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Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500
Martinsville Speedway
Sun, Oct 26, 2014
1:45pm EDT - ESPN

Race Data

Chase #: 7 of 10
Race #: 33 of 36
Event: Goodys Headache Relief Shot 500
Location: Martinsville, Va.
Track Size: 0.526 Miles
Track Type: Oval
Total Laps: 500
Total Miles: 263
2014-1 Winner: Kyle Busch
Pit Speed: 35 mph

Previous Winners

8- Jimmie Johnson 04/06/07/07/08/09/12/13
8- Jeff Gordon 96/97/99/03/03/05/05/13
4- Denny Hamlin 08/09/10/10
2- Mark Martin 92/00
3- Tony Stewart 00/06/11
1- Jeff Burton 97
1- John Andretti 99
1- Bobby Labonte 02
1- Kurt Busch 02
1- Kevin Harvick 11
1- Ryan Newman 12
1- Kyle Busch

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Statistical Advance: Analyzing the Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500

Courtesy of NASCAR Media


DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (October 20, 2014) - Below is a look at the eight Eliminators - and beyond - at Martinsville Speedway in Martinsville, Virginia going into the Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500 on October 26.

MARTINSVILLE-SPECIFIC STATISTICS

 

1 - Joey Logano (No. 22 Shell Pennzoil Ford)

         Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 106.6

2014 Rundown

         Five wins, 15 top fives, 20 top 10s; one pole

         Average finish of 11.5

         Led 20 races for 916 laps

Martinsville Speedway Outlook:

         Two top fives, three top 10s

         Average finish of 14.8 in 11 races

         Average Running Position of 16.0, 13th-best

         Driver Rating of 82.3, 14th-best

 

2 - Kevin Harvick (No. 4 Outback Steakhouse Chevrolet)

         Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 109.7

2014 Rundown

         Three wins, 11 top fives, 17 top 10s; eight poles

         Average finish of 13.4

         Led 24 races for 1,817 laps

Martinsville Speedway Outlook:

         One win, three top fives, 12 top 10s

         Average finish of 15.8 in 26 races

         Average Running Position of 13.7, eighth-best

         Driver Rating of 93.2, eighth-best

         956 Green Flag Passes, eighth-most

         Average Green Flag Speed of 91.163 mph, eighth-fastest

         6,348 Laps in the Top 15 (66.6%), sixth-most

         578 Quality Passes, sixth-most

 

3 - Ryan Newman (No. 31 Quicken Loans Chevrolet)

         Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 85.1

2014 Rundown

         Three top fives, 14 top 10s

         Average finish of 13.3

         Led 7 races for 41 laps

Martinsville Speedway Outlook:

         One win, seven top fives, 11 top 10s; three poles

         Average finish of 15.5 in 25 races

         Average Running Position of 15.1, 10th-best

         Driver Rating of 86.9, 10th-best

         1,008 Green Flag Passes, fifth-most

         5,419 Laps in the Top 15 (56.8%), ninth-most

         528 Quality Passes, ninth-most

 

4 - Denny Hamlin (No. 11 FedEx Freight Toyota)

         Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 90.0

2014 Rundown

         One win, six top fives, 14 top 10s; two poles

         Average finish of 15.1

         Led 14 races for 218 laps

Martinsville Speedway Outlook:

         Four wins, nine top fives, 13 top 10s; three poles

         Average finish of 8.8 in 17 races

         Average Running Position of 9.0, third-best

         Driver Rating of 109.6, third-best

         580 Fastest Laps Run, third-most

         Average Green Flag Speed of 91.467 mph, third-fastest

         7,007 Laps in the Top 15 (82.1%), fourth-most

         609 Quality Passes, fifth-most

 

 

5 - Matt Kenseth (No. 20 Dollar General Toyota)

         Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 91.6

2014 Rundown

         12 top fives, 19 top 10s; one pole

         Average finish of 13.6

         Led 18 races for 468 laps

Martinsville Speedway Outlook:

         Four top fives, 10 top 10s

         Average finish of 15.0 in 29 races

         Average Running Position of 16.0, 12th-best

         Driver Rating of 84.2, 12th-best

         173 Fastest Laps Run, 12th-most

         1,023 Green Flag Passes, fourth-most

         Average Green Flag Speed of 91.042 mph, 11th-fastest

 

6 - Carl Edwards (No. 99 Ford Ecoboost Fusion Ford)

         Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 81.7

2014 Rundown

         Two wins, seven top fives, 13 top 10s

         Average finish of 14.5

         Led 11 races for 135 laps

Martinsville Speedway Outlook:

         One top five, five top 10s

         Average finish of 15.7 in 20 races

         Average Running Position of 15.9, 11th-best

         Driver Rating of 81.4, 15th-best

         1,036 Green Flag Passes, third-most

         5,181 Laps in the Top 15 (54.3%), 11th-most

         555 Quality Passes, eighth-most

 

7 - Jeff Gordon (No. 24 Drive To End Hunger Chevrolet)

         Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 108.4

2014 Rundown

         Four wins, 12 top fives, 20 top 10s; two poles

         Average finish of 10.3

         Led 23 races for 743 laps

Martinsville Speedway Outlook:

         Eight wins, 27 top fives, 34 top 10s; seven poles

         Average finish of 7.0 in 43 races

         Average Running Position of 6.7, second-best

         Driver Rating of 119.0, second-best

         Series-high 1,034 Fastest Laps Run

         933 Green Flag Passes, 11th-most

         Average Green Flag Speed of 91.684 mph, second-fastest

         8,375 Laps in the Top 15 (87.8%), second-most

         Series-high 691 Quality Passes

 

8 - Brad Keselowski (No. 2 Alliance Truck Parts Ford)

         Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 104.3

2014 Rundown

         Six wins, 14 top fives, 17 top 10s; five poles

         Average finish of 12.9

         Led 26 races for 1,518 laps

Martinsville Speedway Outlook:

         One top five, five top 10s

         Average finish of 13.4 in nine races

         Average Running Position of 16.2, 14th-best

         Driver Rating of 84.5, 11th-best

         Average Green Flag Speed of 91.102 mph, 10th-fastest

 

9 - Kyle Busch (No. 18 M&M's Halloween Toyota)

         Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 90.0

2014 Rundown

         One win, eight top fives, 14 top 10s; three poles

         Average finish of 17.0

         Led 15 races for 453 laps

Martinsville Speedway Outlook:

         Eight top fives, nine top 10s; one pole

         Average finish of 15.9 in 19 races

         Average Running Position of 13.3, seventh-best

         Driver Rating of 96.1, sixth-best

         409 Fastest Laps Run, fifth-most

         952 Green Flag Passes, ninth-most

         Average Green Flag Speed of 91.342 mph, fifth-fastest

         6,587 Laps in the Top 15 (69.1%), fifth-most

         616 Quality Passes, fourth-most

 

10 - Jimmie Johnson (No. 48 Lowe's Chevrolet)

         Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 99.2

2014 Rundown

         Three wins, 10 top fives, 18 top 10s; one pole

         Average finish of 14.7

         Led 16 races for 1,119 laps

Martinsville Speedway Outlook:

         Eight wins, 18 top fives, 22 top 10s; three poles

         Average finish of 5.2 in 25 races

         Series-best Average Running Position of 5.6

         Series-best Driver Rating of 124.8

         1,010 Fastest Laps Run, second-most

         Series-best Average Green Flag Speed of 91.737 mph

         Series-high 8,833 Laps in the Top 15 (92.6%)

         680 Quality Passes, second-most

 

 

11 - Kasey Kahne (No. 5 Great Clips Chevrolet)

         Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 89.1

2014 Rundown

         One win, three top fives, 11 top 10s

         Average finish of 16.3

         Led 12 races for 218 laps

Martinsville Speedway Outlook:

         Three top fives, four top 10s; one pole

         Average finish of 20.2 in 21 races

         Average Running Position of 20.4, 20th-best

         Driver Rating of 77.7, 19th-best

         255 Fastest Laps Run, ninth-most

 

12 - AJ Allmendinger (No. 47 Clorox Chevrolet)

         Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 70.2

2014 Rundown

         One win, two top fives, four top 10s

         Average finish of 20.2

         Led 5 races for 68 laps

Martinsville Speedway Outlook:

         One top five, two top 10s

         Average finish of 20.6 in 12 races

         Average Running Position of 21.3, 23rd-best

         Driver Rating of 70.8, 22nd-best

 

13 - Dale Earnhardt Jr. (No. 88 National Guard Chevrolet)

         Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 96.6

2014 Rundown

         Three wins, 11 top fives, 17 top 10s

         Average finish of 12.8

         Led 15 races for 300 laps

Martinsville Speedway Outlook:

         11 top fives, 16 top 10s

         Average finish of 12.8 in 29 races

         Average Running Position of 10.8, fourth-best

         Driver Rating of 99.9, fourth-best

         471 Fastest Laps Run, fourth-most

         Series-high 1,111 Green Flag Passes

         Average Green Flag Speed of 91.374 mph, fourth-fastest

         7,393 Laps in the Top 15 (77.5%), third-most

         668 Quality Passes, third-most

 

 

14 - Greg Biffle (No. 16 3M Ford)

         Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 78.6

2014 Rundown

         Three top fives, 10 top 10s

         Average finish of 16.1

         Led 7 races for 110 laps

Martinsville Speedway Outlook:

         Five top 10s

         Average finish of 20.1 in 23 races

         Average Running Position of 20.6, 21st-best

         Driver Rating of 70.5, 23rd-best

         1,068 Green Flag Passes, second-most

 

15 - Kurt Busch (No. 41 Haas Automation Chevrolet)

         Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 86.5

2014 Rundown

         One win, six top fives, nine top 10s

         Average finish of 19.4

         Led 12 races for 183 laps

Martinsville Speedway Outlook:

         Two wins, three top fives, five top 10s; one pole

         Average finish of 20.8 in 28 races

         Average Running Position of 18.2, 18th-best

         Driver Rating of 79.0, 18th-best

         987 Green Flag Passes, sixth-most

 

16 - Aric Almirola (No. 43 Smithfield Ford)

         Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 72.4

2014 Rundown

         One win, two top fives, seven top 10s

         Average finish of 21.6

         Led 5 races for 23 laps

Martinsville Speedway Outlook:

         One top five, three top 10s

         Average finish of 24.0 in 11 races

         Average Running Position of 23.9, 30th-best

         Driver Rating of 64.8, 27th-best

 

 

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 2014 Eliminator Eight at Martinsville Speedway

 

Driver

Races

Poles

Wins

Top Fives

Top 10s

DNFs

Average Finish

Driver Rating

 
 

1

Joey Logano

11

0

0

2

3

0

14.8

82.3

 

2

Kevin Harvick

26

0

1

3

12

1

15.8

93.2

 

3

Ryan Newman

25

3

1

7

11

2

15.5

86.9

 

4

Denny Hamlin

17

3

4

9

13

1

8.8

109.6

 

5

Matt Kenseth

29

0

0

4

10

2

15.0

84.2

 

6

Carl Edwards

20

0

0

1

5

0

15.7

81.4

 

7

Jeff Gordon

43

7

8

27

34

0

7.0

119.0

 

8

Brad Keselowski

9

0

0

1

5

0

13.4

84.5

 

* - Based on last 19 races at Martinsville Speedway (2005 - 2014).

 

Martinsville Speedway:

History

         Opened in September 1947 by H. Clay Earles, Martinsville, originally a dirt track, is one of the oldest continuously-operating race tracks in the United States.

         The first NASCAR-sanctioned race at Martinsville was on July 4, 1948.

         The first NASCAR Sprint Cup race was Sept. 25, 1949.

         The track was paved in 1955.

         The first 500-lap event at Martinsville was in 1956.

         Concrete corners were added atop asphalt in 1976.

Notebook

         There have been 131 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Martinsville Speedway, one in the inaugural year and two races per year since 1950.

         599 drivers have competed in at least one NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Martinsville; 376 in more than one.

         NASCAR Hall of Famer Richard Petty has the all-time most NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at Martinsville with 67 starts; Jeff Gordon has the most among active drivers with 43.

         Curtis Turner won the inaugural Coors Light pole at Martinsville Speedway in 1949.

         58 drivers have Coors Light poles at Martinsville, led by NASCAR Hall of Famer Darrell Waltrip with eight; Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers with seven.

         12 drivers have won two or more consecutive Coors Light poles at Martinsville Speedway. Four of the 12 have won three consecutive poles at Martinsville: Glen Wood (Fall of 1959 and 1960 sweep); Darrell Waltrip (1979 sweep and spring 1980); Mark Martin (fall of 1990 and 1991 sweep); Jeff Gordon (2003 sweep and spring 2004).

         Youngest Martinsville pole winner: Ricky Rudd (4/26/1981 - 24 years, 7 months, 14 days).

         Oldest Martinsville pole winner: Morgan Shepherd (4/26/1987 - 45 years, 6 months, 14 days).

         47 different drivers have won at Martinsville Speedway, led by Richard Petty with 15; Jimmie Johnson and Jeff Gordon lead the series among active drivers with eight wins each.

         24 drivers have multiple wins at Martinsville Speedway only five active drivers have multiple wins:  Jimmie Johnson (eight), Jeff Gordon (eight), Denny Hamlin (four), Tony Stewart (three) and Kurt Busch (two).

         Hendrick Motorsports leads the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in wins at Martinsville Speedway with 21.  

         21 of 131 races (16.0%) at Martinsville Speedway have been won from the Coors Light pole; seven of those 21 wins came from active drivers: Tony Stewart (2000), Jeff Gordon (2003 twice), Jimmie Johnson (2008, 2012, spring 2013) and Denny Hamlin (2010).

         The Coors Light pole is the most proficient starting spot in the field at Martinsville producing more wins (21) than any other starting position.

         36 of the 131 (27.4%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Martinsville Speedway have been won from the front row: 21 from the pole and 15 from second-place.

         95 of the 131 (72.5%) NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Martinsville Speedway have been won from a top-10 starting position.

         Six of the 131 (4.5%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Martinsville Speedway have been won from a starting position outside the top 20.

         The deepest in the field that a race winner has started was 36th, by Kurt Busch in the fall of 2002.

         Youngest Martinsville winner: Richard Petty (04/10/1960 - 22 years, 9 months, 8 days).

         Oldest Martinsville winner: Harry Gant (09/22/1991 - 51 years, 8 months, 12 days).

         NASCAR Hall of Famer Dale Earnhardt leads the series in runner-up finishes at Martinsville Speedway with seven; Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson lead all active drivers with four each. 

         Richard Petty leads the series in top-five finishes at Martinsville Speedway with 30; Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers with 27, followed by Jimmie Johnson with 18.

         Richard Petty leads the series in top-10 finishes at Martinsville Speedway with 37; Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers with 34, followed by Jimmie Johnson with 22.

         Jeff Gordon leads active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average starting position at Martinsville Speedway with a 7.186. Ryan Newman (9.680) and Denny Hamlin (9.765) are the only two other active drivers with an average starting position at Martinsville inside the top-10.

         Three active drivers have a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series average finish in the top-10 at Martinsville: Jimmie Johnson (5.200), Jeff Gordon (6.953) and Denny Hamlin (8.765).

         There have been five NSCS green-white-checkered finishes at Martinsville Speedway: fall 2007 (500/506), fall 2008 (500/504), fall 2009 (500/501), spring 2010 (500/508), and spring 2012 (500/515).

         Qualifying has been cancelled due to weather conditions eight times in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Martinsville Speedway; the most recent was the fall race of 2011.

         Jeff Gordon has participated in the most NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Martinsville Speedway without a DNF (43).

         Tony Stewart (4/18/1999) and Scott Riggs (4/10/2005) won their first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coors Light poles at Martinsville Speedway.   

         Mike Bliss (09/27/1998), Travis Kvapil (10/24/2004), Michael McDowell (3/30/2008) and Scott Speed (10/19/2008) made their first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series career starts at Martinsville Speedway.

         12 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers have posted consecutive wins at Martinsville Speedway. Fred Lorenzen won four NSCS races straight (the most) from the fall of 1963 through the spring of 1965. 

         All eight active NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers who have won at Martinsville Speedway participated in at least two or more races before visiting Victory Lane. Tony Stewart won at Martinsville with the fewest previous appearances (three).

         Ryan Newman competed at Martinsville Speedway 20 times before winning in the spring of 2012; the longest span of any the eight active NASCAR Sprint Cup Series winners.

         Four drivers have made eight or more attempts before their first win at Martinsville Speedway: Kevin Harvick (19) and Ryan Newman (20).

         Since the advent of electronic scoring the closest margin of victory in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Martinsville Speedway is the 4/1/2007 race won by Jimmie Johnson with a MOV of 0.065 second.

         Danica Patrick is the only female driver to compete at Martinsville Speedway in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. 

Driver

Starting Position

Finishing Position

Date

Danica Patrick

10

32

3/30/2014

Danica Patrick

41

17

10/27/2013

Danica Patrick

32

12

4/7/2013

         Seven car numbers have produced five or more Martinsville Speedway NSCS wins:

Car Number - Drivers - (Years)

o    No. 43  - Richard Petty (1960, '62, '63, '67 sweep, '68, '69 sweep, '70, '71, '72 sweep, '73, '75 and '79); John Andretti (1999)

o    No. 11 - Cale Yarborough (1974, '76, '77 sweep, '78); Darrell Waltrip (1981, '82, '83, '84); Geoff Bodine (1990 sweep); Denny Hamlin (2008, '09, '10 sweep)

o    No. 28 - Fred Lorenzen (1961, '63, '64 sweep, '65 and '66); Buddy Baker (1979); Ernie Irvan (1993).

o    No. 2 - Dale Earnhardt (1980); Rusty Wallace (1993, '94 sweep, '95, '96 and '04)

o    No. 48 - Jimmie Johnson (2004, '06, '07 sweep, '08, '09, '12, '13)

o    No. 24 - Jeff Gordon (1996, '97, '99, '03 sweep and '05 sweep, fall 2013)

o    No. 3 - Ricky Rudd (1983); Dale Earnhardt (1985, '87, '88, '91, '95)

 

NASCAR in Virginia

         There have been 285 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races among nine tracks in Virginia.

Track Name

City

NSCS

Martinsville Speedway

Martinsville

131

Richmond International Raceway

Richmond

117

South Boston Speedway

South Boston

10

Langley Field Speedway

Hampton

9

Old Dominion Speedway

Manassas

7

Southside Speedway

Richmond

4

Starkey Speedway

Roanoke

4

Norfolk Speedway

Norfolk

2

Princess Anne Speedway

Norfolk

1

 

         172 drivers in NASCAR national series history have their home state recorded as Virginia.

         19 drivers from Virginia have won at least one race in NASCAR's three national series. 11 of the 19 Virginia native NASCAR winners have won in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.

 

Driver

NSCS

NNS

NCWTS

Joe Weatherly

25

0

0

Denny Hamlin

24

11

2

Ricky Rudd

23

1

0

Jeff Burton

21

27

0

Curtis Turner

17

0

0

Ward Burton

5

4

0

Glen Wood

4

0

0

Elliott Sadler

3

10

1

Emanuel Zervakis

2

0

0

Lennie Pond

1

0

0

Wendell Scott

1

0

0

Tommy Ellis

0

22

0

Jimmy Hensley

0

9

2

Rick Mast

0

9

0

Hermie Sadler

0

2

0

Elton Sawyer

0

2

0

Stacy Compton

0

0

2

Jon Wood

0

0

2

Jeb Burton

0

0

1







Harvick Advances With Charlotte Win As Tempers Flare After The Race

Courtesy of NASCAR Media


CONCORD, N.C. - The Closer finally closed the deal, and the door swung almost shut on Dale Earnhardt Jr., six-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson and 2012 champion Brad Keselowski.

With the dominant car in Saturday night's Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Kevin Harvick led 162 laps and survived a wild two-lap dash to the finish after the final caution en route to his third NASCAR Sprint Cup Series win of the season and a free pass into the Eliminator Round of the Chase.

In a race that ended with battered cars, bruised egos, boiling tempers and physical confrontations in the garage, Harvick pulled away after a restart on Lap 333 of 334 and beat Jeff Gordon to the finish line by .572 seconds. Jamie McMurray ran third, followed by Joey Logano and polesitter Kyle Busch.

"I won't be anorexic and throwing up all week," Harvick quipped, knowing he won't need to avoid the inevitable major wrecks in the Oct. 19 race at Talladega Superspeedway to advance to the next round of the Chase. "This was the night that we needed to win. I don't want to go to Talladega next week."

Nicknamed "The Closer," Harvick had failed to win the last five races in which he had led the most laps, but his victory on Saturday night-his third at Charlotte and the 26th of his career-was an emphatic rebuke to the ill fortune that had kept him out of Victory Lane since April.

For Keselowski, Johnson and Earnhardt, it was a night of continuing disappointment-and in Keselowski's case, a night of battling that continued onto pit road and into the garage after the race.

Keselowski and Johnson got shuffled back to their finishing positions of 16th and 17th, respectively, on the restart with two laps left, after a caution for Brian Vickers' blown engine on Lap 327.

After the race, Keselowski and ninth-place finisher Denny Hamlin traded insults on pit road, as NASCAR officials and their crews kept them apart in the wake of a late race incident between their two cars.

Keselowski clipped Hamlin's rear bumper on the cool-down lap, then hit Kenseth's Toyota with his Ford on pit road after the race. After sustaining collateral damage on pit road during the melee, Tony Stewart backed into Keselowski's Ford, crumpling the nose of the car.

Keselowski insisted it was Kenseth's car and not his No. 2 Ford that bumped Stewart's Chevy.

"I rubbed into the No. 20 (Kenseth), and I think he gassed up and ran into Tony, and I don't think Tony knew what was going on," Keselowski said. "He's upset, and he has every right to be. His car was tore up. There was a whole lot of other stuff going on. I'm sure when he sees the whole situation, he'll understand." Kenseth, whose No. 20 Toyota had been damaged by contact from Keselowski's car on a restart with 63 laps left, jumped Keselowski as he was walking between haulers in the garage, and the drivers scuffled before being separated.

"I had my HANS (head and neck restraint) off and my seat belts off and everything," Kenseth said of the hit from Keselowski on pit road. "He clobbered me at 50 (mph). And the access we have around here. the race is over, trying to come back to pit road...

"If you want to talk about it as a man, do that, but to try and wreck someone on the race track, come down pit road with other cars and people standing around with seat belts off and drive in the side of me-it's inexcusable. There is no excuse for that. He's a champion. He's supposed to know better than that."

Hamlin also had some harsh words for the 2012 champion.

"There's a corner there, so you have to back off, and he just plowed into us," Hamlin said. "He's just out of control. He's desperate, obviously, and it's either four or five of us are wrong or he's wrong, because he's pissed off everyone. Just disappointing -- but we're trying to get in this deal. We're sitting in a decent spot, but we've lost six spots or so with the last restart when he ran into us and knocked us up the track.

"That was unfortunate. Matt (Kenseth) was nearly out of his car and he just plowed into Matt and then ran into Tony (Stewart) and then went in through the garage and cleared out transmissions and did burnouts in the garage."

Both Johnson and Keselowski head to Talladega on Oct. 19 in all probability needing a victory to advance to avoid elimination from the Chase. The same goes for Earnhardt, whose shifter broke early in the race and relegated the driver of the No. 88 to a 20th-place finish, one lap down.

Rookie Kyle Larson ran sixth, followed by Chase drivers Ryan Newman, Carl Edwards, Hamlin and Kasey Kahne.

With the cut from 12 to eight Chase drivers looming at Talladega, Kenseth, Keselowski, Johnson and Earnhardt are the four drivers currently in positions 9 through 12 in the standings.

Note: Keselowski and Jesse Sanders, a member of the Kenseth's crew were called to the NASCAR transporter after the race. Kenseth's crew chief, Jason Ratcliff, also went to the hauler of his own volition in support of his crewman.

Afterwards Keselowski posted the following on his Twitter account:

"Rough night. Understand a lot of folks may not understand everything that happened and that's ok. I'm not perfect but also not the only one."