Jeff Gordon won at Martinsville Speedway, Kenseth takes Out Logano, Kenseth penalized

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500Credit: 313902Todd Warshaw/NASCAR via Getty Images. Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 AARP Member Advantages Chevrolet, takes the checkered flag to win the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Goody’s Headache Relief Shot 500 at Martinsville Speedway on November 1, 2015 in Martinsville, Virginia.

Starting from 5th place Car 24 Jeff Gordon AARP Member Advantages Chevrolet won the 67th Annual Goody’s Headache Relief Shot 500, his 93rd win in 794 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races. This is Gordon’s 1st win & 18th top-10 finish in 2015. This is his 9th win & 37th Top 10 finish in 46 races at Martinsville Speedway. 2nd Place Car 1 Jamie McMurray McDonald’s Chevrolet, started from 4th place posted his 14th Top 10 finish in 26 races at Martinsville Speedway. It is his 9th Top 10 finish in 2015. 3rd Place Car 11 Denny Hamlin FedEx Ground Toyota, started from 10th place posted his 16th Top 10 finish in 20 races at Martinsville Speedway.

2015 Nov 1 MS_110115_14Credit: 313904Jeff Zelevansky/NASCAR via Getty Images. Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 AARP Member Advantages Chevrolet, celebrates after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Goody’s Headache Relief Shot 500 at Martinsville Speedway on November 1, 2015 in Martinsville, Virginia.

4th Place Car 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Nationwide Chevrolet, started from 22nd place followed by 5th place Car 18 Kyle Busch M&M’s Crispy Toyota, started from 6th place. 6th Place Car 78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row/Visser Precision Chevrolet, started from 2nd place followed by 7th place Car 31 Ryan Newman WIX Filters Chevrolet, started from 7th place. 8th Place Car 4 Kevin Harvick Outback Steakhouse Chevrolet, started from 12th place followed by 9th place Car 5 Kasey Kahne Great Clips Chevrolet, started from 24th place.
Lastly in the Top 10 Car 14 Tony Stewart Bass Pro Shops/Mobil 1 Chevrolet, in 10th place, started from 13th place. Jeb Burton (27th) was the highest finishing rookie.

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500Credit: 313903Brian Lawdermilk/NASCAR via Getty Images. Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 AARP Member Advantages Chevrolet, celebrates after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Goody’s Headache Relief Shot 500 at Martinsville Speedway on November 1, 2015 in Martinsville, Virginia.

The race 18 Cautions for 109 Laps: 1st Caution on lap 1 for Green/Yellow start. 2nd Caution on lap 52 for Competition Caution. 3rd Caution on lap 103 for Car 26 JJ Yeley(i) Maxim Toyota Spin in Turn 2. 4th Caution on lap 114 for Car 10 Danica Patrick GoDaddy Chevrolet, Car 11 Denny Hamlin FedEx Ground Toyota, Car 15 Clint Bowyer Maxwell House Toyota, Car 31 Ryan Newman WIX Filters Chevrolet, Car 42 Kyle Larson Target Plaid Chevrolet and Car 43 Aric Almirola Smithfield Ford crash in Turn 3. 5th Caution on lap 128 for Car 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Zest Ford crash in Turn 3. 6th Caution on lap 137 for Car 9 Sam Hornish Jr. Jacob Companies Ford and Car 98 Ryan Preece Vydox Plus/Champion Machinery Ford crash in Turn 3. 7th Caution on lap 158 for Car 10 Danica Patrick GoDaddy Chevrolet and Car 38 David Gilliland Jerry Cook Hall of Fame Tribute Ford crash in Turn 2. 8th Caution on lap 172 for Car 3 Austin Dillon DOW Chevrolet, Car 18 Kyle Busch M&M’s Crispy Toyota, Car 19 Carl Edwards XFINITY Toyota, Car 27 Paul Menard Moen/Menards Chevrolet, 47 crash in Turn 2. 9th Caution on lap 187 for Car 15 Clint Bowyer Maxwell House Toyota, Car 42 Kyle Larson Target Plaid Chevrolet and Car 55 David Ragan Aaron’s Dream Machine Toyota crash in Turn 3. 10th Caution on lap 238 for Car 16 Greg Biffle Ford Performance Ford Spin in Turn 2. 11th Caution on lap 282 for Car 16 Greg Biffle Ford Performance Ford Spin in Turn 2. 12th Caution on lap 379 for Car 32 Kyle Fowler KeenParts.com/CorvetteParts.net Ford crash inTurn 3. 13th Caution on lap 419 for Car 10 Danica Patrick GoDaddy Chevrolet and Car 38 David Gilliland Jerry Cook Hall of Fame Tribute Ford crash in Turn 4. 14th Caution on lap 430 for Car 9 Sam Hornish Jr. Jacob Companies Ford, Car 23 Jeb Burton # Rocky Ridge/Estes Toyota and Car 38 David Gilliland Jerry Cook Hall of Fame Tribute Ford crash in Turn 4. 15th Caution on lap 436 for Car 2 Brad Keselowski Alliance Truck Parts Ford, Car 20 Matt Kenseth Dollar General Toyota, Car 22 Joey Logano Shell Pennzoil Ford, Car 24 Jeff Gordon AARP Member Advantages Chevrolet, Car 41 Kurt Busch Monster Energy Chevrolet crash on the frontstretch. 16th Caution on lap 455 for Car 20 Matt Kenseth Dollar General Toyota and Car 22 Joey Logano Shell Pennzoil Ford crash in Turn 1 [12:46]. 17th Caution on lap 467 for Car 55 David Ragan Aaron’s Dream Machine Toyota Spin in Turn 2. 18th Caution on lap 495 for Car 9 Sam Hornish Jr. Jacob Companies Ford crash in Turn 1.

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500Credit: 313897Todd Warshaw/NASCAR via Getty Images. Joey Logano, driver of the #22 Shell Pennzoil Ford, leads a pack of cars during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Goody’s Headache Relief Shot 500 at Martinsville Speedway on November 1, 2015 in Martinsville, Virginia.

The race had 21 Lead Changes among 9 drivers: Lap Leaders: J. Logano 1-8; M. Truex Jr. 9-35; J. Logano 36-43; J. Gordon 44-53; J. Logano 54-59; Kurt Busch 60-81; J. Logano 82-158; A. Dillon 159-164; J. Logano 165-198; K. Harvick 199-236; B. Keselowski 237-239; J. Logano 240-255; B. Keselowski 256-282; J. Logano 283-292; B. Keselowski 293-388; J. Logano 389-393; B. Keselowski 394-410; J. Logano 411-453; J. Gordon 454-456; D. Hamlin 457-459; A. Allmendinger 460-478; J. Gordon 479-500. Leaders Summary (Driver, Times Lead, Laps Led): J. Logano 9 times for 207 laps; B. Keselowski 4 times for 143 laps; K. Harvick 1 time for 38 laps; J. Gordon 3 times for 35
laps; M. Truex Jr. 1 time for 27 laps; Kurt Busch 1 time for 22 laps; A. Allmendinger 1 time for 19 laps; A. Dillon 1 time for 6 laps; D. Hamlin 1 time for 3 laps.

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500Credit: 313893Todd Warshaw/NASCAR via Getty Images. Joey Logano, driver of the #22 Shell Pennzoil Ford, and Martin Truex Jr., driver of the #78 Furniture Row/Visser Precision Chevrolet, lead the field to fficoially start the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Goody’s Headache Relief Shot 500 on lap seven at Martinsville Speedway on November 1, 2015 in Martinsville, Virginia.

Top 16 in Points: J. Gordon – 4,047; Kyle Busch – 4,039; M. Truex Jr. – 4,039; K. Harvick – 4,037; C. Edwards – 4,030; B. Keselowski – 4,013; Kurt Busch – 4,011; J. Logano – 4,009; D. Hamlin – 2,251; R. Newman – 2,231; D. Earnhardt Jr. – 2,221; J. Mcmurray – 2,201; M. Kenseth – 2,197; J. Johnson – 2,193; P. Menard – 2,177; C. Bowyer – 2,124.

2015 Nov 1 MS_110115_09Credit: 313898Brian Lawdermilk/NASCAR via Getty Images. Joey Logano, driver of the #22 Shell Pennzoil Ford, leads Brad Keselowski, driver of the #2 Alliance Truck Parts Ford, during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Goody’s Headache Relief Shot 500 at Martinsville Speedway on November 1, 2015 in Martinsville, Virginia.

The race fans cheered for 2 things, 1st was when Matt Kenseth took out Joey Logano & then when Jeff Gordon won the Goody’s Headache Relief Shot 500 at Martinsville Speedway. This win puts Gordon in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship season finale race at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Matt Kenseth took Revenge against Joey Logano for being taken out at Kansas by spinning him & then sending into the wall. Surprisingly the fans were jumping up cheering as this took place, as what was called by some as old time NASCAR. Car 10 Danica Patrick GoDaddy Chevrolet also took Revenge against Car 38 David Gilliland Jerry Cook Hall of Fame Tribute Ford for earlier contact.

“I think what happened at Kansas is a completely different deal,” Logano said after a visit to the infield care center. “We were racing for the win, and he blocks you a few times, and then we raced hard and he blocked me the last time and we spun out. That’s what happened there.

“Here it was just a complete coward move, especially for a championship race car driver and race team. Just a complete coward. I don’t have anything else to say. It’s a chicken-you-know-what move to completely take out the leader when your race is over.”

It was clear from Kenseth’s post-accident comments that the driver of the No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota felt it was important to assert himself.

“You never like to be in these situations,” Kenseth said. “They really stink, to be honest with you, but sometimes you get put in these spots, and you’ve got to try to keep respect in the garage area. You can’t get yourself ran over.

“You can’t get in the Chase next year and get ran over for the same reason. Like I said, hate the way it ended. Wish we were out there celebrating or having a shot for the win like we did before we got wrecked, so a disappointing day.”

Gordon held off Jamie McMurray in a two lap run to the checkered flag.

“Yeah, baby, yeah—we go to Homestead!” Gordon screamed after crossing the finish line .335 seconds ahead of McMurray. “That was huge!

That was huge! Boys, I love you guys.

“That’s what I was talking about. We just keep digging and fighting…”

A few minutes later, in Victory Lane, Gordon couldn’t resist a joke.

“It was a joke. I’m coming back next year!” Gordon quipped about his impending retirement. “This is the sweetest, most amazing feeling. I am so proud of this team. You want to talk about holding back emotions; right now man, wow, we’re going to Homestead! I can’t believe it.”;.

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500Credit: 313905Jonathan Moore/Getty Images. Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 AARP Member Advantages Chevrolet, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Goody’s Headache Relief Shot 500 at Martinsville Speedway on November 1, 2015 in Martinsville, Virginia.

NASCAR Statement:

NASCAR Penalty Report / Martinsville Speedway

DAYTONA BEACH, Florida

November 3, 2015

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series

Matt Kenseth, the driver of the No. 20 car, has been penalized for an infraction that occurred during the Nov. 1 race at Martinsville Speedway. This is a Behavioral Penalty (Sections 12.1, 12.8). Kenseth has been suspended from NASCAR through the completion of the next two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship events and placed on NASCAR probation for a six-month period following issuance of the penalty notice.

“Based upon our extensive review, we have concluded that the No. 20 car driver, who is no longer in the Chase, intentionally wrecked the No. 22 car driver, a Chase-eligible competitor who was leading the race at the time,” said Steve O’Donnell, NASCAR executive vice president and chief racing development officer. “The No. 20 car was nine laps down, and eliminated the No. 22 car’s opportunity to continue to compete in the race.

“Additionally, we factored aspects of safety into our decision, and also the fact that the new Chase elimination format puts a premium on each and every race. These actions have no place in NASCAR.”

Danica Patrick, the driver of the No. 10 car, has been penalized for an infraction that also took place during the Nov. 1 race at Martinsville Speedway. This is a Behavioral Penalty (Sections 12.1, 12.8). Patrick has been fined $50,000, assessed with the loss of 25 series championship driver points and placed on NASCAR probation through Dec. 31.

Matt Kenseth’s appeal for his two-race suspension has been set by the National Motorsports Appeal Panel for Thursday November 5. The three-person panel will hear the appeal at 9 a.m. ET in Concord, North Carolina.

2015 Oct 30 311172
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Race Number 33
Unofficial Race Results for the 67Th Annual Goody’s Headache Relief Shot
500 – Sunday, November 1, 2015
Martinsville Speedway – Martinsville, VA – .526 Mile Paved
Total Race Length – 500 Laps – 263 Miles – Purse: $5,202,126

2015 Nov 1 313647

Finish Start Car Driver Team Laps Status
1. 5. Car 24 Jeff Gordon AARP Member Advantages Chevrolet 500 Running
2. 4. Car 1 Jamie McMurray McDonald’s Chevrolet 500 Running
3. 10. Car 11 Denny Hamlin FedEx Ground Toyota 500 Running
4. 22. Car 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Nationwide Chevrolet 500 Running
5. 6. Car 18 Kyle Busch M&M’s Crispy Toyota 500 Running
6. 2. Car 78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row/Visser Precision Chevrolet 500 Running
7. 7. Car 31 Ryan Newman WIX Filters Chevrolet 500 Running
8. 12. Car 4 Kevin Harvick Outback Steakhouse Chevrolet 500 Running
9. 24. Car 5 Kasey Kahne Great Clips Chevrolet 500 Running
10. 13. Car 14 Tony Stewart Bass Pro Shops/Mobil 1 Chevrolet 500 Running
11. 3. Car 47 AJ Allmendinger Kroger/Clorox Chevrolet 500 Running
12. 21. Car 48 Jimmie Johnson KOBALT TOOLS Chevrolet 500 Running
13. 23. Car 51 Justin Allgaier Auto-Owners Insurance Chevrolet 500 Running
14. 14. Car 19 Carl Edwards XFINITY Toyota 500 Running
15. 26. Car 27 Paul Menard Moen/Menards Chevrolet 500 Running
16. 8. Car 43 Aric Almirola Smithfield Ford 500 Running
17. 19. Car 13 Casey Mears GEICO Chevrolet 500 Running
18. 30. Car 3 Austin Dillon DOW Chevrolet 500 Running
19. 9. Car 42 Kyle Larson Target Plaid Chevrolet 500 Running
20. 31. Car 35 Cole Whitt MDS Transportation Ford 500 Running
21. 27. Car 40 Landon Cassill(i) Chevrolet 500 Running
22. 41. Car 7 Alex Bowman Nikko RC/Toy State Chevrolet 499 Running
23. 38. Car 46 Michael Annett PJ Fresh Chevrolet 498 Running
24. 33. Car 38 David Gilliland Jerry Cook Hall of Fame Tribute Ford 498 Running
25. 28. Car 55 David Ragan Aaron’s Dream Machine Toyota 498 Running
26. 25. Car 16 Greg Biffle Ford Performance Ford 497 Running
27. 35. Car 23 Jeb Burton # Rocky Ridge/Estes Toyota 496 Running
28. 20. Car 9 Sam Hornish Jr. Jacob Companies Ford 493 Running
29. 39. Car 26 JJ Yeley(i) Maxim Toyota 492 Running
30. 36. Car 83 Matt DiBenedetto # Cosmo Toyota 492 Running
31. 32. Car 6 Trevor Bayne AdvoCare Ford 491 Running
32. 11. Car 2 Brad Keselowski Alliance Truck Parts Ford 490 Running
33. 43. Car 33 Alex Kennedy # Chevrolet 489 Running
34. 15. Car 41 Kurt Busch Monster Energy Chevrolet 486 Running
35. 34. Car 34 Brett Moffitt # Dockside Logistics Ford 479 Running
36. 42. Car 62 Timmy Hill(i) Acredale Vending Chevrolet 459 Running
37. 1. Car 22 Joey Logano Shell Pennzoil Ford 458 Running
38. 18. Car 20 Matt Kenseth Dollar General Toyota 443 Parked
39. 29. Car 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Zest Ford 423 Running
40. 16. Car 10 Danica Patrick GoDaddy Chevrolet 391 Accident
41. 40. Car 32 Kyle Fowler KeenParts.com/CorvetteParts.net Ford 373 Brakes
42. 37. Car 98 Ryan Preece Vydox Plus/Champion Machinery Ford 365 Running
43. 17. Car 15 Clint Bowyer Maxwell House Toyota 185 Accident

Race Comments: Prior to the start of the race, the following cars dropped to the rear of the field for the reasons indicated: No. 5 and No. 14 (backup car). Failed to Qualify: N/A. Time of Race: 03 Hrs, 46 Mins, 35 Secs. Average Speed: 69.643 MPH. Margin of Victory: 0.335 Seconds.

3M Lap Leader: Kevin Harvick, #4 38 Laps American Ethanol Green Flag Restart Award : Jeff Gordon, #24. Coors Light Pole Award: Joey Logano, #22 98.548 mph. Duralast Brakes “Brake in the Race” : Joey Logano, #22. Ingersoll Rand Power Move: AJ Allmendinger, #47 6 positions. Mahle Clevite Engine Builder of the Race : Hendrick Engines, #24. Mobil 1 Driver of the Race: Jamie McMurray, #1 Moog Chassis Parts Problem Solver of the Race: Denny Hamlin, #11 crew chief Dave Rogers, 0.151 seconds. Sherwin-
Williams Fastest Lap: AJ Allmendinger, #47. Sunoco Rookie of the Race: Jeb Burton, #23.

(i) Ineligible for driver points in this series

Next Race: Nov. 8, 2015 – Texas Motor Speedway

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