2015 NASCAR Cup Series (Simpsonverse)

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The 2015 NASCAR Cup Series was the 67th season of professional stock car racing in the United States and the 44th modern-era Cup season. The season began at Daytona International Speedway with the Budweiser Shootout exhibition race, the Gatorade Duels, and the Daytona 500. The season ended with the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Jeff Gordon won the championship for the fifth and final time in his career. Ryan Blaney was named Rookie of the Year.

On January 22, 2015, Gordon announced that 2015 would be his final season as a full-time driver, but he did not rule out complete retirement. Chase Elliott replaced him in the No. 24 car for Hendrick Motorsports in 2016. This was also the final season for Jerry Nadeau, Jeremy Mayfield, and Kenny Irwin, Jr.

Teams and drivers

Complete schedule

Manufacturer Team No. Race driver Crew chief Model
Chevrolet Dale Earnhardt, Inc. 01 Jeffrey Earnhardt Dan Stillman Camaro
1 Martin Truex, Jr. Matt McCall
8 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Tony Eury, Jr.
15 Carl Edwards Bruce Cook
81 Matt Kenseth Kevin Hamlin
Furniture Row Racing 78 Brendan Gaughan (2) Cole Pearn SS
Kurt Busch (37)
Germain Racing 13 Casey Mears Bootie Barker SS
Hendrick Motorsports 5 Kasey Kahne Keith Rodden[1] Camaro
24 Jeff Gordon Alan Gustafson
25 Brad Keselowski Greg Ives
48 Jimmie Johnson Chad Knaus
84 Landon Cassill Lance McGrew
HScott Motorsports 09 Justin Allgaier Steve Addington SS
52 Michael Annett Jay Guy
JTG Daugherty Racing 47 A. J. Allmendinger Brian Burns[2] SS
Richard Childress Racing 3 Austin Dillon Gil Martin Template:Tooltip
Slugger Labbe Template:Tooltip[3]
Camaro
30 Ryan Newman Justin Alexander
31 Paul Menard Luke Lambert
33 Brian Scott (R) Slugger Labbe (15)

Gil Martin (21)

Hillman-Circle Sport LLC 39 Michael Annett Template:Tooltip[4]Template:Refn Mike Chance SS
Alex Kennedy (R) Template:Tooltip
Derek White Template:Tooltip
Travis Kvapil Template:Tooltip
Mike Bliss Template:Tooltip
B. J. McLeod Template:Tooltip
Ryan Ellis Template:Tooltip
Stewart-Haas Racing 00 Regan Smith Tony Gibson Camaro
4 Kevin Harvick Rodney Childers
10 Danica Patrick Daniel Knost
14 Tony Stewart Greg Zipadelli
Tommy Baldwin Racing 7 Alex Bowman Tommy Baldwin Jr. Camaro
Dodge Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates 40 Bryan Clauson Jeff Vandermoss Challenger
41 Kenny Irwin, Jr. Mike Shiplett
42 Kyle Larson (37) Chris Heroy
Brennan Poole (2)
Petty Enterprises 9 Sam Hornish Jr. Drew Blickensderfer
43 Aric Almirola Kevin Manion
44 Chad McCumbee Mark Tudor
45 Adam Petty Billy Wilburn
46 Austin Petty Chris Hussey
Ford Brett Favre Racing 16 Parker Kligerman Chad Johnston Mustang
61 Jeb Burton (R) Tim Steele
90 Johanna Long (R) Darrell Bryant
Front Row Motorsports 34 David Ragan Template:Tooltip[5] Derrick Finley Fusion
Joe Nemechek Template:Tooltip[6]
Brett Moffitt (R) Template:Tooltip[7]
Chris Buescher Template:Tooltip[8]
Reed Sorenson Template:Tooltip
Justin Marks Template:Tooltip
Josh Wise Template:Tooltip
35 Cole Whitt[5] Randy Cox[5]
38 David Gilliland[9] Donnie Wingo[9]
Go FAS Racing 32 Bobby Labonte Template:Tooltip[10]Template:Refn Clinton Cram Fusion
Mike Bliss Template:Tooltip[11]
Joey Gase Template:Tooltip[12]
Travis Kvapil Template:Tooltip[13]
Boris Said Template:Tooltip[14]
Will Kimmel Template:Tooltip[15]
Eddie MacDonald Template:Tooltip
Josh Wise Template:Tooltip[16]
Jeffrey Earnhardt Template:Tooltip
Kyle Fowler Template:Tooltip
Orr Motorsports 37 Michael McDowell John Page Fusion
Robert Yates Racing 28 Jamie McMurray Todd Parrott Fusion
88 Jeremy Mayfield Trent Owens
96 Jason Leffler Larry Carter
Roush Fenway Racing 6 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Bob Osborne Roush Mustang
17 Trevor Bayne Nick Sandler
60 Greg Biffle Matt Puccia
Team Penske 2 Blaise Alexander Paul Wolfe Mustang
22 Joey Logano Todd Gordon
Wood Brothers Racing 21 Ryan Blaney (R) Jeremy Bullins Shelby GT500
Toyota BK Racing 23 J. J. Yeley Template:Tooltip[17][18] Joe WilliamsTemplate:Tooltip
Patrick DonahueTemplate:Tooltip
Avalon
David Reutimann
26 David Reutimann Patrick DonahueTemplate:Tooltip
Joe Williams Template:Tooltip
J. J. Yeley Template:Tooltip
Josh Wise Template:Tooltip
83 Johnny Sauter Template:Tooltip[19] Doug Richert Template:Tooltip
Gene Nead Template:Tooltip
Matt DiBenedetto (R) Template:Tooltip[20]
Joe Gibbs Racing 11 Denny Hamlin Dave Rogers[21] Camry
18 Kyle Busch Adam Stevens[21]
20 Elliott Sadler Jason Ratcliff[21]
Michael Waltrip Racing 51 Clint Bowyer Brian Pattie Template:Tooltip
Billy Scott Template:Tooltip
Dax Gerringer Template:Tooltip [22]
Camry
55 Michael Waltrip Template:Tooltip[23] Billy Scott Template:Tooltip
Brian Pattie Template:Tooltip
Dax Gerringer Template:Tooltip[22]
Brett Moffitt (R) Template:Tooltip
Brian Vickers Template:Tooltip[23]
David Ragan Template:Tooltip[24]
56 Jerry Nadeau Scott Eggleston
NEMCO Motorsports 87 John Nemechek Michael Leoncini Camry
Chevrolet (Start Your Engines!)
Ford
Phil Parsons Racing Template:Tooltip
Premium Motorsports Template:Tooltip
98 Josh Wise Template:Tooltip[25][26] Gene Nead Template:Tooltip
Jay Robinson Template:Tooltip
Scott Eggleston Template:Tooltip
Zach McGowanTemplate:Tooltip
SS

Fusion

Camry

Timmy Hill Template:Tooltip
Reed Sorenson Template:Tooltip
T. J. Bell Template:Tooltip
Ryan Preece Template:Tooltip[27]
Toyota Michael Waltrip Racing Michael Waltrip Template:Tooltip Bobby Kennedy
Chevrolet (Start Your Engines!) Template:Tooltip
Ford Template:Tooltip
Toyota Template:Tooltip
Premium Motorsports 62 Brendan Gaughan Template:Tooltip[28] Slugger Labbe Template:Tooltip
Zach McGowan Template:Tooltip
Scott Eggleston Template:Tooltip
Wayne Carroll Template:Tooltip
SS

Fusion

Avalon

Reed Sorenson Template:Tooltip
Timmy Hill Template:Tooltip
T. J. Bell Template:Tooltip

Limited schedule

Manufacturer Team No. Race driver Crew chief Round(s) Model
Chevrolet (Start Your Engines!) Hendrick Motorsports (Start Your Engines!) 05 Chase Elliott[29] Kenny Francis 5 Camaro
Hillman-Circle Sport LLC 93 Travis Kvapil Mike Chance 1 SS
Richard Childress Racing 37 Ty Dillon Slugger Labbe 5 Camaro
Team XTREME Racing 04 Reed Sorenson[30] Peter Sospenzo Template:Tooltip 2012 Impala
Travis Kvapil Template:Tooltip
The Motorsports Group 03 Ron Hornaday Jr.[31] Pat Tryson Template:Tooltip
Dave Fuge Template:Tooltip
Template:Tooltip 2013 SS
Jeff Green Template:Tooltip
Travis Kvapil Template:Tooltip
Josh Wise Template:Tooltip
Ford Leavine Family Racing 95 Scott Speed Wally Rogers Template:Tooltip
Kevin Walter Template:Tooltip
Template:Tooltip Fusion
Toyota
RAB Racing 29 Justin Marks[32] Matthew Lucas Template:Tooltip 2013 Camry
Reed Sorenson Template:Tooltip
Premium Motorsports 66 Mike Wallace[33] Scott Eggleston Template:Tooltip
Chevrolet (Start Your Engines!) Template:Tooltip 2013 SS
Tanner Berryhill Template:Tooltip

Local Leasing entries

Manufacturer Team No. Race Driver Crew Chief Round(s) Model and year


Schedule

The final calendar was released on August 26, 2014, comprising 39 races, as well as two exhibition races. The schedule also includes two Gatorade Duels, which are the qualifying races for the Daytona 500.

Race Race title Track Date TV Time
Budweiser Shootout Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach February 14 CBS 8:30 p.m.
Gatorade Duels February 19 CBS 7:15 p.m. (Duel 1)

9:15 p.m. (Duel 2)

1 Daytona 500 February 22 CBS 1:30 p.m.
2 SpongeBob SquarePants 400 by Subway Rockingham Speedway, Rockingham March 1 Fox 2:00 p.m.
3 Kobalt 400 Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Las Vegas March 8 Fox 3:45 p.m.
4 Axalta 300 Road America, Elkhart Lake March 15 Fox 3:45 p.m.
5 Budweiser 400 Riverside Speedway, Moreno Valley March 22 Fox 3:45 p.m.
6 STP 500 Martinsville Speedway, Ridgeway March 29 FS1 1:15 p.m.
7 Jacob's Grand Prix Brands Hatch, West Kingsdown, Kent, England March 5 Fox 1:15pm
8 Duck Commander 500 Texas Motor Speedway, Fort Worth April 11 Fox 7:45 p.m.
9 Old Spice 400 Gateway Motorsports Park, Madison April 19 FoxFS1 2:30 p.m. (Fox)

7:00 p.m. (FS1)

10 Harvey Beaks 400 Nazareth Speedway, Nazareth April 26† Fox

Nickelodeon

1:15 p.m.
11 GEICO 500 Talladega Superspeedway, Lincoln May 3 Fox 1:15 p.m.
12 5-hour Energy 400 Kansas Speedway, Kansas City May 9 FS1FNC 7:30 p.m.
NASCAR Open Charlotte Motor Speedway, Concord May 15 FS1 7:15 p.m.
NASCAR All-Star Race May 16 FS1 9:30 p.m.
13 Coca-Cola 600 May 24 Fox 6:15 p.m.
14 McDonald's 400 Chicago Motor Speedway, Cicero May 31 FS1 1:15 p.m.
15 MyAFibStory.com 400 Chicagoland Speedway, Joliet June 7 FS1 1:15 p.m.
16 Howard Johnson's 400 Pikes Peak International Raceway, Fountain June 14 FS1 1:00 p.m.
17 U.S. Cellular 400 Iowa Speedway, Newton June 28 FS1 3:15 p.m.
18 Coke Zero 400 Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach July 5 MGM 11:30 p.m.
19 Quaker State 400 Kentucky Speedway, Sparta July 11 MGM 7:45 p.m.
20 5-hour Energy 301 New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Loudon July 19 NBCSN 1:30 p.m.
21 Crown Royal Presents the Jeff Kyle 400 Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Speedway July 26 MGM 3:30 p.m.
22 Windows 10 400 Pocono Raceway, Long Pond August 2 NBCSN 1:45 p.m.
23 Cheez-It 355 at The Glen Watkins Glen International, Watkins Glen August 9 MGM 2:15 p.m.
24 Pure Michigan 400 Michigan International Speedway, Brooklyn August 16 TBS 2:45 p.m.
25 Irwin Tools Night Race Bristol Motor Speedway, Bristol August 22 TBS 7:45 p.m.
26 Southern 500 Darlington Raceway, Darlington September 6 MGM 7:15 p.m.
27 Federated Auto Parts 400 Richmond International Raceway, Richmond September 12 MGM 7:45 p.m.
28 TNN 420 Fairgrounds Speedway, Nashville September 20 TNN 3:15 p.m.
29 Tyson Holly Farms 400 North Wilkesboro Speedway, North Wilkesboro September 27 NBCSN 2:15 p.m.
30 AAA 400 Dover International Speedway, Dover October 4 MGM 2:45 p.m.
31 Auto Club 400 Auto Club Speedway, Fontana October 11† NBCSN 12:30 p.m.
32 Bank of America Roval 500 Charlotte Motor Speedway, Concord (Roval) October 18 NBC 12:30 p.m.
33 Keystone Light 400 Milwaukee Mile, West Allis October 25 MGM 2:30 p.m.
34 CampingWorld.com 500 Talladega Superspeedway, Lincoln November 1 NBCSN 2:30 p.m.
35 Toyota/Save Mart 350 Sonoma Raceway, Sonoma November 8 MGM 2:30 p.m.
36 Ford EcoBoost 400 Homestead-Miami Speedway, Homestead November 15 NBCSN 1:15 p.m.
37 Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500 Phoenix International Raceway, Avondale November 22 NBC 2:15 p.m.
38 Sega 350 Suzuka Circuit, Suzuka, Japan November 29 TBS 9:15 p.m.
39 Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 Atlanta Motor Speedway, Hampton December 6 MGM 5:15 p.m.
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Rule changes

Pre-season

  • At road courses, it is now permissible to run qualifying and race sessions under wet-weather conditions. Goodyear will supply wet-weather tires for use in Cup competition and teams will be required to bring cars with windshield wipers, defoggers, and wet-weather racing capabilities.
  • Teams will have the option of installing a driver adjustable track bar.
  • Teams are not allowed to alter the side skirts of their cars during the race. At tracks where aerodynamics were important in 2014, many teams would pull the side bodywork of the car during early pit stops. The practice, officially known as vertical rocker panel extensions, was used to limit airflow underneath the vehicle to bypass the coil-binding ban.
  • An automated electronic pit road officiating system will be implemented after extensive testing during the final few races of 2014, eliminating the need for human officials to stand in the pit lane.
  • If a vehicle has to pit outside its assigned pit box and the crew starts removing tire(s), the team can reinstall the tire(s) before moving the car back into its assigned pit stall to avoid penalties.
  • Additional crew member(s) assisting from an adjacent pit box may be counted towards the limit of seven over the wall.
  • Crew member interference with other teams' pit stops may lead to a penalty.
  • Rules with refueling have been clarified. Refueling can begin once the car comes to a complete stop and can continue when it starts leaving provided equipment and/or the fueler does not leave the pit box. Further, no equipment may be tossed or thrown over the wall at any time.
  • NASCAR will use an electronic data log and capture system to increase efficiency of pre-race inspections.

In-season changes

  • Starting at the fall Richmond race, NASCAR began to closely review restarts due to drivers jumping the restart.

Results and standings

Races

No. Race Pole position Most laps led Winning driver Model Report
Budweiser Shootout Report
Gatorade Duel #1 Report
Gatorade Duel #2
1 Daytona 500 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet Camaro
2 SpongeBob SquarePants 400 by Subway Report
3 Kobalt 400 Report
4 Axalta 300 Report
5 Budweiser 400 Report
6 STP 500 Report
7 Jacob's Grand Prix Report
8 Duck Commander 500 Report
9 Old Spice 400 Report
10 Harvey Beaks 400 Austin Dillon Report
11 GEICO 500 Report
12 5-hour Energy 400 Report
NASCAR Open Report
NASCAR All-Star Race Report
13 Coca-Cola 600 Report
14 McDonald's 400 Report
15 MyAFibStory.com 400 Report
16 Howard Johnson's 400 Report
17 U.S. Cellular 400 Report
18 Coke Zero 400 Report
19 Quaker State 400 Report
19 5-hour Energy 301 Report
20 Crown Royal Presents the Jeff Kyle 400 Report
21 Windows 10 400 Report
22 Cheez-It 355 at The Glen Report
23 Pure Michigan 400 Report
24 Irwin Tools Night Race Report
25 Southern 500 Report
26 Federated Auto Parts 400
27 TNN 420 Report
28 Tyson Holly Farms 400 Tony Stewart Report
29 AAA 400 Report
30 Auto Club 400
31 Bank of America Roval 500 Report
32 Keystone Light 400 Report
33 CampingWorld.com 500 Report
34 Toyota/Save Mart 350
35 Ford EcoBoost 400 Report
36 Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500 Report
37 Sega 350 Report
38 Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500