCSN 7:45 p.m.
19 5-hour Energy 301 New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Loudon July 19 NBCSN 1:30 p.m.
20 Crown Royal Presents the Jeff Kyle 400 Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Speedway July 26 NBCSN 3:30 p.m.
21 Windows 10 400 Pocono Raceway, Long Pond August 2 NBCSN 1:45 p.m.
22 Cheez-It 355 at The Glen Watkins Glen International, Watkins Glen August 9 NBCSN 2:15 p.m.
23 Pure Michigan 400 Michigan International Speedway, Brooklyn August 16 NBCSN 2:45 p.m.
24 Irwin Tools Night Race Bristol Motor Speedway, Bristol August 22 NBCSN 7:45 p.m.
25 Bojangles' Southern 500 Darlington Raceway, Darlington September 6 NBC 7:15 p.m.
26 Federated Auto Parts 400 Richmond International Raceway, Richmond September 12 NBCSN 7:45 p.m.
Chase for the Sprint Cup
Challenger Round
27 myAFibRisk.com 400 Chicagoland Speedway, Joliet September 20 NBCSN 3:15 p.m.
28 Sylvania 300 New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Loudon September 27 NBCSN 2:15 p.m.
29 AAA 400 Dover International Speedway, Dover October 4 NBCSN 2:45 p.m.
Contender Round
30 Bank of America 500 Charlotte Motor Speedway, Concord October 11† NBC
NBCSN
12:30 p.m.
31 Hollywood Casino 400 Kansas Speedway, Kansas City October 18 NBC 2:30 p.m.
32 CampingWorld.com 500 Talladega Superspeedway, Lincoln October 25 NBCSN 2:30 p.m.
Eliminator Round
33 Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500 Martinsville Speedway, Ridgeway November 1 NBCSN 1:15 p.m.
34 AAA Texas 500 Texas Motor Speedway, Fort Worth November 8 NBC 2:15 p.m.
35 Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500 Phoenix International Raceway, Avondale November 15 NBC
NBCSN
9:15 p.m.
Championship
36 Ford EcoBoost 400 Homestead-Miami Speedway, Homestead November 22 NBC 5:15 p.m.
†: The Toyota Owners 400 and Bank of America 500 were postponed a day because of persistent rain.[83]

Rule changes[edit]

Pre-season[edit]

Sources:[84][85][86]

  • Private testing is banned starting at the conclusion of the 2014 season. Testing will only be permitted during NASCAR and Goodyear sanctioned tests. Further, there was not a pre-season test at Daytona in 2015. A violation of this rule will be a P6 penalty.
  • Only drivers licensed and approved for Sprint Cup competition will be permitted to participate in tire testing.
  • At road courses, it is now permissible to run qualifying and race sessions under wet-weather conditions. Goodyear will supply wet-weather tires for use in Sprint Cup competition and teams will be required to bring cars with windshield wipers, defoggers, and wet-weather racing capabilities.
  • Tapered spacers will be installed in the engines to reduce horsepower from 850 to 725.
  • Flat valve lifters will be replaced with roller valve lifters.
  • Lower differential gear ratios (higher gears) will also be mandated targeting a reduction from a 9,500 rpm max to a 9,000 rpm max.
  • Rear spoiler height will be reduced from 8 inches to 6 inches.
  • Teams will have the option of installing a driver adjustable track bar.
  • The radiator pan will be decreased from 43 inches to 38 inches.
  • The minimum weight of the car has been reduced by 50 lb to 3,250 lb.
  • NASCAR has approved a new brake caliper system for 2015 and issued a new parts approval process.
  • Teams are not allowed to alter the side skirts of their cars during the race. At tracks where aerodynamics were important in 2014, many teams would pull the side bodywork of the car during early pit stops. The practice, officially known as vertical rocker panel extensions, was used to limit airflow underneath the vehicle.
  • An automated electronic pit road officiating system will be implemented after extensive testing during the 2014 Chase, eliminating the need for human officials to stand in the pit lane.
  • If a vehicle has to pit outside its assigned pit box and the crew starts removing tire(s), the team can reinstall the tire(s) before moving the car back into its assigned pit stall to avoid penalties.
  • Additional crew member(s) assisting from an adjacent pit box may be counted towards the limit of seven over the wall.
  • Crew member interference with other teams' pit stops may lead to a penalty.
  • Rules with refueling have been clarified. Refueling can begin once the car comes to a complete stop and can continue when it starts leaving provided equipment and/or the fueler does not leave the pit box. Further, no equipment may be tossed or thrown over the wall at any time.
  • Weight ballasts must be in block form with a five-pound minimum for each block.
  • NASCAR no longer will penalize or monitor missing lug nuts during pit stops, leaving the teams to self-police lug nuts.
  • Qualifying session length times will be shortened. At short tracks and intermediates, the three sessions will be 15 minutes, 10 minutes, and 5 minutes in length. Road courses will consist of a 25-minute and a 10-minute session. Restrictor plate qualifying will consist of three 5-minute sessions as was used at the fall 2014 Talladega race.
  • NASCAR will use an electronic data log and capture system to increase efficiency of pre-race inspections.

In-season changes[edit]

  • Following disastrous crashes at Daytona 500 qualifying, NASCAR implemented a single-car two round qualifying system for restrictor plate races. In round 1, each car goes out one at a time for one warm-up, one timed, and one cool down lap. NASCAR will release the next car to begin their lap while the current car is finishing their timed lap with the goal to have the next car start their timed lap no more than 20 seconds after the previous car finishes. The top 12 cars from round 1 will make a second run in the same format to determine the starting lineup for positions 1–12, with positions 13–43 (as well as any DNQs) determined by round 1 result.
  • In an effort to increase competition, NASCAR made rule changes specific to the races at Kentucky, Darlington, Indianapolis, and the August Michigan race.[87]
    • Kentucky and Darlington ran a lower downforce package, featuring a shorter spoiler (reduced from 6 inches to 3.5 inches in height for Kentucky, reduced further to 3 in for Darlington), a shorter splitter (reduced by 1.25 inches at Kentucky and 0.25 inches at Darlington), and a shorter radiator pan (reduced from 38 in to 25 in for both races).
    • Indianapolis and the August Michigan race ran a high drag package, featuring a taller spoiler (9 in. height vertically with a 1 in wicker bill on the top of the spoiler), a 43 in radiator pan, and a 2 in spoiler extension. After complaints of overheating at the Indianapolis event, NASCAR mandated additional cooling holes in the right side window for the Michigan event. Due to concerns about drafting at these events, NASCAR also implemented the single-car qualifying system used at restrictor plate events for these two events.
    • Goodyear was unable to change their tire compounds in time for Kentucky, Indianapolis, and Michigan, but was able to bring a softer tire to complement the package to the Darlington event. After the Darlington event, NASCAR and its teams suggested a similar package to that used at Darlington would be used for the majority of 2016 races.[88]
  • Starting at Watkins Glen, teams have the option of using a digital dashboard. The dashboards will be heavily regulated by NASCAR as to what can and cannot be displayed. The first team to use the digital dashboard was Kurt Busch at Darlington. The digital dashboards will be mandated in 2016.[89][90]
  • Starting at the fall Richmond race, NASCAR began to closely review restarts due to drivers jumping the restart.
  • On October 20, 2015, NASCAR announced that they will reduce the number of green-white-checkered attempts from 3 attempts to 1 starting at the Chase race at Talladega. This rule will only be used for races at Daytona and Talladega. This led to the addition of the "overtime line" starting in 2016 at all tracks.

Season summary[edit]

Race reports[edit]

Speedweeks 2015

Speedweeks 2015 started with the Sprint Unlimited. Matt Kenseth won the Sprint Unlimited ahead of Martin Truex, Jr. and Carl Edwards in a crash-filled race that saw only 12 of 25 cars finish the race. Following the race, tension arose between Kevin Harvick and Joey Logano over how Logano was racing Harvick in the later part of the race.[91]

Qualifying for the front row of the Daytona 500 took place the following day. Jeff Gordon won the pole for his 23rd and final Daytona 500. His teammate Jimmie Johnson joined him on the front row by qualifying second. Group qualifying was used for the first time, and a multicar crash occurred from Reed Sorenson and Clint Bowyer making contact, which also involved Bobby Labonte, J.J. Yeley, and Denny Hamlin.[92]

The following Thursday, the Budweiser Duels took place to set the remainder of the starting lineup for the Daytona 500. The first duel race was won by Dale Earnhardt, Jr., who held off pole-sitter Gordon to take the win.[93] The second duel race was won by Johnson from the pole. During the race, an incident occurred between Hamlin and Danica Patrick which resulted in a confrontation between the two following the race.[94]

The Friday before the Daytona 500, Kurt Busch was indefinitely suspended by NASCAR following possible charges of domestic violence against his former girlfriend Patricia Driscoll. Regan Smith would replace Kurt Busch in the Daytona 500.[95] The day before the race, Kurt's younger brother Kyle Busch broke his right leg and fractured his left foot in an accident in the Alert Today Florida 300 Xfinity Series race where he hit a wall without a SAFER barrier. Matt Crafton replaced Kyle Busch for the Daytona 500, making his Cup debut.[96]

Round 1: Daytona 500

Joey Logano celebrates winning the Daytona 500.

Jeff Gordon started on the pole and led the most laps, but was involved in a late wreck.[97] Another wreck occurred on lap 41 involving Tony Stewart and Matt Kenseth.[98] Brad Keselowski lost an engine with 40 laps to go and caused Jamie McMurray and Ryan Newman to collide with each other.[99] Joey Logano would score his first Daytona 500 win on a two lap dash to the finish.[97]

Round 2: Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500

After a delayed start due to rain, Joey Logano led the field to green. Kevin Harvick dominated the first half of the race but would end up finishing second. Jeff Gordon was involved in a multicar accident with Denny Hamlin, Jamie McMurray, and Ryan Newman.[100] Gordon had hit a wall without a SAFER barrier and pointed the issue out to NASCAR.[101] Jimmie Johnson would go on to win the race.[100]

Round 3: Kobalt 400

Jeff Gordon won the pole but started from the rear in a backup car. Gordon drove to the front but was collected in a wreck with Jeb Burton after Jimmie Johnson got into the wall. Late in the race, Dale Earnhardt, Jr. took 2 tires on pit road while Kevin Harvick would take 4 tires. Harvick was able to get around Earnhardt, Jr. and score the win.[102]

Round 4: CampingWorld.com 500

Kevin Harvick started on the pole and dominated the race to score his second straight victory and his fourth straight win at Phoenix. Harvick was followed by Jamie McMurray, Ryan Newman, Kasey Kahne, and Kurt Busch. Kurt Busch made his return to NASCAR following a three-race suspension.[103]

Round 5: Auto Club 400

Kurt Busch was on the pole and dominated the race. During a green-white-checker finish, Brad Keselowski was able to get around Kurt Busch on the last lap and score the win. Kurt Busch finished third, having been passed by Kevin Harvick for second. Harvick brought his streak of finishing first or second up to eight races dating back to the previous season.[104]

Round 6: STP 500

Joey Logano started from the pole. Denny Hamlin would come back from a pit road penalty for an uncontrolled tire and score his fifth win at Martinsville, finishing ahead of Brad Keselowski, Logano, Matt Kenseth, and David Ragan. Kevin Harvick finished eighth, ending his streak of top-two finishes. Chase Elliott made his Cup debut, finishing 38th after being involved in a wreck.[105] Kyle Larson missed the race after fainting during an autograph signing the day prior and was replaced by Regan Smith.[106]

Round 7: Duck Commander 500

Kurt Busch sat on the pole. Jimmie Johnson would pass Jamie McMurray and Kevin Harvick on the final restart with 20 laps to go to score his second win of the season and his fifth win at Texas. Johnson was followed by Harvick, Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Joey Logano, and Brad Keselowski.[107]

Round 8: Food City 500

Matt Kenseth celebrating his win in the Food City 500

Matt Kenseth started the race on the pole. The race was red flagged 22 laps in due to rain.[108] During the red flag, Denny Hamlin would be unable to continue in the race due to neck spasms and would be replaced by Erik Jones, who made his unofficial Cup debut.[109] After the race resumed, Kevin Harvick would go on and lead the most laps but would be collected in a wreck with David Ragan that was triggered after Jimmie Johnson and Jeb Burton got into each other.[110] Kenseth would win the race in a green-white-checker finish following a red flag from more rain.[111]

Round 9: Toyota Owners 400

The race was supposed to be held Saturday night but was postponed until Sunday afternoon due to rain. Joey Logano started from the pole position. Kurt Busch took the lead from Logano after a competition caution and dominated the race, scoring the win. Kurt Busch was followed by Kevin Harvick, Jimmie Johnson, Jamie McMurray, and Logano.[112]

Round 10: GEICO 500

Jeff Gordon won the pole for the race, with qualifying using single car runs instead of group qualifying.[113] The race saw multicar accidents including one on lap 47 that collected 15 cars and a spin by Carl Edwards on the final lap. Dale Earnhardt, Jr. would win the race ahead of Jimmie Johnson, scoring his sixth win at Talladega.[114]

Round 11: SpongeBob SquarePants 400

Joey Logano started the race from the pole. The race was red flagged on lap 98 due to rain. Martin Truex, Jr. led the most laps but had to make a late pit stop for fuel, which gave the lead to Jimmie Johnson. Johnson would go on to score his third victory of the season, finishing ahead of Kevin Harvick and Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Erik Jones made his official Cup debut and ran up front until he hit the wall with 73 laps to go.[115]

Exhibition: NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race

In the Sprint Showdown held the day prior, Greg Biffle won the first segment while Clint Bowyer won the second segment in order to advance to the Sprint All-Star Race. Danica Patrick would win the fan vote in order to participate in the Sprint All-Star Race.[116]

Denny Hamlin started the race on the pole. Kasey Kahne would pass Hamlin for the lead and win the first segment. Brad Keselowski would hold the lead throughout the second and third segments. Kurt Busch would take the lead in the fourth segment. After mandatory pit stops, Hamlin would lead the final 10 laps in the fifth segment and win the Sprint All-Star Race. Kyle Busch made his return to NASCAR following the injuries he sustained in the Xfinity Series race at Daytona.[117]

Round 12: Coca-Cola 600

Matt Kenseth started the race from the pole. Jimmie Johnson spun twice during the race, with the second occurrence involving him hitting the pit wall and ending his race. Kurt Busch and Martin Truex, Jr. had the strongest cars, but Carl Edwards was able to stretch his fuel mileage at the end of the race and score his first win with Joe Gibbs Racing. Edwards was followed by Greg Biffle, Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Kenseth, and Truex, Jr.[118]

Round 13: FedEx 400

Martin Truex, Jr. leads the FedEx 400 at Dover International Speedway in May

Denny Hamlin won the pole for the race. Martin Truex, Jr. led the most laps, with Jimmie Johnson and Kevin Harvick also leading laps throughout the race. After multiple late cautions and a green-white-checker finish, Johnson was able to win the race, his fourth win of the season and tenth at Dover. Johnson became one of five drivers to have at least ten wins at a single track.[119]

Round 14: Axalta "We Paint Winners" 400

Kurt Busch was on the pole position. Martin Truex, Jr. led the most laps for the fourth straight race and went on to score his first win of the season and his first victory since 2013. Truex, Jr. was followed by Kevin Harvick, Jimmie Johnson, Joey Logano, and Kurt Busch.[120]

Round 15: Quicken Loans 400

Kasey Kahne started the race from the pole. The race saw four red flags due to rain. During the race, Kevin Harvick fell two laps down after a flat tire and Kyle Busch finished last after hitting the wall. After the fourth red flag, the race was called and Kurt Busch was awarded the win, his second of the season. The remainder of the top five included Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Martin Truex, Jr., Matt Kenseth, and Joey Logano.[121]

Round 16: Toyota/Save Mart 350

Kyle Busch celebrates his victory in the Toyota/Save Mart 350

A. J. Allmendinger started on the pole but would finish 37th after an issue with the fuel system on his car. Jimmie Johnson led the most laps in the race. On a late caution on lap 100, Kyle Busch pitted for four tires while Johnson stayed out. Kyle Busch was able to get around Johnson and score his first win of the season. Kurt Busch finished the race in second, making it the first time the Busch brothers both finished in the top two in a race.[122]

Round 17: Coke Zero 400

Dale Earnhardt, Jr. started the race from pole after qualifying was rained out and the field set by practice speeds. The start of the race was delayed four hours by rain, running early into the following Monday. Several multicar accidents occurred throughout the race. Earnhardt, Jr. dominated the race and took the win in a green-white-checker finish as "The Big One" happened at the finish line, resulting in Austin Dillon flying into the catchfence. Dillon was uninjured in the wreck save for some bruises.[123]

Round 18: Quaker State 400

Kyle Larson was on the pole after qualifying was rained out. The race saw the debut of a new rules package that reduced the downforce of the cars, which allowed for more side-by-side racing and passing. Kyle Busch dominated the race and got by Joey Logano with 19 laps remaining to score his second win of the season. Logano finished second, followed by Joe Gibbs Racing drivers Denny Hamlin, Carl Edwards, and Matt Kenseth. All four Joe Gibbs Racing drivers finished the race in the top five led by Kyle Busch.[124]

Round 19: 5-hour Energy 301

The 5-hour Energy 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in July

Carl Edwards started the race on the pole. Brad Keselowski went on to lead the most laps in the race. Kyle Busch made a pit stop under green flag conditions shortly before a caution came out. The leaders pitted, while Kyle Busch took over the race lead and went on for his second straight win and third of the season. Kyle Busch was followed by Keselowski, Kevin Harvick, Joey Logano, and Dale Earnhardt, Jr.[125]

Round 20: Brickyard 400

Carl Edwards won the pole for the race.[126] The race featured a higher drag rules package intended to increase passing and drafting. Jeff Gordon was caught up in a wreck with Clint Bowyer, ending his chance to win his final Brickyard 400. Kyle Busch passed Kevin Harvick on a restart with 8 laps left in the race and was able to survive two restarts, including a green-white-checker finish, to win the race. This was Kyle Busch's third straight win and fourth in the past five races, moving him closer to the top 30 in points, which he needed to be in to be eligible for the Chase. Kyle Busch also completed a weekend sweep as he won the Xfinity Series race the day before. Joey Logano finished in second, followed by Harvick, Martin Truex, Jr., and Denny Hamlin.[127]

Round 21: Windows 10 400

Kyle Busch started the race from the pole position. Early in the race, Kasey Kahne hit the pit road wall and Kevin Harvick blew an engine. Toward the end of the race, several drivers gambled on fuel mileage. Joey Logano was leading but ran out of fuel with two laps to go. Kyle Busch took the lead and came to the white flag, but ran out of fuel on the final lap. Matt Kenseth was able to pass Kyle Busch and take the win, his second win of the season.[128]

Round 22: Cheez-It 355 at The Glen

A. J. Allmendinger started on the pole, but his day was plagued with a poor-handling car and his engine shutting off and not refiring on lap 51. Several wrecks and incidents happened throughout the race. Toward the end of the race, Kevin Harvick was leading but stretching his fuel mileage. Harvick ran out of fuel on the final turn and was passed by Joey Logano for the win. Logano completed a weekend sweep as he won the preceding day's Xfinity Series race. Kyle Busch passed Harvick for second and cracked the top 30 in points. Harvick ended up finishing the race in third.[129]

Round 23: Pure Michigan 400

Matt Kenseth dominated the race by winning the pole, leading the most laps, and scoring his third win of the season. Kenseth was followed by Kevin Harvick, Martin Truex, Jr., Austin Dillon (who had a career-best finish), and Denny Hamlin. During the race, Clint Bowyer was spun by Ryan Newman and hit the walls while Jimmie Johnson cut a tire and had multiple pit road issues.[130]

Round 24: Irwin Tools Night Race

Joey Logano celebrates winning the Irwin Tools Night Race.

Denny Hamlin started from the pole position. During the race, several incidents occurred, such as Matt Kenseth losing an engine and Kyle Larson hitting the wall. Drivers also had issues on pit road throughout the race. Joey Logano held off Kevin Harvick in the closing laps and won the race, his third of the season and second consecutive in the summer Bristol race.[131]

Round 25: Bojangles' Southern 500

Brad Keselowski began the race from the pole. The race utilized the low downforce package. In addition, to celebrate the return of Darlington to Labor Day weekend, several drivers ran throwback paint schemes. The race saw a record 18 cautions, including several single car spins, and saw a lot of battles for position. Carl Edwards came back from two laps down to battle Keselowski and Kevin Harvick for the lead. After a late caution, Edwards got the lead on pit road and went on to win his second race of the season. The top five was rounded out by Keselowski, Denny Hamlin, Joey Logano, and Harvick.[132]

Round 26: Federated Auto Parts 400

In the last race before the Chase for the Sprint Cup, Joey Logano started from the pole. The four Joe Gibbs Racing cars ran strong throughout the race, with all four cars in the top four spots at one point. Matt Kenseth led the most laps and went on to his fourth win of the season. Kenseth was followed by Kyle Busch, Logano, Aric Almirola, and Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Despite the fourth-place finish, Almirola was the first driver below the cutoff line for the Chase.[133]

Round 27: myAFibRisk.com 400

For the first race in the Challenger Round of the Chase for the Sprint Cup, Kevin Harvick was awarded the pole after qualifying was rained out. Denny Hamlin was involved in a spin on lap 2 but worked his way back to the front. On a restart, Chase contenders Jimmie Johnson and Kevin Harvick made contact, with Harvick cutting a tire and hitting the wall to finish 42nd. On a late caution, Hamlin opted to stay out while most of the leaders came to pit road. Hamlin was able to get the lead on the restart and win the race, his second of the season and securing a spot in the next round of the Chase. After the race, Harvick confronted Johnson and attempted to shove him before he was restrained.[134]

Round 28: Sylvania 300

Carl Edwards was on the pole position. During the race, Chase contenders had trouble including Kyle Busch, who hit the wall after cutting a tire, and Brad Keselowski, who was black flagged for jumping a restart. Kevin Harvick dominated the race and led the most laps but was trying to save fuel to make it to the finish. Harvick ran out of fuel with 3 laps to go and Matt Kenseth passed him to win the race, his fifth win of the season that would advance him to the next round of the Chase.[135]

Round 29: AAA 400

Kyle Busch leads the AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway in October

For the final race in the Challenger Round, Matt Kenseth started the race on the pole as both practice and qualifying were rained out and he was the points leader.[136] Kevin Harvick dominated the race and went on to win his third race of the season. With the win, Harvick was able to advance to the next round of the Chase as he was in a must-win situation following his poor finishes at Chicagoland and New Hampshire. Jimmie Johnson broke a rear axle on lap 100 and spent time in the garage for repairs, finishing 41st. Following the race, Jamie McMurray, Johnson, Paul Menard, and Clint Bowyer were eliminated from the Chase.[137]

Round 30: Bank of America 500

This race marked the beginning of the Contender Round of the Chase. The race was planned to be run on Saturday night but was postponed to Sunday afternoon because of rain. Matt Kenseth led the field to the green flag and was strong in the early part of the race. Kenseth would later fall back and hit the wall multiple times, ending the race in 42nd. Kyle Busch and Kyle Larson had a collision coming to pit road under caution. Dale Earnhardt, Jr. got into the wall and fell off the lead lap. Joey Logano dominated the later part of the race and went on to score the win, advancing to the Eliminator Round.[138]

Round 31: Hollywood Casino 400

Brad Keselowski started the race from the pole. During the race, Dale Earnhardt, Jr. struggled with a loose wheel. Matt Kenseth led the most laps in the race. In the closing laps, Joey Logano caught up to Kenseth and battled him for the win. With 4 laps to go, Logano spun Kenseth, setting up a green-white-checker finish. Logano continued on and won his second straight race, putting Kenseth into a must-win situation at Talladega to advance. Kenseth felt that Logano was wrong for spinning him.[139]

Round 32: CampingWorld.com 500 at Talladega

Joey Logano celebrates winning the CampingWorld.com 500 at Talladega

For the final race in the Contender Round, Jeff Gordon won the pole position. For this race, NASCAR announced that there would only be one attempt at a green-white-checker finish instead of the usual three. During the race, Denny Hamlin had a loose roof escape hatch door and was forced to make repairs, putting him off the lead lap. Dale Earnhardt, Jr. had a strong car and was contending with Joey Logano for the win late in the race. The race went to a green-white-checker finish after Jamie McMurray blew an engine. On the attempted restart, Jimmie Johnson and Kyle Larson wrecked and the restart was waved off. On the restart, Kevin Harvick was losing an engine and caused a large wreck, resulting in the race to end under caution. NASCAR had determined that Logano was ahead of Earnhardt, Jr. at the moment the caution came out, and Logano was declared the winner, sweeping all three races in the Contender Round. Hamlin, Ryan Newman, Earnhardt, Jr., and Matt Kenseth were the four drivers eliminated from the Chase.[140]

Round 33: Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500

This race kicked off the Eliminator Round of the Chase. Joey Logano started the race from the pole and would dominate most of the race.[141] With 66 laps to go, Chase contenders Brad Keselowski and Kurt Busch along with Matt Kenseth were involved in a wreck.[142] Following this, Kenseth, who was laps down, intentionally wrecked race leader Logano on lap 454 as revenge for the incident at Kansas two weeks prior.[143] After Logano was wrecked, Jeff Gordon would take the lead and continue on to win the race ahead of Jamie McMurray. With the win, Jeff Gordon would become one of the four drivers to race for the championship at Homestead, doing so in his final career race.[141] Following the race, Kenseth would be suspended for two races for intentionally wrecking Logano, with Erik Jones replacing Kenseth for those two races.[144]

Round 34: AAA Texas 500

Brad Keselowski started on pole and led 312 of the 334 laps in the race. Chase contender Joey Logano spun from a cut tire 10 laps into the race and suffered major damage to his car, forcing him into a must-win situation at Phoenix. A number of other drivers suffered tire issues in the race including Chase contender Kevin Harvick. In the final laps of the race, Jimmie Johnson battled Keselowski for the lead, passing him with 3 laps to go. Johnson went on to win the race, his sixth win at Texas. Keselowski finished in second, followed by Harvick, Kyle Busch, and Carl Edwards.[145]

Round 35: Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500

In the final race of the Eliminator Round, Jimmie Johnson started from the pole. The start of the race was delayed by rain. Kevin Harvick dominated most of the race.[146] During a round of green flag pit stops, the caution came out for a wreck involving Joey Gase. At the moment of caution, Dale Earnhardt, Jr. was determined to be the leader. During the caution, it started to rain and the race was eventually red flagged. The race never resumed and Earnhardt, Jr. was declared the winner.[147] Following the race, Jeff Gordon, Kyle Busch, Harvick, and Martin Truex, Jr. advanced to race for a championship at Homestead while Carl Edwards, Joey Logano, Brad Keselowski, and Kurt Busch were eliminated from the Chase.[146]

Round 36: Ford EcoBoost 400

Denny Hamlin started the race from the pole position, while championship contenders Kyle Busch started 3rd, Jeff Gordon 5th, Martin Truex, Jr. 11th, and Kevin Harvick 13th.[148] Through most of the race, Kyle Busch ran ahead of the other three championship contenders.[149] Brad Keselowski led the most laps and held the lead going toward the end of the race when a debris caution came out, with the leaders coming to pit road. On the restart, Kyle Busch and Harvick got around Keselowski.[150] Kyle Busch held off Harvick to win both the race and the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup championship.[149]

Results and standings[edit]

Races[edit]

No. Race Pole position Most laps led Winning driver Manufacturer Report
Sprint Unlimited Menard, PaulPaul Menard Truex, Jr., MartinMartin Truex, Jr. Kenseth, MattMatt Kenseth Toyota Report
Budweiser Duel 1 Gordon, JeffJeff Gordon Kenseth, MattMatt Kenseth Earnhardt, Jr., DaleDale Earnhardt, Jr. Chevrolet Report
Budweiser Duel 2 Johnson, JimmieJimmie Johnson Johnson, JimmieJimmie Johnson Johnson, JimmieJimmie Johnson Chevrolet
1 Daytona 500 Gordon, JeffJeff Gordon Gordon, JeffJeff Gordon Logano, JoeyJoey Logano Ford Report
2 Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 Logano, JoeyJoey Logano Harvick, KevinKevin Harvick Johnson, JimmieJimmie Johnson Chevrolet Report
3 Kobalt 400 Gordon, JeffJeff Gordon Harvick, KevinKevin Harvick Harvick, KevinKevin Harvick Chevrolet Report
4 CampingWorld.com 500 Harvick, KevinKevin Harvick Harvick, KevinKevin Harvick Harvick, KevinKevin Harvick Chevrolet Report
5 Auto Club 400 Busch, KurtKurt Busch Busch, KurtKurt Busch Keselowski, BradBrad Keselowski Ford Report
6 STP 500 Logano, JoeyJoey Logano Harvick, KevinKevin Harvick Hamlin, DennyDenny Hamlin Toyota Report
7 Duck Commander 500 Busch, KurtKurt Busch Johnson, JimmieJimmie Johnson Johnson, JimmieJimmie Johnson Chevrolet Report
8 Food City 500 Kenseth, MattMatt Kenseth Harvick, KevinKevin Harvick Kenseth, MattMatt Kenseth Toyota Report
9 Toyota Owners 400 Logano, JoeyJoey Logano Busch, KurtKurt Busch Busch, KurtKurt Busch Chevrolet Report
10 GEICO 500 Gordon, JeffJeff Gordon Earnhardt, Jr., DaleDale Earnhardt, Jr. Earnhardt, Jr., DaleDale Earnhardt, Jr. Chevrolet Report
11 SpongeBob SquarePants 400 Logano, JoeyJoey Logano Truex, Jr., MartinMartin Truex, Jr. Johnson, JimmieJimmie Johnson Chevrolet Report
NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race Hamlin, DennyDenny Hamlin Keselowski, BradBrad Keselowski Hamlin, DennyDenny Hamlin Toyota Report
12 Coca-Cola 600 Kenseth, MattMatt Kenseth Truex, Jr., MartinMartin Truex, Jr. Edwards, CarlCarl Edwards Toyota Report
13 FedEx 400 Hamlin, DennyDenny Hamlin Truex, Jr., MartinMartin Truex, Jr. Johnson, JimmieJimmie Johnson Chevrolet Report
14 Axalta "We Paint Winners" 400 Busch, KurtKurt Busch Truex, Jr., MartinMartin Truex, Jr. Truex, Jr., MartinMartin Truex, Jr. Chevrolet Report
15 Quicken Loans 400 Kahne, KaseyKasey Kahne Harvick, KevinKevin Harvick Busch, KurtKurt Busch Chevrolet Report
16 Toyota/Save Mart 350 Allmendinger, A. J.A. J. Allmendinger Johnson, JimmieJimmie Johnson Busch, KyleKyle Busch Toyota Report
17 Coke Zero 400 Earnhardt, Jr., DaleDale Earnhardt, Jr. Earnhardt, Jr., DaleDale Earnhardt, Jr. Earnhardt, Jr., DaleDale Earnhardt, Jr. Chevrolet Report
18 Quaker State 400 Larson, KyleKyle Larson Busch, KyleKyle Busch Busch, KyleKyle Busch Toyota Report
19 5-hour Energy 301 Edwards, CarlCarl Edwards Keselowski, BradBrad Keselowski Busch, KyleKyle Busch Toyota Report
20 Brickyard 400 Edwards, CarlCarl Edwards Harvick, KevinKevin Harvick Busch, KyleKyle Busch Toyota Report
21 Windows 10 400 Busch, KyleKyle Busch Logano, JoeyJoey Logano Kenseth, MattMatt Kenseth Toyota Report
22 Cheez-It 355 at The Glen Allmendinger, A. J.A. J. Allmendinger Harvick, KevinKevin Harvick Logano, JoeyJoey Logano Ford Report
23 Pure Michigan 400 Kenseth, MattMatt Kenseth Kenseth, MattMatt Kenseth Kenseth, MattMatt Kenseth Toyota Report
24 Irwin Tools Night Race Hamlin, DennyDenny Hamlin Busch, KyleKyle Busch Logano, JoeyJoey Logano Ford Report
25 Bojangles' Southern 500 Keselowski, BradBrad Keselowski Keselowski, BradBrad Keselowski Edwards, CarlCarl Edwards Toyota Report
26 Federated Auto Parts 400 Logano, JoeyJoey Logano Kenseth, MattMatt Kenseth Kenseth, MattMatt Kenseth Toyota Report
Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup
Challenger Round
27 myAFibRisk.com 400 Harvick, KevinKevin Harvick Busch, KyleKyle Busch Hamlin, DennyDenny Hamlin Toyota Report
28 Sylvania 300 Edwards, CarlCarl Edwards Harvick, KevinKevin Harvick Kenseth, MattMatt Kenseth Toyota Report
29 AAA 400 Kenseth, MattMatt Kenseth Harvick, KevinKevin Harvick Harvick, KevinKevin Harvick Chevrolet Report
Contender Round
30 Bank of America 500 Kenseth, MattMatt Kenseth Logano, JoeyJoey Logano Logano, JoeyJoey Logano Ford Report
31 Hollywood Casino 400 Keselowski, BradBrad Keselowski Kenseth, MattMatt Kenseth Logano, JoeyJoey Logano Ford Report
32 CampingWorld.com 500 Gordon, JeffJeff Gordon Earnhardt, Jr., DaleDale Earnhardt, Jr. Logano, JoeyJoey Logano Ford Report
Eliminator Round
33 Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500 Logano, JoeyJoey Logano Logano, JoeyJoey Logano Gordon, JeffJeff Gordon Chevrolet Report
34 AAA Texas 500 Keselowski, BradBrad Keselowski Keselowski, BradBrad Keselowski Johnson, JimmieJimmie Johnson Chevrolet Report
35 Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500 Johnson, JimmieJimmie Johnson Harvick, KevinKevin Harvick Earnhardt, Jr., DaleDale Earnhardt, Jr. Chevrolet Report
Championship
36 Ford EcoBoost 400 Hamlin, DennyDenny Hamlin Keselowski, BradBrad Keselowski Busch, KyleKyle Busch Toyota Report

Drivers' Championship[edit]

(keyBold – Pole position awarded by time. Italics – Pole position set by final practice results or 2014 Owner's points. * – Most laps led.
. – Eliminated after Challenger Round . – Eliminated after Contender Round . – Eliminated after Eliminator Round

Pos. Driver DAY ATL LVS PHO CAL MAR TEX BRI RCH TAL KAN CLT DOV POC MCH SON DAY KEN NHA IND POC GLN MCH BRI DAR RCH CHI NHA DOV CLT KAN TAL MAR TEX PHO HOM Pts
1 Kyle Busch INQ 11 36 9 43 1 17 1* 1 1 21 2 11 8* 7 2 9* 37 2 20 5 11 5 4 4 1 5043
2 Kevin Harvick 2 2* 1* 1* 2 8* 2 38* 2 8 2 9 2 2 29* 4 4 8 3 3* 42 3* 2 2 5 14 42 21* 1* 2 16 15 8 3 2* 2 5042
3 Jeff Gordon 33* 41 18 9 10 9 7 3 8 31 4 15 10 14 21 16 6 7 9 42 3 41 17 20 16 7 14 7 12 8 10 3 1 9 6 6 5038
4 Martin Truex Jr. 8 6 2 7 8 6 9 29 10 5 9* 5* 6* 1* 3 42 38 17 12 4 19 25 3 28 9 32 13 8 11 3 15 7 6 8 14 12 5032
Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup cut-off
Pos. Driver DAY ATL LVS PHO CAL MAR TEX BRI RCH TAL KAN CLT DOV POC MCH SON DAY KEN NHA IND POC GLN MCH BRI DAR RCH CHI NHA DOV CLT KAN TAL MAR TEX PHO HOM Pts
5 Carl Edwards 23 12 42 13 13 17 10 24 19 32 20 1 19 15 12 40 41 4 7 13 10 8 6 7 1 11 2 5 15 6 8 5 14 5 12 11 2368
6 Joey Logano 1 4 10 8 7 3 4 40 5 33 5 13 11 4 5 5 22 2 4 2 20* 1 7 1 4 3 6 3 10 1* 1 1 37* 40 3 4 2360
7 Brad Keselowski 41 9 7 6 1 2 5 35 17 22 7 7 12 17 6 19 29 6 2* 10 2 7 9 6 2* 8 8 12 16 9 9 4 32 2* 9 3* 2347
8 Kurt Busch QL 5 3* 14 14 15 1* 12 8 10 31 5 1 2 5 10 10 8 37 5 20 14 6 15 3 19 17 5 6 10 34 7 7 8 2333
9 Denny Hamlin 4 38 5 23 28 1 11 261 22 9 41 8 21 10 11 18 3 3 14 5 22 27 5 3 3 6 1 2 18 4 2 37 3 38 8 10 2327
10 Jimmie Johnson 5 1 41 11 9 35 1* 2 3 2 1 40 1 3 19 6* 2 9 22 15 6 10 39 4 19 9 11 6 41 39 3 18 12 1 5 9 2315
11 Ryan Newman 38 10 3 3 5 27 12 5 11 7 10 6 18 39 18 9 8 20 11 11 23 15 8 10 13 20 4 10 19 15 11 12 7 22 11 16 2314
12 Dale Earnhardt Jr. 3 3 4 43 6 36 3 16 14 1* 3 3 14 11 2 7 1* 21 5 22 4 11 10 9 8 5 12 25 3 28 21 2* 4 6 1 40 2310
13 Jamie McMurray 27 40 11 2 21 10 6 14 4 11 13 19 7 7 7 11 15 14 26 16 15 40 16 11 14 13 16 14 4 12 24 39 2 10 15 13 2295
14 Paul Menard 25 13 12 14 4 23 41 11 15 3 18 14 8 31 8 13 16 15 25 14 11 13 12 24 26 26 17 15 25 36 19 6 15 13 13 21 2262
15 Matt Kenseth 35 5 9 16 31 4 23 1 7 25 6 4 39 6 4 21 23 5 6 7 1 4 1* 42 21 1* 5 1 7 42 14* 26 38 7 2234
16 Clint Bowyer 7 24 21 24 30 13 22 12 9 30 21 20 9 22 10 3 10 19 34 6 8 6 41 5 17 10 19 26 14 11 40 8 43 15 23 43 2175
17 Aric Almirola 15 11 26 19 11 12 19 13 20 15 11 17 5 43 22 14 34 12 15 38 18 16 14 17 11 4 10 43 5 10 24 16 16 18 10 41 940
18 Kasey Kahne 9 14 17 4 17 11 8 37 6 34 17 12 4 13 15 8 32 27 19 24 43 42 15 16 12 18 24 9 6 43 4 19 9 20 26 19 939
19 Kyle Larson 34 26 8 10 26 QL 25 7 12 42 15 25 3 8 17 15 39 35 31 9 12 12 13 41 10 12 7 17 9 21 29 24 19 37 21 5 872
20 Greg Biffle 10 25 14 27 32 19 17 30 21 37 12 2 17 12 36 27 20 16 27 19 5 14 23 25 18 31 21 4 13 24 17 20 26 19 25 15 869
21 Austin Dillon 14 39 20 15 16 41 20 10 27 35 22 16 33 19 20 17 7 25 8 25 13 36 4 13 22 27 43 22 23 7 41 14 18 11 20 14 832
22 A. J. Allmendinger 20 7 6 17 34 43 21 34 13 17 14 29 24 38 23 37 21 26 13 23 7 24 28 26 23 24 36 23 30 16 27 36 11 17 24 20 758
23 Casey Mears 6 15 25 20 23 15 27 36 30 28 19 23 27 16 13 38 11 23 16 20 28 18 42 23 29 21 20 18 24 18 23 31 17 26 22 42 754
24 Danica Patrick 21 16 27 26 19 7 16 9 25 21 27 22 15 37 16 24 35 34 24 27 16 17 25 27 42 19 26 40 21 19 22 27 40 16 16 24 716
25 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 29 36 29 12 15 40 15 4 28 26 24 37 37 42 25 20 19 11 17 35 41 34 26 21 38 16 18 13 8 13 13 9 39 21 41 22 712
26 Sam Hornish Jr. 12 21 24 40 43 32 26 19 35 6 16 24 22 41 26 10 30 22 29 17 39 9 18 18 28 28 30 20 20 17 28 17 28 24 31 25 709
27 David Ragan 17 18 22 21 18 5 13 41 23 38 33 41 13 23 35 39 12 18 18 21 17 23 18 40 40 17 15 41 22 37 25 30 25 23 18 27 701
28 Tony Stewart 42 30 33 39 14 20 24 6 41 19 39 21 16 21 28 12 14 33 20 28 9 43 21 19 15 29 25 11 26 26 35 25 10 42 27 29 695
29 Trevor Bayne 30 19 28 28 29 18 18 28 24 41 31 27 43 24 9 23 9 13 32 40 40 22 22 15 35 23 28 16 31 22 18 21 31 39 34 18 655
30 Justin Allgaier 37 20 31 18 12 42 39 8 18 23 30 43 42 20 27 35 18 24 40 37 24 19 29 12 33 25 23 39 27 40 26 42 13 28 17 36 588
31 Cole Whitt 22 37 32 25 24 22 35 27 36 13 35 28 26 28 32 22 25 37 28 33 27 21 27 29 43 38 29 24 28 38 33 22 20 27 33 28 553
32 David Gilliland 11 22 23 29 35 25 28 18 31 20 32 33 25 27 42 43 40 29 21 29 33 33 32 36 27 33 32 28 30 27 36 32 24 29 30 32 533
33 Alex Bowman DNQ 23 43 30 33 37 33 20 32 16 43 26 20 26 41 31 24 31 42 43 25 29 31 32 24 37 37 42 32 32 31 33 22 41 38 26 437
34 Brett Moffitt (R) 8 37 32 22 28 29 17 29 34 31 28 30 33 27 32 33 34 31 34 30 36 35 31 27 42 30 32 35 30 36 31 422
35 Matt DiBenedetto (R) DNQ DNQ 35 42 31 34 21 37 18 25 34 32 32 39 29 26 42 35 32 29 26 30 33 25 36 39 30 34 29 30 40 30 35 28 37 399
36 Michael Annett 13 29 39 42 38 39 40 23 33 29 23 32 41 34 30 33 37 30 36 30 26 31 35 43 39 43 34 29 37 25 34 DNQ 23 31 32 30 398
37 Josh Wise DNQ 32 34 36 36 30 38 39 42 10 28 35 40 29 34 28 31 43 DNQ 37 35 DNQ DNQ 33 31 36 DNQ 29 39 254
38 Jeb Burton (R) DNQ 35 40 34 39 29 DNQ 42 38 DNQ 42 DNQ 30 33 37 32 36 41 41 DNQ 35 39 33 DNQ 31 39 38 33 43 41 37 DNQ 27 32 39 DNQ 216
39 Michael McDowell 31 27 30 31 22 DNQ 36 30 34 DNQ DNQ 31 20 31 42 DNQ 31 28 34 33 213
40 Alex Kennedy (R) 38 33 37 33 39 36 25 40 38 28 38 34 33 120
41 Reed Sorenson 32 DNQ DNQ DNQ 34 36 DNQ DNQ 34 DNQ DNQ 41 40 33 35 38 DNQ DNQ 74
42 Bobby Labonte 24 27 43 23 60
43 Michael Waltrip 26 36 13 58
44 Ryan Preece 32 42 36 37 38 35
45 Brian Vickers 15 41 32
46 Will Kimmel 38 39 11
47 Mike Wallace 36 DNQ DNQ 8
48 T. J. Bell DNQ 37 7
49 Eddie MacDonald 37 7
50 Kyle Fowler 41 3
51 Ron Hornaday Jr. DNQ 42 DNQ DNQ 2
Tanner Berryhill (R) DNQ 0
Ineligible for Sprint Cup driver points
Pos. Driver DAY ATL LVS PHO CAL MAR TEX BRI RCH TAL KAN CLT DOV POC MCH SON DAY KEN NHA IND POC GLN MCH BRI DAR RCH CHI NHA DOV CLT KAN TAL MAR TEX PHO HOM Pts
Ryan Blaney 39 19 42 4 42 24 DNQ DNQ 23 12 24 22 30 DNQ 14 7 43 43 17
Brian Scott DNQ QL 13 27 43 38 42 36 22 22 12 14
Erik Jones 40 12 19
Landon Cassill 43 43 35 22 25 21 32 43 26 39 29 39 23 25 31 36 13 28 30 26 14 35 36 38 20 30 27 38 40 23 43 34 21 25 35 35
Ty Dillon 28 26 18 14 23
J. J. Yeley 40 34 36 31 37 26 43 32 QL 14 37 38 29 36 38 41 33 39 43 39 30 30 38 34 34 34 35 35 33 42 38 29 33 29 34
Regan Smith 16 17 16 16
Chase Elliott 38 16 18 18 41
Matt Crafton 18
Johnny Sauter 19
Chris Buescher 20 24 30 25 24 37
Boris Said 26 32
Brendan Gaughan 28 38 37 41 DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ 40 DNQ DNQ 34 40 DNQ DNQ 28
Justin Marks DNQ 30
Mike Bliss 31 DNQ 33 40 34 36 31 DNQ 35 40 37 32
Travis Kvapil DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ 35 DNQ 32 40 DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ 35
Joe Nemechek 33
B. J. McLeod 34
Joey Gase 43 38 DNQ 42
Jeffrey Earnhardt 40 35
Timmy Hill 38 41 36 38 43 39 DNQ DNQ 41 36 39 DNQ DNQ 41 36 43
Derek White 39
Jeff Green 40 DNQ DNQ
Ryan Ellis 40
Pos. Driver DAY ATL LVS PHO CAL MAR TEX BRI RCH TAL KAN CLT DOV POC MCH SON DAY KEN NHA IND POC GLN MCH BRI DAR RCH CHI NHA DOV CLT KAN TAL MAR TEX PHO HOM Pts
1 Due to neck spasms Denny Hamlin was not able to contest all 500 laps, during the first early red flag he got out of his car and was replaced by Cup debutant Erik Jones. Since Hamlin started the race, he is officially credited with the 26th-place finish.

Manufacturers' Championship[edit]

Pos Manufacturer Wins Points
1 Chevrolet 15 1584
2 Toyota 14 1516
3 Ford 7 1498
Source:[151]

Media coverage[edit]

In the United States, NBC Sports returned to covering NASCAR for the first time since the end of the 2006 season. Fox Sports returned for their coverage of NASCAR for the 15th-year in a row and as the lone incumbent from 2014. As in their prior arrangement, Fox covered the first half of the season while NBC covered the second half, which includes the Chase for the Sprint Cup. While still dividing the coverage of the Daytona races between the two networks, the nature of the split was changed. Fox retained its exclusive rights to the Daytona 500 while NBC gained exclusive rights to the Coke Zero 400. Under the previous Fox/NBC contract, Fox televised the Daytona 500 in odd numbered years (2001, 2003, 2005) while NBC did so in even numbered years (2002, 2004, 2006). Under the old arrangement, the network that did not air the Daytona 500 would air the Coke Zero 400.

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Annett & sponsor Pilot Flying J moved to the No. 33 at Atlanta after the No. 46 failed to qualify.
  2. ^ Past Champions' provisional was used by Bobby Labonte at the Daytona 500
  3. ^ Scott's Daytona car prepared by Richard Childress Racing.

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