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2015 Axalta "We Paint Winners" 400

2015 Axalta "We Paint Winners" 400
Race details[1][2][3][4][5][6][7][8][9][10]
Race 14 of 36 in the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season
Date June 7, 2015 (2015-06-07)
Location Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pennsylvania
Course Permanent racing facility
2.5 mi (4 km)
Distance 160 laps, 400 mi (640 km)
Weather Clear blue skies with a temperature of 68 °F (20 °C); wind out of the southeast at 9 mph (14 km/h)
Average speed 134.266 mph (216.080 km/h)
Pole position
Driver Stewart-Haas Racing
Time 50.676
Most laps led
Driver Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing
Laps 97
Winner
No. 78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing
Television in the United States
Network Fox Sports 1 & MRN
Announcers Mike Joy, Larry McReynolds and Darrell Waltrip (Television)
Joe Moore and Jeff Striegle (Booth)
Dave Moody (1), Mike Bagley (2) and Kyle Rickey (3) (Turns) (Radio)
Nielsen Ratings 2.3/4 (Overnight)[11]
2.4/4 (Final)[12]
3.6 Million viewers[12]

The 2015 Axalta "We Paint Winners" 400 was a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race held on June 7, 2015, at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pennsylvania. Contested over 160 laps on the 2.5 mile (4 km) triangular superspeedway, it was the 14th race of the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season. Martin Truex Jr. won the race, while Kevin Harvick finished second, Jimmie Johnson finished third, Joey Logano and Kurt Busch rounded out the top five.

Kurt Busch won the pole for the race. He failed to lead a lap. Truex led the most laps for the fourth consecutive race in leading 97 laps. He took the lead with 36 laps to go and scored the victory. The race had twelve lead changes among six different drivers, as well as eight caution flag periods for 31 laps.

This was the third career win for Martin Truex Jr. and first since the 2013 Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway. It was the second win for Furniture Row Racing and first since the 2011 Showtime Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway. Despite the win, he left Pocono trailing Kevin Harvick by 39 points in the drivers standings. Chevrolet left with a 59-point lead over Ford in the manufacturer standings.

The Axalta "We Paint Winners" 400 was carried by Fox Sports on the cable/satellite Fox Sports 1 network for the American television audience. The radio broadcast for the race was carried by the Motor Racing Network and Sirius XM NASCAR Radio.

Contents

  • Report 1
    • Background 1.1
      • Pit crew apparel 1.1.1
      • Entry list 1.1.2
  • First practice 2
  • Qualifying 3
    • Qualifying results 3.1
  • Practice (post-qualifying) 4
    • Second practice 4.1
    • Final practice 4.2
  • Race 5
    • First half 5.1
      • Start 5.1.1
      • Second quarter 5.1.2
    • Second half 5.2
      • Halfway 5.2.1
      • Fourth quarter 5.2.2
    • Post-race 5.3
      • Post-race comments 5.3.1
      • Race results 5.3.2
      • Race statistics 5.3.3
        • Race awards 5.3.3.1
  • Media 6
    • Television 6.1
    • Radio 6.2
  • Standings after the race 7
  • Note 8
  • References 9

Report

Background

Pocono Raceway, the track where the race was held.

Pocono Raceway (formerly Pocono International Raceway) also known as the Tricky Triangle, is a superspeedway located in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania at Long Pond. It is the site of two annual NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races held just weeks apart in June and August, and one NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event in August. Since 2013, the track is also host to a Verizon IndyCar Series race.

Pocono is one of a very few NASCAR tracks not owned by either Speedway Motorsports, Inc. or International Speedway Corporation, the dominant track owners in NASCAR. It is run by the Igdalsky siblings Brandon, Nicholas, and sister Ashley, and cousins Joseph IV and Chase Mattioli, all of whom are third-generation members of the family-owned Mattco Inc, started by Joseph II and Rose Mattioli. Mattco also owns South Boston Speedway in South Boston, Virginia.

Outside of the NASCAR races, Pocono is used throughout the year by Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) and motorcycle clubs as well as racing schools. The triangular oval also has three separate infield sections of racetrack – North Course, East Course and South Course. Each of these infield sections use a separate portion of the tri-oval to complete the track. During regular non-race weekends, multiple clubs can use the track by running on different infield sections. Also some of the infield sections can be run in either direction, or multiple infield sections can be put together – such as running the North Course and the South Course and using the tri-oval to connect the two.

Kevin Harvick entered Pocono with a 44-point lead over Martin Truex Jr. following a runner-up finish at Dover. Jimmie Johnson and Joey Logano entered 76 back. Dale Earnhardt Jr. entered 84 back.

Pit crew apparel

Beginning this weekend, all pit crew members were required to wear specially made gloves, head socks and underwear that are certified by the SFI Foundation.[13] Previously, only the gas can man was required to wear all these items.

Entry list

The entry list for the Axalta "We Paint Winners" 400 was released on Monday, June 1 at 4:45 p.m. Eastern time. Forty-three cars were entered for the race. This was the first race this season in which nobody failed to qualify for the race. The two driver changes from the previous race to this race were the No. 32 Go FAS Racing Ford that was driven by Travis Kvapil and the No. 33 Hillman-Circle Sport LLC Chevrolet that was driven by Ty Dillon.

No. Driver Team Manufacturer
1 Jamie McMurray Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet
2 Brad Keselowski (PC3) Team Penske Ford
3 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet
4 Kevin Harvick (PC1) Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet
5 Kasey Kahne Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
6 Trevor Bayne Roush Fenway Racing Ford
7 Alex Bowman Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet
9 Sam Hornish Jr. Richard Petty Motorsports Ford
10 Danica Patrick Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet
11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
13 Casey Mears Germain Racing Chevrolet
14 Tony Stewart (PC4) Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet
15 Clint Bowyer Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota
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 (PC6) Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford
23 J. J. Yeley (i) BK Racing Toyota
24 Jeff Gordon (PC7) Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
26 Jeb Burton (R) BK Racing Toyota
27 Paul Menard Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet
31 Ryan Newman Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet
32 Travis Kvapil (i) Go FAS Racing Ford
33 Ty Dillon (i) Hillman-Circle Sport LLC Chevrolet
34 Brett Moffitt (R) Front Row Motorsports Ford
35 Cole Whitt Front Row Motorsports Ford
38 David Gilliland Front Row Motorsports Ford
40 Landon Cassill (i) Hillman-Circle Sport LLC Chevrolet
41 Kurt Busch (PC5) Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet
42 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet
43 Aric Almirola Richard Petty Motorsports Ford
46 Michael Annett HScott Motorsports Chevrolet
47 A. J. Allmendinger JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet
48 Jimmie Johnson (PC2) Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
51 Justin Allgaier HScott Motorsports Chevrolet
55 David Ragan Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota
62 Brendan Gaughan (i) Premium Motorsports Chevrolet
78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet
83 Matt DiBenedetto (R) BK Racing Toyota
88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
98 Josh Wise Phil Parsons Racing Ford
Official initial entry list
Official final entry list
Key Meaning
(R) Rookie
(i) Ineligible for points
(PC#) Past champions provisional

First practice

Kevin Harvick was the fastest in the first practice session with a time of 50.867 and a speed of 176.932 mph (284.744 km/h).[14] Eighty-five minutes into the session, Tony Stewart got loose exiting turn 2, slid down and crashed into the tire barrier on the inside wall.[14] Stewart told Fox Sports 1, “I was already past the bump (from the tunnel turn), got loose on the exit of it and I couldn’t catch it. So, driver error.”[14] The damage sustained forced the team to roll out their backup car.[14] Because this change took place prior to qualifying, he won't be required to start the race from the rear of the field.[14]

Pos No. Driver Team Manufacturer Time Speed
1 4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 50.867 176.932
2 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 50.913 176.772
3 19 Carl Edwards Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 50.929 176.717
Official first practice results

Qualifying

Kurt Busch, seen here in 2012, scored the pole for the race.

“It’s something we are going to look at,’’ O’Donnell said. “In this case is it the right decision to have a driver, not on purpose, cause a caution and therefore they qualify ahead of … drivers who may have not been able to go out and qualify? Some folks could say that’s on them, they should have gone out earlier, but you also look at it if that is the right move. We’re taking a hard look at that this weekend. We’ve had some dialogue with some of the industry and we’ll make a decision here shortly.’’

NASCAR Executive Vice-President Steve O'Donnell speaking on Sirius XM NASCAR Radio.[15]

Kurt Busch won the pole with a time of 50.676 and a speed of 177.599 mph (285.818 km/h).[16] “Wow, what a day, today,” Busch said. “I feel like there are six corners out there as hard as I was working; corner entry, corner exit. The car was just off-balance, especially with the new bumps in Turn 2. And then we got way loose. I think we were 30th in practice. And we had to drop back and punt. (Danica Patrick’s crew chief) Daniel Knost, his set-up, is what we reverted to from last year when we qualified outside pole. So, that’s what it’s all about, team communication and working hard together as a group.”[16] “Yeah, I was just disappointed that we didn’t have great speed,” Brad Keselowski said after qualifying seventh. “I’m not really sure why, but that’s just part of it.”[16] Only seven drivers posted a time in the final round after Denny Hamlin spun out in turn 1.[16] The session was stopped with 39 seconds remaining. Because no one would be able to make it around in the remaining time to start a qualifying lap, the session was concluded.[16] “The circumstances though, I’d like to see everybody finish their lap,” Busch said. “I always thought they should freeze the time when somebody spins. That way everybody still gets to get back out there and make their lap."[16]

Questions were raised over Denny Hamlin getting placed ahead of the other four drivers that didn't post a time in the third round since his spin caused the session to end prematurely.[15] In his weekly appearance on the Sirius XM NASCAR Radio program The Morning Drive the Tuesday after the race, NASCAR Executive Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer Steve O'Donnell discussed with Mike Bagley and Pete Pistone about changing that particular policy.[15]

Qualifying results

Pos No. Driver Team Manufacturer R1 R2 R3
1 41 Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 51.116 51.055 50.676
2 19 Carl Edwards Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 50.851 50.996 50.690
3 78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet 50.873 50.912 50.698
4 24 Jeff Gordon Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 50.725 51.006 50.787
5 4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 50.693 50.645 50.790
6 3 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 50.872 50.904 50.984
7 2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford 51.215 51.124 51.146
8 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 50.863 50.654 0.000
9 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 50.960 50.737 0.000
10 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 50.718 50.792 0.000
11 22 Joey Logano[N 1] Team Penske Ford 51.001 50.905 0.000
12 5 Kasey Kahne Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 51.017 51.116 0.000
13 31 Ryan Newman Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 50.950 51.126
14 1 Jamie McMurray Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 51.054 51.135
15 42 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 51.232 51.153
16 27 Paul Menard Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 51.094 51.167
17 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford 51.429 51.224
18 13 Casey Mears Germain Racing Chevrolet 50.986 51.232
19 20 Matt Kenseth Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 51.327 51.273
20 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 51.044 51.292
21 55 David Ragan Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 51.317 51.306
22 10 Danica Patrick Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 51.280 51.478
23 15 Clint Bowyer Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 51.452 51.654
24 9 Sam Hornish Jr. Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 51.432 51.778
25 43 Aric Almirola Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 51.490
26 47 A. J. Allmendinger JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 51.496
27 16 Greg Biffle Roush Fenway Racing Ford 51.522
28 14 Tony Stewart Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 51.531
29 33 Ty Dillon (i) Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 51.630
30 51 Justin Allgaier HScott Motorsports Chevrolet 51.715
31 46 Michael Annett HScott Motorsports Chevrolet 51.762
32 40 Landon Cassill (i) Hillman-Circle Sport LLC Chevrolet 51.792
33 6 Trevor Bayne Roush Fenway Racing Ford 51.815
34 7 Alex Bowman Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet 51.900
35 38 David Gilliland Front Row Motorsports Ford 52.184
36 34 Brett Moffitt (R) Front Row Motorsports Ford 52.193
37 23 J. J. Yeley (i) BK Racing Toyota 52.329
38 98 Josh Wise Phil Parsons Racing Ford 52.360
39 35 Cole Whitt Front Row Motorsports Ford 52.401
40 26 Jeb Burton (R) BK Racing Toyota 52.748
41 83 Matt DiBenedetto (R) BK Racing Toyota 53.116
42 32 Travis Kvapil (i) Go FAS Racing Ford 53.216
43 62 Brendan Gaughan (i) Premium Motorsports Chevrolet 0.000
Official qualifying results

Practice (post-qualifying)

Second practice

Kevin Harvick was the fastest in the second practice session with a time of 51.236 and a speed of 175.658 mph (282.694 km/h).[17]

Pos No. Driver Team Manufacturer Time Speed
1 4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 51.236 175.658
2 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 51.254 175.596
3 19 Carl Edwards Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 51.255 175.593
Official second practice results

Final practice

Kevin Harvick was the fastest in the final practice session with a time of 51.144 and a speed of 175.974 mph (283.203 km/h).[18]

Pos No. Driver Team Manufacturer Time Speed
1 4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 51.144 175.974
2 42 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 51.343 175.292
3 5 Kasey Kahne Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 51.454 174.914
Official final practice results

Race

First half

Start

The race was scheduled to start at 1:20 p.m., but started one minute later when Kurt Busch led the field to the green flag. He didn't lead the first lap, however, as Carl Edwards passed him in turn 1. Jeff Gordon puled to within a car length of him, but began pulling away from the field after a few laps. By lap 14, Martin Truex Jr. and Kevin Harvick reeled in Edwards. After a few attempts at him, Truex made the pass on Edwards and took the lead on lap 16. Brad Keselowski, running seventh, made an unscheduled stop on lap 21. He rejoined the race 37th. This triggered a wave of cars making this first pit stops of the race. Matt Kenseth, Joey Logano and Paul Menard were tagged for speeding on pit road. Kenseth and Logano were forced to serve a drive-through penalty. Menard was forced to serve a stop-go penalty for speeding in all sections after his pit box. He had to come a second time for speeding again. He cut down his left-front tire and came down pit road for a third time. Truex, Jr. made his first pit stop on lap 29 and handed the lead to Edwards. Edwards pitted on lap 30 and handed the lead to Kasey Kahne, who made his stop on lap 32. Then the lead was given back to Kevin Harvick.[19]

Second quarter

Debris on the front stretch brought out the first caution on lap 49. The debris was a pice of the splitter from Menard's car. Truex exited pit road with the lead by taking just two tires.[19]

The race restarted on lap 55. Truex's lead over Harvick began to shrink by lap 65. The second caution flew on lap 69 when Ricky Stenhouse Jr., going into the tunnel turn, dove into the corner to try passing Casey Mears, got loose, overcorrected, and slammed the wall.[20] "The brakes were getting hot and we were having to pump them up," Stenhouse said. "They kind of maintained the first run and everything felt OK. I was still having to pump it up and on that last run I was having to pump them up three or four times, and then when the 13 (Mears) got into us down the back straightaway I was too busy catching it and too busy being sideways, and then once I finally caught it I didn't have time to pump up the brakes and the brakes went to the floor. Then I was just trying to make it through the corner without hitting anybody else and tried to keep it out of the wall, but didn't quite do it."[21] Harvick chose not to pit, so he had the lead under the caution.[19]

Second half

Halfway

The race restarted on lap 74. The third caution of the race flew on lap 88 when Jimmie Johnson cut down his left-front tire in turn 2. He was able to get his car down to the bottom of the track. Austin Dillon chose not to pit under the caution, so he assumed the lead.[19]

The race restarted with on lap 93. Gordon passed Dillon going into turn 1 and took the lead. The fourth caution flew the same lap when Alex Bowman, going into turn 3, got turned by Brett Moffitt and spun. Gordon pitted and handed the lead to Martin Truex Jr.[19]

The race restarted on lap 97. The fifth caution of the race flew with 39 laps to go for a single car wreck in turn 1. Going into 1, Sam Hornish Jr. cut a tire and slammed the wall hard.[22]

Fourth quarter

Martin Truex Jr., seen here at the 2015 Daytona 500, snapped a 69 race winless drought and scored the third victory of his career at Pocono.

The race restarted with 35 laps to go. The sixth caution of the race flew with 32 laps to go for a single car wreck in turn 1. As Brett Moffitt was riding the high line in 1, Brad Keselowski hit him in the left rear corner and sent the No. 34 car spinning. Tony Stewart was tagged for an uncontrolled tire and was forced to restart the race from the rear of the field.[19]

The race restarted with 27 laps to go. The seventh caution of the race flew for a single car wreck in turn 1. After making hard contact with the wall exiting turn 4, Danica Patrick cut down the right-rear tire and backed into the turn 1 wall.[23] "I was trying the best I could to get back into the top-10, and the car just hopped the wall," Patrick said. "We were having a great race, and I hate that wrecked our day.”[23]

The race restarted with 21 laps to go. The eighth caution of the race flew with 20 laps to go for a single car wreck in turn 1. Going through the corner, A. J. Allmendinger got loose, drifted up the track, tapped Ryan Newman and sent him rear into the wall.[19]

The race restarted with 16 laps to go. Danica Patrick spun out exiting turn 3, but because she spun into pit road, the race remained green. Martin Truex Jr. pulled away from the field to snap a 69 race winless streak.[24]

Post-race

Post-race comments

“It feels unbelievable,” Truex said. “I knew we were going to get one. Everyone kept asking when are you going to get one. I knew we were going to win. I knew we had the team and what it took. I feel that I’m on Cloud Nine right now. The last year and a half have been pretty tough, but this feels real good. It never gets any better than this. It takes time to heal things especially with what Sherry and I went through. This just kind of makes you forget all about it. Tomorrow we are still going back to normal life and we always try to remember that and be ourselves and remember why we are here. And how thankful we are to be here and how lucky we are to be doing this. I just feel super blessed to be with this group of guys.”[25]

“I think everybody is probably frustrated that we didn't win, but I think it's frustrated in a good way,” Harvick said of his latest second-place finish on Sunday. “It's very rare that you can come to the racetrack and be in those positions every week. I think when you look at the just like today, we were literally coming to pit road when the caution flag flew and never really made up those ten spots that we lost, and struggled on the restarts to get going. I think as you look at the situations, I think second is better than tenth.”[26]

Jimmie Johnson rallied from a cut tire and brushing the wall to finish third.[27] “Today we really didn't have pace for the 78 (Truex Jr.) or the 4 (Harvick), so we've got to get to work there,” Johnson said. “With the damaged car we ran third, missing half the splitter and the right side knocked in, some hard racing on one of those restarts off Turn 3. To get a good result, we overcame a lot today, having to deal with a flat tire, the damage to the car, and then I got to third. We'll take it. Scrappy day for us, but not the end of the world, either.”[28]

Jimmie Johnson had some words of congrats for the race winner. "He's had more to overcome personally and professionally than probably anybody sitting in that seat right now," Johnson said. "For him to still walk in the garage every week with a smile on his face, climb in the car, be the great guy he is, I think speak volumes. It's a very popular win."[29]

Race results

Pos Grid No. Driver Team Manufacturer Laps Points
1 3 78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet 160 48
2 5 4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 160 43
3 9 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 160 41
4 11 22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford 160 40
5 1 41 Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 160 39
6 19 20 Matt Kenseth Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 160 38
7 14 1 Jamie McMurray Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 160 37
8 15 42 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 160 36
9 10 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 160 35
10 8 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 160 34
11 20 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 160 33
12 27 16 Greg Biffle Roush Fenway Racing Ford 160 32
13 12 5 Kasey Kahne Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 160 32
14 4 24 Jeff Gordon Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 160 31
15 2 19 Carl Edwards Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 160 30
16 18 13 Casey Mears Germain Racing Chevrolet 160 28
17 7 2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford 160 27
18 29 33 Ty Dillon (i) Hillman-Circle Sport LLC Chevrolet 160 0
19 6 3 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 160 26
20 30 51 Justin Allgaier HScott Motorsports Chevrolet 160 24
21 28 14 Tony Stewart Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 160 23
22 23 15 Clint Bowyer Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 160 22
23 21 55 David Ragan Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 160 21
24 33 6 Trevor Bayne Roush Fenway Racing Ford 160 20
25 32 40 Landon Cassill (i) Hillman-Circle Sport LLC Chevrolet 160 0
26 34 7 Alex Bowman Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet 160 18
27 35 38 David Gilliland Front Row Motorsports Ford 160 17
28 39 35 Cole Whitt Front Row Motorsports Ford 160 16
29 38 98 Josh Wise Phil Parsons Racing Ford 159 15
30 36 34 Brett Moffitt (R) Front Row Motorsports Ford 158 14
31 16 27 Paul Menard Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 158 13
32 41 83 Matt DiBenedetto (R) BK Racing Toyota 158 12
33 40 26 Jeb Burton (R) BK Racing Toyota 158 11
34 31 46 Michael Annett HScott Motorsports Chevrolet 158 10
35 42 32 Travis Kvapil (i) Go FAS Racing Ford 157 0
36 37 23 J. J. Yeley (i) BK Racing Toyota 155 0
37 22 10 Danica Patrick Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 153 7
38 26 47 A. J. Allmendinger JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 143 6
39 13 31 Ryan Newman Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 141 5
40 43 62 Brendan Gaughan (i) Premium Motorsports Chevrolet 129 0
41 24 9 Sam Hornish Jr. Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 120 3
42 17 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford 105 2
43 25 43 Aric Almirola Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 88 1
Official Axalta "We Paint Winners" 400 results

Race statistics

  • 12 lead changes among 6 different drivers
  • 8 cautions for 31 laps
  • Time of race: 2 hours, 58 minutes, 45 seconds
  • Average speed: 134.266 mph (216.080 km/h)
  • Martin Truex Jr. took home $201,810 in winnings
Lap Leaders
Laps Leader
1-14 Carl Edwards
15-27 Martin Truex Jr.
28-29 Carl Edwards
30-31 Kasey Kahne
32-51 Kevin Harvick
52-69 Martin Truex Jr.
70-87 Kevin Harvick
88-92 Austin Dillon
93 Jeff Gordon
94-132 Martin Truex Jr.
133 Kevin Harvick
134-160 Martin Truex Jr.
Total laps led
Leader Laps
Martin Truex Jr. 97
Kevin Harvick 39
Carl Edwards 16
Austin Dillon 5
Kasey Kahne 2
Jeff Gordon 1
Race awards

Media

Television

Fox Sports covered their seventh race at Pocono Raceway and first since 2006. Mike Joy, Larry McReynolds and four-time Pocono winner Darrell Waltrip had the call in the booth for the race. Jamie Little, Chris Neville and Matt Yocum handled the pit road duties for the television side.

Fox Sports 1
Booth announcers Pit reporters
Lap-by-lap: Mike Joy
Color-commentator: Larry McReynolds
Color-commentator: Darrell Waltrip
Jamie Little
Chris Neville
Matt Yocum

Radio

MRN had the radio call for the race, which was simulcast on Sirius XM NASCAR Radio. Joe Moore and Jeff Striegle called the race in the booth when the field was racing down the front stretch. Dave Moody called the race from atop a billboard outside of turn 1 when the field was racing through turn 1.[30][31] Mike Bagley called the race from a billboard outside turn 2 when the field was racing through turn 2.[32][33] Kyle Rickey called the race from a billboard outside turn 3 when the field was racing through turn 3. Alex Hayden, Winston Kelley and Steve Post worked pit road for MRN.

MRN
Booth announcers Turn announcers Pit reporters
Lead announcer: Joe Moore
Announcer: Jeff Striegle
Turn 1: Dave Moody
Turn 2: Mike Bagley
Turn 3: Kyle Rickey
Alex Hayden
Winston Kelley
Steve Post

Standings after the race

Note

  1. ^ Joey Logano changed rear-end gears and started the race from the rear of the field.

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