Denny Hamlin holds off Brad Keselowski to earn fifth career win at Martinsville

CBTCUd4WQAANEBJEarly Sunday evening at Martinsville Speedway, Denny Hamlin held off last week’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) race winner, Brad Keselowski – by 0.186 seconds – to win the STP 500.

Following Hamlin and Keselowski to the drop of the checkered flag were pol-sitter Joey Logano finishing third, Matt Kenseth fourth and David Ragan finished fifth.

Rounding out the top-10 finishing positions were Martin Truex Jr. bringing home sixth, Danica Patrick seventh, the current series points leader, Kevin Harvick eighth, Jeff Gordon ninth and Jamie McMurray claiming the 10th position.

With his eighth-place finish, Harvick leaves Martinsville with a 24-point lead over Joey Logano.

RACE NOTES
Average Speed: 68.843 MPH
Time of Race: 03 Hrs, 49 Mins, 13 Secs.
Margin of Victory: 0.186 Seconds
Lead Changes: 31 among 13 drivers
Cautions: 16 for 112 laps

Next Up: The series takes this coming Easter weekend off, and returns to action the following week on Saturday, April 11th, with the Duck Commander 500 at Texas Motor Speedway. The race is scheduled to get under way around 7:50 p.m. (ET) that evening, and television coverage of the event will be provided by FOX.

STP 500 Race Results
Pos. Car # Driver Laps Status Laps Led Points Bonus Points
1 11 Denny Hamlin 500 Running 91 47 4
2 2 Brad Keselowski 500 Running 18 43 1
3 22 Joey Logano 500 Running 108 42 1
4 20 Matt Kenseth 500 Running 11 41 1
5 18 David Ragan 500 Running 0 39 0
6 78 Martin Truex Jr. 500 Running 23 39 1
7 10 Danica Patrick 500 Running 0 37 0
8 4 Kevin Harvick 500 Running 154 38 2
9 24 Jeff Gordon 500 Running 21 36 1
10 1 Jamie McMurray 500 Running 0 34 0
11 5 Kasey Kahne 500 Running 29 34 1
12 43 Aric Almirola 500 Running 0 32 0
13 15 Clint Bowyer 500 Running 0 31 0
14 41 Kurt Busch 500 Running 21 31 1
16 13 Casey Mears 500 Running 0 29 0
16 42 Regan Smith (i) 500 Running 0 0 0
17 19 Carl Edwards 500 Running 13 28 1
18 6 Trevor Bayne 500 Running 0 26 0
19 16 Greg Biffle 500 Running 0 25 0
20 14 Tony Stewart 500 Running 8 25 1
21 40 Landon Cassill (i) 500 Running 0 0 0
22 35 Cole Whitt 499 Running 0 22 0
23 27 Paul Menard 499 Running 0 21 0
24 34 Chris Buescher (i) 499 Running 0 0 0
25 38 David Gilliland 499 Running 0 19 0
26 23 J.J. Yeley (i) 497 Running 0 0 0
27 31 Ryan Newman 496 Running 2 18 1
28 55 Brett Moffitt # 496 Running 0 16 0
29 26 Jeb Burton # 495 Running 0 15 0
30 98 Josh Wise 495 Running 0 14 0
31 83 Matt Dibenedetto 494 Running 0 13 0
32 9 Sam Hornish Jr. 493 Running 0 12 0
33 33 Alex Kennedy # 492 Running 0 11 0
34 32 Mike Bliss(i) 491 Running 1 0 0
35 48 Jimmie Johnson 468 Running 0 9 0
36 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr 453 Running 0 8 0
37 7 Alex Bowman 444 Running 0 7 0
38 25 Chase Elliott (i) 427 Running 0 0 0
39 46 Michael Annett 389 Running 0 5 0
40 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr 364 Running 0 4 0
41 3 Austin Dillon 330 Electrical 0 3 0
42 51 Justin Allgaier 328 Running 0 2 0
43 47 AJ Allmendinger 177 Oil Leak 0 1 0

# – Rookie
(i) Ineligible for driver points in this series

2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Unofficial Point Standings
After Race 6 of the 2015 season at Martinsville Speedway
Pos. Car # Driver Points Behind Starts Wins Top 5s Top 10s DNF
1 4 Kevin Harvick 263 Leader 6 2 5 6 0
2 22 Joey Logano 239 -24 6 1 3 6 0
3 78 Martin Truex Jr. 231 -32 6 0 1 6 0
4 2 Brad Keselowski 206 -57 6 1 2 5 1
5 5 Kasey Kahne 193 -70 6 0 1 2 0
6 31 Ryan Newman 180 -83 6 0 3 4 0
7 27 Paul Menard 173 -90 6 0 1 1 0
8 11 Denny Hamlin 172 -91 6 1 3 3 0
9 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr 172 -91 6 0 3 4 1
10 43 Aric Almirola 170 -93 6 0 0 0 0
11 48 Jimmie Johnson 168 -95 6 1 2 3 0
12 20 Matt Kenseth 168 -95 6 0 2 3 0
13 18 David Ragan 163 -100 6 0 1 1 0
14 13 Casey Mears 161 -102 6 0 0 1 0
15 1 Jamie McMurray 154 -109 6 0 1 2 1
16 10 Danica Patrick 148 -115 6 0 0 1 0
17 24 Jeff Gordon 148 -115 6 0 0 3 1
18 19 Carl Edwards 148 -115 6 0 0 0 0
19 15 Clint Bowyer 146 -117 6 0 0 1 0
20 47 AJ Allmendinger 138 -125 6 0 0 2 1
21 16 Greg Biffle 138 -125 6 0 0 1 0
22 38 David Gilliland 120 -143 6 0 0 0 0
23 3 Austin Dillon 119 -144 6 0 0 0 1
24 42 Kyle Larson 116 -147 5 0 0 2 1
25 41 Kurt Busch 113 -150 3 0 2 2 0
26 6 Trevor Bayne 112 -151 6 0 0 0 0
27 51 Justin Allgaier 104 -159 6 0 0 0 1
28 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr 103 -160 6 0 0 0 1
29 35 Cole Whitt 102 -161 6 0 0 0 1
30 55 Brett Moffitt # 94 -169 5 0 0 1 0
31 9 Sam Hornish Jr. 92 -171 6 0 0 0 0
32 14 Tony Stewart 87 -176 6 0 0 0 2
33 46 Michael Annett 65 -198 6 0 0 0 0
34 7 Alex Bowman 56 -207 5 0 0 0 1
35 98 Josh Wise 52 -211 5 0 0 0 0
36 95 Michael McDowell 44 -219 3 0 0 0 0
37 26 Jeb Burton # 43 -220 5 0 0 0 0
38 55 Brian Vickers 32 -231 2 0 0 0 0
39 83 Matt Dibenedetto 24 -239 3 0 0 0 0
40 32 Bobby Labonte 20 -243 1 0 0 0 0
41 55 Michael Waltrip 18 -245 1 0 0 0 0
42 33 Alex Kennedy # 17 -246 2 0 0 0 0
43 44 Reed Sorenson 12 -251 1 0 0 0 0
44 66 Mike Wallace 8 -255 1 0 0 0 0
45 30 Ron Hornaday Jr. 2 -261 1 0 0 0 1

# – Rookie Untitled

2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Owner Standing 
After Race 6 of the 2015 season at Martinsville Speedway
Pos. Owner Car # Points Behind Attempts
1 Tony Stewart 4 263 Leader 6
2 Walter Czarnecki 22 239 -24 6
3 Barney Visser 78 231 -32 6
4 Roger Penske 2 206 -57 6
5 Gene Haas 41 196 -67 6
6 Linda Hendrick 5 193 -70 6
7 Richard Childress 31 180 -83 6
8 Richard Childress 27 173 -90 6
9 J D Gibbs 11 172 -91 6
10 Rick Hendrick 88 172 -91 6
11 Richard Petty 43 170 -93 6
12 Jeff Gordon 48 168 -95 6
13 Joe Gibbs 20 168 -95 6
14 Joe Gibbs 18 162 -101 6
15 Bob Germain 13 161 -102 6
16 Felix Sabates 1 154 -109 6
17 Tony Stewart 10 148 -115 6
18 Rick Hendrick 24 148 -115 6
19 JD Gibbs 19 148 -115 6
20 Rob Kauffman 15 146 -117 6
21 Chip Ganassi 42 144 -119 6
22 Tad Geschickter 47 138 -125 6
23 Jack Roush 16 138 -125 6
24 Michael Waltrip 55 125 -138 6
25 Brad Jenkins 38 120 -143 6
26 Richard Childress 3 119 -144 6
27 John Henry 6 112 -151 6
28 Harry Scott 51 104 -159 6
29 John Henry 17 103 -160 6
30 Jerry Freeze 34 102 -161 6
31 Bob Jenkins 35 102 -161 6
32 Richard Petty 9 92 -171 6
33 Margaret Haas 14 87 -176 6
34 Michael Hillman 40 75 -188 6
35 Joe Falk 33 71 -192 6
36 Ron Devine 23 61 -202 6
37 Archie St Hilaire 32 60 -203 6
38 Tommy Baldwin 7 56 -207 6
39 Mike Curb 98 52 -211 6
40 Harry Scott 46 50 -213 6
41 Ron Devine 83 49 -214 6
42 Bob Leavine 95 44 -219 3
43 Anthony Marlowe 26 43 -220 6
44 Jay Robinson 62 32 -231 6
45 Glen Wood 21 30 -233 2
46 John Cohen 44 12 -251 4
47 Jay Robinson 66 8 -255 4
48 Rick Hendrick 25 6 -257 1
49 Curtis Key 30 2 -261 3
50 Robby Benton 129 0 -263 4

 

2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Manufacturer Standings
After Race 6 of the 2015 season at Martinsville Speedway
Pos. Manufacturer Wins Points Behind
1 Chevrolet 3 267 Leader
2 Ford 2 255 -12
3 Toyota 1 230 -37

 

 

 

 

 

 

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