Dale Earnhardt Jr. holds on to win Geico 500 at Talladega

CEHDz9HVAAAd_KmIt was a Hendrick Motorsports 1, 2 finish Sunday afternoon, as Dale Earnhardt Jr. held off Jimmie Johnson – by 0.158 seconds – to win the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway (TSS).

Dale Jr., who also led the most laps – 67 out of 188, received his first series win of the 2015 season, his 24th series career win and his sixth series win at the superspeedway.

Following Earnhardt and Johnson to the drop of the checkered flag were Paul Menard finishing third, Ryan Blaney fourth and Martin Truex Jr. finished fifth.

Rounding out the top-10 finishing positions were Sam Hornish Jr. claiming sixth, Ryan Newman seventh, the current series points leader, Kevin Harvick eighth, Denny Hamlin ninth and Josh Wise brought home 10th.

With his eighth-place finish, Kevin Harvick leaves Talladega with a 40-point lead over Martin Truex Jr.

RACE NOTES:
Average Speed: 159.487 MPH
Time of Race: 03 Hrs, 08 Mins, 08 Secs.
Margin of Victory: 0.158 Seconds
Lead Changes: 27 among 15 drivers
Cautions: 6 for 23 laps

Next Up: The SpongeBob SquarePants 400 at Kansas Speedway on Saturday, May 9th, with an approximate starting time of 7:50 p.m. (ET), and television coverage provided by FOX Sports 1.



GEICO 500 Race Results
Pos. Car # Driver Laps Status Laps Led Points Bonus Points
1 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr 188 Running 67 48 5
2 48 Jimmie Johnson 188 Running 50 43 1
3 27 Paul Menard 188 Running 0 41 0
4 21 Ryan Blaney (i) 188 Running 0 0 0
5 78 Martin Truex Jr. 188 Running 0 39 0
6 9 Sam Hornish Jr. 188 Running 0 38 0
7 31 Ryan Newman 188 Running 0 37 0
8 4 Kevin Harvick 188 Running 1 37 1
9 11 Denny Hamlin 188 Running 5 36 1
10 98 Josh Wise 188 Running 1 35 1
11 1 Jamie McMurray 188 Running 0 33 0
12 41 Kurt Busch 188 Running 1 33 1
13 35 Cole Whitt 188 Running 2 32 1
14 23 J.J. Yeley (i) 188 Running 0 0 0
15 43 Aric Almirola 188 Running 0 29 0
16 7 Alex Bowman 188 Running 0 28 0
17 47 AJ Allmendinger 188 Running 0 27 0
18 83 Matt Dibenedetto # 188 Running 0 26 0
19 14 Tony Stewart 188 Running 6 26 1
20 38 David Gilliland 188 Running 1 25 1
21 10 Danica Patrick 188 Running 0 23 0
22 2 Brad Keselowski 188 Running 0 22 0
23 51 Justin Allgaier 188 Running 1 22 1
24 34 Chris Buescher (i) 188 Running 0 0 0
25 20 Matt Kenseth 188 Running 0 19 0
26 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr 188 Running 1 19 1
27 32 Bobby Labonte 188 Running 1 18 1
28 13 Casey Mears 188 Running 1 17 1
29 46 Michael Annett 188 Running 0 15 0
30 15 Clint Bowyer 188 Running 0 14 0
31 24 Jeff Gordon 188 Running 47 14 1
32 19 Carl Edwards 188 Running 0 12 0
33 22 Joey Logano 186 Running 0 11 0
34 5 Kasey Kahne 158 Running 3 11 1
35 3 Austin Dillon 157 Engine 0 9 0
36 55 Michael Waltrip 151 Running 0 8 0
37 16 Greg Biffle 147 Running 0 7 0
38 18 David Ragan 123 Running 0 6 0
39 40 Landon Cassill (i) 91 Accident 0 0 0
40 62 Brendan Gaughan (i) 90 Accident 0 0 0
41 6 Trevor Bayne 46 Accident 0 3 0
42 42 Kyle Larson 46 Accident 0 2 0
43 33 Brian Scott (i) 18 Engine 0 0 0

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

2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Unofficial Point Standings
After Race 10 at Talladega Superspeedway
Pos. Car # Driver Points Behind Starts Wins Top 5s Top 10s DNF
1 4 Kevin Harvick 394 Leader 10 2 7 9 0
2 78 Martin Truex Jr. 354 -40 10 0 2 9 0
3 48 Jimmie Johnson 342 -52 10 2 6 7 0
4 22 Joey Logano 335 -59 10 1 5 8 0
5 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr 319 -75 10 1 5 6 1
6 2 Brad Keselowski 305 -89 10 1 3 6 1
7 1 Jamie McMurray 297 -97 10 0 2 4 1
8 20 Matt Kenseth 292 -102 10 1 3 5 0
9 5 Kasey Kahne 286 -108 10 0 1 4 1
10 11 Denny Hamlin 281 -113 10 1 3 4 0
11 27 Paul Menard 280 -114 10 0 2 2 1
12 43 Aric Almirola 279 -115 10 0 0 0 0
13 24 Jeff Gordon 277 -117 10 0 1 6 1
14 31 Ryan Newman 271 -123 10 0 4 6 0
15 41 Kurt Busch 255 -139 7 1 3 3 0
16 10 Danica Patrick 253 -141 10 0 0 2 0
17 15 Clint Bowyer 249 -145 10 0 0 2 0
18 19 Carl Edwards 240 -154 10 0 0 1 0
19 47 AJ Allmendinger 229 -165 10 0 0 2 2
20 18 David Ragan 224 -170 10 0 1 1 0
21 13 Casey Mears 217 -177 10 0 0 1 1
22 16 Greg Biffle 210 -184 10 0 0 1 0
23 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr 207 -187 10 0 1 1 1
24 42 Kyle Larson 207 -187 9 0 0 3 2
25 3 Austin Dillon 203 -191 10 0 0 1 2
26 38 David Gilliland 200 -194 10 0 0 0 0
27 51 Justin Allgaier 193 -201 10 0 0 1 2
28 9 Sam Hornish Jr. 182 -212 10 0 0 1 0
29 6 Trevor Bayne 177 -217 10 0 0 0 1
30 14 Tony Stewart 174 -220 10 0 0 1 3
31 35 Cole Whitt 168 -226 10 0 0 0 1
32 55 Brett Moffitt # 151 -243 8 0 0 1 0
33 7 Alex Bowman 131 -263 9 0 0 0 1
34 46 Michael Annett 116 -278 10 0 0 0 1
35 98 Josh Wise 100 -294 9 0 0 1 2
36 83 Matt Dibenedetto 90 -304 7 0 0 0 0
37 95 Michael McDowell 79 -315 5 0 0 0 0
38 26 Jeb Burton # 51 -343 7 0 0 0 1
39 33 Alex Kennedy # 40 -354 5 0 0 0 0
40 32 Bobby Labonte 38 -356 2 0 0 0 0
41 55 Brian Vickers 32 -362 2 0 0 0 0
42 55 Michael Waltrip 26 -368 2 0 0 0 0
43 44 Reed Sorenson 22 -372 2 0 0 0 0
44 66 Mike Wallace 8 -386 1 0 0 0 0
45 30 Ron Hornaday Jr. 2 -392 1 0 0 0 1

# – RookieUntitledchase

2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Owner Standing 
After Race 10 at Talladega Superspeedway
Pos. Owner Car # Wins Points Behind Attempts
1 Tony Stewart 4 2 394 Leader 10
2 Barney Visser 78 0 354 -40 10
3 Jeff Gordon 48 2 342 -52 10
4 Gene Haas 41 1 338 -56 10
5 Walter Czarnecki 22 1 335 -59 10
6 Rick Hendrick 88 1 319 -75 10
7 Roger Penske 2 1 305 -89 10
8 Felix Sabates 1 0 297 -97 10
9 Joe Gibbs 20 1 292 -102 10
10 Linda Hendrick 5 0 286 -108 10
11 J D Gibbs 11 1 281 -113 10
12 Richard Childress 27 0 280 -114 10
13 Richard Petty 43 0 279 -115 10
14 Rick Hendrick 24 0 277 -117 10
15 Richard Childress 31 0 271 -123 10
16 Tony Stewart 10 0 253 -141 10
17 Rob Kauffman 15 0 249 -145 10
18 J D Gibbs 19 0 240 -154 10
19 Chip Ganassi 42 0 235 -159 10
20 Tad Geschickter 47 0 229 -165 10
21 Joe Gibbs 18 0 223 -171 10
22 Bob Germain 13 0 217 -177 10
23 Jack Roush 16 0 210 -184 10
24 John Henry 17 0 207 -187 10
25 Richard Childress 3 0 203 -191 10
26 Brad Jenkins 38 0 200 -194 10
27 Harry Scott Jr 51 0 193 -201 10
28 Michael Waltrip 55 0 190 -204 10
29 Richard Petty 9 0 182 -212 10
30 John Henry 6 0 177 -217 10
31 Margaret Haas 14 0 174 -220 10
32 Bob Jenkins 35 0 168 -226 10
33 Jerry Freeze 34 0 165 -229 10
34 Tommy Baldwin 7 0 131 -263 10
35 Ron Devine 83 0 155 -239 10
36 Michael Hillman 40 0 111 -283 10
37 Joe Falk 33 0 110 -284 10
38 Ron Devine 23 0 110 -284 10
39 Harry Scott Jr 46 0 101 -293 10
40 Mike Curb 98 0 100 -294 10
41 Archie St Hilaire 32 0 100 -294 10
42 Bob Leavine 95 0 79 -315 6
43 Glen Wood 21 0 72 -322 4
44 Anthony Marlowe 26 0 45 -349 10
45 Jay Robinson 62 0 36 -358 10
46 Rick Hendrick 25 0 34 -360 2
47 John Cohen 44 0 12 -382 4
48 Jay Robinson 66 0 8 -386 4
49 Curtis Key 30 0 6 -388 5
50 Robby Benton 129 0 0 -394 4

 

2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Manufacturer Standings
After Race 10 at Talladega Superspeedway
Pos. Manufacturer Wins Points Behind
1 Chevrolet 6 453 Leader
2 Ford 2 416 -37
3 Toyota 2 384 -69

 

 

 

 

 

 

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