2016 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 400
|Race 27 of 36 in the 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series|
|Date||September 18, 2016|
|Location||Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Illinois|
Permanent racing facility|
1.5 mi (2.4 km)
|Distance||270 laps, 405 mi (648 km)|
|Scheduled Distance||267 laps, 400.5 mi (640.8 km)|
|Average speed||145.161 mph (233.614 km/h)|
|Driver||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|Most laps led|
|Driver||Jimmie Johnson||Hendrick Motorsports|
|No. 78||Martin Truex, Jr.||Furniture Row Racing|
|Television in the United States|
|Announcers||Rick Allen, Jeff Burton and Steve Letarte|
2.7 million viewers
|Radio in the United States|
|Booth Announcers||Joe Moore, Jeff Striegle and Rusty Wallace|
|Turn Announcers||Dave Moody (1 & 2) and Mike Bagley (3 & 4)|
The 2016 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 400 was a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stock car race held on September 18, 2016 at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Illinois. Contested over 270 laps on the 1.5-mile (2.4 km) intermediate speedway, it was the 27th race of the 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season, first race of the Chase and first race of the Round of 16, Furniture Row Racing's Martin Truex, Jr. won his first career race in Chicagoland and third race of the 2016 season, to advance to the second race of the Chase.
Joey Logano made his way to a second-place finish, the race had nine lead changes among different drivers and four cautions for 22 laps.
- 1 Report
- 2 Qualifying
- 3 Practice
- 4 Race
- 5 Media
- 6 Standings after the race
- 7 References
Chicagoland Speedway is a 1.5 miles (2.4 km) tri-oval speedway in Joliet, Illinois, southwest of Chicago. The speedway opened in 2001 and currently hosts NASCAR racing including the opening event in the Chase for the Sprint Cup. Until 2011, the speedway also hosted the IndyCar Series, recording numerous close finishes including the closest finish in IndyCar history. The speedway is owned and operated by International Speedway Corporation and located adjacent to Route 66 Raceway.
The preliminary entry list for the race included 40 cars and was released on September 12, 2016 at 11:36 a.m. Eastern time.
|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||Josh Wise||The Motorsports Group||Chevrolet|
|31||Ryan Newman||Richard Childress Racing||Chevrolet|
|32||Joey Gase (i)||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||Matt DiBenedetto||BK Racing||Toyota|
|88||Alex Bowman (i)||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet|
|95||Michael McDowell||Circle Sport – Leavine Family Racing||Chevrolet|
|98||Cole Whitt||Premium Motorsports||Chevrolet|
|Official entry list|
|1||18||Kyle Busch||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota|
|2||2||Brad Keselowski||Team Penske||Ford|
|3||11||Denny Hamlin||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota|
|4||4||Kevin Harvick||Stewart-Haas Racing||Chevrolet|
|5||19||Carl Edwards||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota|
|6||78||Martin Truex Jr.||Furniture Row Racing||Toyota|
|7||20||Matt Kenseth||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota|
|8||48||Jimmie Johnson||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet|
|9||22||Joey Logano||Team Penske||Ford|
|10||42||Kyle Larson||Chip Ganassi Racing||Chevrolet|
|11||14||Tony Stewart||Stewart-Haas Racing||Chevrolet|
|12||41||Kurt Busch||Stewart-Haas Racing||Chevrolet|
|13||34||Chris Buescher (R)||Front Row Motorsports||Ford|
|14||24||Chase Elliott (R)||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet|
|15||3||Austin Dillon||Richard Childress Racing||Chevrolet|
|16||1||Jamie McMurray||Chip Ganassi Racing||Chevrolet|
|17||88||Alex Bowman (i)||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet|
|18||31||Ryan Newman||Richard Childress Racing||Chevrolet|
|19||5||Kasey Kahne||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet|
|20||6||Trevor Bayne||Roush Fenway Racing||Ford|
|21||47||A. J. Allmendinger||JTG Daugherty Racing||Chevrolet|
|22||21||Ryan Blaney (R)||Wood Brothers Racing||Ford|
|23||17||Ricky Stenhouse Jr.||Roush Fenway Racing||Ford|
|24||16||Greg Biffle||Roush Fenway Racing||Ford|
|25||10||Danica Patrick||Stewart-Haas Racing||Chevrolet|
|26||27||Paul Menard||Richard Childress Racing||Chevrolet|
|27||43||Aric Almirola||Richard Petty Motorsports||Ford|
|28||15||Clint Bowyer||HScott Motorsports||Chevrolet|
|29||13||Casey Mears||Germain Racing||Chevrolet|
|30||95||Michael McDowell||Circle Sport – Leavine Family Racing||Chevrolet|
|31||38||Landon Cassill||Front Row Motorsports||Ford|
|32||23||David Ragan||BK Racing||Toyota|
|33||7||Regan Smith||Tommy Baldwin Racing||Chevrolet|
|34||44||Brian Scott (R)||Richard Petty Motorsports||Ford|
|35||83||Matt DiBenedetto||BK Racing||Toyota|
|36||98||Cole Whitt||Premium Motorsports||Chevrolet|
|37||46||Michael Annett||HScott Motorsports||Chevrolet|
|38||32||Joey Gase (i)||Go FAS Racing||Ford|
|39||55||Reed Sorenson||Premium Motorsports||Chevrolet|
|40||30||Josh Wise||The Motorsports Group||Chevrolet|
|Official starting lineup|
|1||48||Jimmie Johnson||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||29.383||183.780|
|2||19||Carl Edwards||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||29.460||183.299|
|3||11||Denny Hamlin||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||29.520||182.927|
|Official first practice results|
|1||42||Kyle Larson||Chip Ganassi Racing||Chevrolet||29.033||185.995|
|2||41||Kurt Busch||Stewart-Haas Racing||Chevrolet||29.067||185.778|
|3||22||Joey Logano||Team Penske||Toyota||29.156||185.211|
|Official second practice results|
|1||42||Kyle Larson||Chip Ganassi Racing||Chevrolet||29.460||183.299|
|2||24||Chase Elliott (R)||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||29.527||182.883|
|3||18||Kyle Busch||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||29.536||182.828|
|Official final practice results|
Under clear blue Illinois skies, Kyle Busch led the field to the green flag at 2:49 p.m. He led the first 22 laps before Martin Truex Jr. powered by on the outside exiting turn 2 to take the lead on lap 23. Green flag stops commenced on lap 48, and a tire that came from the stall of Aric Almirola and came to a stop in the frontstretch grass area brought out the first caution of the race on lap 49. Jimmie Johnson, who made it across the start/finish line on pit road before Truex crossed the line on the track, remained on the lead lap and assumed the lead after he opted to stay out when Truex pitted. Kevin Harvick, who worked his way up to eighth after starting the race from the rear end of the field for an unapproved adjustment, didn't beat Truex back to the line and was trapped a lap down for much of the race.
The race restarted on lap 56. Truex, who was running second, made an unscheduled stop on lap 70 for a flat right-rear tire. He rejoined the race in 21st one lap down. Green flag stops started again on lap 103. Johnson hit pit road the next lap and handed the lead to Brad Keselowski. He pitted the next lap and the lead cycled back to Johnson. Casey Mears was issued a pass through penalty for speeding on pit road and then was issued a stop and go penalty for speeding on his pass through.
The second caution of the race flew on lap 119 for Brian Scott getting loose and spinning out in turn 4. Matt Kenseth was sent to the tail end of the field on the ensuing restart for speeding on pit road.
The race restarted on lap 126. This run was much like the second run in which the field settled into a rhythm of green flag racing. During this run, Harvick came up and hit the 78 car. Truex said after the race in his media availability that "nothing led up to it. We hadn't been around each other all day, really. I passed him once earlier. I had fresh tires, he was lapped and that was after I had my flat (so) I was racing to get my lap back." The next round of green flag stops began on lap 172. Johnson pitted from the lead the same lap and handed the lead to Keselowski. He pitted on lap 174 and the lead cycled back to Johnson. Busch was issued a pass through penalty for speeding on pit road.
Busch worked his back onto the lead lap by driving around race leader Johnson on lap 182. That same lap, teammate Chase Elliott passed him for the lead exiting turn 4. Debris on the backstretch brought out the third caution of the race on lap 193.
The race restarted on lap 199. Not much happened until the final round of green flag pit stops with 33 laps to go. Elliott pitted with 32 to go and handed the lead to Denny Hamlin. He pitted with 30 to go and handed the lead to Ryan Blaney. He pitted with 25 to go and handed the lead to Alex Bowman. He pitted with 19 to go and the lead cycled back to Elliott. During the pit cycle, Johnson was issued a pass through penalty for speeding. He said after the race that he "just can’t believe I got in trouble down there leaving the pits. I feel terrible for these guys. It should have been a top-five day, but I will back down on pit road even more and try not to make that mistake. Hats off to the team for our fast Lowe’s Chevrolet, I just screwed up.”
Truex was gaining ground on Elliott in the closing laps of the race, but not enough to catch him with the laps remaining. Unfortunately for Elliott, a shredded right-front tire from the No. 95 car of Michael McDowell brought out the fourth caution of the race with five laps to go and forced overtime. Three drivers: Blaney, who assumed the lead, Kasey Kahne and Carl Edwards, opted to stay out while the rest of the lead lap cars pitted. Truex exited pit road ahead of Elliott.
The race restarted with two laps to go. Blaney was no match on old tires against Truex on new tires. Truex passed him on the backstretch with two to go and drove on to score the victory.
“The racing gods want to make it difficult on us,” Truex said in victory lane. “Man, this feels good. I’m a lucky guy to be able to drive this black 78. (Crew chief) Cole Pearn, Jazzy (Team Engineer Jeff Curtis), everybody on this team, the pit crew, Barney (Team Owner Visser) for giving us everything we need. This is the way we wanted to start the Chase. It feels awesome.” “On one hand the bad luck was going to bite us and on the other we had a lot of time to battle back,” he added. “We’re lucky it happened early and we were able to have an awesome racecar all day.”
Joey Logano, who finished runner-up, said his day saw "awesome execution by the 22 team. From every angle. We had a very fast race car and were awesome on pit road. You want to talk about pressure, not just Chase pressure, but coming down at the end of the race to try to win, they executed and had an awesome pit stop and beat the 11 out and ultimately gives us a second place finish. I couldn’t be more proud of the team and the way we executed and attacked today. We will take this momentum and run with it the next nine weeks.”
Elliott, who was leading the race with five to go and finished third, said he "felt like we did a good job as a team today trying to control the things that we could control. And you can't control when a caution is going to come out. Granted, you can expect one a lot of the time, but you can't control when it's going to happen, and you certainly can't control how many guys are going to stay out on tires and try to make something happen at the end of a race. That's just a part of life, part of racing." He added that he was "proud of that (speed his car showed); we are proud of the run we had today,” he said. “Obviously, hate to come up short, but that is part of life some days. We were fast and I think that is something to be happy about and we can move forward to Loudon (next week) with some motivation.”
“You know, it was a long day for us for sure,” said Blaney. “We passed a lot of cars. We didn’t start good. We started 22nd. Worked on our car all day and got it better and better each run. There was maybe only one run where I thought we went backwards. We fixed it right away and started going back forward again. That was promising. I think we were seventh before that last caution. Decided to stay out. “We initially decided if we could get to the front two rows, we were going to stay out. Then you kind of had a shot. But then everyone came. We decided to stay out anyway. That put us in the best position possible being able to restart the race. Knew it was going to be tough when only a couple cars stayed out with us. We needed about two or three more for it to be a realistic shot.”
|1||6||78||Martin Truex Jr.||Furniture Row Racing||Toyota||270||44|
|2||9||22||Joey Logano||Team Penske||Ford||270||40|
|3||14||24||Chase Elliott (R)||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||270||39|
|4||22||21||Ryan Blaney (R)||Wood Brothers Racing||Ford||270||38|
|5||2||2||Brad Keselowski||Team Penske||Ford||270||37|
|6||3||11||Denny Hamlin||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||270||36|
|7||19||5||Kasey Kahne||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||270||34|
|8||1||18||Kyle Busch||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||270||34|
|9||7||20||Matt Kenseth||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||270||32|
|10||17||88||Alex Bowman (i)||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||270||0|
|11||16||1||Jamie McMurray||Chip Ganassi Racing||Chevrolet||270||30|
|12||8||48||Jimmie Johnson||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||270||31|
|13||12||41||Kurt Busch||Stewart-Haas Racing||Chevrolet||270||28|
|14||15||3||Austin Dillon||Richard Childress Racing||Chevrolet||270||27|
|15||5||19||Carl Edwards||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||270||26|
|16||11||14||Tony Stewart||Stewart-Haas Racing||Chevrolet||270||25|
|17||21||47||A. J. Allmendinger||JTG Daugherty Racing||Chevrolet||270||24|
|18||10||42||Kyle Larson||Chip Ganassi Racing||Chevrolet||269||23|
|19||18||31||Ryan Newman||Richard Childress Racing||Chevrolet||269||22|
|20||4||4||Kevin Harvick||Stewart-Haas Racing||Chevrolet||269||21|
|21||26||27||Paul Menard||Richard Childress Racing||Chevrolet||269||20|
|22||28||15||Clint Bowyer||HScott Motorsports||Chevrolet||269||19|
|23||20||6||Trevor Bayne||Roush Fenway Racing||Ford||269||18|
|24||25||10||Danica Patrick||Stewart-Haas Racing||Chevrolet||269||17|
|25||23||17||Ricky Stenhouse Jr.||Roush Fenway Racing||Ford||268||16|
|26||24||16||Greg Biffle||Roush Fenway Racing||Ford||268||15|
|27||33||7||Ty Dillon (i)||Tommy Baldwin Racing||Chevrolet||268||0|
|28||13||34||Chris Buescher (R)||Front Row Motorsports||Ford||268||13|
|29||31||38||Landon Cassill||Front Row Motorsports||Ford||267||12|
|30||35||83||Matt DiBenedetto||BK Racing||Toyota||267||11|
|31||34||44||Brian Scott (R)||Richard Petty Motorsports||Ford||266||10|
|32||27||43||Aric Almirola||Richard Petty Motorsports||Ford||266||9|
|33||37||46||Michael Annett||HScott Motorsports||Chevrolet||265||8|
|34||29||13||Casey Mears||Germain Racing||Chevrolet||265||7|
|35||32||23||David Ragan||BK Racing||Toyota||265||6|
|36||36||98||Cole Whitt||Premium Motorsports||Chevrolet||263||5|
|37||30||95||Michael McDowell||Circle Sport – Leavine Family Racing||Chevrolet||262||4|
|38||40||30||Josh Wise||The Motorsports Group||Chevrolet||260||3|
|39||39||55||Reed Sorenson||Premium Motorsports||Chevrolet||257||2|
|40||38||32||Joey Gase (i)||Go FAS Racing||Ford||254||0|
|Official race results|
- Lead changes: 9 among different drivers
- Cautions/Laps: 4 for 22
- Red flags: 0
- Time of race: 2 hours, 47 minutes and 24 seconds
- Average speed: 145.161 miles per hour (233.614 km/h)
NBC Sports covered the race on the television side. Rick Allen, Jeff Burton and Steve Letarte had the call in the booth for the race. Dave Burns, Mike Massaro, Marty Snider and Kelli Stavast reported from pit lane during the race.
|Booth announcers||Pit reporters|
|Lap-by-lap: Rick Allen
Color-commentator: Jeff Burton
Color-commentator: Steve Letarte
The Motor Racing Network had the radio call for the race, which was simulcast on Sirius XM NASCAR Radio.
|Booth announcers||Turn announcers||Pit reporters|
|Lead announcer: Joe Moore
Announcer: Jeff Striegle
Announcer: Rusty Wallace
|Turns 1 & 2: Dave Moody
Turns 3 & 4: Mike Bagley
Standings after the race
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