Two for One at Martinsville
Mother Nature had her way (AGAIN!) with the NASCAR schedule at Martisville. After practice and Cup qualifying were held on Friday, truck qualifying and Cup practices and the Kroger 250 were all scheduled for Saturday. No such luck as intermittent rain showers never gave NASCAR a big enough break to run any events. But it wasn’t until 4:30 PM Saturday afternoon did NASCAR make the call on the Saturday activities. The Kroger 250 would be held after the STP 500.
If you were there early enough on Sunday, you got a little winter mixed in with your breakfast. Snow showers persisted through part of the morning. But by race time, just clouds remained. Even then, skies cleared part way through the race and it was a cold, windy STP win for Kurt Busch.
Later that same day, Matt Crafton brought home the hardware with a victory in the Kroger 250.
Two Races, Three Winners
The first winner: Kyle Larson took home his First NASCAR series win in the TreatMyClots.com 300, holding off Kyle Busch.
The second winner: Kyle Busch. Sunday was a bit of role reversal with Busch holding off Sprint Cup rookie during a Green-White-Checker finish during the Auto Club 400.
The third winner – the sellout crowd at Auto Club Speedway. Great racing despite tire problems. It will be interesting to see how things are resolved before next year’s race at Auto Club.
Final results courtesy of MotorSportsOne.com
|1||14||Kyle Busch||18 Interstate / M&M’s Toyota||206||47||Running|
|2||11||Kyle Larson||42 Target / Axe Chevrolet||206||42||Running|
|3||17||Kurt Busch||41 Haas / Monster Energy Chevrolet||206||42||Running|
|4||1||Matt Kenseth||20 Dollar General / Home Depot Toyota||206||41||Running|
|5||10||Tony Stewart||14 Rush Truck Centers / Mobil 1 Chevrolet||206||39||Running|
|6||25||Jamie McMurray||1 McDonald’s / Dr Pepper Chevrolet||206||38||Running|
|7||19||Brian Vickers||55 Xarelto / Aaron’s Toyota||206||38||Running|
|8||18||A.J. Allmendinger||47 Charter / Bush’s Best Chevrolet||206||36||Running|
|9||30||Paul Menard||27 Duracell / Menards Chevrolet||206||35||Running|
|10||9||Carl Edwards||99 Subway / Fastenal Ford||206||34||Running|
|11||20||Austin Dillon||3 Cheerios / Dow Chevrolet||206||33||Running|
|12||15||Dale Earnhardt Jr.||88 National Guard / Kelley Blue Book Chevrolet||206||32||Running|
|13||6||Jeff Gordon||24 Drive to End Hunger Chevrolet||206||32||Running|
|14||27||Danica Patrick||10 GoDaddy / Aspen Dental Chevrolet||206||30||Running|
|15||31||Casey Mears||13 Geico / KMC Wheels Chevrolet||206||29||Running|
|16||5||Clint Bowyer||15 Peak / iRacing.com Toyota||206||29||Running|
|17||13||Sam Hornish Jr.||11 FedEx Express Toyota||206||NP||Running|
|18||34||Cole Whitt||26 Swan Energy Toyota||206||26||Running|
|19||23||Michael Annett||7 Pilot / Flying J Chevrolet||206||25||Running|
|20||16||Ryan Newman||31 Caterpillar / Quicken Loans Chevrolet||206||25||Running|
|21||36||Reed Sorenson||36 Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet||206||24||Running|
|22||40||Alex Bowman||23 Dr Pepper / Burger King Toyota||206||22||Running|
|23||12||Martin Truex Jr.||78 Furniture Row / Denver Mattress Chevrolet||206||21||Running|
|24||3||Jimmie Johnson||48 Lowe’s / Kobalt Chevrolet||206||22||Running|
|25||43||Landon Cassill||40 CRC Brakleen / K&W FiberLock Chevrolet||205||NP||Running|
|26||2||Brad Keselowski||2 Wurth / Alliance Ford||205||19||Running|
|27||41||David Ragan||34 Taco Bell Ford||205||18||Running|
|28||28||Justin Allgaier||51 Brandt Chevrolet||205||16||Running|
|29||33||David Reutimann||35 Morristown Drivers Service Ford||205||16||Running|
|30||8||Marcos Ambrose||9 DeWalt / Medallion Ford||205||14||Running|
|31||39||Ryan Truex||83 Borla Exhaust Toyota||205||13||Running|
|32||42||Joe Nemechek||66 LandCastle Title Toyota||205||NP||Running|
|33||35||Travis Kvapil||32 SK Professional Tools Ford||205||11||Running|
|34||22||Ricky Stenhouse Jr.||17 Ford EcoBoost Ford||204||10||Running|
|35||37||Brian Scott||33 Whitetail Chevrolet||204||NP||Running|
|36||4||Kevin Harvick||4 Jimmy John’s / Budweiser Chevrolet||204||8||Running|
|37||38||Josh Wise||98 Trench Shoring Chevrolet||204||7||Running|
|38||29||David Gilliland||38 Love’s Ford||202||7||Running|
|39||7||Joey Logano||22 Auto Club Ford||195||5||Running|
|40||24||Greg Biffle||16 3M Aerospace Ford||193||4||Running|
|41||26||Kasey Kahne||5 Time Warner Cable / Farmers Chevrolet||180||3||Running|
|42||32||Parker Kligerman||30 Swan Energy Toyota||85||2||Accident|
|43||21||Aric Almirola||43 Farmland Ford||68||1||Accident|
|Time of race||: 3h 05m 53s|
|Average speed||: 132.987 mph|
|Margin of victory||: 0.214 second|
|Caution flags||: 9 for 42 laps|
|Lead changes||: 35 among 15 drivers|
Weather update – 10:45 PM EDT:We finished the race under caution for rain…how appropriate!