STP 500

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STP 500
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NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
Venue Martinsville Speedway
Location Ridgeway, Virginia, United States
Corporate sponsor STP
First race 1950
Distance 263 miles (423 km)
Laps 500
Previous names Unnamed (1950–1955)
Virginia 500 (1956–1981, 2001–2003)
Virginia 500 Sweepstakes (second 1961 race)
Virginia National Bank 500 (1982–1983)
Sovran Bank 500 (1984–1987)
Pannill Sweatshirts 500 (1988–1989)
Hanes Activewear 500 (1990)
Hanes 500 (1991–1995)
Goody's Headache Powder 500 (1996–1998)
Goody's Body Pain 500 (1999–2000)
Advance Auto Parts 500 (2004–2005)
DirecTV 500 (2006)
Goody's Cool Orange 500 (2007–2008)
Goody's Fast Pain Relief 500 (2009–2010)
Goody's Fast Relief 500 (2011–2012)
STP Gas Booster 500 (2013)
Most wins (driver) Richard Petty (9)
Most wins (team) Petty Enterprises (12)
Most wins (manufacturer) Chevrolet (26)
Circuit information
Surface Asphalt
Concrete (turns)
Length 0.526 mi (0.847 km)
Turns 4

The STP 500 is an annual 500-lap NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stock car race held at the 0.526-mile (0.847 km) Martinsville Speedway in Ridgeway, Virginia. It had no name from 1950 to 1955, before taking the name Virginia 500 in 1956, the other one being the Goody's Fast Pain Relief 500 in the Chase for the Sprint Cup.

Longtime sponsor GlaxoSmithKline returned as race sponsor for the 2007 spring race with their new orange-flavored brand with the race title being Goody's Cool Orange 500; the Goody's 500 was originally the name of the fall race, which since 2008 has also been sponsored by the British pharmaceutical conglomerate, as the TUMS QuikPak 500.

The race on April 1, 2007, was the second race for NASCAR's car design, the Car of Tomorrow. This event is currently the sixth race of the season, the first race where current points standings (instead of the previous year, as in the first five races) determine exemptions. Kyle Busch is the most recent winner of the race, having won it in 2016.[1]

Notable races[edit]

Past winners[edit]

Year Date No. Driver Team Manufacturer Race distance Race time Average speed
(mph)
Report
Laps Miles (km)
1950 May 21 41 Curtis Turner John Eanes Oldsmobile 150 75 (120.7) Report
1951 May 6 41 Curtis Turner John Eanes Oldsmobile 200 100 (160.934) Report
1952 April 6 120 Dick Rathmann Walt Chapman Hudson 200 100 (160.934) 2:19:59 42.862 Report
1953 May 17 42 Lee Petty Petty Enterprises Dodge 200 100 (160.934) Report
1954 May 16 87 Jim Paschal Bob Griffin Oldsmobile 200 100 (160.934) 2:10:04 46.153 Report
1955 May 15 300 Tim Flock Carl Kiekhaefer Chrysler 200 100 (160.934) 1:54:10 52.554 Report
1956 May 20 502 Buck Baker Carl Kiekhaefer Dodge 500 250 (402.336) 4:06:07 60.824 Report
1957 May 19 87 Buck Baker Hugh Babb Chevrolet 441* 220.5 (354.86) 3:50:49 57.318 Report
1958 April 20 4 Bob Welborn Julian Petty Chevrolet 500 250 (402.336) 4:05:27 66.007 Report
1959 May 3 42 Lee Petty Petty Enterprises Oldsmobile 500 250 (402.336) 4:12:03 59.512 Report
1960 April 10 43 Richard Petty Petty Enterprises Plymouth 500 250 (402.336) 3:54:35 63.943 Report
1961* April 9 28 Fred Lorenzen Holman-Moody Ford 149* 74.5 (119.896) 1:05:23 68.366 Report
April 30 27 Junior Johnson Rex Lovette Pontiac 500 250 (402.336) 3:46:19 66.278 Report
1962 April 22 43 Richard Petty Petty Enterprises Plymouth 500 250 (402.336) 3:45:49 66.425 Report
1963 April 21 43 Richard Petty Petty Enterprises Plymouth 500 250 (402.336) 3:51:24 64.823 Report
1964 April 26 28 Fred Lorenzen Holman-Moody Ford 500 250 (402.336) 3:33:59 70.098 Report
1965 April 25 28 Fred Lorenzen Holman-Moody Ford 500 250 (402.336) 3:44:40 66.765 Report
1966 April 24 14 Jim Paschal Frieden Enterprises Plymouth 500 250 (402.336) 3:36:54 69.156 Report
1967 April 23 43 Richard Petty Petty Enterprises Plymouth 500 250 (402.336) 3:42:24 67.446 Report
1968 April 28 21 Cale Yarborough Wood Brothers Racing Mercury 500 250 (402.336) 3:44:56 66.686 Report
1969 April 27 43 Richard Petty Petty Enterprises Ford 500 250 (402.336) 3:52:54 64.405 Report
1970 May 31 71 Bobby Isaac Nord Krauskopf Dodge 377* 197.925 (318.529) 2:53:20 68.584 Report
1971 April 25 43 Richard Petty Petty Enterprises Plymouth 500 262.5 (422.452) 3:22:41 77.707 Report
1972 April 30 43 Richard Petty Petty Enterprises Plymouth 500 262.5 (422.452) 3:37:00 72.657 Report
1973 April 29 21 David Pearson Wood Brothers Racing Mercury 500 262.5 (422.452) 3:44:26 70.251 Report
1974 April 28 11 Cale Yarborough Richard Howard Chevrolet 450* 236.25 (380.207) 3:22:41 70.427 Report
1975 April 27 43 Richard Petty Petty Enterprises Dodge 500 262.5 (422.452) 3:47:15 69.282 Report
1976 April 25 88 Darrell Waltrip DiGard Motorsports Chevrolet 500 262.5 (422.452) 3:39:43 71.759 Report
1977 April 24 11 Cale Yarborough Junior Johnson & Associates Chevrolet 384* 201.6 (324.443) 2:36:26 77.405 Report
1978 April 23 88 Darrell Waltrip DiGard Motorsports Chevrolet 500 262.5 (422.452) 3:22:00 77.971 Report
1979 April 22 43 Richard Petty Petty Enterprises Chevrolet 500 262.5 (422.452) 3:25:43 76.562 Report
1980 April 27 88 Darrell Waltrip DiGard Motorsports Chevrolet 500 262.5 (422.452) 3:48:06 69.049 Report
1981 April 26 5 Morgan Shepherd Cliff Stewart Pontiac 500 262.5 (422.452) 3:30:10 75.019 Report
1982 April 25 33 Harry Gant Mach 1 Racing Buick 500 262.5 (422.452) 3:30:01 75.073 Report
1983 April 24 11 Darrell Waltrip Junior Johnson & Associates Chevrolet 500 262.5 (422.452) 3:57:14 66.46 Report
1984 April 29 5 Geoffrey Bodine All-Star Racing Chevrolet 500 263 (423.257) 3:35:23 73.264 Report
1985 April 28 33 Harry Gant Mach 1 Racing Chevrolet 500 263 (423.257) 3:16:06 73.022 Report
1986 April 27 15 Ricky Rudd Bud Moore Engineering Ford 500 263 (423.257) 3:25:15 76.882 Report
1987 April 26 3 Dale Earnhardt Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 500 263 (423.257) 3:36:44 72.808 Report
1988 April 24 3 Dale Earnhardt Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 500 263 (423.257) 3:31:08 74.74 Report
1989 April 23 17 Darrell Waltrip Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 500 263 (423.257) 3:19:41 79.025 Report
1990 April 29 11 Geoffrey Bodine Junior Johnson & Associates Ford 500 263 (423.257) 3:23:49 77.423 Report
1991 April 28 3 Dale Earnhardt Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 500 263 (423.257) 3:26:41 75.139 Report
1992 April 26 6 Mark Martin Roush Racing Ford 500 263 (423.257) 3:22:05 78.086 Report
1993 April 25 2 Rusty Wallace Penske Racing Pontiac 500 263 (423.257) 3:18:33 79.078 Report
1994 April 24 2 Rusty Wallace Penske Racing Ford 500 263 (423.257) 3:25:43 76.7 Report
1995 April 23 2 Rusty Wallace Penske Racing Ford 356* 187.256 (301.359) 2:35:44 72.145 Report
1996 April 21 2 Rusty Wallace Penske Racing Ford 500 263 (423.257) 3:13:50 81.41 Report
1997 April 20 24 Jeff Gordon Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 500 263 (423.257) 3:44:19 70.347 Report
1998 April 20 4 Bobby Hamilton Morgan-McClure Motorsports Chevrolet 500 263 (423.257) 3:43:10 70.709 Report
1999 April 18 43 John Andretti Petty Enterprises Pontiac 500 263 (423.257) 3:28:35 75.653 Report
2000 April 9 6 Mark Martin Roush Racing Ford 500 263 (423.257) 3:41:45 71.161 Report
2001 April 8 88 Dale Jarrett Robert Yates Racing Ford 500 263 (423.257) 3:42:53 70.799 Report
2002 April 14 18 Bobby Labonte Joe Gibbs Racing Pontiac 500 263 (423.257) 3:33:23 73.951 Report
2003 April 13 24 Jeff Gordon Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 500 263 (423.257) 3:28:51 75.557 Report
2004 April 18 2 Rusty Wallace Penske Racing Dodge 500 263 (423.257) 3:51:29 68.169 Report
2005 April 10 24 Jeff Gordon Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 500 263 (423.257) 3:38:52 72.099 Report
2006 April 2 20 Tony Stewart Joe Gibbs Racing Chevrolet 500 263 (423.257) 3:36:56 72.741 Report
2007 April 1 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 500 263 (423.257) 3:44:36 70.258 Report
2008 March 30 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 500 263 (423.257) 3:35:41 73.163 Report
2009 March 29 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 500 263 (423.257) 3:27:48 75.938 Report
2010 March 29* 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 508* 267.208 (430.029) 3:39:05 73.180 Report
2011 April 3 29 Kevin Harvick Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 500 263 (423.257) 3:32:41 74.195 Report
2012 April 1 39 Ryan Newman Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 515* 270.89 (435.955) 3:26:12 78.823 Report
2013 April 7 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 500 263 (423.257) 3:38:58 72.066 Report
2014 March 30 41 Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 500 263 (423.257) 3:38:38 72.176 Report
2015 March 29 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 500 263 (423.257) 3:49:13 68.843 Report
2016 April 3 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 500 263 (423.257) 3:17:02 80.088 Report
  • 1957: Race shortened due to crash.
  • 1961 (first): Race abandoned as a result of rain. Under current rules, it would not be declared official as less than 50% of the race distance was completed.
  • 1961 (second): A replacement race for the original 1961 race.
  • 1970, 1977, and 1995: Race shortened due to rain.
  • 1974: Race shortened due to energy crisis.
  • 1998 and 2010: Race postponed from Sunday to Monday due to rain.
  • 2010 and 2012: Race extended due to a green–white–checker finish. 2012 took two attempts.

Multiple winners (drivers)[edit]

Wins Driver Years won
9 Richard Petty 1960, 1962, 1963, 1967, 1969, 1971, 1972, 1975, 1979
5 Darrell Waltrip 1976, 1978, 1980, 1983, 1989
Rusty Wallace 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2004
3 Cale Yarborough 1968, 1974, 1977
Dale Earnhardt 1987, 1988, 1991
Jeff Gordon 1997, 2003, 2005
Jimmie Johnson 2007, 2009, 2013
Denny Hamlin 2008, 2010, 2015
2 Curtis Turner 1950, 1951
Buck Baker 1956, 1957
Lee Petty 1953, 1959
Fred Lorenzen 1964, 1965
Jim Paschal 1954, 1966
Harry Gant 1982, 1985
Geoffrey Bodine 1984, 1990
Mark Martin 1992, 2000

Multiple winners (teams)[edit]

Wins Team Years won
12 Petty Enterprises 1953, 1959, 1960, 1962, 1963, 1967, 1969, 1971, 1972, 1975, 1979, 1999
8 Hendrick Motorsports 1984, 1989, 1997, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2013
6 Joe Gibbs Racing 2002, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2015, 2016
5 Penske Racing 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2004
4 Richard Childress Racing 1987, 1988, 1991, 2011
3 Holman-Moody 19611, 1964, 1965
DiGard Motorsports 1976, 1978, 1980
Junior Johnson & Associates 1977, 1983, 1990
2 John Eanes 1950, 1951
Carl Kiekhaefer 1955, 1956
Wood Brothers Racing 1968, 1973
Mach 1 Racing 1982, 1985
Roush Racing 1992, 2000
Stewart-Haas Racing 2012, 2014

Manufacturer wins[edit]

Wins Manufacturer Years won
26 Chevrolet 1957, 1958, 1974, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1991, 1997, 1998, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
11 Ford 1964, 1965, 1969, 1986, 1990, 1992, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001
7 Plymouth 1960, 1962, 1963, 1966, 1967, 1971, 1972
5 Pontiac 1961, 1981, 1993, 1999, 2002
Dodge 1953, 1956, 1970, 1975, 2004
4 Oldsmobile 1950, 1951, 1954, 1959
Toyota 2008, 2010, 2015, 2016
2 Mercury 1968, 1973
1 Hudson 1952
Chrysler 1955
Buick 1982

Television broadcasters[edit]

Year Network Lap-by-lap Color commentator(s)
1979 MRN TV
1980 MRN TV
1981 ESPN Bob Jenkins Eli Gold
1982
1983
1984
1985 SETN Mike Joy Benny Parsons
1986 SETN Mike Joy Benny Parsons
1987 SETN Eli Gold Jerry Punch
1988 SETN Mike Joy Eli Gold
1989 ESPN Bob Jenkins Ned Jarrett and Benny Parsons
1990 ESPN Bob Jenkins Benny Parsons and Ned Jarrett
1991 ESPN Bob Jenkins Benny Parsons and Ned Jarrett
1992 ESPN Bob Jenkins Benny Parsons and Ned Jarrett
1993 ESPN Bob Jenkins Benny Parsons and Ned Jarrett
1994 ESPN Bob Jenkins Benny Parsons and Ned Jarrett
1995 ESPN Bob Jenkins Benny Parsons and Ned Jarrett
1996 ESPN Bob Jenkins Benny Parsons and Ned Jarrett
1997 ESPN Bob Jenkins Benny Parsons and Ned Jarrett
1998 ESPN Bob Jenkins Benny Parsons and Ned Jarrett
1999 ESPN Bob Jenkins Benny Parsons and Ned Jarrett
2000 ESPN Bob Jenkins Benny Parsons and Ned Jarrett
2001 Fox Mike Joy Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReynolds
2002 FX Mike Joy Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReynolds
2003 Fox Mike Joy Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReynolds
2004 Fox Mike Joy Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReynolds
2005 Fox Mike Joy Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReynolds
2006 Fox Mike Joy Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReynolds
2007 Fox Mike Joy Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReynolds
2008 Fox Mike Joy Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReynolds
2009 Fox Mike Joy Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReynolds
2010 Fox Mike Joy Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReynolds
2011 Fox Mike Joy Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReynolds
2012 Fox Mike Joy Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReynolds
2013 Fox Mike Joy Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReynolds
2014 Fox Mike Joy Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReynolds
2015 FS1 Mike Joy Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReynolds
2016 FS1 Mike Joy Darrell Waltrip and Jeff Gordon

References[edit]

  1. ^ Pistone, Pete (April 3, 2016). "Kyle Busch Sweeps Martinsville". MRN.com. Motor Racing Network. Retrieved April 3, 2016. 

External links[edit]


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