Dale Earnhardt Jr. won the rain shortened 28th Annual Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500 at Phoenix International Raceway

2015 Nov 15 PIR_NSCS_DaleJr_111515Credit: 314255Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images. Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the #88 Nationwide Chevrolet, celebrates on pit road after winning the rain-shortened NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500 at Phoenix International Raceway on November 15, 2015 in Avondale, Arizona.

Starting from 3 Car 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Nationwide Chevrolet won the 28th Annual Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500, his 26th win in 576 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races. This is Earnhardt Jr.’s 3rd win & 22nd Top 10 finish in 2015. This is his 3rd win & 13th Top 10 finish in 27 races at Phoenix International Raceway. 2nd Place Car 4 Kevin Harvick Budweiser/Jimmy John’s Chevrolet, started from 8th place posted his 15th Top 10 finish in 26 races at Phoenix International Raceway. It is Harvick’s 27th Top 10 finish in 2015. 3rd Place Car 22 Joey Logano Pennzoil Ford, started from 14th place posted his eighth Top 10 finish in 14 races at Phoenix International Raceway.

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500Credit: 314259. PIR NSCS DaleJr VL 111515

4th Place Car 18 Kyle Busch M&M’s Crispy Toyota, started from 10th place followed by 5th place Car 48 Jimmie Johnson Lowe’s Patriotic Chevrolet, started from pole. 6th Place Car 24 Jeff Gordon Pepsi Chevrolet, started from 11th place followed by 7th place Car 41 Kurt Busch Haas Automation Chevrolet, started from 2nd place. 8th Place Car 11 Denny Hamlin FedEx Express Toyota, started from 13th place followed by 9th place Car 2 Brad Keselowski Miller Lite Ford, started from 18th place. Lastly in the Top 10 Car 43 Aric Almirola United States Air Force Ford, in 10th place, started from 17th place.

2015 Nov 15 PIR_NSCS_PitRoad_111515Credit: 314254Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images. Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the #88 Nationwide Chevrolet, and Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Budweiser/Jimmy John’s Chevrolet, lead the field onto pit road due to rain during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500 at Phoenix International Raceway on November 15, 2015 in Avondale, Arizona.

The race had 2 Cautions for 29 Laps: 1st Caution on lap 42 for Competition. 2nd Caution on lap 197 for #32 crash turn 3.

2015 Nov 15 PIR_NSCS_GreenFlag_111515Credit: 314244Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images. Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe’s Patriotic Chevrolet, and Kurt Busch, driver of the #41 Haas Automation Chevrolet, lead the field to the green flag at the start of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500 at Phoenix International Raceway on November 15, 2015 in Avondale, Arizona.

The race had 8 Lead Changes among 7 drivers: Lap Leaders: J. Johnson 1-44; K. Harvick 45-118; Kyle Busch 119; B. Keselowski 120-123; D. Ragan 124; K. Harvick 125-193; D. Earnhardt Jr. 194; J. Gordon 195-198; D. Earnhardt Jr. 199-219. Leaders Summary (Driver, Times Lead, Laps Led): K. Harvick 2 times for 143 laps; J. Johnson 1 time for 44 laps; D. Earnhardt Jr. 2 times for 22 laps; B. Keselowski 1 time for 4 laps; J. Gordon 1 time for 4 laps; D. Ragan 1 time for 1 lap; Kyle Busch 1 time for 1 lap.

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500Credit: Photo by Robert Laberge/NASCAR via Getty Images. Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe’s Patriotic Chevrolet, and Kurt Busch, driver of the #41 Haas Automation Chevrolet, lead the field to the green flag at the start of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500 at Phoenix International Raceway on November 15, 2015 in Avondale, Arizona.

The race was rain delayed & then on lap 219 of 319 it was shortened as the rain returned giving Car 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Nationwide Chevrolet the win. The remaining 4 drivers that are in the Chase for the Championship: are Jeff Gordon Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch & Martin Truex Jr. Carl Edwards, Brad Keselowski, Kurt Busch or Joey Logano missed the cut off for the last round of the Chase at Homestead-Miami Speedway (3 p.m. ET on NBC). Hendricks Motorsports swept the Eliminator Round of the Chase with Gordon winning at Martinsville, Jimmie Johnson at Texas and Earnhardt at Phoenix.

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NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Race Number 35
Unofficial Race Results for the 28Th Annual Quicken Loans Race For Heroes
500 – Sunday, November 15, 2015
Phoenix International Raceway – Avondale, AZ – 1 Mile Paved
Total Race Length – 219 Laps – 219 Miles – Purse: $5,202,126

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Finish Start Car Driver Team Laps Status
1. 3. Car 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Nationwide Chevrolet 219 Running
2. 8. Car 4 Kevin Harvick Budweiser/Jimmy John’s Chevrolet 219 Running
3. 14. Car 22 Joey Logano Pennzoil Ford 219 Running
4. 10. Car 18 Kyle Busch M&M’s Crispy Toyota 219 Running
5. 1. Car 48 Jimmie Johnson Lowe’s Patriotic Chevrolet 219 Running
6. 11. Car 24 Jeff Gordon Pepsi Chevrolet 219 Running
7. 2. Car 41 Kurt Busch Haas Automation Chevrolet 219 Running
8. 13. Car 11 Denny Hamlin FedEx Express Toyota 219 Running
9. 18. Car 2 Brad Keselowski Miller Lite Ford 219 Running
10. 17. Car 43 Aric Almirola United States Air Force Ford 219 Running
11. 22. Car 31 Ryan Newman Caterpillar Global Mining Chevrolet 219 Running
12. 4. Car 19 Carl Edwards Stanley Toyota 219 Running
13. 15. Car 27 Paul Menard Duracell/Menards Chevrolet 219 Running
14. 5. Car 78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row/Visser Precision Chevrolet 219 Running
15. 12. Car 1 Jamie McMurray Sherwin Williams Chevrolet 218 Running
16. 21. Car 10 Danica Patrick GoDaddy Chevrolet 218 Running
17. 25. Car 51 Justin Allgaier Brandt Chevrolet 218 Running
18. 29. Car 55 David Ragan Aaron’s Online Dream Machine Toyota 218 Running
19. 7. Car 20 Erik Jones(i) Dollar General Toyota 218 Running
20. 16. Car 3 Austin Dillon Bad Boy Buggies/Realtree Chevrolet 218 Running
21. 6. Car 42 Kyle Larson Target Camo Chevrolet 218 Running
22. 24. Car 13 Casey Mears GEICO Military Chevrolet 218 Running
23. 27. Car 15 Clint Bowyer 5-hour Energy Toyota 218 Running
24. 23. Car 47 AJ Allmendinger Fry’s/Clorox Chevrolet 218 Running
25. 20. Car 16 Greg Biffle Jardiance Ford 218 Running
26. 9. Car 5 Kasey Kahne Farmers Insurance Chevrolet 217 Running
27. 31. Car 14 Tony Stewart Mobil 1/Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet 217 Running
28. 30. Car 83 Matt DiBenedetto # VooDoo Barbeque Toyota 217 Running
29. 33. Car 26 JJ Yeley(i) Maxim Toyota 216 Running
30. 34. Car 38 David Gilliland Love’s Travel Stops Ford 216 Running
31. 28. Car 9 Sam Hornish Jr. Go Bowling/G1GABLAST Ford 215 Running
32. 36. Car 46 Michael Annett Pilot Flying J Chevrolet 215 Running
33. 38. Car 35 Cole Whitt Ford 215 Running
34. 26. Car 6 Trevor Bayne AdvoCare Ford 215 Running
35. 32. Car 40 Landon Cassill(i) Interstate Moving Services Chevrolet 215 Running
36. 40. Car 34 Brett Moffitt # Dockside Ford 215 Running
37. 41. Car 98 Ryan Preece Xyience Ford 214 Running
38. 35. Car 7 Alex Bowman Nikko RC/Toy State Chevrolet 214 Running
39. 37. Car 23 Jeb Burton # Dr Pepper Toyota 213 Running
40. 42. Car 33 Ryan Ellis(i) Science Logic Chevrolet 211 Running
41. 19. Car 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Cargill Ford 194 Accident
42. 39. Car 32 Joey Gase(i) R Factor 2 Ford 161 Accident
43. 43. Car 62 Timmy Hill(i) Prairie Auto Credit/Financial Concepts Chevrolet 127 Running

Race Comments: Failed to Qualify: N/A. Time of Race: 2 Hrs, 03 Mins, 22 Secs. Average Speed: 106.512 MPH. Margin of Victory: Caution. Caution Flags: 2 for 29 laps: Laps. Lead Changes: 8 among 7 drivers.

3M Lap Leader: Kevin Harvick, #4 143 Laps. American Ethanol Green Flag Restart Award : Dale Earnhardt Jr, #88. Coors Light Pole Award: Jimmie Johnson, #48 143.158 mph. Duralast Brakes “Brake in the Race”: Jimmie Johnson, #48. Ingersoll Rand Power Move: Dale Earnhardt Jr, #88 6 positions. Mahle Clevite Engine Builder of the Race: Hendrick Engines, #4. Mobil 1 Driver of the Race: Kevin Harvick, #4. Moog Chassis Parts Problem Solver of the Race: Aric Almirola, #43 T. Owens, -.178 sec. Sherwin-Williams Fastest Lap: Carl Edwards, #19. Sunoco Rookie of the Race: Matt DiBenedetto, #83.

(i) Ineligible for driver points in this series

Next Race: Nov. 22, 2015 – Homestead-Miami Speedway

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