2016 Goody's Fast Relief 500

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2016 Goody's Fast Relief 500
Race details[1][2][3][4][5][6][7][8][9][10]
Race 33 of 36 in the 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
2016 Goody's Fast Relief 500 logo.jpg
Date October 30, 2016 (2016-10-30)
Location Martinsville Speedway in Ridgeway, Virginia
Course Permanent racing facility
.526 mi (.847 km)
Distance 500 laps, 263 mi (423.5 km)
Average speed 78.540 miles per hour (126.398 km/h)
Pole position
Driver Furniture Row Racing
Time 19.282
Most laps led
Driver Matt Kenseth Joe Gibbs Racing
Laps 176
Winner
No. 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports
Television in the United States
Network NBCSN
Announcers Rick Allen, Jeff Burton and Steve Letarte Guest Analyst Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Radio in the United States
Radio MRN
Booth Announcers Joe Moore, Jeff Striegle and Rusty Wallace
Turn Announcers Dave Moody (Backstretch)

The 2016 Goody's Fast Relief 500 was a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race that was held on October 30, 2016, at Martinsville Speedway in Ridgeway, Virginia. Contested over 500 laps on the .526 mile (.847 km) short track, it was the 33rd race of the 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season, seventh race of the Chase and first race of the Round of 8.

The race marked the final career start for Jeff Gordon, exactly one year after winning this race.

Report[edit]

Background[edit]

Martinsville Speedway, the track where the race was held.

Martinsville Speedway is an International Speedway Corporation-owned NASCAR stock car racing track located in Henry County, in Ridgeway, Virginia, just to the south of Martinsville. At 0.526 miles (0.847 km) in length, it is the shortest track in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. The track was also one of the first paved oval tracks in NASCAR, being built in 1947 by H. Clay Earles. It is also the only race track that has been on the NASCAR circuit from its beginning in 1948. Along with this, Martinsville is the only NASCAR oval track on the entire NASCAR track circuit to have asphalt surfaces on the straightaways, then concrete to cover the turns.

Entry list[edit]

No. Driver Team Manufacturer
1 Jamie McMurray Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet
2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford
3 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet
4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet
5 Kasey Kahne Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
6 Trevor Bayne Roush Fenway Racing Ford
7 Regan Smith Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet
10 Danica Patrick Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet
11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
13 Casey Mears Germain Racing Chevrolet
14 Tony Stewart Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet
15 Clint Bowyer HScott Motorsports Chevrolet
16 Greg Biffle Roush Fenway Racing Ford
17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford
18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
19 Carl Edwards Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
20 Matt Kenseth Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
21 Ryan Blaney (R) Wood Brothers Racing Ford
22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford
23 David Ragan BK Racing Toyota
24 Chase Elliott (R) Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
27 Paul Menard Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet
30 Gray Gaulding The Motorsports Group Chevrolet
31 Ryan Newman Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet
32 Jeffrey Earnhardt (R) Go FAS Racing Ford
34 Chris Buescher (R) Front Row Motorsports Ford
38 Landon Cassill Front Row Motorsports Ford
41 Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet
42 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet
43 Aric Almirola Richard Petty Motorsports Ford
44 Brian Scott (R) Richard Petty Motorsports Ford
46 Michael Annett HScott Motorsports Chevrolet
47 A. J. Allmendinger JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet
48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
55 Reed Sorenson Premium Motorsports Chevrolet
78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing Toyota
83 Dylan Lupton (i) BK Racing Toyota
88 Jeff Gordon Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
93 Matt DiBenedetto BK Racing Toyota
95 Michael McDowell Circle Sport – Leavine Family Racing Chevrolet
Official entry list

First practice[edit]

Kyle Larson was the fastest in the first practice session with a time of 19.289 and a speed of 98.170 mph (157.989 km/h).[11]

Pos No. Driver Team Manufacturer Time Speed
1 42 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 19.289 98.170
2 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 19.311 98.058
3 22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford 19.312 98.053
Official first practice results

Qualifying[edit]

Martin Truex Jr. scored the pole for the race with a time of 19.282 and a speed of 98.206 mph (158.047 km/h).[12] He said afterwards that Martinsville "is just so tough, and that first pit stall is just so critical to having a shot at winning here. I would love to get my first grandfather clock (the winner’s trophy). After last week, this helps a little bit. All in all, just proud of the guys for coming here with a game plan and executing. It's no guarantee that we'll race well on Sunday, but it's definitely a nice advantage if you have a good race car to be able to make up spots on pit road and not have to worry about getting blocked in and all those things. It's a definite advantage, and hopefully we can have a good car to take advantage of it."[13]

Joey Logano, who qualified second, said he came so very "close to getting that fourth pole in a row. It would have been pretty cool to be able to say you did that, but it’s been a great streak.”[14]

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. – who "wheel-hopped" going into turn 1, spun out, damaged the car and rolled out his backup – said there was "a lot of wheel-hop. It was definitely not ideal in qualifying, but you’re always pressing the issue to try to qualify better and trying to get everything out of the car that you can and it just started wheel-hopping. As a lot of us drivers know, once it starts wheel-hopping it’s hard to save. I down-shifted to try and keep it out of the wall as best I could, but we weren’t able to do that. We’ll get this Fastenal back-up out and get to work on it tonight and make sure that we have it ready to go for practice tomorrow.”[15]

Qualifying results[edit]

Pos No. Driver Team Manufacturer R1 R2 R3
1 78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing Toyota 19.365 19.298 19.282
2 22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford 19.259 19.379 19.290
3 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 19.414 19.385 19.354
4 47 A. J. Allmendinger JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 19.397 19.419 19.376
5 24 Chase Elliott (R) Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 19.380 19.297 19.382
6 14 Tony Stewart Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 19.294 19.320 19.385
7 19 Carl Edwards Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 19.445 19.397 19.399
8 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 19.374 19.431 19.418
9 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 19.387 19.300 19.420
10 88 Jeff Gordon Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 19.390 19.379 19.436
11 42 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 19.480 19.364 19.541
12 23 David Ragan BK Racing Toyota 19.475 19.423 19.556
13 31 Ryan Newman Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 19.447 19.437
14 1 Jamie McMurray Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 19.408 19.447
15 21 Ryan Blaney (R) Wood Brothers Racing Ford 19.390 19.463
16 43 Aric Almirola Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 19.494 19.463
17 20 Matt Kenseth Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 19.456 19.477
18 27 Paul Menard Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 19.490 19.487
19 2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford 19.453 19.507
20 4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 19.463 19.512
21 7 Regan Smith Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet 19.507 19.512
22 5 Kasey Kahne Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 19.486 19.520
23 41 Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 19.505 19.528
24 10 Danica Patrick Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 19.481 19.539
25 16 Greg Biffle Roush Fenway Racing Ford 19.510
26 13 Casey Mears Germain Racing Chevrolet 19.520
27 93 Matt DiBenedetto BK Racing Toyota 19.520
28 15 Clint Bowyer HScott Motorsports Chevrolet 19.558
29 34 Chris Buescher (R) Front Row Motorsports Ford 19.589
30 95 Michael McDowell Circle Sport – Leavine Family Racing Chevrolet 19.591
31 6 Trevor Bayne Roush Fenway Racing Ford 19.608
32 3 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 19.616
33 38 Landon Cassill Front Row Motorsports Ford 19.788
34 55 Reed Sorenson Premium Motorsports Chevrolet 19.853
35 44 Brian Scott (R) Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 19.871
36 30 Gray Gaulding The Motorsports Group Chevrolet 19.902
37 83 Dylan Lupton (i) BK Racing Toyota 19.976
38 32 Jeffrey Earnhardt (R) Go FAS Racing Ford 20.028
39 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford 20.362
40 46 Michael Annett HScott Motorsports Chevrolet 0.000
Official qualifying results

Practice (post-qualifying)[edit]

Second practice[edit]

Jamie McMurray was the fastest in the second practice session with a time of 19.566 and a speed of 96.780 mph (155.752 km/h).[16]

Pos No. Driver Team Manufacturer Time Speed
1 1 Jamie McMurray Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 19.566 96.780
2 22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford 19.575 96.736
3 23 David Ragan BK Racing Toyota 19.588 96.671
Official second practice results

Final practice[edit]

Kyle Larson was the fastest in the final practice session with a time of 19.707 and a speed of 96.088 mph (154.639 km/h).[17]

Pos No. Driver Team Manufacturer Time Speed
1 42 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 19.707 96.088
2 14 Tony Stewart Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 19.721 96.020
3 27 Paul Menard Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 19.757 95.845
Official final practice results

Race[edit]

First half[edit]

Under mostly cloudy Virginia skies, Martin Truex Jr. led the field to the green flag at 1:18 p.m. The first caution of the race flew on lap 22 after Ricky Stenhouse Jr. wheel-hopped and backed into the turn 3 wall.[18] He went on to finish 40th.[19] Joey Logano exited pit road first. Carl Edwards and Denny Hamlin were sent to the tail end of the field on the restart for speeding.

The race restarted on lap 28. Truex took the lead back from Logano on lap 45. The second caution flew on lap 61 for David Ragan laying fluid down on the track.[20]

The race restarted on lap 68. Kyle Larson took the lead for six laps on lap 73 before Truex took it back on lap 79. Kyle Busch took the lead on lap 113 before giving it back to Truex the following lap. Debris in turn 4 brought out the third caution on lap 132. Kevin Harvick was sent to the tail end of the field for speeding.

The race restarted on lap 139. Matt Kenseth took the lead for a circuit on lap 152 before Truex took back over the following lap. He continued to hold it until Kenseth took it from him for good on lap 180. Racing for second, Hamlin made contact with Jimmie Johnson by bumping him out of the way rounding turns 3 and 4 before continuing on lap 198.[21] In his post-race media availability, Hamlin explained his bump on Johnson by saying how they "were racing for 13th or something at New Hampshire and he turned us, luckily I saved it. [He] [n]early wrecked us there. I raced him hard for the lead at Charlotte and then we come here and I catch him from a really long ways back. They didn’t want to let us go. It was frustrating from my standpoint, so I had to move him out of the way. I gave him many warnings on the radio.’’[22] Johnson said afterwards in his availability that he was "puzzled that he had to move me like he did,” Johnson said. “I prefer to race people cleanly. I got accused of racing hard? I’ll take that as a compliment.”[23] Debris on the backstretch, a torn banner, brought out the fourth caution on lap 200.

Second half[edit]

The race restarted on lap 207. It ran the length of a full fuel run, which is rare at Martinsville, and a number of cars pitted under green, also rare at Martinsville, when Edwards cut a tire, slammed the wall in turn and brought out the fifth caution with 142 laps to go.[24] He said afterwards that Goodyear had "come down here, look at the tire, and said it was a belt failure," Edwards said. "So that’s really big of them to say, 'Hey, there’s nothing you could have done about it.' We had a really good race going and sometimes that’s just what happens in racing."[25] Hamlin was sorted out as the leader. Because this happened during a cycle of green flag stops, it caused a number of cars to be in the wrong order when the race was scheduled to restart with 127 to go. There was controversy with race control taking so long to sort out the running order and for allowing so many laps to click off (29 total under the caution period) instead of throwing the red flag and sorting the running order. “We don’t need 100 laps under yellow ... trying to figure out where they’re at. It probably cost us the race," said Keselowski after the race.[26] Following the race, Sprint Cup Series Managing Director Richard Buck said what happened "was a very dynamic situation; it was unique, as you saw. We were right in the middle of green flag pit stops and we had to go to a caution. That presents one set of issues that we deal with and then from that point as it moved along and we started to get the lineup as we normally do, it went to another dynamic when we had the leader run out of fuel. ... We understand the stakes of the Chase. They're extremely high for everybody. Our job is to get it right. We've got a tremendous amount of resources up there (in the tower). We then moved into another dynamic of it, the wave-arounds. We took our time to make sure we got it right; we feel confident that we got it right."[27]

The race eventually restarted with 114 to go. After two laps of side-by-side racing, Johnson passed Hamlin exiting turn 2 to take the lead with 91 to go. Keselowski worked his way past Busch, Kenseth and Hamlin to move into second, but ran out of time to run down Johnson who drove on to score the victory.[28]

Post-race[edit]

Driver comments[edit]

Johnson said in victory lane that "there were a lot of moments but anything in life you have to work for it. It’s not going to come easy and we knew that coming into this race. There are so many challenges with this track. I’m so thankful for this race team. To win on this weekend at this track with the tragedy we had in ’04, we’re thinking of all the loved ones that we lost in the plane crash.”[29]

Keselowski, who finished runner-up, said his race "was a good day for us, not the win. I think we had the speed capable to pull it off, but still a really strong day. The car was good. The team executed really well, we just kind of missed out on the racing Gods today. We have a lot to be proud of, a great effort, and showed that we’re still a strong team if not the strongest in the garage and I’m really proud of that.”[30]

Finishing third, Hamlin said his day was solid, "but obviously not what we were looking for. I knew when they called it that I sped. It wasn’t like I was rolling too fast, it was exiting my pit box. I got jammed up by whoever was in front of me, there were cars on the outside and I was trying to gas to get clear of them and then back off. With these shorter sections I didn’t have time to get it back.”[31]

Finishing fourth, Kenseth said he "had a good day, not a great day. The guy doing a great day is the guy doing a burnout. We had a great car, we just got a caution when we didn’t need one – we were on pit road and then at the end when we needed a caution, I saw a car hit the wall and a car smoking so I was hoping to get another yellow and get a shot at it, but just didn’t get it.”[31]

"You can’t wreck each other and that’s all there is to it I guess. We worked so good together that we gave the 48 car the win today,” a frustrated Busch said. "We had a great M&M’s Camry and we could have been a little farther up front, but we were held up there and we couldn’t pass and if I did try to make moves or try to make a pass, I got cutoff.”[31]

Jeff Gordon, who finished sixth in his final substitute ride in the No. 88 car, said that "like Homestead, you don't really know how special some of those moments are until years down the road. Maybe that's just my personality when I can reflect on it, go back through my career. This has really done a lot for me integrating into the team and the organization. ... It's memorable, certainly. It's ironic this is the last one."[32]

Off-track incident[edit]

Around an hour following the race, a vehicle struck and injured 22 pedestrians in a handicapped parking lot next to the helipad outside turns 1 and 2.[33] According to bystanders and police reports, the vehicle involved (a Chevrolet SSR) attempted to pass a Jeep Patriot, struck the Jeep and hit nearby pedestrians.[34] The driver was taken into custody.[35]

Race results[edit]

Pos Grid No. Driver Team Manufacturer Laps Points
1 3 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 500 44
2 19 2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford 500 39
3 8 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 500 39
4 17 20 Matt Kenseth Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 500 38
5 9 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 500 37
6 10 88 Jeff Gordon Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 500 36
7 1 78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing Toyota 500 35
8 14 1 Jamie McMurray Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 500 33
9 2 22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford 500 33
10 4 47 A. J. Allmendinger JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 500 32
11 22 5 Kasey Kahne Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 499 30
12 5 24 Chase Elliott (R) Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 499 29
13 25 16 Greg Biffle Roush Fenway Racing Ford 499 28
14 11 42 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 499 28
15 16 43 Aric Almirola Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 499 26
16 13 31 Ryan Newman Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 499 25
17 32 3 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 499 24
18 30 95 Michael McDowell Circle Sport – Leavine Family Racing Chevrolet 498 23
19 15 21 Ryan Blaney (R) Wood Brothers Racing Ford 498 22
20 20 4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 498 21
21 26 13 Casey Mears Germain Racing Chevrolet 497 20
22 23 41 Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 497 19
23 31 6 Trevor Bayne Roush Fenway Racing Ford 497 18
24 24 10 Danica Patrick Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 497 17
25 18 27 Paul Menard Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 496 16
26 6 14 Tony Stewart Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 496 15
27 29 34 Chris Buescher (R) Front Row Motorsports Ford 495 14
28 28 15 Clint Bowyer HScott Motorsports Chevrolet 495 13
29 33 38 Landon Cassill Front Row Motorsports Ford 494 12
30 21 7 Regan Smith Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet 494 11
31 37 83 Dylan Lupton (i) BK Racing Toyota 490 0
32 27 93 Matt DiBenedetto BK Racing Toyota 489 9
33 38 32 Jeffrey Earnhardt (R) Go FAS Racing Ford 486 8
34 35 44 Brian Scott (R) Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 484 7
35 40 46 Michael Annett HScott Motorsports Chevrolet 479 6
36 7 19 Carl Edwards Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 477 5
37 12 23 David Regan BK Racing Toyota 424 4
38 34 55 Reed Sorenson Premium Motorsports Chevrolet 407 3
39 36 30 Gray Gaulding The Motorsports Group Chevrolet 360 2
40 39 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford 21 1
Official race results

Race summary[edit]

  • Lead changes: 9 among different drivers
  • Cautions/Laps: 5 for 54
  • Red flags: 0
  • Time of race: 3 hours, 20 minutes and 55 seconds
  • Average speed: 78.540 miles per hour (126.398 km/h)

Media[edit]

Television[edit]

NBCSN covered the race on the television side. Rick Allen, Jeff Burton and Steve Letarte called the race in the booth with a guest appearance by Dale Earnhardt Jr.. Dave Burns, Mike Massaro, Marty Snider and Kelli Stavast handled pit road on the television side.

NBCSN
Booth announcers Pit reporters
Lap-by-lap: Rick Allen
Color-commentator: Jeff Burton
Color-commentator: Steve Letarte
Guest Analyst: Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Dave Burns
Mike Massaro
Marty Snider
Kelli Stavast

Radio[edit]

MRN covered the radio call for the race, which was simulcast on Sirius XM NASCAR Radio.

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

Standings after the race[edit]

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