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2015 Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500

2015 Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500
Race details[1][2][3][4][5][6][7][8][9][10]
Race 2 of 36 in the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season
Date March 1, 2015 (2015-03-01)
Location Hampton, Georgia
Course Permanent racing facility
1.54 mi (2.48 km)
Distance 325 laps, 500.5 mi (805.476 km)
Weather Overcast skies with a temperature of 41 °F (5 °C); wind out of the northeast at 6.9 mph (11.1 km/h)[11]
Average speed 131.078 mph (210.950 km/h)
Pole position
Driver Team Penske
Time 28.477
Most laps led
Driver Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing
Laps 116
Winner
No. 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports
Television in the United States
Network Fox & PRN
Announcers Mike Joy, Larry McReynolds and Darrell Waltrip (Television)
Doug Rice and Mark Garrow (Booth)
Rob Albright (1 & 2) and Pat Patterson (3 & 4) (Turns) (Radio)
Nielsen Ratings 5.1/11 (Overnight)[12]
5.6/12 (Final)[13]
9.5 Million viewers[13]

The 2015 Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 was a 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season. Jimmie Johnson won the race, his first win of the season, while Kevin Harvick finished second. Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Joey Logano and Matt Kenseth rounded out the top five.

Joey Logano won the pole for the race in a qualifying session that saw 13 cars not post a single timed lap in the first of three rounds. Kevin Harvick led a race high of 116 laps on his way to a runner-up finish and his fifth of eight consecutive races finishing first or second. The race had 28 lead changes among twelve different drivers, as well as ten caution flag periods for 54 laps. There was one red flag for a multi-car wreck in the closing laps of the race that lasted for nine minutes and one second.

This was the 71st career victory for Jimmie Johnson, his fourth at Atlanta Motor Speedway and 13th at the track for Hendrick Motorsports. Despite the win, he left Atlanta trailing Logano by one–point in the driver points standings. Chevrolet took over the lead in the manufacturer standings by one over Ford.

The Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 was carried by Fox Sports on the broadcast Fox network for the America television audience. The radio broadcast for the race was carried by the Performance Racing Network and Sirius XM NASCAR Radio.

Contents

  • Report 1
    • Background 1.1
      • Entry list 1.1.1
        • Substitute drivers 1.1.1.1
  • Test sessions 2
    • First session 2.1
    • Second session 2.2
  • Missing car 3
  • First practice 4
  • Qualifying 5
    • Qualifying results 5.1
    • Driver change (post-qualifying) 5.2
  • Final practice 6
  • Race 7
    • First-half 7.1
      • Start 7.1.1
      • Trouble for Austin Dillon 7.1.2
      • Green flag stops 7.1.3
    • Second-half 7.2
      • Trouble on the backstretch 7.2.1
      • Big wreck in Turn 3 and finish 7.2.2
    • Post-race 7.3
      • Driver comments 7.3.1
    • Race results 7.4
    • Race statistics 7.5
      • Race awards 7.5.1
  • Media 8
    • Television 8.1
    • Radio 8.2
  • Standings after the race 9
  • Notes 10
  • References 11

Report

Background

Atlanta Motor Speedway was the site of the second race of the season.

Atlanta.[14] It is a 1.54 miles (2.48 km) quad-oval track with a seating capacity of 86,000.[14] It opened in 1960 as a 1.5 miles (2.4 km) standard oval.[14] In 1994, 46 condominiums were built over the northeastern side of the track.[14] In 1997, to standardize the track with Speedway Motorsports' other two 1.5 miles (2.4 km) ovals, the entire track was almost completely rebuilt.[14] The frontstretch and backstretch were swapped, and the configuration of the track was changed from oval to quad-oval.[14] The project made the track one of the fastest on the NASCAR circuit.

Joey Logano entered the race as the points leader for the first time in his career following his win in the Daytona 500.[15] Kevin Harvick, who dominated this race a year ago leading 195 of the 325 laps before finishing 19th following a late race crash, entered second in the points five back of Logano. Dale Earnhardt, Jr. entered in third also five back. Jeff Gordon, who made his first career Sprint Cup Series start at Atlanta in 1992, made his 42nd and final start at the track.

Entry list

The entry list for the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 was released on Monday, February 23, 2015 at 3:07 p.m. Eastern time. Forty-eight drivers were entered for the race. All of whom were entered in the previous week's Daytona 500. Mike Bliss drove the No. 32 Ford for Go FAS Racing. Travis Kvapil drove the No. 44 Chevrolet for Team XTREME Racing in place of Reed Sorenson, who took over the No. 29 Toyota for RAB Racing. Brendan Gaughan drove the No. 62 Chevrolet for Premium Motorsports. Matt DiBenedetto ran the No. 83 Toyota for BK Racing. The No. 98 car for Phil Parsons Racing was entered as a Chevrolet entry.

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 David Ragan[16] Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
19 Carl Edwards Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
20 Matt Kenseth (PC5) Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford
23 J. J. Yeley (i) BK Racing Toyota
24 Jeff Gordon (PC6) Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
26 Jeb Burton (R) BK Racing Toyota
27 Paul Menard Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet
29 Reed Sorenson RAB Racing Toyota
30 Ron Hornaday, Jr. The Motorsports Group Chevrolet
31 Ryan Newman Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet
32 Mike Bliss Go FAS Racing Ford
33 Brian Scott (i) Hillman-Circle Sport LLC Chevrolet
34 Joe Nemechek (i) 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 Regan Smith (i) Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet
42 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet
43 Aric Almirola Richard Petty Motorsports Ford
44 Travis Kvapil (i)[N 1] Team XTREME Racing Chevrolet
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 Brett Moffitt (R) Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota
62 Brendan Gaughan (i) Premium Motorsports Chevrolet
66 Mike Wallace 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
95 Michael McDowell Leavine Family Racing Ford
98 Josh Wise Phil Parsons Racing Ford
Official initial entry list
Official updated entry list
Key Meaning
(R) Rookie
(i) Ineligible for points
(PC#) Past champions provisional
Substitute drivers

Several substitute drivers took part in the race. Brett Moffitt drove the No. 55 Toyota in place of Brian Vickers, who would return to the car at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, the series' next scheduled race. Regan Smith once again drove the No. 41 Chevrolet in place of the suspended Kurt Busch.[18] David Ragan was entered to run the No. 34 Ford for Front Row Motorsports, but was selected to run the No. 18 Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing in place of the injured Kyle Busch.[16] Team owner Joe Gibbs stated that his team appreciated "being able to work with Front Row Motorsports and (sponsor) CSX for David's availability", while also adding that the team "are fortunate to be able to have someone of David's caliber behind the wheel while Kyle recovers".[16] On February 25, Front Row announced that Joe Nemechek would drive the No. 34 car in place of Ragan,[19] with plans beyond that to be determined.[19]

Test sessions

This weekend was the first of five race weekends that included an open test session for any team that wished to participate in it.

First session

Jamie McMurray was the fastest in the first test session with a time of 28.943 and a speed of 191.549 mph (308.268 km/h).[20]

Pos No. Driver Team Manufacturer Time Speed
1 1 Jamie McMurray Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 28.943 191.549
2 42 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 29.149 190.195
3 4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 29.202 189.850
Official first session results

Second session

Jeff Gordon was the fastest in the second test session with a time of 29.423 and a speed of 188.424 mph (303.239 km/h).[21]

Pos No. Driver Team Manufacturer Time Speed
1 24 Jeff Gordon Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 29.423 188.424
2 31 Ryan Newman Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 29.424 188.418
3 4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 29.479 188.066
Official second session results

Missing car

"Sometimes what happens when thieves see trailers, they might just assume there's something in the trailer they can go off and sell. Sometimes when things like this occur, they will drop off the items in a parking lot somewhere – like a Walmart parking lot – once they realize what they have. They'll open it up and say, 'Oh my God, this is not what we thought it was. Let's get out of here.' And they'll take off and leave it sitting there. We're hoping that will be the situation so he can get back to his races this weekend, because they drove quite a distance to participate."

Morrow Police Sgt. Larry Oglesby told USA Today.[22]

Early Friday morning, a black Ford dually pulling a white trailer carrying the No. 44 Loganville,[24] around 40 miles (64 km) northeast of Morrow.

On August 3, 2015, Jason Terry pleaded guilty to the theft of the truck and trailer carrying the team car.[25] The team tweeted about the guilty plea and "[h]ow bad this affected this race team."[26]

First practice

Kyle Larson was the fastest in the first practice session with a time of 28.727 and a speed of 192.989 mph (310.586 km/h).[27]

Pos No. Driver Team Manufacturer Time Speed
1 42 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 28.727 192.989
2 4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 28.784 192.607
3 18 David Ragan Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 28.793 192.547
Official first practice results

Qualifying

"When you have this many teams having issues going through, there's something wrong with this system or something wrong with the amount of time they allotted to get through. There's no way with this many good cars and talented people that they can't figure out how to get these cars through inspection. These guys are too smart and yeah, we're pushing limits, but there's something wrong here. It's ridiculous. The fans, they deserve an apology. I don't know how many cars are still back here that never got the chance to get on the track. I know we went through twice. When you have this many? I've seen five or six, maybe ten cars that have issues going with certain little things. But this many cars that didn't go? That's not on these teams. They deserve better than this, I can't believe how disappointing this is."

Jeff Gordon, commenting on the technical issues that dogged the qualifying session.[28]

Joey Logano won the pole with a time of 28.477 and a speed of 194.683 mph (313.312 km/h).[29] Logano felt that it was "such a great way to follow Daytona" and that his team "ha[d] a lot of momentum and [they] definitely want to keep it going".[29] The start of qualifying was delayed by 20 minutes because a number of cars had to go through NASCAR technical inspection more than once. Eventually, NASCAR decided to start the session anyway. As a result, 13 of the 47 cars never had a chance to post a lap time before the first round of qualifying ended.[28] The issues angered several drivers and team managers.[28]

Qualifying results

Pos No. Driver Team Manufacturer R1 R2 R3
1 22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford 28.542 28.586 28.477
2 4 Kevin Harvick[N 2] Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 28.957 28.560 28.608
3 1 Jamie McMurray Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 28.754 28.673 28.633
4 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 28.689 28.626 28.666
5 19 Carl Edwards Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 28.719 28.756 28.705
6 42 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 28.727 28.732 28.733
7 31 Ryan Newman Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 28.864 28.776 28.734
8 9 Sam Hornish, Jr. Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 28.997 28.799 28.828
9 88 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 28.880 28.683 28.844
10 5 Kasey Kahne Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 28.760 28.805 28.854
11 47 A. J. Allmendinger JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 28.989 28.811 28.953
12 2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford 28.894 28.821 28.965
13 27 Paul Menard Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 28.915 28.826
14 78 Martin Truex, Jr. Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet 28.745 28.828
15 3 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 28.843 28.853
16 51 Justin Allgaier HScott Motorsports Chevrolet 28.999 28.870
17 18 David Ragan Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 28.825 28.951
18 10 Danica Patrick Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 29.104 28.982
19 16 Greg Biffle Roush Fenway Racing Ford 29.054 29.036
20 17 Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford 29.050 29.073
21 13 Casey Mears Germain Racing Chevrolet 28.963 29.079
22 55 Brett Moffitt (R) Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 28.955 29.080
23 43 Aric Almirola Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 29.141 29.114
24 95 Michael McDowell Leavine Family Racing Ford 29.220 29.247
25 15 Clint Bowyer Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 29.254
26 38 David Gilliland Front Row Motorsports Ford 29.257
27 32 Mike Bliss (i) Go FAS Racing Ford 29.279
28 34 Joe Nemechek (i) Front Row Motorsports Ford 29.305
29 6 Trevor Bayne Roush Fenway Racing Ford 29.348
30 23 J. J. Yeley (i) BK Racing Toyota 29.460
31 62 Brendan Gaughan (i) Premium Motorsports Chevrolet 29.471
32 33 Brian Scott (i)[N 3] Hillman-Circle Sport LLC Chevrolet 29.515
33 98 Josh Wise Phil Parsons Racing Chevrolet 30.150
34 30 Ron Hornaday, Jr. The Motorsports Group Chevrolet 30.605
35 24 Jeff Gordon Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 0.000
36 20 Matt Kenseth Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 0.000
37 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 0.000
38 41 Regan Smith (i) Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 0.000
39 14 Tony Stewart[N 4] Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 0.000
40 26 Jeb Burton (R) BK Racing Toyota 0.000
41 35 Cole Whitt Front Row Motorsports Ford 0.000
42 7 Alex Bowman Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet 0.000
43 40 Landon Cassill (i) Hillman-Circle Sport LLC Chevrolet 0.000
Did not qualify
44 29 Reed Sorenson RAB Racing Toyota 0.000
45 46 Michael Annett[N 5] HScott Motorsports Chevrolet 0.000
46 66 Mike Wallace Premium Motorsports Chevrolet 0.000
47 83 Matt DiBenedetto (R) BK Racing Toyota 0.000
Official qualifying results

Driver change (post-qualifying)

Michael Annett, who originally failed to qualify for the race, drove the No. 33 Hillman-Circle Sport LLC Chevrolet in place of Brian Scott.[31] Scott, who regularly competes in the Xfinity Series, voluntarily gave up his spot because, unlike himself, Annett is running for drivers points in the Sprint Cup Series.[31] "It's a big deal," Annett said before Saturday's first practice. "I can't thank Mike Hillman and Brian Scott enough. We'd rather be in the (No.) 46 HScott Motorsport car, but we're running full-time and we need as many driver's points as we can get. Unfortunately, we won't get any owner's points for this, but being with a new crew chief, with Jay Guy, it's another hour-and-half of practice and another 500 miles (on Sunday) to work together. So looking back, we could have either gone home and watched this race or be able to work together so when we go to Las Vegas we're even stronger. I can't thank these guys enough for giving us this opportunity."[31]

On race day, Annett's HScott Motorsports team ran the car, but under NASCAR rules, Circle Sport owner Joe Falk was credited with the owners' points.

Final practice

Kevin Harvick was the fastest in the final practice session with a time of 29.018 and a speed of 191.054 mph (307.472 km/h).[30] During the session, Harvick's car blew an engine and meant that he would have to start from the rear of the field.[30] Harvick described the failure as "very rare" and that he was "glad that it happened today".[30]

Pos No. Driver Team Manufacturer Time Speed
1 4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 29.018 191.054
2 5 Kasey Kahne Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 29.209 189.805
3 3 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 29.218 189.746
Official final practice results

Race

First-half

Start

The race was scheduled to start at 1:16 p.m. on Sunday, but the start was delayed by overnight showers and track drying. The field rolled off pit road shortly after 1:45 p.m. and made a number of laps around the track and down pit road under caution speed. Finally, nearly an hour after the scheduled start time, Joey Logano lead the field to the green flag at 2:12 p.m. He pulled out to a four-second lead until the first caution of the race flew on lap 26 for overnight showers. This caution was a saving grace for Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. who had a right-rear tire going down. Joe Nemechek stayed out to lead a lap before pitting and handing the lead back to Logano.[32]

The race restarted on lap 32. Denny Hamlin tried to keep pace with Logano, but could not hang onto the point. Sam Hornish, Jr. was forced to make an unscheduled stop on lap 42 to remove a windshield tear-off that was blocking the air intake of his car. The second caution of the race flew on lap 46 for Austin Dillon cutting down his right-rear tire and a piece of debris on the backstretch. Jeff Gordon hit a piece of the debris that created a hole 3 in (76 mm) in diameter.[32]

Trouble for Austin Dillon

The race restarted on lap 52. The third caution of the race flew on lap 60 for Austin Dillon cutting another right-rear tire and spun out in turn 1. His car came to a halt in the wet grass and was covered in mud by the time he got it out. Opening of pit road was delayed as a piece of rubber was caught stuck on the top of the catch fencing on the backstretch. Mike Bliss stayed out to lead a lap before hitting pit road and handing the lead back to Joey Logano.[32]

The race restarted on lap 71 and Logano just jumped out ahead with relative ease. Eleven laps into the run, Kevin Harvick narrowed the game to half a second. He eventually took the lead on lap 87 after Logano got loose exiting turn 4. The fourth caution of the race flew on lap 94 after Landon Cassill blew an engine in turn 3. David Gilliland stayed out to take the lead before hitting pit road and handing the lead back to Harvick.[32]

Green flag stops

The race restarted on lap 100. Joey Logano began to fall back as Harvick pulled to a two-second lead over Denny Hamlin. A number of cars started hitting pit road on lap 138 that triggered a rush of cars. Kevin Harvick gave up the lead on lap 140 to pit and handed the lead to Denny Hamlin. He stopped the next lap and gave the lead to Brad Keselowski who stopped the next lap and the lead cycled to Matt Kenseth, who was one of the first cars to pit on lap 138. Mike Bliss and Ron Hornaday, Jr. had to serve a drive-through penalty for speeding on pit road. Eventually, Harvick took back the lead on lap 150.[32]

Second-half

Matt Kenseth made an unscheduled stop on lap 168 for a possible vibration. He was running eighth at the time and exited pit road 28th and one lap down. To add insult to injury, he got trapped by the fifth caution of the race on lap 175 for debris on the front stretch. Kevin Harvick entered pit road as the race leader, but Denny Hamlin beat him off pit road to take the lead. The race restarted on lap 181, but did not make it more than a lap before debris brought out the sixth caution of the race as Jeb Burton hit the wall. Matt Kenseth made it back onto the lead lap.[32]

The race restarted on lap 187. Kevin Harvick spun the tires on the restart and fell back a bit, but quickly climbed back to the tail of Hamlin in less than a lap. By lap 191, Harvick took back the lead. Eight laps later, Jimmie Johnson took the lead for the first time in the race. Harvick began running down Johnson with 110 laps to go. A number of cars hit pit road with 102 laps to go starting a rush of green flag stops. Johnson gave up the lead with 101 laps to go to pit and handed the lead to Casey Mears. He did not lead a lap as he was pitted before the start/finish line. As a result, Kevin Harvick cycled to the lead.[32]

Casey Mears slapped the wall exiting turn 4 right in front of the leader. This allowed Jimmie Johnson to reel in Kevin Harvick momentarily before the latter pulled away. Debris on the backstretch brought out the seventh caution of the race with 74 laps to go. Jimmie Johnson beat Harvick off pit road to take back the lead.[32]

Trouble on the backstretch

"It wouldn't have been too bad, but I found that one spot where there is no SAFER barrier. I can't believe it. That's amazing to me. Anyway. Hopefully now that will get fixed. I don't think we can say anymore after Kyle's incident in Daytona. Everybody knows they've got to do something and it should have been done a long time ago, but all we can do now is hope they can do it as fast as they possibly can and get it done. I knew it was a hard hit; I didn't expect it to be that hard. I got out and I looked and I was like, 'Oh, big surprise, I found the one wall here on the back straightaway that doesn't have a SAFER barrier'."

Jeff Gordon, commenting on his crash and the safety issue stemming from Kyle Busch's crash at Daytona.[33]

The race restarted with 69 laps to go and the eighth caution flew for a multi-car wreck on the backstretch. It started when Denny Hamlin got loose exiting turn 2, turned down into Ryan Newman who turned into Jamie McMurray who clipped Jeff Gordon who hit the inside wall head on, just beyond the end of the SAFER barrier. The race restarted with 63 laps to go. Carl Edwards was running eighth when he had a left-rear tire go down.[32]

Kevin Harvick and Brad Keselowski started the last pit stop sequence of the race with 33 laps to go. Jimmie Johnson surrendered the lead with 32 laps to go and handed the lead to Clint Bowyer. He gave up the lead to pit with 30 laps to go and Brett Moffitt assumed the lead. He gave up the lead the next lap and the lead cycled back to Johnson. Kasey Kahne was forced to serve a drive-through penalty for an uncontrolled tire. To make matters worse for him, the ninth caution of the race flew with 28 laps to go when Cole Whitt lost an engine in turn 1. Matt Kenseth, who at one point was two laps down, stayed out when Johnson pitted to take back the lead.[32]

Big wreck in Turn 3 and finish

Jimmie Johnson, seen here at the 2015 Daytona 500, scored his 71st career win at Atlanta.

The race restarted with 21 laps to go, before a major multi-car wreck occurred in turn 3, involving an octet of cars.[34] The incident started when Greg Biffle drove to the inside of Joe Nemechek entering Turn 3, but they made contact, sending both cars sliding up the track.[34] Bowyer, Hornish, Jr., Kyle Larson, Tony Stewart, Regan Smith and Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. were also involved.[34] On team radio, Nemechek was critical of Biffle's driving stating that he did not "know how he got me there in the left rear, that was messed up".[34] The race was red flagged for nine minutes and 1 second in order to facilitate cleanup on the track with 20 laps to go. The race restarted with 14 laps to go and Jimmie Johnson held off Kevin Harvick to score his 71st career victory.[35]

Post-race

Driver comments

In victory lane, Johnson stated that the result said "a lot of good things" and he was "just so excited that the guys could understand...so, this new team could understand what I was complaining about and things I didn't like about my race car".[35] Harvick explained that he "had one bad restart there where I spun the tires on the outside and we just never recovered from that one" but stated that he had "to thank everybody on this car for everything they do".[35]

Race results

Pos Grid No. Driver Team Manufacturer Laps Points
1 37 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 325 47
2 2 4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 325 44
3 9 88 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 325 42
4 1 22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford 325 41
5 36 20 Matt Kenseth Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 325 40
6 14 78 Martin Truex, Jr. Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet 325 38
7 11 47 A. J. Allmendinger JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 325 37
8 22 55 Brett Moffitt (R) Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 325 37
9 12 2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford 325 36
10 7 31 Ryan Newman Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 325 34
11 23 43 Aric Almirola Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 325 33
12 5 19 Carl Edwards Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 325 32
13 13 27 Paul Menard Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 325 31
14 10 5 Kasey Kahne Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 324 30
15 21 13 Casey Mears Germain Racing Chevrolet 324 29
16 18 10 Danica Patrick Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 324 28
17 38 41 Regan Smith (i) Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 324 0
18 17 18 David Ragan Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 323 26
19 29 6 Trevor Bayne Roush Fenway Racing Ford 323 25
20 16 51 Justin Allgaier HScott Motorsports Chevrolet 323 24
21 8 9 Sam Hornish, Jr. Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 323 23
22 26 38 David Gilliland Front Row Motorsports Ford 322 23
23 42 7 Alex Bowman Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet 322 21
24 25 15 Clint Bowyer Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 321 21
25 19 16 Greg Biffle Roush Fenway Racing Ford 320 19
26 6 42 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 320 18
27 24 95 Michael McDowell Leavine Family Racing Ford 320 17
28 31 62 Brendan Gaughan (i) Premium Motorsports Chevrolet 320 0
29 32 33 Michael Annett Hillman-Circle Sport LLC Chevrolet 319 15
30 39 14 Tony Stewart Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 319 14
31 27 32 Mike Bliss (i) Go FAS Racing Ford 318 0
32 33 98 Josh Wise Phil Parsons Racing Ford 318 12
33 28 34 Joe Nemechek (i) Front Row Motorsports Ford 318 0
34 30 23 J. J. Yeley (i) BK Racing Toyota 316 0
35 40 26 Jeb Burton (R) BK Racing Toyota 316 9
36 20 17 Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford 302 8
37 41 35 Cole Whitt Front Row Motorsports Ford 295 7
38 4 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 284 7
39 15 3 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 282 5
40 3 1 Jamie McMurray Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 256 4
41 35 24 Jeff Gordon Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 256 3
42 34 30 Ron Hornaday, Jr. The Motorsports Group Chevrolet 187 2
43 43 40 Landon Cassill (i) Hillman Smith Motorsports Chevrolet 92 0
Official Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 results

Race statistics

  • 28 lead changes among 12 different drivers
  • 10 cautions for 54 laps; 1 red flag for 9 minutes, 1 second
  • Time of race: 3 hours, 49 minutes, 6 seconds
  • Average speed: 131.078 mph (210.950 km/h)
  • Jimmie Johnson took home $335,901 in winnings
Lap Leaders
Laps Leader
1–27 Joey Logano
28 Joe Nemechek
29–48 Joey Logano
49 Mike Bliss
50–67 Joey Logano
68 Mike Bliss
69–86 Joey Logano
87–95 Kevin Harvick
96 Joey Logano
97 David Gilliland
98–138 Kevin Harvick
139 Denny Hamlin
140–141 Brad Keselowski
142–147 Matt Kenseth
148–176 Kevin Harvick
177–189 Denny Hamlin
190–197 Kevin Harvick
198–211 Jimmie Johnson
212 Kevin Harvick
213–225 Jimmie Johnson
226–253 Kevin Harvick
254–261 Jimmie Johnson
262 Dale Earnhardt Jr.
263–293 Jimmie Johnson
294 Clint Bowyer
295 Brett Moffitt
296–300 Jimmie Johnson
301–304 Matt Kenseth
305–325 Jimmie Johnson
Total laps led
Leader Laps
Kevin Harvick 116
Jimmie Johnson 92
Joey Logano 84
Denny Hamlin 14
Brad Keselowski 2
Mike Bliss 2
Dale Earnhardt Jr. 1
Brett Moffitt 1
David Gilliland 1
Clint Bowyer 1
Joe Nemechek 1

Race awards

Media

Television

Fox Sports covered their eleventh race at the Atlanta Motor Speedway, and their first since 2010. Mike Joy, Larry McReynolds, and three-time Atlanta 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 Television
Booth announcers Pit reporters
Lap-by-lap: Mike Joy
Color-commentator: Larry McReynolds
Color commentator: Darrell Waltrip
Matt Yocum
Jamie Little
Chris Neville

Radio

PRN had the radio call for the race which was also simulcasted on Sirius XM NASCAR Radio. Doug Rice and Mark Garrow called the race in the booth when the field went racing through the front stretch. Rob Albright called the race from a billboard in turn 2 when the field went racing through turns 1 and 2 and halfway down the backstretch. Pat Patterson called the race from atop the condos outside of turn 4 when the field went racing through the other half of the backstretch and through turns 3 and 4. Brad Gillie, Brett McMillan, Steve Richards, and Wendy Venturini worked pit road for the radio side.

PRN Radio
Booth announcers Turn announcers Pit reporters
Lead announcer: Doug Rice
Announcer: Mark Garrow
Turns 1 & 2: Rob Albright
Turns 3 & 4: Pat Patterson
Brad Gillie
Brett McMillan
Steve Richards
Wendy Venturini

Standings after the race

Notes

  1. ^ Team XTREME Racing withdrew from the race after the trailer carrying their car was stolen from the team's hotel in the early hours of February 27, 2015.[17]
  2. ^ Kevin Harvick qualified second, but started from the rear after losing an engine in the final practice session.[30]
  3. ^ Brian Scott, who qualified the car, gave up his seat to allow Michael Annett to race for drivers points.[31]
  4. ^ Tony Stewart dropped to the rear of the field for missing driver introductions.
  5. ^ Michael Annett, who originally failed to qualify for the race, drove the No. 33 Hillman-Circle Sport LLC Chevrolet in place of Brian Scott.[31]

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